Inventor of The Term ‘Islamophobia’ Explains Why He Changed His Mind
The word “Islamophobia” is used easily today, hurled at anyone who dares to challenge the progressive narrative that Islam is “the religion of peace” or believes that refugees from the Middle East should be vetted before being granted entry to the United States.
Like similar words, it combines an object or action with the suffix “phobia” to describe an “irrational fear or dread,” such as the commonly used “claustrophobia” meaning a fear of closed in spaces.
Sociologists have also coined new words to label the feelings and attitudes toward a certain group, but in fact, the term, “Islamophobia,” is now being challenged as inaccurate by the head of the British commission that brought the word into the public vocabulary, because fear of Islam is no longer irrational.
Although the word was used as early as 1918 in a biography of Mohammad, it came into more widespread use as a result of a 1997 report of a study commissioned by the British government when the head of the commission, Trevor Phillips, used it to describe British attitude toward Muslims.
But that was twenty-years ago and Phillips, after working on a documentary about Muslims in Britain, has changed his mind.
In “What British Muslims Really Think,” Phillips asked Muslims about their beliefs and attitudes concerning non-Muslims, women, homosexuality, polygamy, and Sharia law.
The shocking results reveal not only a wide gulf between the beliefs of Muslims and non-Muslim Britons, but according to Phillips prove that Islamophobia is no longer an “irrational” fear or dread of the group, but an appropriate reaction to a group that seeks the destruction of British society from within.
Britain is home to 23 million Muslims and the survey reveals that nearly a quarter want Sharia law adopted, more than half want to ban homosexuality, and a staggering 100,000 are sympathetic with the actions of terrorists in furtherance of establishing a caliphate.
It would appear that far from being irrational, the reaction of most non-Muslims toward these attitudes is not only perfectly appropriate, but wise.