‘Take Islamophobia Seriously?’ Yes, By Disowning Bigotry!
I see that the Islamic Central Council of Switzerland has demanded the authorities ‘take Islamophobia seriously’ – http://www.thelocal.ch/20161221/islamic-council-switzerland-must-take-islamophobia-seriously – after a young man opened fire at a mosque.
Turns out he was a total nutter, an occult-addict who had just killed an old friend for no reason to do with religion. He had no connection with any political organisation and committed suicide after the mosque incident.
In other words, little if anything to do with Islamophobia!
But yes, it is important to take Islamophobia seriously.
More to the point, it’s important for the Islamic Central Council – and every Islamic body in every country – to do so.
They could make a useful start by telling obnoxious bigot brats to shake their teachers’ hands, as normal Swiss school-children do every day.
Some sensible Muslims condemned the brat in that story – did the Central Council?
They could, moreover, and should, disown – condemn – the sort of thing we here in Indonesia hear from the state-funded Council of Indonesian ‘Scholars’ (MUI)….
It was MUI’s Deputy Chair, Ma’aruf, who kindly advised everyone that FGM is a ‘human right!’
And here’s another of their ‘scholars’ talking.
Syamsul Maarif, General Secretary of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) Jakarta
“If the act of adultery is by a married person, then stoning is the sentence, while if unmarried, then it’s whipping,” he said.
…and the Central Council would win wide approval, for sure, if they went on to request the authorities to round up and deport any and every cleric who refuses to denounce dangerous drivel about harming ‘apostates’ and killing cartoonists and other so-called ‘blasphemers.’
‘Islamophobia’ as a concept is a fairly recent invention coined by fanatics to intimidate critics of jihadist hate.
What decent Muslims should be doing is to take the steps I’ve outlined above, and brand as HERETICS those responsible for provoking anti-Muslim feelings by offensive sermons which incite violence.
Oh yeah – last but not least.
The ICC should repudiate any suggestion that solidarity with co-religionists in foreign parts should take precedence over allegiance to Switzerland.
- That kind of sectarian supranationalism, so reminiscent of communist internationalism, affronts EVERY patriotic citizen – and not just in Switzerland!