Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Charge of Islamophobia: Intolerance or Something More Problematic?

Introduction.

Have you ever heard the term, "Islamophobia?"  The other day I was viewing this website article discussing how there is a growing number of states that are not going to allow any sharia laws to be taken to the courts in their states. The Commonwealth of Virginia and others states were listed has a having passed legislation or on the verge of passing laws to keep sharia out of their law books.
 
Of course this incited an advocacy group for Islam called CAIR (the Council on American Islamic Relations). This group makes it their case to find out who is being intolerant to Muslims and the cause of Islam in this culture.  From their website we see, that CAIR has a department "to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia monitors the groups and individuals behind anti-Muslim prejudice in the United States."[1]


But what is Islamophobia? According to their website, "Islamophobia is close-minded prejudice against or hatred of Islam and Muslims."  Islamophobic acts are those acts that are directed at Muslims in general, and an Islamophobe is an individual who holds a close minded view of Islam and promotes prejudice against or hatred of Muslims.