A guide published by far left librarians at Simmons College claims that “Christian supremacy” is responsible for “Islamomisic micro-aggressions.” The librarians caution against such expressions in a new guide on Anti-Islamomisia* which argues that “people who follow Christianity have institutionalized power” and therefore may inadvertently commit microaggressions against Muslims.
*You may be wondering why our guide uses the suffix “misia” instead of the suffix “phobia.” The problem with using “phobia” terms as labels for prejudice is that there are folks who actually have phobias (real anxiety disorders in which someone experiences intense anxiety or fear that they’re unable to control—Claustraphobia. So when we use terms like “Islamophobia,” we are equating bigotry with a mental health disorder, which relies on and reinforces the harmful stigma against mental illness. Misia (pronounced “miz-eeya”) comes from the Greek word for hate or hatred, so similar to how Islamophobia means “fear of Islam,” the more accurate Islamomisia means “hatred of Islam.” (Works for me)
Campus Reform “Islamic Microagressions are commonplace verbal or behavioral indignities, whether intentional or unintentional…[that] invoke oppressive systems of religious/Christian hierarchy,” the librarians assert.
These microaggressions include “endorsing religious stereotypes,” suggesting that Muslims follow the “wrong” religion, and reinforcing “the assumption of one’s own religious identity as the norm.”
Christians may especially be guilty of microaggressions, the librarians warn, since “greeting someone ‘Merry Christmas’ or saying ‘God bless you’ after someone sneezes conveys one’s perception that everyone is Christian or believes in God.”
They also argue that Christians suffer from “Christian fragility” and may become angry, hostile, or defensive during conversations about religion, speculating that this happens because Christians lack “skills for constructive engagement with [religious] difference” due to the fact they are the dominant religious group.
The guide also argues that some Christians reap “Christian privilege” because they “expect to have time off work to celebrate religious holidays,” and “when swearing an oath, you will place your hand on a religious scripture pertaining to your faith.”