Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Are You An Islamophobe?

Take This Test To Be Sure

Posted By Phyllis Chesler

The greatest danger is a closed mind and a finger-on-the-trigger. The minds are closing all over Europe; rather late in the day, a small resistance emerges. American minds have also been shutting down for many years. For example, one is really not allowed to talk about race or religion (gender is fair game–look at all the photos of naked women that still surround us). One cannot say “black” or “African-American” without raising a storm. One dare not say “Islam” or “Muslim” without raising an even bigger storm.

Americans (students, professors, journalists, film stars, media talking heads, left-liberal bloggers) are especially sensitive to the wrongs done to the Palestinians, Arabs, and Muslims–and, no doubt, wrongs have been done. But these same Americans are a lot less sensitive to the sorrows, nay, the atrocities, that these very groups (Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims) have inflicted upon their very own and upon all infidels, for 1400 years.

Try to talk about this, try to raise the issue of Islam’s long history of colonialism, genocide, and gender and religious apartheid and you will quickly be demonized as a “racist” or as an “Islamophobe.” Google notes 616,000 references to “Islamophobia.” What is really going on? Why is “racism” not a good enough word to describe prejudice towards people with different skin colors, if that indeed is the case? Or is “Islamophobia” more complicated, or more specific in terms of Muslims and Islam?

Lorna Saltzman, a really good writer, an environmentalist, and once a Green Party Presidential candidate, has written a tongue-in-cheek Test Guide for all those who are worried about their own racism or Islamophobia. She writes:

Are you an Islamophobe? Here is a simple test.

Lorna Saltzman’s Test

Do you favor equal rights and treatment of women and men?
Do you oppose stoning of women accused of adultery?
Do you favor mandatory education of girls everywhere?
Do you oppose slavery and child prostitution?
Do you support complete freedom of expression and the press?
Do you support the right of an individual to worship in her chosen religion?
Do you oppose government- and mosque-supported anti-Semitic publications, radio, TV and textbooks?
Do you oppose the wearing of burqas in public places, schools and courts?
Do you oppose segregation of the sexes in public places and houses of worship?
Do you oppose the death penalty for non-Muslims and Muslims who convert to another religion?
Do you oppose “honor” killings?
Do you oppose female genital mutilation?
Do you oppose forced sexual relations?
Do you oppose discrimination against homosexuals?
Do you support the right to criticize religion?
Do you oppose polygamy?
Do you oppose child marriage, forced or otherwise?
Do you oppose the Qur’anic mandate to kill non-Muslims and apostates?
Do you oppose the addition of sharia courts to your country’s legal system?
Do you disagree with the Qur’an which asserts the superiority of Islam to all other religions?
If you answered most or all of these affirmatively, you are a vile Islamophobe and deserve to be beheaded as the Qur’an instructs.
If you answered one third or more of them affirmatively, you are a borderline Islamophobe and need to receive brainwashing to become a full-fledged dhimmi.
If you answered a quarter or fewer affirmatively, you need a few private lessons in dhimmitude to scrub yourself clean of those remnants of Islamophobia.

If you answered affirmatively to NONE of these, Congratulations! You are a worthy observant (radical–PC addition) Muslim and have a bright future vilifying Jews, torturing women or, inshallah, becoming a suicide bomber.”

Thank you Lorna for laying it all out.

FYI: Lorna Saltzman has been a environmental writer, lecturer and organizer since the early 1970s and was a candidate for the US Green Party’s presidential nomination in 2004. Her articles on evolution, energy, Green politics and secularism can be found on her website: www.lornasalzman.com


Source: http://pajamasmedia.com/phyllischesler/2009/08/26/are-you-an-islamophobe/

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7 comments:

  1. I don't know where you get your information from, but please a little bit more

    research before you post propaganda against a religion without any foundation.

    It is important to distinguish local traditions from the religion of Islam -

    which simply is submission to the one and only God. If you would like to learn

    about true Islam, please try to read the Quran translation with an objective

    mind.


    (ANSWERS IN CAPITAL LETTERS)

    Do you favor equal rights and treatment of women and men?
    ISLAM RELIGION ACCEPTS THAT MEN AND WOMEN HAVE DIFFERENT ROLES IN SOCIETY, BUT

    STILL BEING EQUALS IN RELIGION. THEY ARE ALL ORDERED THE SAME RELIGIOUS DUTIES.

    Do you oppose stoning of women accused of adultery?
    THE PUNISHMENT FOR CONTINUED ADULTERY IN THE QURAN IS FIRST NOT ALLOWING THE

    SPOUSE OUT OF THE HOUSE, AND THEN GENTLE HITTING OF THE SPOUSE. THIS CAN BE THE

    HUSBAND OR THE WIFE. THE STONING IS A TRADITIONAL ABOMINATION, AND IS NOT PART

    OF ISLAM.

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  2. Do you favor mandatory education of girls everywhere?
    YES, THE MOST REPEATED MESSAGE IN THE QURAN IS "THINK , USE YOUR MIND". FIRST

    VERSE OF THE QURAN THAT WAS REVEALED IS "READ IN THE NAME OF YOUR LORD"

    Do you oppose slavery and child prostitution?
    ISLAM CONSIDERS THAT ONLY SUPERIORITY BETWEEN HUMANS COMES FROM WHO IS MORE

    RIGHTEOUS OR NOT. SLAVERY AND ANY FORM OF PROSTITUTION IS CONDEMNED.

    Do you support complete freedom of expression and the press?
    TRUE ISLAMIC SOCIETIES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN DEMOCRATIC AS THE QURAN ORDERS TO
    DECIDE ON EVENTS INSIDE COUNCILS/PARLIAMENTS. QURAN CLEARLY ASSERTS THAT "THERE
    IS NO FORCING IN RELIGION", AND NOBODY CAN'T CONVERT ANYBODY ELSE, ONLY GOD HAS
    THAT WILL AND ABILITY.

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  3. Do you support the right of an individual to worship in her chosen religion?
    SEE THE ANSWER ABOVE

    Do you oppose government- and mosque-supported anti-Semitic publications,

    radio, TV and textbooks?
    AGAIN, RACISM IS CONDEMNED IN ISLAM. THE BEST PEOPLE ARE THE ONES THAT EXCEL IN

    RIGHTEOUSNESS.

    Do you oppose the wearing of burqas in public places, schools and courts?
    BURQA IS A LOCAL TRADIDIONAL ABOMINATION. PROPHET MUHAMMAD'S WIFES AND

    DAUGHTERS DID NOT WEAR THE BURQA.


    Do you oppose segregation of the sexes in public places and houses of worship?
    AGAIN, THIS IS NOT FROM THE QURAN, BUT RATHER LOCAL TRADITIONS.



    Do you oppose the death penalty for non-Muslims and Muslims who convert to

    another religion?
    DEATH PENALTY IS A TRADITIONAL ABOMINATION. QURAN CLEARLY STATES "THERE IS NO

    FORCING IN RELIGION". QURAN CONDEMNS THE KILLING OF ONE INNOCENT PERSON "AS IF

    THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE HAS BEEN KILLED".




    Do you oppose “honor” killings?
    PLEASE SEE QUESTION ABOVE. QURAN ONLY GIVES PERMISSION TO KILLING IN REGARDS TO

    SELF-DEFENSE, OR "A HEAD FOR A HEAD" JUSTICE. IN EACH CASE, QURAN STATES THAT

    FORGIVING, NOT BEING THE AGGRESSOR, AND NOT GOING TO THE EXTREME IS THE BETTER

    ROUTE.


    Do you oppose female genital mutilation?
    LOCAL TRADITIONAL ABOMINATIONS, PLEASE DO MORE RESEARCH.


    Do you oppose forced sexual relations?
    QURAN FORBIDS MUSLIMS FROM BEING OPPRESSORS TO ANYBODY, INCLUDING THEIR OWN

    FAIMILIES AND THEMSELVES.

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  4. Do you oppose discrimination against homosexuals?
    QURAN STATES THAT THE PEOPLE OF PROPHET LOT "GODOM AND SOMORRA" WERE THE FIRST

    TO DO THIS, AND THEY WERE DESTROYED FOR IT. THEREFORE IT IS NOT AN ACCEPTED

    BEHAVIOR. THIS IS TRUE FOR CHRISTIANITY AND OTHER RELIGIONS ALSO. NEVERTHELESS,

    MUSLIMS CAN NOT INFLICT DISCRIMINATION AND PAIN AGAINST THE HOMOSEXUALS SINCE

    THEY ARE FORBIDDEN FROM BEING OPPRESSORS IN SOCIETY.


    Do you support the right to criticize religion?
    "THERE IS NO FORCING IN RELIGION". RELIGION
    MEANS WAY OF LIFE. GOD GIVES US THE WILL TO CHOOSE, AND HE WILL JUDGE US IN THE

    HEREAFTER ON OUR CHOICES. EVERYBODY BEARS HIS OWN BURDEN.

    Do you oppose polygamy?
    POLYGAMY (3-4 SPOUSES) IS ONLY ALLOWED IF YOU CAN TREAT ALL SPOUSES EQUALLY. IF

    NOT, ONLY ONE IS ALLOWED IN ISLAM.


    Do you oppose child marriage, forced or otherwise?
    LOCAL TRADITIONAL ABOMINATIONS AGAIN, TRUE MUSLIMS ARE NOT OPRESSORS TO

    ANYBODY, ESPECIALLY TO THEIR OWN FAMILY.


    Do you oppose the quranic mandate to kill non-Muslims and apostates?
    QURAN NEVER MANDATES TO KILL NON MUSLIMS, EXCEPT ONLY IN SELF-DEFENSE WHEN

    BEING ATTACKED. EVEN THEN, MUSLIMS ARE COMMANDED TO STOP WHEN THE ATTACK STOPS,

    AND DON'T GO TO EXTREME. FORGIVENESS IS THE BEST ROUTE.


    Do you oppose the addition of sharia courts to your country’s legal system?
    DEPENDS ON WHAT SHARIA COURT MEANS. IF THE LAWS ARE BASED ON THE QURAN, THAT IS

    THE BEST LAW DIRECTLY FROM GOD. HUMAN LAWS ARE ALWAYS BOUND TO BE UNJUST AND

    INCOMPLETE. BUT AGAIN, THERE IS NO FORCING IN RELIGION, SO EVERYBODY CAN HAVE

    WHATEVER COURT THEY WANT.



    Do you disagree with the quran which asserts the superiority of Islam to all

    other religions?

    ISLAM MEANS THE RELIGION, THE WAY OF LIFE, OF SUBMISSION TO ONE AND ONLY GOD

    AND HIS WILL. ALL THE PROPHETS, STARTING WITH ADAM, AND SUCH EXAMPLES AS

    NOAH,ABRAHAM, MOSES,JESUS,AND ENDING WITH MUHAMMAD ARE ALL CONSIDERED MUSLIMS.

    THEY ALL PREACHED THE SAME RELIGION OF SUBMIT TO THE ONE AND ONLY GOD, AND DO

    GOOD DEEDS. THEREFORE ISLAM IS THE ONLY EXISTING TRUE RELIGION FROM GOD

    THROUGHOUT THE HUMAN HISTORY. THEREFORE IT IS THE ONLY ONE THAT WOULD BE

    ACCEPTED IN THE HEREAFTER.

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  5. Sorry, but what you state is just wishful thinking, and not reality. This is not what is in the Qur’an, in the Sunnah, and shurely this is not the example of Muhammad. You can see reality of Islam (that contradicts almost anything you state) by going through Islamic Fiqh (jurisprudence). What you say is what a reasonable mind (like yours) would expect to a religion to be. Reality, historic facts and jurisprudence tells the oppiosite. It’s up to you to use your mind or to continue holding your eyes closed
    (ps : all my reasoning comes from Islamic texts and sources…it’s up to you to understand)

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  6. (GENTLE HITTING OF THE SPOUCE????). Are you kidding? My God ! don’t you see how immature, illogical and self contradicty you are ? You have shot yourself in your foot !
    If this is the level of discussion you want to have...not here please

    (thank you for your opinion however, but sadly...any Imam, with a little knowledge of Islam would contradict you, based on Islamic revelation). In any case happy 2011, and that your heart might be open to the true Revelation

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  7. All of my comments in the previous post came from Quran, which is the only universal source of Islam, sent directly by God. Everything else besides the Quran was written by men, and subject to error and mistakes (both intentional and unintentional).Do not equate Sunnah and Fikh books with the Quran. There are many sects/schools of fikh, and all of the sunnah/hadith and fikh books contradict within themselves, and contradict with Quranic teachings quite a bit. The earliest hadith book was written centuries after prophet Muhammad died.


    Please, I beg you, if you are a sincere person, read an english Quran translation *with as much of an open mind as possible*, and you will see that all that I said are based on verses from the Quran. There is absolutely no "stoning" in the Quran, you can not find it.


    As far as what is preached as "Islam" by many so called religious leaders in many countries, it is not the Islam that is taught by Quran. I accept that , what I presented in my views is the true Islam religion, which is followed by many muslims themselves, but not unfortunately many muslim leaders.

    Peace

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