Islamophobia Disgusts Me
by, 30th April 2013 at 09:37 PM (1086 Views)
In the wake of all these terrorist attacks, I feel the need to say this.
Islamophobia is poisoning our societies. The terrorists have made an entire religion of 1.5 billion people look bad. I feel bad for all the Muslims who don't support the terrorists, because they basically hijacked their beliefs and used them to spread hate.
Europe is where it is the worst. I hear stories of people in Europe making anti-Muslim documentaries and excessive focus on honor killings. Yes, honor killings are disgusting and backwards, but most Muslims don't support them. I do not like what people like Geert Wilders have to say about Muslims. And a lot of it is tied to immigration as well.
It's pretty bad in Russia too. Now that a lot of the Jews have moved to Israel, the Muslims are now the main target. Russia has a gross neo-Nazi following, and they target Muslims - especially ones from Central Asia, who they hate even more than the native Turkic and Caucasian Muslims. It could also have to do with the fact that a lot of these people are darker than typical Russians (people in the Cacucasus are known as black in Russia since most of them have dark hair), and the Russian neo-Nazis hate the mostly non-Muslim Armenians for this as well.
Lest non-Western countries be free from this, think again. We all know how bad Israel is. Their leaders hate the Palestinians just as much as the Arab governments hate the Jews. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. India is also pretty bad. There was a mosque blown up in Ayodhya about 20 years ago, and there's still bickering over it. A lot of the more nationalistic Hindus and Sikhs are still bitter about the Mughal persecutions of non-Muslims. But two wrongs don't make a right. (Which is the same for the Chechen terrorists. Just because Russia persecuted your people for centuries, doesn't mean you can go bombing them.)
And of course we have America. I've heard anti-Muslim attitudes come from all sorts of people in this country. The biggest hate seems to be from fundamentalist Christians. Westboro Baptist releases anti-Muslim statements all the time. Bloggers like Daniel Pipes, Robert Spencer, and Debbie Schlussel also contribute to it. (The last one also hates Polish people a lot based on exaggerated accounts of Polish Nazi collaborators.)
Muslims have been perssecuted in history. Russia was historically one of the biggest persecutors of Muslims, especially during the days of the Russian Empire where it came very close to the persecution of Jews. Ivan the Terrible fought endlessly against the Tatars, who speak a language similar to Turkish. Take a guess what he did after he conquered their lands. There was a massive genocide of people in Circassia (which is near Chechnya) around the time of the US Civil War. And this genocide is largely forgotten, since no one is alive to remember it. The Soviet Union continued the mistreatment, though they did it with everyone else too. China has also done its fair share - especially towards the Muslims in Xinjiang. Not to mention the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition, which were even worse...
But like I said, it's wrong to get revenge for persecution of your people. You don't see Israelis trying to attack Germany or countries that collaborated with Germany like Croatia and Romania. Nor do you see Native Americans trying to attack our government.
We really need to stop this nonsense. We need to try to get along with Muslims as a whole. We should differentiate average Muslims from Islamists. And if we keep hating them, it will only make the Islamists even worse. So all of us, Muslim and non-Muslim, should unite to oppose the terrorists.