[Marxism] on the left's use of the term "Islamophobia"
lnp3 at panix.com
Tue May 21 10:52:00 MDT 2013
On 5/21/13 12:42 PM, Dennis Brasky wrote:
> Rule #1: YOU MUST clip all extraneous text when replying to a message.
> "It is essential to fight racism and prejudice against Muslims. But because
> the term "Islamophobia" echoes the worldview of the Muslim Right, it does
> more to confuse the issues than clarify them."
Unpacking the idea of “Islamophobia”
The term “Islamophobia” is everywhere, but its meanings work at cross
purposes - to liberals, it refers to discrimination and hate crimes that
can be addressed through existing laws, but to fundamentalists, it
refers to offenses against religion that must be addressed through
censorship or death.
50.50 Inclusive Democracy
May 20, 2013
Second, many of the arguments made by Sahgal, Bennoune and their
supporters, such as CCR board member Meredith Tax, have articulated
their concern this way: yes its wrong for the US to kill and detain, but
its also wrong for AI, CCR, and the ACLU to defend these people and call
attention their abuse because they, in turn, have called for the death
of innocent people (al-Aulaqi) and have a terrible track record on
gender and other issues. On her blog, Tax writes, “I hate the idea of
drone strikes against anyone, not just US citizens. But I was very
uncomfortable about the idea of defending al-Aulaqi at the same time
that he was publicly calling for the murder of a woman cartoonist in
Oregon, among others.” (8) So, is Tax arguing that it is wrong for CCR
to challenge the US state to kill people because those people call for
the death of a woman cartoonist? Conversely, is it then allowable for
the US government to kill him? Because if it were not for the public
challenge by groups like CCR and the ACLU, the US would already have
attempted and kill al-Aulaqi, and they might still do so.
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