This is how the charge of “Islamophobia” works. When a Muslim cleric such as Abu Hamza Ashur says “Kill them! Poison your daggers, and then stab or slaughter them. Blow them up, shed their blood, pounce on them, dismember them, paralyze them, make the earth quake under their feet, trample on their heads….By Allah, we will use it to turn you into body parts, and we will send you messages written in blood. By Allah, we will annihilate you with it. We will turn you into lifeless corpses, and into scattered body parts, Allah willing,” Pakistan and the OIC say nothing. But if I quote Abu Hamza Ashur, that’s “Islamophobia.”
“Pakistan calls on world to combat Islamophobia,” by Masood Haider, Dawn, February 5, 2016 (thanks to Lookmann):
UNITED NATIONS: Decrying the rise of Islamophobia worldwide, Pakistan called on Thursday for action to combat the forces of xenophobia and warned that if timely steps were not taken to check this disturbing trend, it could threaten regional and global peace and security.
Speaking at an event organised at the UN by Pakistan Mission and the OIC on “Countering Xenophobia through Interfaith Cooperation”, Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said that Islamophobic acts were unfortunately taking place in countries known as traditional champions of human rights and humanitarianism.
Note the conflation of “Islamophobia,” an invented term designed to intimidate people into thinking it wrong to oppose jihad terror, with xenophobia. Yet there is no problem in Europe or North America with Hindu immigrants or any immigrant group other than Muslims. Those who are concerned about jihad terror and Sharia oppression aren’t motivated by xenophobia, but by a desire to protect their countries and communities.
She regretted that some unprincipled politicians in the West had sought to build their political fortunes by spreading fear and xenophobia – promising to build walls against migrants; barring refugees, even widows and orphans; threatening to ban the adherents of a specific religion from entry to their countries’ shores.
Unfortunately, she said, this campaign of hate and prejudice had received a fillip from ignorant Western media portrayals of Muslims.
See above. If a Muslim cleric spews hatred and incitement to violence, Maleeha Lodhi says nothing. But if a non-Muslim in the West quotes that cleric, it’s another ignorant Western media portrayal of Muslims.
Initiating the discussion Ambassador Lodhi said the purpose of the event– during a week at the UN, devoted to interfaith harmony – was to highlight the concern of Pakistan and OIC countries over certain recent developments which were posing a danger to such harmony, to social cohesion and to the observance of human rights and humanitarian norms.
The instances of insults against Islam and Muslims were now legion, she said. Islam has been called unspeakable names; minarets have been portrayed as missiles.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan once quoted a poem: “The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers.” That wasn’t “Islamophobia.” But a non-Muslim quoting Erdogan quoting the poem? That’s “Islamophobia.”
These have not been empty insults. “Expressions of such hate and prejudice have provoked physical and psychological violence against Muslims and their businesses, mosques and community centres in some countries.
No actual vigilante violence against Muslims and their businesses, mosques and community centres is ever justified. The scope of this violence is far smaller than the scope of jihad terror attacks by Muslims in the West: 130 killed in Paris, 14 in San Bernardino — and that’s just the last few months. But that doesn’t get UN or Pakistani government attention.
“Almost all Muslim communities have been subjected to such intolerance. Many live in fear. Their alienation expands the divide between faiths and cultures within and among nations.”
Ms Lodhi quoted President Obama who acknowledged during his visit to a mosque earlier this week that “an attack on one faith is an attack on all our faiths. And when any religious group is targeted, we all have a responsibility to speak up.”
She also highlighted the plight of refugees and migrants pouring into Europe. While initially this evoked many heart-warming acts of generosity, humanity and solidarity, the purveyors of hate have sought to turn the tide against the advocates of openness and humanitarianism, especially after the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris.
She added: “They have equated helpless refugees and migrants with violent extremists in order to generate political support for the forces of hate, prejudice, intolerance and xenophobia.”
How does Maleeha Lodhi propose to distinguish helpless refugees and migrants from violent extremists? Neither she nor anyone else has explained how this can possibly be done.
Terming such xenophobia and discrimination a ‘dangerous trend’, she warned that such profiling of entire peoples and communities by religion or ethnicity, has grave antecedents. Seventy-five years ago, this led to the Holocaust.
Ambassador Lodhi said those who had declared the denial of the Holocaust a crime should hardly argue that the freedom of expression allowed insults against Islam and hate speech and incitement to violence against Muslims.
As hate inevitably breeds hate, Islamophobia will breed its antithesis. “It is a recipe for a clash of cultures – a clash we must avoid if the world is to have any hope of collective action to end the chaos in the Middle East and eliminate all forms of terrorism”, she added….
She makes it clear that freedom of expression does not allow insults against Islam and what she considers to be hate speech. This makes clear yet again what the entire “Islamophobia” initiative is all about: compelling Western nations to adopt free speech restrictions in line with Sharia blasphemy laws.