Last week on my radio show I decided to do a test for the listeners. I would read several “Real” stories about Islam law, or news in the Islamic world or even right here in the USA. At the end of each story I asked the listener: Do you:
A) Support Muslims for this story, as in it is their right to do what they wish in their laws and religion or behavior? To agree with President Obama “We must respect it” referring to Islam.
B) Do you feel this is against global human rights? or criminal behavior? as in you feel they are backwards laws or evil behavior in this story?
C) If you are critical of their law or behavior in this story, does that qualify you as being Islamophobic?
Before I re-create this self test below, we all now what phobias are. a false fear of something. I do not give my own opinion to sway the test below. I simply read the story, then asked for the listener to answer how they line up. On the side of Islam? Or not, and if not, does that make them an Islamophobe?
The links to the stories are below if one would like to read each story. For my test I summarize the story (or else this would be a text blog longer than the novel War and Peace).
Story 1) Syrian Rebels massacre entire Christian village including all women and children http://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/syrian-rebels-massacre-entire-christian-village/
Story 2) Somalian Muslims shoot young man to death in front of public crowd including children because he converted from Islam to Christianity http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/06/somalia-muslims-shoot-young-man-to-death-after-identifying-him-as-a-convert-from-islam-to-christiani.html
Story 3) Philappines: 160 Christians forced to flee homes from being attacked by Muslim extremists http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/55899?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
Story 4) Egypt: Author gets 5 years in jail for book titled “Where Is God?”. http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/06/egypt-author-gets-five-years-prison-for-insulting-religion-for-book-entitled-where-is-god.html
Story 5) Air Force Tribute banned by Pentagon as it may offend Muslims. http://www.westernjournalism.com/air-force-tribute-banned-pentagon-says-it-could-offend-muslims/
Story 6) Afghanistan Parliament upholds law allowing the sale of women to settle disputes. http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/06/afghanistan-parliament-blocks-law-that-would-ban-selling-women-its-unislamic-video/
Story 7) Syrian Islamist kills 15 year old boy in front of parents for disrespecting Islam. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jun/10/syrian-islamists-kill-teen-in-front-of-parents/
Story 8) Democrat Jim McDermmott calls for the FBI to take down Top terrorist wanted poster and boards on buses, as it may offend Islam. http://dailycaller.com/2013/06/20/offensive-to-muslims-dem-congressman-calls-on-fbi-to-take-down-photos-of-terrorists/
Story 9) Iran: Iran jails 6 Christians for practicing their faith. http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/06/iran-sentences-six-christians-to-prison-for-practicing-their-faith-as-moderate-comes-to-power.html
Story 10) Syrian Islamic Cleric states it is OK to rape non-Sunni and non-muslim women. http://www.humanevents.com/2013/04/02/islamic-cleric-rape-of-non-muslim-syrian-women-permitted/
Story 11) Child marriages (Ages 10 through 18), over 800 thousand a year in Islamic countries. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2832111/posts
Again, with each story, ask yourself if you feel it is not up to the individual westerner to criticize what the Muslim World, or Muslims in the USA may do, or their laws. I mentiion once again what President Obama said “We must respect it” referring to Islam. If you feel this way I am not here to challenge you. Again this post, as it was on my radio show, has no opinion by me as to sway or slant what you may think. If you do not agree with the laws, or behavior of these stories does that make you an Islamophobe? Do you have the right to disagree without being called an Islamophobe? Again, I hold my own opinion in check for this blog entry. You are the judge of yourself.