Jay Fayza - Why Islamophobia Is A Bad Term

"We should support the reformers of the religion, and not fear and hate them."

This, in a nutshell, should be the universal policy against religious violence. We need to simultaneously curb the threat of religious violence, while simultaneously making sure that the reformist voices in Islam are the loudest voices in the room. That is how you fight a war of ideas. The problem with terms like Islamophobia is that they hijack any nuanced distinction between people who are legitimately allies of western liberal democracies, and those who want to use a religious pretext to engage in violent behavior. My main problem with M103 is I don't see that distinction being made, and it seems like we are resigning ourselves to an interpretation that endlessly falls back on either fear or bigotry. 

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