Islamophobia is a myth created by the bigotry of the elites

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Islamophobia is a code word for mainstream European elites’ fear of their own populations, of their native hordes, whom they imagine to be unenlightened, prejudiced, easily led by the tabloid media, and given to outbursts of spite and violence. The thing that keeps the Islamophobia panic alive is not actual violence against Muslims but the right-on politicos’ ill-founded yet deeply held view of ordinary Europeans, especially those of a working-class variety, as racist and stupid. This is the terrible irony of the Islamophobia panic: The fearers of anti-Muslim violence claim to be challenging prejudice but actually they reveal their own prejudices, their distrust of and disdain for those who come from the other side of the tracks, read different newspapers, hold different beliefs, live different lives. They accuse stupid white communities of viewing Muslims as an indistinguishable mob who threaten the fabric of European society, which is exactly what they think of stupid white communities.

I would only suggest that this elite bigotry is not limited to European elites, but applies as well to the leftwing elites throughout the entire first world, including the Unites States. They hate conservatives and the general population that is not part of their upper class intellectual community, and express it repeatedly by their expectation of Islamic bigotry that never happens.

Meanwhile, a landmark synagogue in Paris was forced closed on the Sabbath this weekend, for the first time since World War II, because of Islamic antisemitism.



  • Cotour

    Islam must be legally redefined, not as only a religion but as a military manual. Lets wait and see what legal actions the French will now be driven to take. It will be interesting to say the least.

  • Cotour

    The intellectual left discusses Islam and seems to give hope that there may be a point at which it will become reasonable. (In the end the radicals will drive the bus and the reasonable among them will be the passengers.)

    I disagree, this is an existential discussion which must be approached in a very different way.

  • wodun

    Last time I checked, Jews faced the highest rate of religious hate crimes in the USA. Not all of the attackers are neo-Nazis and I doubt many of them were Muslim. Our friends on the left never seem to worry that their anti-Israel rhetoric will lead to blow back against the Jewish community.

  • Pzatchok

    The Jewish people do not threaten to blow up their elite attackers in the media.

  • Edward

    > Islamophobia is a code word for mainstream European elites’ fear of their own populations

    This is how the word seems to be used, but I think that those who fear to speak their minds because they are afraid of Muslim reaction are the ones who are really suffering from Islamophobia. Although, that may not be as much of an irrational fear as the suffix “phobia” might imply.

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