January 27, 2008

People are such idiots

How can any self-respecting intellectual accuse this man of racism? Islam is not a race, it is a belief (and a troubled one, at that). Even if there is a correlation between a particular race (Arabs) and Islam, calling for retaliation against Muslims can never be a racist act, because it is not on the basis of their race that he is calling for retaliation - since there are non-Arab Muslims and non-Muslim Arabs, the two cannot be logically co-dependent. Therefore any charge of racism is fucking idiotic.

Now to accuse him of incitement to religious hatred, that makes sense...

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  1. Sam Foxman

    ‘The suffering he said they should face included curtailing freedoms; “strip searching people who look like they are from the Middle East, Pakistan, until it hurts the whole community and they start getting tough with their children.”’

    - That’s racist.

    Also, the general prejudice against ‘Muslims’ is a fundamentally racist prejudice because, essentially, the objection is based not on their beliefs but on the fact that a great many of them have beards and darker skin. ‘Islamophobia’ is racism and this guy, by speaking explicitly about ‘people who look like they are from the Middle East’ is suggesting that we should condone racism. He’s a racist. Or at least, this suggestion is.

    02 Mar 2008, 01:05

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