Islamaphobia: Irrational?

I’m an unashamed ‘anti–theist‘, and since I reached this mindset, which came about from interactions with theists on Twitter, I’ve never attempted to hide it. I’m of the thought process that organised religion is the most dangerous thing affecting humanity, as it’s the root of most of the horrendous acts, as it takes away responsibility as everything that happens is ‘God’s will‘. It encourages homophobia, misogyny, racism, bigotry, and a sense of superiority over non-believers and people of other faiths. It encourages people to accept that whatever happens God allows it, and even when provided with repeatable, proven evidence, they will argue against and refute its reliability if it doesn’t fit their narrative.

I dislike religion for many other reasons, but that doesn’t mean I dislike the theists as such, as I just find many of them are conditioned to accept what they’re told and not to question their faith in God, which unfortunately makes them ignorant when they would otherwise be rational and logically thinkers. As much as I think this is an issue with all of the abrahamic faiths, non more so than ‘Islam‘. It encourages men to feel superior, and women to feel inferior and make them believe that they are the property of their husbands.

As we are constantly made aware, Islamaphobia is bigotry and hatred, but it seems to be acceptable for Muslims to have opinions, which are often negative towards atheists, and other faiths. What’s with the double standards, and why should a religion be protected and free from criticism? Rightly or wrongly, Islam is feared in many parts of the world despite the claim from Muslims that Islam is about peace and submission to Allah. There are brutal jihadist groups that have emerged in every Muslim state, and they’ve taken their violence around the world. Whether or not it’s fair to suggest that Islam as a faith is responsible, or whether the jihadists should be separated from Islam and regarded as extremist terrorists, is something that is hard to answer, but some of the groups like ‘ISIS‘, ‘ISIL‘, ‘Boko Harem‘ and the ‘Taliban‘ aren’t short of support, and I’ve discussed ‘9/11‘ and the ‘Manchester Arena attacks‘ with people who are sympathetic to the cause, but don’t necessarily agree with the methods used.

One of the major issues that arises from Islam is their belief that ‘Sharia Law‘ should be standardised around the world and we should be ruled under a caliphate, and whilst this isn’t the ideology of all Muslims, a large proportion of them think this way. They want Sharia Law forced upon everyone whether they are Muslims or not, and believe that a country should be unchanged from the 7th century’s foundations of Islam. With Sharia Law, comes the ‘struggle‘, or commonly known as ‘Jihad‘.

“Every Muslim, from the moment they realize the distinction in their hearts, hates Americans, hates Jews and hates Christians. For as long as I can remember, I have felt tormented and at war, and have felt hatred and animosity for Americans.” – Osama Bin Ladin

Whilst ‘Bin Laden‘ wasn’t the spokesman for Islam, he was certainly a powerful voice, and he influenced great numbers of people through indoctrination, radicalisation and fear mongering, by twisting words in the Qur’an to suit his, and his terror organisation‘s agenda. Through mind sets like this, Islam strikes fear into many people, and despite the percentage of radicals compared to the peaceful people being massively outnumbered, the lengths that the radicalised will go to achieve their goal is worrying. What chance have you got against people who are willing to sacrifice their own lives for what they believe is the greater good?

You just have to look at predominantly Islam countries to see that it doesn’t and cannot work for the majority, as you’ve got unrest in Iraq and Iran, civil wars breaking out throughout Muslim nations in Africa, Syria and Yemen being torn apart, and The Taliban with much influence in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

So what’s the deal with Islamaphobia, and why aren’t the terms ‘Atheismaphobia‘, ‘Christianityaphobia’ or ‘Judaismaphobia‘ thrown around every time someone objects to criticism? A phobia is often described as an ‘irrational fear‘, and in my opinion there’s nothing irrational about fearing Islam. There’s no such thing as Islamophobia, as it’s just anti-theism and every religion is invited to the party.

But today I’ve been accused of fuelling racism as I’m critical towards Islam, yet I follow a number of former Muslims on Twitter. So does that make me only racist towards Muslims, despite there being a large number of worldwide Muslims that are white? The issue here is the need for people to highlight that because Islam was born in Saudi Arabia then I must be racist towards Arabs, but when I criticise Christianity that was born in Israel no one says a word about racism? Being critical about an ideology isn’t racism if it’s not targeted towards a specific race. I’ve never once mentioned the colour of someone’s skin when I’ve criticised a religion as it’s irrelevant and has no bearing on someone’s faith.

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