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Islamophobia? What Islamophobia?

Muslim non-victim of non-existent Islamophobia

An irony of Islamophobes is that they are among the most vehement Islamophobia-deniers. It’s sort of like how White supremacists believe that there is no such thing as racism, that their hatred of blacks is a logical and rational enterprise. Hey, they’re just out to preserve the purity of the White race.

I wonder what goes through the minds of Robert Spencer or Pamela Geller who are making a handsome living inciting Americans against the evil faith of Islam and its suspicious adherents when they see the picture of the 44 year old father above lying in the ER after he was slashed on the job for committing the grand old crime of being Muslim.

Ahmed H. Sharif came to this country 25 years ago. He worked as a chef for 10 years, and as a cab driver for 15. Like most American Muslims, he came to this country to earn a living on the merit of his hard work and sacrifice, in hopes of providing a better life for his family.

Unbeknownst to him, there has been a movement fomenting in this country blasting an incessant message over AM talk radio, the internet, and the right-wing TV talk shows telling gullible Americans that Mooslims like Sharif and his ilk are really here to “Islamize” America, abolish freedom and democracy and institute a Taliban-brand Shariah. The recent hysteria surrounding the building of the proposed Park51 Islamic center in lower Manhattan saw that Goebelsian message rise to a deafening pitch.

Michael Enright, 21, an art student by day, and a “soldier of freedom” by night, was listening.

On late August 24th he hailed Sharif’s cab.

"Anti-Jihadi Freedom Fighter" Michael Enright

Enright greeted Sharif with “Assalamu Alaikum.” A flattered Sharif responded. Enright asked Sharif how his Ramadan was going, and a compliant Sharif explained it was going well. Enright then gave Sharif a hint of what was coming by proceeding to ridicule Sharif’s faith.

At the end of the ride, before stepping out of the cab, Enright then left Sharif a little piece of “freedom fighting:”

“This is the checkpoint motherfucker” and “I have to bring you down motherfucker,” shouted Enright.

The New York Times reports that Enright then “withdrew a Leatherman knife and reaching through the opening in the plastic divider, slashed Mr. Sharif’s throat. When Mr. Sharif turned, he said, Mr. Enright stabbed him in his face, on his arm and on his thumbs.”

Mr. Sharif pleaded: “I beg of you, don’t kill me. I worked so hard, I have a family.”

Of course, Pipes, Geller, and Spencer will tell you that Sharif only has himself to blame for being a scary Muslim:

Says ailing Islamophobe Daniel Pipes:

“Muslims should dispense with this discredited term [of Islamophobia] and instead engage in some earnest introspection. Rather than blame the potential victim for fearing his would-be executioner, they would do better to ponder how Islamists have transformed their faith into an ideology celebrating murder and develop strategies to redeem their religion by combating this morbid totalitarianism.” (Islamophobia? New York Sun, 10/25/2005)

Mr. Sharif, We sincerely hope you had some time to “ponder” that before your throat was randomly thrashed in this non-Islamophobic attack.

Says the Queen of Islamophobia Pamela Geller, founder of the pro-genocide anti-Muslim hate group SIOA:

“What hate crimes, what hate crimes, there is no documentation, there is no backlash, this is part of this narrative, it’s part of this narrative, it’s part of this Islamic narrative… There is no [anti] Muslim backlash, that’s part of this Islamic narrative, you cannot cite any hate crimes, there has been no hate crimes, America has gone out of its way to make sure there is no backlash” (The Alyona Show, RT, 07/25/2010)

Hear that Mr. Sharif? Even if you were lashed from the back for being Muslim, it’s still not a backlash because there is no such thing as an anti-Muslim backlash.

Says the (anti) Islamic “scholar” Robert Spencer and co-founder of SIOA:

“This is why the fake term Islamophobia is so dangerous: It insinuates that any reservations about Islam must ipso facto be ‘phobic.’ A phobia is an irrational fear or dislike. Islamic preaching very often manifests precisely this feature, which is why suspicion of it is by no means irrational.” (jihadwatch.org, 08/24/2010)

That’s right, what’s so “irrational” about Enright’s behavior? Islamophobia? What Islamophobia?

So there you have it folks, as the “perceptive” commentator Jonah Goldberg would say: “the supposed Muslim backlash” in America is “mostly a myth.” (Islamophobia? Not really. Los Angeles Times. 08/24/2010)

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  • http://thebandofstrangers.blogspot.com/ Jack Cope

    I’m in the UAE for New Year (flying back to KL on the 2nd), I can see the whole skyline from where I am :-) Did you get that email?

  • Cynic

    Really Jack, I’m not seeing a great deal of fireworks. But then again, I don’t live in PJ.

  • http://thebandofstrangers.blogspot.com/ Jack Cope

    ^ I can see those fireworks out of my window, terribly showy but interesting, this *is* the country that insisted on having the worlds biggest fireworks display for the opening ceremony of the worlds most luxury hotel, five times larger than the Olympic display (saw those from my window too) 😀 But yes, it’s the standard stuff that I’ve come to expect coming from up there, ignorant to the extreme. Oh, and regarding so called ‘development’, I’ve come across plenty of places in the so called ‘developed’ west with none of that stuff mentioned and plenty of places in so called ‘undeveloped’ countries that have. I’d ask you to get some knowledge before spouting off like that.

  • Mosizzle

    “You look around and, even though bags of money has arrived over the past forty years, you have a hard time finding clinics, day care and schools, hospitals, parks, and what one would expect to find in an advanced civilization. What you do find are new street signs renaming a road or square after the latest suicide bomber.”

    I’ve never had a problem finding those things in Muslim countries. But I haven’t found a single road or square named after a suicide bomber. Perhaps you are confusing Gaza with the rest of the Muslim World. Since you have such a problem with suicide attackers being venerated perhaps you can also say something about the 10 000 Israelis that have made pilgrimage to the grave of Dr Baruch Goldstein who lay down his life to kill innocent Palestinians as they prayed in the Cave of the
    Patriarchs Mosque. He was celebrated as a martyr when he died by extremist Jews. One Rabbi called him the “greatest Jew” and “100 percent perfect” because of his terrorism. He is buried near a park named in memory of extremist Jew and founder of terrorist group Kach, Rabbi Meir Kahane

    If you are so ignorant about the state of the Muslim world that you assume there is just an empty, undeveloped desert from Morroco to Malaysia, then please do a quick Google Search and tell me where the world’s tallest building is and where they are holding the world’s highest fireworks display tonight.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Burj_Khalifa_building.jpg

  • http://realmofthesphinx.wordpress.com/ The Sphinx

    “Whatever happens, whatever you think, remember to keep FACTS out of any reasoning process. Go through life parroting others, never deduce, always repeat what you’ve read and heard others say. Always believe what those who have power over your narrow field of world vision tell you and, consequently, want you to believe is true.”

    (…)

    “You take to easy way out by shifting the “blame” to others when, in fact, either there is no reason for “blame” or it is missdirected [sic].”

    (…)

    “And yet you are sitting on your high horse, but it’s only in your mind.”

    ^ I don’t know about you, but this coming from a rabid islamophobe is the height of irony.

  • Cheryl

    Whatever happens, whatever you think, remember to keep FACTS out of any reasoning process. Go through life parroting others, never deduce, always repeat what you’ve read and heard others say. Always believe what those who have power over your narrow field of world vision tell you and, consequently, want you to believe is true. You’ve learned to follow and your handlers point you out to others as “an example” of correct behavior. You pride yourself on your reasoning ability yet you fail to take into account the information that you process is deeply flawed so you cannot begin to grasp your failed conclusions are a product of mass missinformation. Your rulers are proud of you because whenever you look into the mirror in your mind you see them. So, go ahead, believe you are smarter than others and believe that, because others think the way you do, you are “right”.
    You are actually too immature to comprehend the above paragraph, but that is to be expected. You take to easy way out by shifting the “blame” to others when, in fact, either there is no reason for “blame” or it is missdirected. You think and act as if you know the answer when, in fact, you can’t even formulate the question.
    You look around and, even though bags of money has arrived over the past forty years, you have a hard time finding clinics, day care and schools, hospitals, parks, and what one would expect to find in an advanced civilization. What you do find are new street signs renaming a road or square after the latest suicide bomber.
    And yet you are sitting on your high horse, but it’s only in your mind.

  • http://thebandofstrangers.blogspot.com/ Jack Cope

    ^^ I have no problem with ‘Atheism’, in fact most of my family are Atheists, but I do have a problem with ‘Evangelical Atheists’ like the one above. He/she/it has just droped out of one ‘religion’ and picked up ‘Atheism’ or whatever he/she/it follows to preach instead. Dull…

  • Eternel

    “Perhaps it will keep you disorganized and distracted”
    You are right, that’s your best chance to spread your creepy fairytale around the world.
    But I wouldn’t bet too much on that…
    Westerners and non-Westerners are beginning to unite against your so perfect “religion”. Wake up, born-muslims, drop Mohammad’s cult, it’ only a joke if start thinking about it.

  • http://www.counterculture-jihad.com Zakariya Ali Sher

    Wow… I’m amazed at the absolutely abysmal grammar used by our resident Islamophobic bigots. If you are going to claim you are ‘championing western culture’ or some other such nonsense, at the very least do us the favor of using PROPER English. It’s not a difficult language to acquire proficiency in.

    @ Cheryl:

    > One can easily say that “The Seven Pillars of Wisdom” was a warning to
    > the West.

    Did you actually READ the book? It was written by T.E. Lawrence, aka ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ a British officer who was largely sympathetic to the Arabs and led the Arab revolt against the Turks. Yes, he sensationalized things and left a somewhat mixed record, but he was hardly anti-Muslim.

    > What you going to do, burn the Mona Lisa?

    What? That’s a non-sequitur… nobody is calling for burning the Mona Lisa. But the key difference here is that you immediately see any acceptance of Islam – or things from the Middle East – as being a betrayal of ‘western’ civilizations. The cultural achievements that you list off are not universal. They are only focused on Euro-American culture. We have our own achievements too, and I find it especially amusing since the Mediterranean world in particular has a long history of contact and exchange with the Muslim world. Is what happened in Venice, Constantinople or Madrid really so different from Cairo, Aleppo or Baghdad? I think not.

    You praise the achievements of Europe and view them as the be all, end all. But what about al-Azhar University in Cairo? What about the Taj Mahal, Lal Qila, and Sankore Mosque at Timbuktu? You claim we have no culture, yet we can claim musicians like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Farida Mohammad Ali and Youssou N’Dour. We can claim writers and poets like Amir Khusrau, Rumi, Hafez and Sir Muhammad Iqbal. We have Alf Layla wa Layla (the Thousand and One Nights), Layla wa Majnoun, Kalila wa Dimna, and the Haft Paykar…

    Western culture is all very well and good. I’m not going to disparage the great achievements of Europe and America. Quite the opposite, I greatly appreciate the 18-19th centuries in particular. BUT… that doesn’t mean you can’t also acknowledge and appreciate other cultures as well.

    > Destroy all the statues of great people?

    There are those in Muslim countries too. Remember the hideous statue of Saddam Hussein being torn down that became an iconic image of the Iraq War? There are statues of historical figures like Timur in Toshkent, ibn Khaldun in Tunis, and one of Cheng Ho outside the Museum of History and Ethnology in Malacca. Another very famous one is the big statue of Saladin and the Crusaders in Damascus that was unveiled sometime around 2000 or so. I think that there’s a statue of ibn Battuta in Tangier too…

    > Ban all musical instruments?

    You mean like ‘oud, qanun, ney, daff, darbuka, saz, santoor, tar, cümbüş, rebab, zill, ghaida, mezouad… you know, all the instruments which are widely played in ‘traditional’ Arabic, Turkish, Persian and Kurdish music? Some of those instruments actually related to European instruments too. The santoor and qanun are dulcimers, the ‘oud is the ancestor of the lute (and from that also guitars and banjos), mezouad are bagpipes, etc.

    > Take your sharia law and shove it down your throats, please, and leave
    > the rest of us alone.

    You know… here in the US I have far more to worry about with the evangelicals trying to force THEIR religious laws down my throat than even the most extreme of my co-religionists. Do you expect Hindus, Wiccans, Jews, Sikhs, Buddhists and others might feel the same way too?

    > I’m sure Pam would agree with me, don’t yo?

    Who cares what Pam does?

    @ Eternal:

    > Regarding the Hitler thing, it is very old fashioned you know. The nuts > who wrongly use that “final” argument should be cautious. We were not
    > born at that time and we only know the winners’ version of History.
    > Russian, English and American, helped by the Jewish people, won the war.
    > Hitler could never have been defeated by less advanced countries, so you
    > should all be thankful to these Western countries.
    > Be careful with your threats, insults and bad behaviour not to make too
    > many Westerners wonder whether the outcome of WW II was after all such a
    > good thing. Just a piece of advice…

    Man, eternal, what the heck is up with you? This isn’t the first time you’ve made posts where you talk about admiring Hitler. It’s… kind of creepy really, but perhaps not too surprising. Hitler was decidedly ‘white’ and ‘Western.’ And moreover, he tried to assure the ‘supremacy’ of his racist ideology by killing those who opposed to him, and implementing anti-miscegenation laws (something which existed in America at one point).

    Perhaps its at least something to be thankful for, as you Islamophobes violently disagree with one another as much as you hate us. Perhaps it will keep you disorganized and distracted.

  • Eternel

    @Barnaby
    “Islam tells Muslims not to take sides with a non-Muslim against a Muslim in an argument, why? Because they don’t ever want to admit a non-Muslim might be right. Irrational fear!”
    It is not an irrational fear, it’s a clever piece of dogma, forged by a cunning warrior politician.
    We constantly harp on Hitler nowadays but we tolerate such an alien totalitarian backward cult !
    That won’t last, fortunately, but the collateral effects will be terrible.

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  • Barnaby

    This is by no means evidence of islamophobia, it is merely an isolated incident of one nutter doing something bad. There’s nothing in American law or in Chirsitan teachings telling this boy to go out and commit this crime. And while you publicise this one white nutter assaulting a Muslim, wh don’t you write something about all the Christians attacked and killed daily in Muslim lands for none other than being non-Muslims. People put on death row because they don’t agree that Muhammad was a prophet. Islamophobia doesn’t exist, it’s an invention of violent islamist murderers to try to deflect from their own phobia. Phobia is an irrational fear of something, so how about this then: Islam denies it’s women the right to marry non-Muslims, why? Because their children will be non-Muslim. What’s that if not an irrational fear? Islam denies it’s adherents the right to convert away from Islam, why? Because then there will be more non-Muslims and less Muslims. Do you see what I’m getting at here? Islam has the irrational fear of non-Muslims, not the other way around. Islam is infidelophobe. Islam tells Muslims not to take sides with a non-Muslim against a Muslim in an argument, why? Because they don’t ever want to admit a non-Muslim might be right. Irrational fear!

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  • Aamir

    @Mosizzle..you don’t really need to defend your point…he is a master at defaming people,community and anything that goes againt his hate agenda..
    If he wants to show this website as a hate-site,he will do it anyways withou you or me doing anything and his readers are going to take it up as a sermon without checking the facts for themselves…You can imagine the fear when he has not for once mentioned loonwatch’s name in the article..So just chill!!

  • Mosizzle

    Yeah, Lol, apparently poor wittle Robert Spencer took my joke as a death threat. He just needs another excuse to defame this site. As usual his post didn’t include a link to Spencerwatch, in case his readers saw the truth.

    http://spencerwatch.com/2010/11/08/spencer-upset-muslims-take-on-extremists/#comment-2026

    I have replied on that page about the comment. He was looking to find negative comments to attack this site with. I’m so sorry, guys! :(

  • Aamir

    And one more thing ..Next time please don’t forget to mention the name..

    It’s………….LOONWATCH

  • Aamir

    To,
    Spencer and your goons,

    We are still waiting to hear some more excuses to avoid a radio debate with Danios.

    And for your kind reminder we also called you a chicken and a thug..

    Please vist the website spencerwatch.com for further information.we dedicated this website to you ……so enjoy!!

    http://spencerwatch.com/2010/11/01/jihadwatch-afraid-to-debate-loonwatch/

  • Aamir

    Look Spencer’s disciple going mad at us when their terrorist leader aka Robert Spencer was insulted at loonwatch(btw we do that all the time)

    Author Profile Page sumdum | November 17, 2010 3:16 PM | Reply

    It doesn’t stop to surprise me that they project onto their enemies the things they are or do themself. They call us fascists, accuse christians of abductions of children to convert them, and now this.. yet it all applies and is true of them.
    ============================================================
    Another of his disciple showing jihadwatch’s true colours:

    Author Profile Page SaleemSmith | November 17, 2010 3:18 PM | Reply

    Muhammad was an insane goat and camel f**ker.

    Who then went on to become a murderer,

    A rapist,

    And a child molester.

    Many of Moh-dumbf**k-hammerheads sheep are perpetually lost…

    They cannot and will not be “saved”…

    So don’t waste your valuable time and effort trying to do so…

    YOU MUSLIMS really are ****ing pathetic…

    LOLLLLLLlllllllllllllllllllllllllll
    =========================================================

    And spencer fumes just coz he was called a cancer…

    Mr Spencer..Why don’t you go and FCUK yourself.

  • Aamir

    Just to let you know Spencer..I wanna be famous too..How about this..

    Yesterday i saw you in my dreams and you were lying dead in a pool of muslim shit.hahahaha!

  • Aamir

    Congrats Mosizzle! You made it big man.You are on jihadwatch.!!

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