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The Monstrous Moral Inversion of the “Islamophobia” Industry



Monstrous Moral Inversion of the “Islamophobia” Industry

by Robert Spencer

A steady stream of articles appears about the “Islamophobia”
industry, a supposedly well-coordinated, well-funded band of bigots,
hatemongers and racists who are doing their utmost to disrupt what would
otherwise be a peaceful and harmonious welcoming of Muslims into the United
States and other Western nations. Yet every day’s headlines demonstrates anew
that these claims, however often they appear in the mainstream media, are not
only wholly fabricated, but represent a moral inversion of monstrous

If it weren’t for the “Islamophobes,” we are told, Americans
wouldn’t have the low opinion of Islam that surveys show they do; innocent
Muslims would not be victimized; and discrimination against Muslims would be
essentially non-existent. Then the whole narrative gets ratcheted up even
higher when anyone suggests that the reason why non-Muslims may have a low
opinion of Islam is because of the behavior of Muslims themselves, when they
commit acts of violence and make supremacist declarations in the name of Islam.

To suggest such a thing, the guardians against
“Islamophobia” hasten to assure us, is to express one’s approval of the brutalization
of innocent Muslims and discrimination against Islam in the public sphere. They
claim that to say that Islam itself might bear any responsibility for the
actions committed in its name is to approve of acts of vigilantism and hate
directed against Muslims.

But this is not actually the case at all, and this is a
point so elementary that in any less Orwellian age it would be represent the
height of condescension even to take the time to make it. If core Islamic texts
teach hatred and violence, as they manifestly do, then to point out that fact
when Muslims commit acts of hatred and violence and even quote those texts in
defense of their actions is simply to recognize reality. It is not a call for
reciprocal acts of violence and hatred against innocent Muslims, but rather a
challenge to peaceful Muslims and non-Muslim officials to recognize the root
causes of Muslim violence and hatred and take effective steps to end it. It
should not be necessary, in a sane public discourse, to point out this fact.
But it is another sign of the success of the “Islamophobia” industry that
people have such difficulty grasping it.

For there is indeed an “Islamophobia” industry, but it is
not the one that you will read about in sensationalistic “exposes” in Leftist
publications offering highly misleading and often outright false information
about the supposedly handsome funding of “Islamophobes.” The real
“Islamophobia” industry is the one that churns out those “exposes,” trying to
convince the public that the problem most troubling the peace of the world is “Islamophobia”
and the “Islamophobes” behind it. They are actually the ones with the funding. They are the ones with the carefully planned and coordinated message. They are the ones, above all, who are by their actions justifying harm done to innocent human beings. 

The moral inversion is astounding. It is hard to believe that
anyone would fall for it, but understandable that they would, given the
ubiquity of this line in the mainstream media and that same media’s
stonewalling about the Islamic identity and motivations of so many jihad terror
acts and organizations around the world.

Just last week, for example, the mainstream media was full
of numerous enthusiastic puff pieces about the Hamas-linked Council on
American-Islamic Relations’ ad campaign to convince the world that jihad is
just about getting in one’s exercise despite a busy schedule or making friends
of a different political point of view. Meanwhile, it was revealed (after a
coverup in the Pakistani media) that a Muslim mob opened fire upon a group of
Christians celebrating Christmas in Pakistan, and that a plot to bomb and fire
upon Christmas celebrations in Egypt had been foiled, and that Russian
authorities killed a group of Muslims who were planning jihad mayhem and murder
in the North Caucasus.

All of these and other attacks were carried out by Muslims
who were acting in the name of jihad, believing that they were fulfilling a
divine responsibility delineated in the Qur’an and Sunnah. To recognize this,
and to call for an end to it, is not “hate,” or “bigotry,” and above all it is
not the trumped-up and manipulative neologism of “Islamophobia.” And to accuse
the defenders against jihad hatred and violence of being the haters is not just
wrongheaded; it is clearly in service of the jihad itself, as an attempt to clear away obstacles to that jihad
violence. It is, in short, in service of a monstrous evil.

I know I have said all this before. And I will say it all
again. Because again and again it keeps on needing to be said. And it needs to
be said again and again because this is one of the only places where you will
read it, as most other outlets on the Left and the Right have already been
compromised. It may be shouting into the void, but as long as breath remains in
my lungs, I will keep shouting.

Robert Spencer is the
director of
Jihad Watch and author of
the New York Times bestsellers
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam
(and the Crusades)
and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is Did Muhammad Exist?.

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