Apparently, Muslims have a serious “Islamophobia” problem. At least, that’s the claim being made by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding which found that 30% of Muslims believe that Muslims are “more prone to negative behavior. So-called ‘Islamophobia’ is a manufactured term (by the radical Muslim Brotherhood) that suppresses criticism of Islam by non-Muslims and Muslims.
Frontpage That’s far higher than Jews at 13%, Catholics at 12% and Protestants at 11%.
If Muslims have an Islamophobia problem, it’s a very good problem to have. Societies don’t grow by killing their critics with machetes (Bangladesh), stabbing them (Iran) or hanging them (Pakistan). They grow by learning from them.
Only 15% of Jews, 12% of Catholics and 13% of Protestants believe that about Muslims. The only group more likely to believe that Muslims more violent than Muslims are white evangelicals at 23%.
Dalia Mogahed, ISPU’s director of research, blames this on “internalized Islamophobia.” According to her, “Muslims have themselves internalized negative stereotypes about their own community” based on the media. Even though the media covers Muslims far more positively than any other religious group.
Mogahed was picked by Obama for his Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. She’s collaborated with Muslim Brotherhood front groups and has been accused of mainstreaming them.
And her claim of internalized Islamophobia makes no sense.
Muslims are far less likely than any other religious group to believe that they discriminate against women. Only 12% of Muslims think that’s a problem compared to 23% of Jews, 29% of Catholics and 36% of white evangelicals. If Muslims have “internalized” Islamophobic ideas, it’s odd that they haven’t internalized the most popular criticism of their religion, the one that a quarter of the general public agrees with, but that they instead do admit that Islam has a serious problem with violence.
Either Muslim internalized Islamophobia is an extremely selective thing. Or Muslims don’t think sharia discrimination is a problem, but are unable to ignore the pervasive violence around them.
It’s natural to question the validity of any statistical measurement of Islamophobia which finds that Muslims are almost as Islamophobic as Jews and Catholics, not to mention the general public.
Faced with two unappetizing possibilities, Mogahed and her allies decided that Muslims in America suffer from Islamophobia (and it’s America’s fault) rather than that the idea of Islamophobia is a hoax.
The ISPU report attempts to blame the media for some Muslims recognizing their violence problem.
That Muslims get their perception of Muslims from the media, is a rather strange claim. The media is also heavily biased toward Islam, not against it. It always strives to portray Islam as an unambiguously positive phenomenon while insisting that Islamic violence has nothing to do with the religion.
That’s why the non-Muslims in the poll reject the linkage between Islam and violence. They’re the ones who are being influenced by the media. And their views reflect the messaging of the media.
Does ISPU really think that Muslims get the idea that their culture has a violence problem from the media rather than from the fact that their home countries are in the midst or on the verge of genocide? These are the absurdities that the Brotherhood’s Islamophobia industry expects us to swallow.
Islamophobia is a Muslim Brotherhood invention. And the Brotherhood has a history of using it to call other Muslims Islamophobes, from the Egyptian government to American Muslims like M. Zuhdi Jasser, and others, who like the 18% of Muslims in the poll, admit that there’s a problem. Given a choice between Muslims and Islamophobia, the Islamist establishment unsurprisingly picks Islamophobia.
Can Muslims really be Islamophobic or discriminate against Muslims? What the ISPU report is really getting at is that Islamophobia exists apart from Muslims because it’s not really fear of people, but of Islamic doctrines. Islamophobia isn’t meant to protect Muslims, but to protect the doctrine of Sharia.
If Muslims can be Islamophobes, then Islam isn’t a population, it’s a doctrine. And Muslims who question the doctrine can be accused of Islamophobia, not for discrimination, but blasphemy.
When 30% of Muslims are willing to admit that their culture has a problem, that’s healthy. And when the Muslim Brotherhood and the left silences them by calling them Islamophobes, that’s the phobia. Not a phobia of Islam. But a phobia of criticism, of change and of truth.