Wall St. Journal op column: We Jews…I mean… Muslims, should hate ourselves

Something very familiar and very disgusting about this piece.

Tawfik Hamid, in the Wall Street Journal

In America, perhaps the most conspicuous organization to persistently accuse opponents of Islamophobia is the Council of American Islamic Relations. CAIR has taken up the legal case of the “Flying Imams,” the six individuals who were pulled from a US Airways flight in Minneapolis this past November after engaging in suspicious behavior before takeoff. Not long ago, CAIR filed a “John Doe” lawsuit that would have made passengers liable for “malicious” complaints about suspicious Muslim passengers….

it is well past time that Muslims cease using the charge of “Islamophobia” as a tool to intimidate and blackmail those who speak up against suspicious passengers and against those who rightly criticize current Islamic practices and preachings. Instead, Muslims must engage in honest and humble introspection. Muslims should–must–develop strategies to rescue our religion by combating the tyranny of Salafi Islam and its dreadful consequences. Among more important outcomes, this will also put an end to so-called Islamophobia.

Generating hatred and fear for Muslims is the new anti-semitism. And of course, it’s a self-fulfilling prophesy.

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2 responses to “Wall St. Journal op column: We Jews…I mean… Muslims, should hate ourselves

  1. I agree that the fear and hatred is often irrational, but the new anti-semitism? Muslims are not associated with one race or people any more than Catholics or Communists are.

    What I find lacking is vocabulary to describe “extremists” or “fundamentalists” without mentioning the religion itself.

    When talking (in retrospective) about World War II, we don’t have to say Socialist or even German if we mean Nazis. Soviets, Jacobins, Luddites, Branch Davidians… the words are there in other cases and they often easily roll off the tongue.

    “Suspected members of Al-Qaeda or its allies” is a mouthful. Perhaps we can come up with new words for the violent groups without giving them the legitimacy of associating them with a religion.

    Hamasites, Qaedies, Ladenites, Baathistas… maybe we’ll come up with something.

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