Stop Contributing to Terrorism!
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Good, because I want the message of this blog gets across nice and strong.
Since the Paris attacks, well over 50 Muslims, and countless others across the world, have been wrongfully attacked for simply being a part of the faith, or in some cases, for simply being middle-eastern. I don’t like to use the phrase Islamophobia, as I feel it shuts down any conversation that could lead to a peaceful reformation of Islam. I do think one should be able to criticize the doctrine, along with any laws or motivations that come from it. But when it comes to physically attacking and harassing people, then you have gone well beyond acceptable critique.
Today, instead of calling it the ultra-progressive term, Islamophobia, I’m calling this what it is: terrorism.
In some cases it’s Christian Terrorism, in others it’s White Terrorism, in others it’s Anti-Immigrant Terrorism or Anti-Muslim Terrorism – the ideas really can go on for as long as there are people around to create new ones. So let’s just put it under one spectrum, because it clearly all comes from the same type of incentives.
Let’s call it terrorism, because that is what it is. Quite ironic, when you consider what the people engaging in these actions are afraid of others committing the exact same things against them.
What is terrorism?
It’s an action of destructive or terrifying proportions in order to further a particular ideology.
That is quite simple. If people aren’t committing acts of terrorism, then they are not terrorists, just like many of the Muslims who are being attacked. Going out of the way to attack, harass or abuse people, is enabling and replicating the very terrorism people are so afraid of.
To be a fair, a person may be afraid, or may just want immigrants out of their country. They may be for the white power movement, or some other kind of totalitarian state. They may just not be very well-informed, and jumping into the nearest bandwagon they see.
Personally, I don’t give a shit. I’m against all of those absolutes. That said, a person is allowed to have those ideas. What they’re NOT allowed to do is terrorize and attack regular, peace-loving people, for simply opposing those ideas. You can debate their ideas, but that’s where the line is drawn. You can’t combat terrorism with more terrorism. It doesn’t work!
The moment a person physically attacks, or harasses people for simply having differing views, is the same moment they have become a terrorist fighting for their own ideas through forceful action. Perhaps those who engage in this type of action always were this way. They just needed the right victim to sink your claws into.
I don’t know what else to say. It honestly feels like I’m trying to explain how to behave to a group of misbehaving children (though, I’m confident my audience is more rational than that).
All in all, we need to stop the bigotry against Muslims, and the outright hate that’s fueled by labels and stereotypes. There is a difference between debating and reforming the ideology for the better, and attacking the people for personal or ideological gain – especially when it comes to physically harm.
Once you start attacking the people who haven’t done anything wrong – when you deal in absolutes, especially about people, you only push the central solution further away. This makes the real debate harder to have, and any peaceful outcome, more difficult to achieve.
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I’ve spoken about this topic from both sides before, and you can check out those articles here:
Combating Ignorance – Anita Sarkeesian, ISIS, and Muslims:
Friday the 13th, and Islamophobia :
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