A delusion that persists in the Western world today is that criticism of Islam is intolerant, bigoted, and possibly racist in its essential connotation and should be avoided for a more tolerant and open-minded approach. This wave of overly political correctness may be a result of the persistent victimization of Muslims at the hands of ignorant hate-mongers who target individuals rather than ideologies. The misguided compensation for this has been guilt-driven platitudes that applaud the apparent diversity that Islam brings to the tapestry of American multiculturalism .
It is a fact, of course, that Muslims are persecuted for their identity – A recent report by the Gallup Center for Islamic Studies found that “more than 4 in 10 Americans admit to feeling at least a little prejudice towards Muslims”. This trend needs to be combated. However, to imply that ‘Islamophobia’ is a purely irrational fear is not a very honest contention. Islam, to its core, is something that modern society would rather revile than embrace, and it’s no surprise that the natural reaction to this violent ideology has been one of habitual fear and hatred towards the people who claim to profess a belief in the same religious groundwork. The recognition of the demographic of moderate Muslims should be one that exposes Islam as the treacherous religion that it is, and that applauds followers who have abandoned it's wicked teachings for the more secularist, ethical values that are infused within modern society.
It is indisputable that Islam, like every monotheistic religion to date, is a religion rampant with violence and moral depravities. The peaceful verses of the Q’uran or Hadith are consistently outnumbered by barbaric stories sanctioning rape, murder and other atrocious crimes. Countries following Islamic/Sharia law are stuck in the Stone-Age while the rest of the world progresses forward. Indeed, in countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia, the proud promulgations of the word of Allah are used to subjugate women by stoning them for adultery, slaughtering infidels for apostasy, and restraining society to regressive socio-economic laws that prohibit free thought and expression. The victims are always the weak and helpless – and one such case is that of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, who has been under the sentence of death by stoning under Iranian Sharia law since 2007. Her execution still remains imminent as global protests surge against this impending move by the Iranian government.
But watch any debate on violence in Islam, and the diatribe automatically turns to the interpretation and the contextualization of the violent verses contained within the Islamic holy books. Apparently, the terrorists and Muslim extremists just read these with the wrong perspective in mind, otherwise they would be peaceful, law-abiding Samaritans. Apologetic hogwash. Who is to decide on the right context or interpretation? The extremists consider moderates just as un-Islamic as the other way around. And how, exactly, do you take verses celebrating the holy pillage of villages, murder of innocents, and the rape and brutalization of women out of context? Claiming that this was merely due to the moral attitudes at the time must be downright insulting to Allah, who is claimed to be Al'aleem, the All-Knowing.
Let us shed our notions of politeness and be honest - Islam is NOT a religion of peace. This admission is crucial to winning any war on Islamic terrorism. The right path isn't bigotry, but neither is it denial.