Sign the petition ... for a better definition

Discussion in 'That ISLAMOPHOBIA be defined as "Irrational fear of openly, honestly discussing Islam"' started by PRODOS, Nov 18, 2015.

  1. PRODOS

    PRODOS Moderator Staff Member

    My petition:

    https://www.change.org/p/that-islam...-fear-of-openly-and-honestly-discussing-islam

    Text of the petition ...

    There is currently no word to describe someone who manifests ...

    "an irrational fear of honestly and openly discussing Islam".

    The current usage of the term "ISLAMOPHOBIA" has no redeeming features.
    • It is often used to shut down discussion & debate among citizens, in politics, in the media, in academia.
    • It is used to further the criminalisation of free thinking.
    • It conflates reasonable criticism with prejudice when no such prejudice exists.
    • It conflates reasonable criticism with fear, when no such fear exists.
    • It creates a presumption of prejudice and is therefore itself a form of "pre-judgement" or prejudice.
    • It is emotionally manipulative and used to intimidate.
    • It is highly offensive.
    • It favours one religion over all others.
    • It victimises Muslim Apostates who wish to share their views with the community.
    • It treats thoughtful Muslims in an infantile manner.
    • It provides cover for advocates of Jihad.
    • It can make discussion about religion in general far too awkward.
    • It prevents any possible form of moderate Islam from being identified.
    • It inhibits open, interfaith dialogue and debate.
    The improved definition solves all these problems.
    • It condemns intellectual cowardice.
    • It condemns moral cowardice.
    • It presumes intelligence and good will.
    • It treats Muslims as equals in a free society.
    • It does not in any way vilify Islam or Muslim Apostates or anyone else.
    • It embodies a moral condemnation of evasion, political correctness, and double-speak in a manner that promotes the health of democratic society.
    • It fosters an expectation of rational discourse.
    • It liberates and empowers ongoing, open, honest discussion.
    • It is anti-bigotry, anti-prejudice, anti-racist.
    • It is far less prone to misuse than the current use of the word.
    • Since fear of discussing ideas is indeed irrational, it is appropriate to refer to such a fear as a "phobia".
    There is a very strong need for a word to describe:

    "an irrational fear of honestly and openly discussing Islam"

    Therefore, by the will of the people, let that word be:

    ISLAMOPHOBIA

    Please support this petition and let your friends and colleagues know about it in case they too would like to support it. Thank you.
     
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2016
  2. PRODOS

    PRODOS Moderator Staff Member

    Robert Spencer of JihadWatch.org challenges the widely held view that the term "Islamophobia" was invented by the Muslim Brotherhood.

    http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/did-the-muslim-brotherhood-invent-the-term-islamophobia

    The key quotes in the article are taken from:

    http://islamversuseurope.blogspot.ca/2012/08/did-muslim-brotherhood-invent-term.html

    I did a textual search on this term using many specialised electronic archives, biased towards British sources but including American ones too. My conclusion was that it had originated in Britain and had almost certainly been coined not by a Muslim but a pitifully dhimmified Jew, the "anti-racism" campaigner Richard Stone. He was one of the authors of a letter to the Guardian in 1994, which was the first recorded use I could find of the term, and he was present on the committee of the Runnymede Trust which launched the term into broad circulation in 1996. A fuller discussion of this topic, including quotes, can be found here. ​

    :cool:
     
  3. PRODOS

    PRODOS Moderator Staff Member

    My wife informed one of the world's foremost analysts and critics of Islam about the petition and received the reply:

    "Well done".

    :)
     
  4. PRODOS

    PRODOS Moderator Staff Member

    Via a colleague, I was informed that a prominent pro Ayn Rand philosophy professor in the USA likes the petition.
     

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