"Islamophobia" is ad hominem
By Ali Sina
One friend alerted me to a discussion
going on in Wikipedia on the neologism “Islamophobia”.
Someone has suggested that this category should be
deleted because the term Islamophobia is divisive, inflammatory and it is
frequently used to inhibit very valid criticism of Islam.
This suggestion, of course, as it is to be expected,
has been rejected by Muslims who have Islamized everything including
Wikipedia. This friend asked my opinion. Here is what I think:
Islam is an ideology. Rejection of an ideology cannot
be classified as phobia. To call the opponents
of an ideology phobic is a fallacy. All ideologies have their critics and
opponents but we do not hear Christians calling the critics of
Christianity Christianophobe, communists calling their critics communitophobe or
Hindus calling theirs hinduphobe. The term "Islamophobia"
is both technically and logically incorrect and misleading.
Dictionary.com Phobia is “a persistent, abnormal, and irrational fear of
a specific thing or situation that compels one to avoid it, despite the
awareness and reassurance that it is not dangerous.” Therefore
the neologism "Islamophobia" implies that Islam is not dangerous
and the fear of it is irrational.
This claim has not been established and it is not
universally agreed upon. There are many who argue that Islam is indeed a
dangerous ideology and they have their logical arguments to prove their
claim. Irrespective of whether the critics of Islam are right or wrong
about whether Islam is dangerous or not, calling them “phobic” implies that their criticism has been already refuted and the
irrationality of their fear of Islamic threat has been established.
Therefore their disagreement with Islam is not logical but a mental disorder.
All ideologies have their opponents. It is sheer
arrogance to call criticism of any ideology, phobia. This implies that
the truth of that ideology is already established and anyone opposing it
is adopting an irrational position and is in need of psychological
Only Muslims are capable of this much irrationality
and arrogance. We all recall Muhammad Abdullah, the Afghani man who
converted to Christianity and who was facing execution. When the
government of Afghanistan was pressured to release him, to save face they
accused him of being insane and not fit to stand trial. In the mind of Muslims only an insane person
would disagree with Islam. This is sheer arrogance.
Buddhism is by all accounts a peaceful religion as
non-violence is the core of it. Despite that Buddhism has its critics and
we never call then Buddhistphobes.
The neologism Islamophobia makes absolutely no sense.
It is derogatory and is used in a pejorative way to discredit the critics
of Islam from the outset.
Phobia is a disorder. Here is a short
list of a few phobias: Achluophobia or Lygophobia
(fear of darkness), Acrophobia,
(fear of heights), Androphobia (fear of men), Aviatophobia
(fear of flying), Chiraptophobia (fear of being touched), Claustrophobia
(fear of confined spaces), Coitophobia (fear of coitus), Decidophobia
(fear of making decisions), Agrophobia
or Demophobia (fear of crowds), Eleutherophobia (fear of freedom),
Gynophobia (fear of women), Hadephobia (fear of hell -this is the phobia
affecting all the Muslims), Hylophobia (fear of forests), Insectophobia,
(fear of insects), Isolophobia (fear of solitude, being alone),
Necrophobia, (fear of death or dead things), Neophobia (fear of anything
new), Phasmophobia, (fear of ghosts), Philophobia, (fear of falling in
love or being in love), Xenophobia, (fear of strangers or foreigners),
(For more see this)
can criticism of Islam fall into this category? These are all irrational
fears that require therapy. Are Muslims suggesting that the critics of
Islam should receive therapy? We can’t classify disagreement with Islam
as phobia. Islam is an ideology. Phobia is irrational fear of things, people or
situations but not beliefs. You can't be phobic of a belief system.
Beliefs per se are not frightening. It's people who follow nefarious
beliefs that become dangerous and frightening. As one can see, the very
term "Islamophobia" is stupid because Islam is a belief system
and it is not possible to be phobic of a belief. From whichever angle you
look at Islam you find its stupidity glaring at you.
suffer from an irrational fear of the Jews. Muslim children are taught
that the Jews are evil and that they eat Muslim children and make pastries
with their blood. Jews are caricatured in derogatory and demonized ways,
depicted as bloodsucking monsters. In a television show aired in
Palestine a three year old child was interviewed and asked what she hates
most, and she responded "the Jews" and the journalists praised
Allah upon hearing this stupid remark. So the neologism Judeophobia
(fear of Jews) is a correct lexicon, because the irrational fear of Jews is inculcated in all Muslims since childhood. Muslims
gravely suffer from
children anywhere were taught to fear Muslims, the way Muslim children
are taught to fear Jews, then the neologism Muslimphobia
would have made sense. But that is not the case. Islam is a belief
system. It is a human right to disagree with any belief. Calling that
disagreement “phobia” is a logical fallacy. Islam is the only
ideology, whose followers try to discredit its critics by calling their criticism
makes no sense at all. It is as meaningless as "Fascistophobia".
Of course people have the right to disagree and criticize any ideology, whether good or bad. The
goodness of an ideology is in the eyes of the beholder. Inhibiting
criticism of an ideology is infringing upon the basic human rights, which
is freedom of speech.
The absurdity of the Muslim mind is
such that they think it is okay for them to incite hate against the
non-Muslims in general and the Jews in particular and yet it is not okay
for others to criticize their ideology of hate.
is behind this paranoia and phobia of criticism? It is the inability of
Muslims to counter the valid criticism of Islam. Failing that, they resort
to ad hominem and try to discredit its critics by undermining their
character. By classifying the criticism of Islam as a disorder, Muslims
absolve themselves from responding to valid criticisms against their
neologism “Islamophobia”, is therefore the symptom of the intellectual
bankruptcy of Muslim clerisy to come up with logical arguments and defend
Islam against criticism in a rational way. "Islamophobia" is an
ad hominen. It is a logical fallacy and an insult hurled at the critics of
Islam. It highlights the fact that Islam is a lie, unable to withstand criticism.
why Muslims need censorship and must eliminate the truth by brutal force (law
suits or violence) to protect their lie.
The very existence
of this neologism is a tacit confession of Muslims that Islam is a lie,
which can't be defended logically and that ad hominem and censorship are
the only ways to defend it.