Kecia Ali, associate professor of religion at Boston University, has called me the “Grand pooh-bah of the legion of American Islamophobes.”
Grand pooh-bah! Do I get a hat with horns?
But seriously, what is this charge of being an “Islamophobe,” and where did it come from? I oppose jihad terror, and the Sharia subjugation of women, non-Muslims, and others. One would think that anyone who supports the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience, and the equality of rights of all people before the law would stand with me in this. But instead, my colleagues and I have been tarred with this label “Islamophobe,” and opposition to jihad terror and Sharia oppression has been consigned to the realms of “bigotry” and “hate speech.”
How effective has this tarring been? The neighbors of the San Bernardino jihad murderers noticed suspicious goings-on at the killers’ home, but did not call the police for fear of appearing “Islamophobic.” Likewise the young man who blew the whistle on the Fort Dix jihad mass murder plot at first hesitated, fearing that to call the police would be “racist.”
Is there really some irrational hatred of Islam, born of racism and hatred? Are “Islamophobes” sounding the alarm about a real threat? Or are they just the latest recrudescence of nativism and racism? In Confessions of an Islamophobe, I make my case for why even liberals should see jihad and Sharia as genuine threats — and tell the whole story of how I became Grand Pooh-Bah.
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