Gates of Vienna 25 August 2011
As I have mentioned previously, one of major goals of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is to stop "Islamophobia”, which is its preferred term for the criticism of or opposition to Islam by non-Muslims.
The word "Islamophobia” is of relatively recent coinage. I never encountered it until after 9-11, and it was subjected to widespread ridicule, at least among non-Muslims and non-leftists, when it first became widely known. However, after the OIC and the UN harped on it for a few years, and the progressive media solemnly repeated the Muslim party line, "Islamophobia” gained general currency as a serious, scholarly word for a dangerous mental deficiency that needed to be eradicated in the West.
It’s not always easy to distinguish between radical Muslims and what the media love to call ‘moderates’. But perhaps that’s not the best way to tackle radical Islam. In fact, dividing the Muslim population into two different types of people is dangerous; not only because it encourages prejudice against the whole of the Muslim community, but because it takes the focus off the one thing that makes radical Muslims radicals: their views.