Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Face of Islamophobia

One thing missing in the conversation about religious freedom is the understanding and recognition that Islamophobia is the logical consequence of Christianity. Islamophobia is not merely a symptom of Christianity; rather it’s the manifestation of ignorance, bigotry and prejudice inbred in Christians and other religious people, generally. Islamophobia is like the bitter fruit of incest between a father and daughter having a Judeo-Christian world-view, on one hand, and pride of American Christian supremacy on the other.

Viewed in this light, hate crimes against Muslims in the United States are simple acts of Christian doctrine, and should’ve been anticipated long ago. In other words, there will never be peaceful co-existence in the world as long as religion and imperialism in any form are allowed to exist at all. The three so-called “great” world religions (Christianity, Islam and Judiasm) are suicide bombers and the rest of us living on the planet are the victims of their fanaticism.

But, of course, “peaceful co-existence” is not what Christianity is all about. Wasn’t it Jesus who was quoted as saying, "Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” (Mt. 10:34) And then he also said, “Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division...” (Luke 12:51)

So why do we act surprised that there is so much fear and hatred in our communities? Or could it be that it's possible for human beings to aspire to attain levels of experience other than to only be a Jew, or a Muslim, or a Christian, or an American?

I won’t wait for the answer; not in this lifetime.