Does M-103’s “Islamophobia” mean expressed hatred of people — the West’s normal definition of hatred — or hatred of a belief system, normally a protected category of expression here, as religious Christians know to their chagrin? Canadians have no idea if their right to express distaste for Islam would still be protected in a bill premised on the recommendations of this “study.”
I therefore contacted Jasmin Zine, who teaches race, ethnic, gender and postcolonial studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is a regular — and ideologically representative — participant in the Berkeley Islamophobia conferences, including this one.
I asked her to define Islamophobia for me, which she promptly did: “Islamophobia is a fear and hatred of Islam and Muslims that translates into individual, ideological and systemic forms of oppression.” This is quite an insidious, though admittedly clever, definition. Note that it puts “fear and hatred” of Islam, not Muslims, at the centre of the phobia. And the word “translates” is a masterstroke.
[TOP RATED COMMENT] It’s not a phobia since they’re really trying to kill us, and force their death cult on the West. It’s all in the Koran, which reads like a terrorist’s handbook. To suggest we’re suffering from Islamophobia, is every bit as dumb and patronising, as claiming Jews had Naziphobia! There is no such thing as a ‘moderate’ Muslim, since Islam is a radical and barbaric cult. [National Post] Read more