Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Islamophobia is Altruistic

A phobia is an intense fear out of all proportion to the threat. Phobic people experience their fears in relation to themselves. They feel a direct threat from the phobic object or situation. They are not afraid for the welfare of others. They experience fear in an immediate and personal way. They may dread the sight of spiders or feel intense anxiety in open spaces.

An Islamophobe is someone who experiences a deep concern or dread regarding the negative impact of Islam on society as a whole and on behalf of people in the future. 

This dread is based on the abundant evidence of Islamic-inspired warfare and persecution throughout 1400 years of history; it is based on the pretty repulsive societies that are based on Islamic principles; it is based on the mountains of evidence of non-Muslim persecution in Muslim majority countries. It is not an immediate and personal sense of threat. It is not solely related to the individual who experiences the dread.

In this respect it is a completely different experience to a phobic reaction; it is as much concerned with the threat posed to others as to the self.

Islamophobia is therefore an altruistic concern not a personal one. It springs from concern for others. It has far more connection with love than hate.