Friday, 26 August 2016

New report shows why we must reject the silencing propaganda term 'Islamophobia' - Michael Nugent

Long thoughtful article, by Michael Nugent, rubbishing (because it needs to be rubbished), the Demos "findings" of "Islamophobic" comments on Twitter. He eviscerates them.
Bottom line: the term "Islamophobia" is a crock. Deny its validity if you're ever so accused. Or, like "gay", appropriate and delight in it.
Related, from The Friendly Atheist blog, re Christopher Hitchens' reference to "Islamophobia", quoting Sam Harris:
A few weeks ago, Ayaan [Hirsi Ali] and I [Sam] had a long conversation about her critics and about the increasingly pernicious meme of “Islamophobia” — which our inimitable friend Christopher Hitchens once dubbed “a word created by fascists, and used by cowards, to manipulate morons.” [NOTE 5/11/14: This wonderful sentence seems to have been wrongly attributed to Hitch (who was imitable after all). I’m told these words first appeared in a tweet from Andrew Cummins. Well done, Andrew!]