Islamophobia

Two weeks ago three terrorists went on a shooting spree in Paris, France, and the American right wing went on their usual “lack of thinking” spree.  As usual their first response was the “we need more guns” argument – as if that has worked in America.  Then there was the “these terrorists are Muslim  – all Muslims must die because of the actions of this tiny percentage of their peoples” argument.  And I have pointed out in another post that if we carry forward their “thinking” to its logical conclusion they were calling for all Americans to be exterminated.

Now, two weeks on, the Islamophobia is still there, but like a mutating bacteria it is a different beast altogether.  We have had calls for the Islamic community to “out” the terrorists in their midst.  Let’s think about that for a moment.  These criminals are involved in a conspiracy, the very essence of which is secrecy. And yet, people like Rupert Murdoch seem to believe that bombing conspiracies are openly discussed in the Muslim community?

And then there are the rather strange comments made by the British government.  They are suddenly rather concerned about anti-Semitism (I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with that concern) in spite of the fact that there is no evidence of an increase in that type of hatred.  There is, however, evidence of an increase in hatred perpetrated by white people, for example in the case of attempted murder reported here.   And the hatred recorded here.

Then of course, there is the letter that the Communities Secretary sent to many mosques in the UK, asking how they feel that Islam contributes to British society.  Strangely, Pickles seems to have forgotten to write to the leaders of other faiths.  Did he simply set out to marginalise Muslims, or was it an accident?  Either way, David Cameron is proud of his efforts.

The truth is that terrorist attacks are carried out by criminals who just happen to be…let me try it this way:

What religion was Anders Behring Breivik?

How about John Hinkley Jr?

And yet everyone seems to know what religion the Paris shooters were.  Why is that?  Do people seriously think that Anders Breivik is any less evil because he apparently hates Muslims? Of course not. Evil isn’t in a person’s religion, but rather in his actions.

Another puzzle: since according to the right-wing narrative all terrorists are Muslims, then you would think that all victims of terrorism are NOT Muslim, right? Well, the jury’s out on this one, but the evidence points towards there being more muslim than non-muslim victims of terrorism.

Oh, and this little snippet caught my eye:

Between 2004-2013, the UK suffered 400 terrorist attacks, mostly in Northern Ireland, and almost all of them were non-lethal. The US suffered 131 attacks, fewer than 20 of which were lethal. France suffered 47 attacks.

So, as well as fewer homicides per hundred thousand head of population, France also has fewer terrorist attacks.  Something for America to think about there, I feel.

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