I have been islamophobic for most of my adult life. I believe I am justified in being convinced that the second largest religion by population in the world to be a existential threat to the liberal secular democracy’s of the world. I know that there’s a strong push back for this view by most on the left. As I see it, the problem comes from assumptions and ignorance. The assumption is that all faiths are equally benign is prevalent. The ignorance is a straightforward lack of knowledge of what the Islamic texts actually say.
As far a I can tell the folks on the right who self identify as being islamophobic have different reasons and I find those to be abhorrent and bigoted. Muslim folks occupy all demographics and reside in most if not all countries. Islam is not a race of humans. Islam is a set of ideas.
My opposition to the religion is about those ideas. To quote Sam Harris, “Islam is the mother load of bad ideas”. To truly appreciate what drives my opposition are the ideas codified in Islam’s religious texts and one only needs to read them to appreciate my concerns. To be fair I do not expect people to read these books. You can pull up passages on the web to get an inkling of what I’m talking about. However there is a more interactive way to expose yourself to the Islamic world. I urge anyone who disagrees with my position, or is interested in knowing more, to visit the website for Ex Muslims of North America https://exmuslims.org/ and watch for yourself the reasons given by these brave people, who at great risk to themselves, express to us why they left Islam.
Conversation is the only thing we have to make any impact on others belief systems. These conversations, to have any effect, need to be reasoned not accusatory.
Thank you, your liberal friend,
For your consideration.
“Why should anyone feel compelled to be subservient to a benevolent benefactor?
Put another way, what kind of mind demands to be worshiped for doing what came naturally?”