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  • Muslims Aren't a Race, so Why Do We Profile As If They Were?

    Isn't it an eerie coincidence that a faith practiced mainly by non-white people is also vilified and feared? Doesn't it seem strange that there's this perpetual desire to characterize this 'brown' religion as violent when there are just as many terrorist acts committed by white, Christian people? Even though the KKK and neo-Nazis claim to follow Christianity, somehow that faith escapes the label of a terrorist religion that encourages acts of hate and violence.

    Seems to me that even if Islamophobia isn't racism, the two intersect in some interesting ways.

  • Islam is a religion mainly in foreign countries

    Where as first world countries are usually dominantly Christian; Middle Eastern countries are mainly Muslim; therefore many anti-Muslim hate-crimes are fuelled by hatred of foreigners, which is racism. They connect Islam with foreign countries and then tell these Muslims to "go home". It is, yes, xenophobia but on top of that racism.

  • "Race" is a poly-semantic word.

    According to the definition of race provided by many dictionaries, the Muslims are a race. One such definition of "race" is "a class or kind of people unified by shared interests, habits, or characteristics". When directed against people, islamophobia is racism.
    Many of the arguments claiming that islamophobia is not racist seem to have missed the fact that "race" is a poly-semantic word.

  • According to the definition of race

    Provided by many dictionaries, the Muslims are a race. One such definition is "a class or kind of people unified by shared interests, habits, or characteristics". When directed against people, islamophobia is racism.
    Many of the arguments claiming that islamophobia is not racist seem to have missed the fact that "race" is a polysemantic word.

  • Several scholars consider Islamophobia to be a form of racism.

    A 2007 article in Journal of Sociology defines Islamophobia as anti-Muslim racism and a continuation of anti-Asian and anti-Arab racism. Similarly, John Denham has drawn parallels between modern Islamophobia and the antisemitism of the 1930s, so have Maud Olofsson, and Jan Hjärpe, among others.

    Others have questioned the supposed relationship between Islamophobia and racism. Jocelyne Cesari writes that "academics are still debating the legitimacy of the term and questioning how it differs from other terms such as racism, anti-Islamism, anti-Muslimness, and anti-Semitism." Erdenir finds that "there is no consensus on the scope and content of the term and its relationship with concepts such as racism ...” and Shryock, reviewing the use of the term across national boundaries, comes to the same conclusion. On occasion race does come into play. Diane Frost defines Islamophobia as anti-Muslim feeling and violence based on "race" or religion. Islamophobia may also target people who have Muslim names, or have a look that is associated with Muslims. According to Alan Johnson, Islamophobia sometimes can be nothing more than xenophobia or racism "wrapped in religious terms."

    The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) defines Islamophobia as the fear of or prejudiced viewpoint towards Islam, Muslims and matters pertaining to them (ECRI 2006). Whether it takes the shape of daily forms of racism and discrimination or more violent forms, Islamophobia is a violation of human rights and a threat to social cohesion". It has also been defined as "fear of Muslims and Islam; rejection of the Muslim religion; or a form of differentialist racism" (Helbling 2011).

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    It may not be racism, but it aint too far away either. I've read a lot of the comments on the opposing side saying that "there is reason for fear because Islam is a religion of violence", which of course goes against their complete accounts of their fears being "backed up". If legitimate research was done instead of these comments being based of of the ignorance of mass media; then you'd see that Islam is not a religion of hatred or violence. The violence seen is that of rebel groups and individuals which the opposing commenters would know if they had not based their statement on fallacies. The actions of individuals do not judge a group.

    And, though Islam is not a race, it's followers still face the same struggles that those who endured racism did. The hatred of those who are ignorant and those who are extremist will only spread more hatred. It's much better too be your own journalist and get your own accurate supported facts.

    I personally think a fear towards billions of people based on a handful's mistakes is just ridiculousIslamophobia is Hatred Against a Group of People Islamophobia, while technically described as a form a prejudice, should be seen as a type of racism. By targeting the way a group of people looks, Islamophobia is being racist toward individuals based off of their appearance. It is almost worst than racism because many times Islamophobia can cause hatred toward individuals that have nothing to do with Islam but fit the 'look' these phobic people are prejudiced against.Definition Indicates It Is Islamophobia is defined as a hatred or fear of Islam or Muslims, especially when feared as a political force. Given the definition I believe it is easy to see that it is a type of racism, particularly a type that is deep seated in the individuals psyche. It would be difficult to fix in my opinion

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    It may not be racism, but it aint too far away either. I've read a lot of the comments on the opposing side saying that "there is reason for fear because Islam is a religion of violence", which of course goes against their complete accounts of their fears being "backed up". If legitimate research was done instead of these comments being based of of the ignorance of mass media; then you'd see that Islam is not a religion of hatred or violence. The violence seen is that of rebel groups and individuals which the opposing commenters would know if they had not based their statement on fallacies. The actions of individuals do not judge a group.

    And, though Islam is not a race, it's followers still face the same struggles that those who endured racism did. The hatred of those who are ignorant and those who are extremist will only spread more hatred. It's much better too be your own journalist and get your own accurate supported facts.

    I personally think a fear towards billions of people based on a handful's mistakes is just ridiculousIslamophobia is Hatred Against a Group of People Islamophobia, while technically described as a form a prejudice, should be seen as a type of racism. By targeting the way a group of people looks, Islamophobia is being racist toward individuals based off of their appearance. It is almost worst than racism because many times Islamophobia can cause hatred toward individuals that have nothing to do with Islam but fit the 'look' these phobic people are prejudiced against.Definition Indicates It Is Islamophobia is defined as a hatred or fear of Islam or Muslims, especially when feared as a political force. Given the definition I believe it is easy to see that it is a type of racism, particularly a type that is deep seated in the individuals psyche. It would be difficult to fix in my opinion

  • Of course it is!

    Islamophobia is racist! It's fearing a group as a race which is stereotypical! Not all of them are bad, and to think so is racist. It's like have africanamericanphobia because they lead the crime rates. That's racist! So why isn't this? It is, of course. And it's detrimental to society.

  • It is true that islam is not race

    But I believe that a prejudice towards any religion should be considered racism, the same symptoms of Islamophobia that affect muslims is almost the same as how people (of a certain race) are affected by racism towards their own ethnicity. Moreover,islamophobia offends muslims similar to how the black people were offended before the African-American civil rights movement.

  • It may not be racism, but it aint too far away either.

    I've read a lot of the comments on the opposing side saying that "there is reason for fear because Islam is a religion of violence", which of course goes against their complete accounts of their fears being "backed up". If legitimate research was done instead of these comments being based of of the ignorance of mass media; then you'd see that Islam is not a religion of hatred or violence. The violence seen is that of rebel groups and individuals which the opposing commenters would know if they had not based their statement on fallacies. The actions of individuals do not judge a group.

    And, though Islam is not a race, it's followers still face the same struggles that those who endured racism did. The hatred of those who are ignorant and those who are extremist will only spread more hatred. It's much better too be your own journalist and get your own accurate supported facts.

    I personally think a fear towards billions of people based on a handful's mistakes is just ridiculous.

  • Discrimination towards Muslims is wrong, but racist is not the correct term to describe it

    Islamophobia is a form of discrimination, which is wrong, but it isn't racism most of the time.

    If someone is being discriminated against because they have an Islamic appearance such as dark hair and brown skin, that is for sure racist. In this case they are being mistreated due to their physical characteristics.

    If someone is discriminated against because of the religion they align with, that is not racist. It's unfair, but they're being mistreated due to their belief system, which is usually quite variable within each religion. If anyone who hates Muslims is a racist, then by that logic, Islamic extremists are all racist because they hate everyone who doesn't support their belief system. However, we don't typically call Islamic extremists racists.

    Criticizing Islam as a religion, without discriminating against Muslims as a people, is very much far from racism. Like all belief systems, Islam should be discussed and evaluated objectively. Atheists aren't racist for criticizing Christianity, so why then would they be racist for criticizing Islam?

  • Islam is not a race but a set of beliefs

    No one would call people who support Communism a race or call Catholics or Hindus a race.
    If you disagree with the beliefs of Communists, Catholics or Hindu's, you could not be called
    'a racist'. It's simply the wrong word.

    Critizing and defending belief systems should involve sound and civilised debating principles.
    Why should any belief system worth anything fear being questioned?

  • Islam is a religion; not a race

    Islam is a religion; all religions are ideologies. A race can be described as a group of people with distinct physical characteristics. To be Islamophobic is to be afraid of an ideology (the religion of Islam) and not the race of the Muslim (one who follows Islam). Is it xenophobia though? Again, no. It is true that not all Muslims are violent terrorists and it is also true that not all Muslims take Islam seriously and cherry pick the good parts of the Koran and Hadith; however to be afraid, critical and condemning of an ideology is fine, it is not racist or xenophobic to do that.

  • A phobia is a fear of something. In this case fear of Islam

    1. Anyone can be Islamic regardless of race. They simply need to declare themselves so;
    2. It is a religion/culture not a race; and
    3. Most middle eastern people (commonly associated with Islam in this era) are more Caucasian than the western people that think they are Caucasian.
    Extract:
    The Caucasus mountains bound the Middle East on the north, and the real Caucasians are to some extent a liminal Middle Eastern population.
    Extract:
    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regulations also explicitly define white as "original peoples of Europe, North Africa, or the Middle East."

  • Islam is a way of thinking, a choice. Not something you are born with

    It is not wrong to criticise people's opinion/beliefs. It is wrong to criticise someone for something they cannot help or are born with. Muslims are made, not born. By assuming it's racist to insult Islamic people you are essentially assuming that Muslims can only be of one ethnicity (Arabian/middle eastern). By assuming that Muslims are always Arabian, or Arabians are always muslim, You Are Racist. Muslims can be people of any ethnicity.

    Critising any and all beliefs and religions is the best way we can move forward in the world. When we don't criticise, we end up with catastrophes. E.g. Holocaust

  • Well...Not exactly, no.

    Islamophobia is NOT racism. This is because Islam is NOT an ethnicity- it's a religion. Any person from any race whether white, black, asian or arab can be a muslim. It's something i have dubbed "FAITHISM"- when someone us unfairly discriminated solely because of their religion which is equally as bad as racism

    I'm not saying that being Islamophobic is okay- it's completely wrong but i'm just saying it is not really racism because Islam is not an enthnicity just like discriminating against Christians is not being racist because any person from any race can be Christian. If you want a word for it, call it "FAITHISM!"

  • Islam is a RELIGION

    You cannot be racist towards a religion, just like you cannot be sexist towards a race. Besides, there are Muslims who are not middle-eastern, and there are middle-eastern people who are not Muslim. Racism just doesn't fit since Islam isn't a race. It baffles me that people think otherwise (which is ironically pretty racist)

    Posted by: Adze
  • Islam isn't a race

    Islam is not a race. Islam is a religion. Not every Muslim has ancestors from the Middle East. People of all races can convert to Islam if they want. There are Muslims from all parts of the world.

    Islamophobia is a fear of Islam. When anyone criticizes Islamic scriptures for having sexist, homophobic, and violent passages, the media labels them a racist Islamophobe. When anyone criticizes Christian scriptures for having sexist, homophobic, and violent passages, the media congratulates them. All faiths should be treated equally. People should learn to coexist, but constructive criticism should still be allowed.

  • Its a belief.

    It has nothing to do with appearance, of it this would be racist then everyone who hates christians is racist as well, and obviously the cultural marxists don't want that to happen.
    Islam in itself is not tolerant and should not be given the rights that it itself does not offer.

  • Its a belief.

    It has nothing to do with appearance, of it this would be racist then everyone who hates christians is racist as well, and obviously the cultural marxists don't want that to happen.
    Islam in itself is not tolerant and should not be given the rights that it itself does not offer.


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