Saturday, July 27, 2013

Robert Fulford: Islam's Violent Present

An excellent essay. 

Fulford is in great form in this piece.

I think he's come pretty close to the best definition of "Islamophobia" that I have seen so far. 

"A reader accused me of having “a penchant for Islamophobia.” 

"That’s among the ugliest and most deceptive terms produced by this historic period. Apparently that word, once used, never calls for an explanation. Certainly I’ve never seen anyone try to define it. It must mean something like “criticism of the nature of Islam.” 

"But that sounds too tame, like a normal expression of opinion. So some propaganda genius tacked on “phobia,” making intelligent skepticism sound like an anxiety disorder."