Middle East studies in the News
My Submission to the 7th Annual Islamophobia Conference [incl. Hatem Bazian]
by Gary Fouse
In response to UC Berkeley professor Hatem Bazian's call or papers for the 7th annual Islamophobia Conference, I am submitting the following:
Title: End Islamophobia Now
(I will try to keep this under 300 words.)
How to end Islamophobia. Here is my 10-point plan. Muslims must do the following:
1 Stop committing acts of terror and mass murder in the name of Allah.
2 Stop persecuting non-Muslims in Muslim majority countries. That includes Christians, Jews, Baha'i, Yazidis and others. It is also includes burning Christian churches, kidnapping and forced conversions of non-Muslims to Islam, and of course, murders. It also includes the persecution and murders of Jews in Europe.
3 Stop the preaching of hate in the mosques and madrassahs toward non-Muslims, Israel, and the West in general.
4 Organize an army of Western Muslims to go to Syria and Iraq to defeat ISIS in order to counter the Western Muslims who have gone by the thousands to join ISIS.
5 Recognize that there are portions of the Koran that are violent, hateful, and are not in keeping with the modern world.
6 Recognize that there are events in the life of the Prophet Mohammad that are not worthy of emulating. It also includes rejecting certain sayings attributed to Mohammad in the hadith.
7 Recognize that there are parts of sharia law that can never be enacted or recognized by a free society like the US (death for apostates, blasphemers, adulterers and homosexuals).
8 Actively cooperate with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to identify those in your midst who would commit acts of terror against us.
9 Give up any hope of a worldwide caliphate that would include the US and the West.
10 Scrap the term Islamophobia and recognize that there are valid reasons for the entire non-Muslim world to hold a fear of Islam which are hardly irrational.
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