The term ‘Islamophobia’ is intended to give the religion of Mohammed a status of exemption denied to other spiritual systems and world views.
Source: There’s No Such Thing as Islamophobia | Interface Institute
The veracity of the above statement is undeniable. The term “Islamaphobia” is used regularly as a club by the political left – which has (for reasons discussed in the linked essay, but which seem to defy rational thought) decided to hitch a good part of its star to Islam – to bludgeon those who do not buy into that agenda. So, is it indeed true that “There’s no such thing as Islamaphobia”…?
Well, yes and no. I agree with some of the author’s critiques, but not necessarily with his premises. First, the real issue is not that fear of Islam does not exist, it is that “Islamaphobia” is a false characterization because a “phobia” is an irrational or unreasonable/excessive fear.
It is neither irrational nor unreasonable to be afraid of people, many of whom would like to see you dead, and even of those who might not wish death upon you directly, most would still like to see you under the dominion of the ideology they profess – an ideology which is highly problematic on a number of grounds: not least that the only three options it presents are to join it, admit you’re inferior to it and pay a tax, or die. I am not aware of such a stark choice in any other religion, and certainly not what might be considered a “major world religion.”
Second, this essay continues to promote the false narrative that Islam is “just another religion” and ought to be treated (and, to the author’s credit, ought also to behave) like just another religion. It ignores the reality that Islam is an ideology, a worldview, which is all-encompassing, including not only religion but governance, jurisprudence, military affairs, and economics, and earnestly desires (and believes itself entitled to) world domination.
There is no “love your neighbor as yourself,” in Islam; no “render unto Caesar the things that are Caesars, and to God the things that are God’s,” no separation of mosque and state. There is only the Dar al-Islam, which is to be ever-spreading until all the world is brought under submission to Allah and his Prophet, and the Dar al-Harb: the currently non-Muslim world, which is to be brought under that submission.
This makes it rather hard to imagine the reaching of the sort of accommodation the author recommends, without drastic, radical alterations – including a massive reduction is scope – on the part of Islam itself. Such a dramatic re-envisioning, not only of belief but of point and purpose, would make the Protestant Reformation look like a walk in the park by comparison! I am not going to hold my breath, I’m afraid.