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Those attempting to subvert free speech are excelling with the likes of "Islamophobia"
Its Origin, Usage and Monopoly
- xenophobic etc. etc.
Around a decade prior to Said's usage of the word, Iranian fundamentalists were pushing forth the term as a synonymous (albeit more succinct) form of xenophobia (Peretz 2011). This is also reported in an article from The New Republic, which acknowledges the insidious nature of the term. The term allows an entire belief system, regardless of the arbitrary dictations and declarations, to be completely inviolate. In Peretz's astute paper, he references some of the catalysts in the cognizance of this silly term as a French essayist named Bruckner stated, "This term, which is worthy of totalitarian propaganda, is deliberately unspecific about whether it refers to a religion, a belief system or its faithful adherents around the world" (Peretz 2011). Arguments such as those stated offer a new perspective to those who have dormant thoughts, easily stirred by consensus. The fact that the term Islamophobia treats Islam as a fortuitousness such as race or predisposed ability is absurd and distorts the overall farce that it could easily be perceived as. As Sharia Law condemns adultery with a primitive stoning, shoplifting with the severing of hands and the forsaking of Islam with homicide, there is ample evidence to prove why the omnipotent few don't want to be contested or chance looking foolish. Succeeding 9/11 and the 7/7 bombings, the word invariably came back into prominence as Western society was rather cleverly silenced and chastised as a society that has marginalized Islam with any of the preceding events being justified as an act of psychopathic retribution. Again, this isn't to make a sweeping declaration that any Muslim is willing to commit such vile acts upon innocent people-but it cannot go unacknowledged that these acts were in lieu of a religion that promises rivers of honey and 77 virgins in the afterlife. I accept diversity, as well as opinion, but I also expect the right to a freedom of speech and an education-which is why I am writing this article.
Being intolerant is one thing, but to play to the theocracies and bullying nature of many belief systems is to become a defeatist, an apologist and a dud. Speaking out against a particular belief system doesn't make one intolerant, especially if that institution has a proven track record of crimes against humanity, but merely makes one a marginalized partaker in unpopular speech. There will be fundamentalists on both sides and this paper isn't stating that there isn't genuine hostility or inimicality toward people based on their beliefs (rather than beliefs based on their tenants and tyrants). Freedom of speech allows for an open forum, regardless of popularity or distinction, and if a rhetorical neologism can influence unpopular speech to the degree of subversive speech-then all the appeasers, religious partisans and thought police civilians suffer from a fear of opinion, also known as Allodoxaphobia.
- Ezzerhoini, D. (2010) L'islamophobie, un racisme apparu avec la colonisation, Alg?rie-focus, 3 February
- Peretz, M. (2011) The Invention of Islamophobia (on-line) The New Republic, Washington D.C. Accessed 5 November 2012
- Richardson, R. (2009) Islamophobia or anti-Muslim racism ' or what? ' concepts and terms revisited (on-line) Insted, UK.
Fareed Nazaryfar, Contributing Writer: Published by the Orange County Register, as well as esoteric publications such as Groundsounds magazine in Los Angeles. Currently on a perennial mission to please the eyes of the editing staff at The New Yorker in a bid to get anything published to validate a sense of "quality". (more...)