Islamaphobia America has been spreading lately like some type of new disease.
In reality, anti-Muslim sentiment has been around for quite a while.
Islamophobia in America: The New Racism
Islamophobia in America has spread lately like some type of new disease. In reality, anti-Muslim sentiment has been around for a while. Even though I first noticed anti-Muslim sentiment becoming increasingly prevalent, especially after 9/11, even to the point of isolated cases of violence against Muslims being committed, anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States as grown.
Between the recent acts of terrorism that was committed in San Bernardino and the racist anti-Muslim rhetoric being spread around by the likes of Donald Trump and others, Islamophobia in America has grown to new proportions. Donald Trump, as well as other members of the Republican Party, in particular those running for president, are fanning the flames of anti-Muslim sentiment. They are playing to the lowest common denominator of racism in America to put forth their point. Trump has gone so far as to suggest the banning of Muslims who are allowed to come to the United States.
The definition of Islamophobia is fear of Islam, a religion which unfortunately most Americans don’t understand, or try to understand. Instead of educating themselves about Islam, they are taking the easy way out, as usual. Many racists, who fortunately are a small minority of Americans, are taking advantage of this situation to further their ugly cause; in this case, the vilification of Muslims.
This fact is how the right-wing is using Islamophobia in America to their advantage. They are playing on the fears of the average American who really doesn’t understand Islam, or the religion of Muslims. The one question I always ask myself in these situations is, how can you hate something or be afraid of it, if you don’t understand it? Many times, I feel quite ashamed of my fellow Americans, not for their ignorance, but for the fact that so many of them seem to be proud of it. Islamophobia in America is a very clear case of why I sometimes feel ashamed to be an American. Far too often have I saw my fellow Americans wallowing in racism and interest as though it was something they should be proud of. The increased Islamophobia in America is something that makes me feel ashamed. Unfortunately, far too many Americans think that fear and hatred of Islam is some weird form of patriotism.
Equally unfortunate is the fact that most Americans find it far easier to vent their unwarranted anti-Muslim sentiment than to learn about Islam. If they were to do the latter, they would find that the current wave of violence being committed by Isis, runs totally counter to what is actually written in the Koran. Unfortunately, people in this country who cater to the believe that Islam teaches people to be violent is so deep-rooted in most Americans that Islamophobia in America has become very difficult to put a stop to. It has gotten to the point that Islamophobia in America is becoming increasingly dangerous for people follow the Muslim faith. Since San Bernardino, acts of violence against Muslims has increased. Some people have actually been hurt and mosques have been targeted for bombings and arson. In fact, some mosques have already been firebombed. Incidents of violence against Muslims has increased here in the Bay Area. Just yesterday, a man was arrested in Richmond, California for making threats against Muslims. Later, when police went to his house to arrest him, they found two pipe bombs already made and more materials to make others. I hate to think about the type of havoc this cretin was intending on inflicting upon Muslims. Islamophobia in America has gotten to the point that I’m actually afraid that some innocent people are going to be killed, merely for practicing their own faith. This goes totally against the principles upon which this country was created. Freedom of religion is a cornerstone of the U.S. Constitution.
The way I look at it is that by catering to Islamophobia, we are allowing the terrorists groups such as In reality, we are allowing terrorist groups, such as, Isis and Al Qaeda to win the war on terrorism. By allowing them to make us afraid and disrupt our society, we are unwittingly handing them a major victory. We must always remember that one of the main goals of any terrorist group is to disrupt the normal day-to-day routine of people and to make them afraid. Islamophobia in America is one of those fears that is handing a victory to terrorist groups.
As usual, the media and entertainment industry has contributed to Islamophobia in America for some time, both through movies and television. I noticed this phenomenon years ago. After 1989, when the Soviet Union collapsed, Hollywood needed a new set of villains. Before, when the Soviet Union was still in existence and people were indoctrinated to view Russians as potential spies, terrorists, and enemies of the United States, they were the ones who were usually depicted as being villains. However, when the Soviet Union fell, Muslims from the Middle East were put in the position of being Americans new villains. In doing so, all the producers in Hollywood were greatly responsible for creating Islamophobia in America.
What really gets to me, especially with this situation of Islamophobia in America is the level of hypocrisy. As usual, many of the people engaged in this type of behavior identify themselves as Christians. How can they possibly think that threatening to hurt, or actually hurting, other people just because they belong to a different faith is Christian behavior.
Even though I identify as an agnostic, which to me means that I am neither a believer or non believer in Christianity, I always ask myself a simple question that I wish more so-called Christians would ask themselves. That question is, “How would Jesus Christ behave in this case? What would he say or do?”
My interpretation of a Christian is someone who emulates Jesus Christ. If Christians are truly going to do that, do they honestly think that putting people down for being a different faith than them is right? Even though I am not a Christian, I highly doubt that Jesus would behave in the same way as some of my fellow Americans choose to behave. But, that’s just me!