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Progressive Muslims Are “Islamophobic”

An Islamist terrorist-turned reformer, Tawfik Hamid confronts the charge of Islamophobia: For 20 years, I have preached a reformed interpretation of Islam that teaches peace and respects human rights. I have consistently spoken out–with dozens of other Muslim and Arab … Read More

By / May 31, 2007

An Islamist terrorist-turned reformer, Tawfik Hamid confronts the charge of Islamophobia:

For 20 years, I have preached a reformed interpretation of Islam that teaches peace and respects human rights. I have consistently spoken out–with dozens of other Muslim and Arab reformers–against the mistreatment of women, gays and religious minorities in the Islamic world. We have pointed out the violent teachings of Salafism and the imperative of Westerners to protect themselves against it.

Yet according to CAIR's Michigan spokeswoman, Zeinab Chami, I am "the latest weapon in the Islamophobe arsenal.

Is there any better example today of progressives frustrating progress than the negligent and malignant misapplication of the term Islamophobia? Hamid again:

Islamophobia could end when masses of Muslims demonstrate in the streets against videos displaying innocent people being beheaded with the same vigor we employ against airlines, Israel and cartoons of Muhammad. It might cease when Muslims unambiguously and publicly insist that Shariah law should have no binding legal status in free, democratic societies.

It is well past time that Muslims cease using the charge of "Islamophobia" as a tool to intimidate and blackmail those who speak up against suspicious passengers and against those who rightly criticize current Islamic practices and preachings.

 

He's right. Isn't it odd how easy it is to get slapped with the charge of Muslim-hating for supporting peace activists in the Islamic world? But understand and sympathize with extremists who randomly and brutally murder other Muslims? –yer practically in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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