Why is ‘Islamophobia’ on the rise in America?

Published: February 23, 2015

Anti-Muslim bigotry has been systematically nurtured in America for quite some time now.

This weekend, fliers threatening Muslims with mass murder were left at a bus station minutes from my home near Boston. The warning on the fliers: Muslims in America be ready to face death if ISIS did not surrender within the following three days, as if Muslim Americans command and control the actions of the terrorist group.

This unfortunate incident follows a series of anti-Muslim hate crimes in America in the last few days. Following the brutal Chapel Hill shootings in which three young Muslims were killed execution-style, an Islamic community centre in Houston, Texas, was burned down. A fireman posted on social media, asking his fellow firemen not to put out the fire. Another man was arrested for making a bomb threat at a Muslim community centre in Austin, Texas. A Hindu temple, mistaken for a Mosque, and a nearby school in Bothell, Washington, were spray painted with a swastika and the words “Muslims, Get Out”. Then, a Muslim day school in Rhode Island was vandalised with the words, “Now this is a hate crime” and “pigs,” along with expletives referring to the Islamic faith.

Why is there a sudden rise in Islamophobia? And who is responsible?

Anti-Muslim bigotry has been systematically nurtured in America for quite some time now. The Islamophobia network, which includes funders, organisations, media outlets, propagandists, activists and political players, has been busy creating a climate of fear, hate and suspicion of Muslims in America. Hatemongers like Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller on the far right and leaders of the new atheist movement – prominently Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins – both play into this dynamic. Different as the two groups are, they have found a romantic connection in their common anti-Islam agenda.

For those unaware, new atheism is a movement that is vehemently anti-theist, seeking the destruction of religion, especially Islam. They are fittingly referred to as the ‘mullahs of the atheist world’. New atheist thought leaders like Harris are on record for claiming religion is worse than rape, that Muslims, and all who look like them (whatever that means), be profiled in the United States. Harris claims that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is truly Muslim, and the majority of peaceful Muslims in the world are “nominal”.

The Islamophobia network glorifies the actions of ISIS-type groups as truly Islamic, and flaunts their narrative as the only credible one on Islam. Every other narrative is considered deviant and against Islamic Scripture.

And it is this mass misinformation that has led to the recent rise of Islamophobia in America.

For if in fact a group like ISIS are the true face of Islam, and if the right-wing propaganda that Muslim Americans engage in “stealth jihad” to subjugate fellow Americans is true, why should my neighbour not look at me with suspicion and disgust? According to the family of the victims, radicalised new atheist Craig Hicks viewed his Muslim neighbours in Chapel Hill the same way. For such a hate-fed paranoid neighbour, a ‘parking dispute’ is all it would take to tip them over.

The Islamophobia network pretends to be fighting the terrorist ideology, when in fact all it is obsessed with is convincing the world that this evil is real Islam. It is quite telling that while people like Harris, Dawkins and Spencer readily retweet and quote Muslim extremists like Anjem Chowdry, they have blocked me on Twitter for presenting evidence –based narrative on Islam and for inviting them to discourse.

They are no fans of Muslims like me, and the majority of Muslims of all sects, who fight the ideology of the terrorists and are killed in places like Pakistan for standing up to them. A pluralistic, tolerant worldview from a Muslim is anathema to their anti-Islam agenda. It terrifies them. This is why instead of siding with the moderates and reformers in this fight, they chose to fight us instead.

In a recent exchange with Spencer, all he had to offer in response to my rebuttal of his propaganda was ad hominem attacks. When I asked another new atheist blogger to discuss Islam’s position on blasphemy laws, he refused to debate. I had debated him earlier on Huffington Post on the issue of apostasy laws in Islam. Just as the mullahs in the Muslim world run for cover when invited to intellectual discourse, so do the mullahs of the Islamophobia network. They make claims they cannot defend.

So how can Pakistanis help counter the rise of Islamophobia elsewhere? Simply by stopping the continuous supply of fodder to the Islamophobia network.

There is no denying the fact that religious extremism is a genuine problem in parts of the Muslim world. It is also true that certain extremist interpretations – on issues like jihad, apostasy laws, blasphemy laws and theocratic rule – are taken away from Islam’s message of peace and love. The biggest victims of such extremist narratives are the Muslims themselves. Hundreds of thousands have died at the hands of terrorist groups in Pakistan, Syria, Iraq and Nigeria.

Pakistan is a perfect example of a nation badly in need of reform. Bigotry and mullah-ism has taken over our land in the guise of religion. We must speak out loudly and reclaim our faith from those who have hijacked it for their own political ends. We must question the mullahs who preach hatred and division. We must stand up for universal freedom of conscience. We must speak up for the rights of minority communities – Ahmadis, Shias, Christians, Hindus, atheists etcetera – who are persecuted by religious zealots. We must press on our government to clamp down on hate speech in our mosques and madrassas. It is time to say enough, and reclaim our beautiful faith back from the extremists who have made it their livelihood to exploit it.

It is religious extremism that the Islamophobes disseminate as the true face of Islam. By fighting it, we leave the Islamophobes helpless.

kashif.chaudhry

Kashif Chaudhry

A graduate of King Edward Medical University, Lahore and Mt Sinai University Hospital in New York, Kashif is currently completing his Cardiology fellowship in Boston, USA. He writes for various American newspapers and Pakistani publications and blogs at the Huffington Post. His interests include medicine, human rights and interfaith dialogue. He tweets @KashifMD (twitter.com/KashifMD)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Fahim Alavi

    Unless we muslims speaks against what is happening in muslim countries, they will be accountable for all this. Several muslims in western countries are more fundamental as normal muslimsRecommend

  • Rajagopal

    Dear Author,
    It is more scary if i knew that my cardiologist is more of a journalist and less of a doctor. Please focus on your patients.
    Thanks
    R.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    Spot on. Mullahs exist in all walks of life.Recommend

  • Fareed Khan Afridi.

    The author has clearly defined the on going anti Muslim hysteria In US.
    A better description is Islamophobia. Malcontents like Sam Harris, Rush Limbaugh
    Dawkins and Spencer are not considered mainstream stakeholders. Far from it.
    They do not represent Main Street US in any viable form. More, as subscribers
    to a white supremacist agenda. Nor do they hold a rational stream of consciousness. that can be debated.They are like rocks in stream, around which the waters flow.
    However kudos to the author who did his best to engage them. Their puerile mentalities are very limited. As they say,..hate sells.Recommend

  • ab1990

    people like faizal shahzad, aafia siddique are the reason for islamophobia. Dont forget boston bombing too.Recommend

  • Sami

    Before pointing fingers at America let me remind Mr Kashif that he is an Ahmedi and he is enjoying every type of freedom there. In Pakistan people will call him a Qadiani ( Since it is alright in our country to mock minorities). But it is America that gives the right to its every citizen to choose their religion. Mr Kashif you are in America and that is one of the reasons you can write articles and can call you a Muslim.
    Just try to call yourself a Muslim in Pakistan and according to Ordinance XX of Pakistan you will be put behind bars for Blasphemy.
    Kindly never ever make a generalization based on same bad apples. I have met many Americans and i am a Pakistani. Let me remind you that they are one of the best people out there. Pointing at some people and generalizations based on that observation is the worse attitude in my view.
    Be grateful to your new adopted country. Also be an American first and open Western Societies are the only abode for the persecuted minorities of Pakistan. The constitution of America protect your every right and just stand with that constitution.Recommend

  • hypocrites

    Why are there os many discordant views on Islam.. whose islam is right… and why dont the followers ofright islam all ocme out together against the followers of wrong islam…..why do peopel still hide under the pretentions of rest vs imuslims…Recommend

  • Gul Zaman Ghorgasht.

    The author of the blog is doing an exemplary work in educating the misinformed
    masses in America. Regarding the true meaning of Islam. And what is Islam .
    In Pakland things have reached a pitch level. And it seems that APATHY is the
    Goddess of the moment. Hopefully some visionary leader will lead the way out.
    The author should peruse the book ‘Valentino’s Ghost’ by Michael Singh. Very
    informative. There was also a documentary on PBS. by the same name.Recommend

  • malik

    I am on a flight to New York. I see a group of Hindu priests, 5 or 6 of them – shouting ‘Krishna Is The Greatest!’. Will I be alarmed seeing them? No ! I might look at them with mild amusement, but I won’t feel my flight is any danger because of them.

    I see a group of Bishops, shouting ‘Lord Jesus Will Save The World’. I won’t be alarmed looking at them.

    I see a group of Buddhists, shouting ‘Om Name Padme Hum’. Nope, not enough to bother me or anyone.

    I see a group of Scientologists or Mormons or Jains, all shouting their own favorite slogans. None of this would bother me.

    But, I see a group of bearded guys, shouting ‘Allahu Akbar!’. I would immediately ask to be deplaned.

    This is not borne out of any irrational fear. This is a credible, rational fear borne out of the track record of those who shout ‘Allahu Akbar’.

    Is this the one you guys refer to as ‘Islamophobia’?Recommend

  • marik

    It better to be an ‘old athiest’, a person who understands religion is the Opium of the Masses, that religion is the symptom of a wider problem with human society and will exist as long as society is filled with injustice and inequality. If we create a better life on earth there will be no need for religion. It is because people do not get justice on earth that they dream of justice in heaven. It is because people are unable to find comfort in this earth that they dream of paradise in heaven.Recommend

  • Gopeet

    Had no doubts. The poison pen trolls will show up, in droves.Recommend

  • ajeet

    Whats there to debate as we are seeing what’s happening all over the Middle East and Nigeria.Recommend

  • ajeet

    Mullahs are a curse on humanity.Recommend

  • ajeet

    Robert Spencer and his group are freedom fighters and the last line of defense against extremism.Recommend

  • NFD

    Modi has invited you for lunch…..because of your shining agenda.
    Amit Shah will sent over some idlis and dosas if you do’t make it.Recommend

  • Gratgy

    Let me get this right…you had no intelligent answer to the previous comment but just wanted to make your existence felt in this world by posting something that made no sense at all, with idlis dosas and modi thrown in for a good measure. Way to go my man!!Recommend

  • ab1990

    People like modi and amit shah are the reason why we are not begging money from usa like your country doesRecommend

  • kdp

    The best and appropriate comments by you, Sami.
    I cringe when South Asian complain about how they are discriminated in the USA by (white) people and advise them to go back home. Nobody has left yet !!!Recommend

  • Ayaz

    Are you a doctor like Dr. Zakir Naik?Recommend

  • NotInMyName

    “We must speak up for the rights of minority communities – Ahmadis, Shias, Christians, Hindus, atheists etcetera – who are persecuted by religious zealots.”
    Listing Ahmadis first in the list of supposed persecution of minorities in Pakistan, kind of ruins the blog..I don’t think most of the Pakistanis would like to have an Ahmadi as a spokesman for Islam.Recommend

  • Kalpana

    It is natural that every one is afraid of, scared of Islamists. Look at what IS is doing? What Muslims are doing to each other everywhere. In Middle east, Pakistan and Iran. Look how they treat non-Muslim minorities in muslim majority countries. Look at the fact that Muslims are safer in Non-Muslim countries, in the west and India, which we all hate so wholeheartedly. . And the so called liberal moderate Muslim is, most of the time, indifferent to all this. The Muslim gets active only when a Muslim in a Non-Muslim country is seen to be victimized. It is all ones own fault. And every body’s agony.Recommend

  • Miyagi Jr.

    I am sure Kashif would call himself a Muslim, even if he was in Pakistan, unlike the majority of ignorant Pakistanis, who would rather stand there watching Ahmedis burnt alive in their homes, and instead of helping them putting down the fire, they were busy blocking roads so fire brigade couldn’t reach them. How pathetic.Recommend

  • Khalid Shaikh

    Hello, we are talking about doctors here, not parrots.Recommend

  • Miyagi Jr.

    “The Belief that there was nothing,and nothing happened to nothing and then nothing magically exploded for no reason, creating everything and then a bunch of everything magically rearranged itself for no reason what so ever into self-replicating bits which then turned into dinosaurs = Atheism”
    Makes perfect sense!Recommend

  • Miyagi Jr.

    “The Belief that there was nothing,and nothing happened to nothing and then nothing magically exploded for no reason, creating everything and then a bunch of everything magically rearranged itself for no reason what so ever into self-replicating bits which then turned into dinosaurs = Atheism” .
    Makes perfect sense!Recommend

  • Midge

    Here in the US, our media is at a fever pitch with Islamophobia. Over the weekend, the number of “social media posts” that ISIS is supposedly sending out went from 70K to 90K to 200K DAILY – and there are only 20K-31K in ISIS per our government. So, they are tweeting and kidnapping/beheading/burning and making movies and sewing orange jumpsuits and running Mosul and attacking a US base with suicide bombers – maybe they really are the 7 ft tall supermen in the Libya beheading video. (Which even Fox News says looks faked http://video.foxnews.com/v/4074136792001/experts-say-isis-beheading-video-may-be-a-hoax/?#sp=show-clips)
    For Muslim people in the US, the best thing to do is “cultivate your own garden” and live good lives of good will. If Americans do not go to shopping malls for fear of al Shabab, what will happen is that the fear will be lowered quite a few notches.
    I heard a sermon a few weeks ago about being a whistleblower and standing up for truth. It would be hard to get a platform to speak truth. The American public would be more receptive than you think – over 60% think the US should be neutral re Israel/Palestine – but it won’t be allowed on TV. Its nice to have the internet but that has the downside of anonymous “social media” postings used by the mainstream US media as they wish, and mostly they wish to propound hatred of Islam.Recommend

  • woody

    Not one Muslim has died in the USA because of his/her religion … that should put the notion of Islamophobia in focus. How many Muslim’s have died in Pakistan because they were Shia or Ahmadi? How many Christians or Hindus have died in Pakistan because of their religion?Recommend

  • Pookie Shy

    A well written article, I agree with you Chaudhry and the points you have attempted to emphasize but the truth of the matter is that Hate sells. Hate gets people all excited and anxious, it gets them to be ignorant and they feel a rush, passing judgement and creating havoc gets attention and then they quickly pass the verdict, again a sign of attention deficit. What I fail to understand is that we as a notion work so hard and put so much effort and resources into eliminating bullying from schools and teach our younger ones that the weak must be protected not eliminated yet we allow it to regulate the world. Yes, bullying that’s exactly what it is, the ones with power and position can violate the ones without power with the excuse of freedom of speech. So what message do you send to your kids, exactly! Your actions are the living example your kids will follow, and they will practice freedom of Speech in schools which by the way we refer to as Bullying. Please religion was always an excuse and a scape goat but let’s just be honest and get down to business. We seem so moved when it’s children threatened by violence or hate but it’s clear that most Americans practicing islamophobia are instilling bullying deep roots of their kids. All I can say that we have a very difficult and testing future ahead of us because most of the new generation will be biased, pushy and intolerant to say the least and that is when you will have no one else to blame ( religion, Islam, freedom of speech or political rights) but yourself. Recommend

  • wiserneighbour

    During The recent cricket match between India &SA ,in a prominent newspaper of Pakistan, pakistani commentators stated ,one Hashim Amla will win the match for Pakistan .That is the religious fanaticism your folks display conveniently forgetting India has more Muslims than Pakistan. The hatred for others is injected from childhood.How do you expect Pakistan will aid the stopping of islamophobia.You might say these are minority.But things have reached to that level where you cannot accept others existence.Now what you are seeing in US is aftereffects of such ideology widely spread around the globe.This is only going to spread like wildfire.Recommend

  • RUNMAD

    Apparently you missed the point where he says he’s specifically talking about people promoting Islamophobia, and NOT making broad generalizations.

    In America, we have the right to dissent and criticize as well. That’s part of living here. Why you’re objecting to Mr. Chaudhry criticizing is mind boggling.Recommend

  • RUNMAD

    More scary is your inability to respond to his argument and attack his person.

    And since when is being a doctor and being a journalist mutually exclusive?Recommend

  • RUNMAD

    Spencer and his bigoted ilk are the root of extremism in America.Recommend

  • RUNMAD

    It ruins it for bigots, but for normal people it doesn’t matter what order you list Ahmadis. It only matters that religious persecution stops.Recommend

  • RUNMAD

    No, this is the one I refer to as an ignorant person.

    So ignorant he’s not aware of terrorism by Buddhists in Myanmar.
    So ignorant he’s not aware of terrorism by Christians in CAR and Uganda via the Lord’s Resistance Army
    So ignorant he’s not aware that Hindu Tamil Tigers have committed more suicide bombings than Al Qaeda, Hamas, or the Taliban. In fact, the Tamil Tigers invented suicide bombing.

    So ignorant he believes what the media tells him without doing his own research.

    So ignorant he has an irrational fear of Islam and Muslims.

    So yes, that is the one I would refer to as Islamophobic, because his ignorance is the root cause of his bigotry.Recommend

  • Critical

    Looks like you know a lot about Modi and Amit Shah that those Gujaratis love the traditional tamilian cuisine of Idlis and dosas….

    Now stop embarassing yourself with ur half baked knowledge!!!!!Recommend

  • Faulitics

    Kashif must remember that he is disparaging a society which gives him the freedom to call himself a Muslim without being jailed for it even though he is a ahmadi. Maybe he should preach to Muslim majority countries which prove at every turn the validity of “islamophobia”. By the way, trying to turn the chapel hill murders into an anti muslin attack is a bad political game which will have blowback and will make reasonable people question your credibilityRecommend

  • Critical

    I’m an atheist and I’m no fan of Sam Harris,Dawkins who are acting as if anything religious is poison….

    But nowhere did they instruct mobs to destroy religious structures or harm people because of their religion…and even if they do say,no atheist will follow them….Recommend

  • Yo2Da2

    The author offers his own rebuttal in his opinion piece by citing examples of the jihad being waged by extremists in the name of Islam around the world. The author cites a few recent examples as existence of widespread of Islamophobia in the US. Yes there are Internet sites – Atlas Shrugged, Jihad Watch – that shine a light on Islam and document the threat some Muslims pose to societies they have willingly immigrated to. He fails to mention other sites that do the opposite. Why does he not start his own website where he can counter the Islamophobia-network? It is a free country (that is USA).Recommend

  • woody

    Chapel Hill investigation revealed that Muslim students were killed over a parking dispute rather than religion – how does that equate to Islamophobia? Further – there is a long line of Muslims trying to get into the USA and no line of Muslims trying to leave – anecdotal evidence that American Muslims don’t feel persecuted. Lastly – to my knowledge not one single Muslim has been killed in the USA because of his religion – can’t say the same for Pakistan.Recommend

  • LS

    You are the one trolling here with a comment that does not add any value to the discussion but insults other person for their belief. What is wrong when someone is asking a Doctor to focus on patients…? The cardiologists I know don’t even have time to eat let alone pen articles on news papers esp when you are doing a fellowshipRecommend

  • Gul Zaman Ghorgasht

    You plagiarized this. From the Wall Street Journal? New York Post?
    Billy Graham Jr.’s Promise Keepers handy handbook of quotes..? Desi
    hindus do not possess the literal acumen to string together a paragraph
    like this. This is straight from some third rate neo fascist publication. Proves
    the age old point Hindu Hindutva Doctrine is alive and thriving.Recommend

  • Gul Zaman Ghorgasht.

    Please read the article carefully. At no point does the blogger denigrate
    US. In fact he does a service for the likes of YOU. Who are incapable of stringing together a cohesive narrative in their brains
    You got it backwards. As usual. Mr. Chaudhry is a long time blogger at
    ET. Everyone knows he is an Ahmadi. What is showing is your pure
    unbridled hate for the sect. Recommend

  • NFD

    Bull’s eye !. Gotcha ! Knew the hate mongers would
    be crawling over this blog. Rs.10 for 50 words makes
    enough for you to buy some idlis and dosas. Does it not?
    Trust the trolls to insert themselves in every discussion.Recommend

  • Raj – USA

    Where do you see islamophobia?

    You see it in muslim countries like Pakistan. Let me explain. Every year during Muharram cell phone services are blocked. Why? It is the fear that muslim suicide bombers will use cell phone services to kill muslims.

    You see islamophobia in countries like Nigeria which has a huge muslim population. Read this:
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/748038/suicide-bombers-put-women-under-suspicion-in-nigerias-kano/Recommend

  • liberal-lubna-fromLahore

    so in America, your mosques get thrashed, your Islamic centers are burnt down, your friends are executed, you are eating in McDonald’s wearing a headscarf when some Muslim hating American lights your head on fire, your children are subject to hate crimes and discrimination on a daily basis, your home windows and doors get broken down and graffiti painted almost every other day, you are constantly putting yourself at an increasing risk of being shot by some psycho lone wolf white guy who is going to let the media brainwash and convince him to commit wrong doings but no, you dont want to leave America because being a Pakistani with no self respect and no dignity, as long as the big brother is pouring down those government benefits, it is okay to bear all of that hate and u know since suffering is just part of Muslim’s life anyway, so why even bother consider going back to your home country.

    just stay there no matter how bad the situation gets for them

    Now in Pakistan, your glitter filled blackberry is snatched by bikers, all hell break’s loose with endless rants against Pakistan, the society, it’s lack of “security” how there is no future for your children and immigration application sent to 20 countries.

    But hey, at least they have petrol and electricity in American so I’m gonna live there like a good little suddenly civilized proud Pakistani American and open up new support centers to challenge the ongoing issues Muslims/Pakistanis have to face.

    In Pakistan, when you are faced with issues, why dont u stick out longer? Where is your patriotism then? Where are those support centers? Where is that urge to help the needy and the poor? or is that only possible to do so if you have problems in America?

    Like if you have such a problem with USA and being discriminated against, then go back to Pakistan. Just because there is this notion that “ooh I have rights here and I can fight for my rights ” does not mean that justice will actually be served like get some reality check. Recommend

  • unbelieveable

    “Hatemongers like Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller on the far right and leaders of the new atheist movement – prominently Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins – both play into this dynamic.”

    These are far from household names in American. Dawkins is a brit – almost nobody has heard of Spencer or Geller – and Harris isn’t anti Muslim, he’s an atheist who promotes separation of Church and State.Recommend

  • Visibly

    So, we would like the true Islam to be happy;
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVDIXqILqSMRecommend

  • Visibly

    Or, at least for muslims being happy?Recommend

  • Ghulam

    He is head of several hate sites and listed as an anti-Muslim ideologue by the Southern Poverty Law center. If extremists like these are your heroes then you are no different from other extremists.
    (Vish, Gangadas, this comment is for you too)

    http://www.splcenter.org/get%20informed/intelligence%20files/profiles/Robert%20SpencerRecommend

  • Visibly

    What do you consider a minority of Muslims?
    If 80% of Egypteans favour death for leaving Islam, is that few?
    If 10% of Muslims in Europe (currently at about 50 miilions), favour violence to defend Islam,i.e., 5 million): Is that few?
    If 10% of European Muslim men would like to join ISIS: Is that few?
    And what about Muslim women, willing to go Syria and ISIS just to please their men and add to the battle and killings. Are those few?
    In the West, you call them by names. But are any of these heroes, or are they people disgracing their families, their faith? Are they infidels? Are these people selling themselves in the name of Islam?Recommend

  • http://kashifmd.com/ Kashif Chaudhry

    1) I am a proud American. The good thing about being American is we can criticize our policies and point out our flaws with complete freedom. Pointing out Islamophobia in America is not “pointing fingers at America.” Islamophobia is very un-American, as is every bigotry. http://kashifmd.com/2012/07/04/happy-independence-day-america-i-am-grateful/

    2) Religious bigotry in Pakistan is a huge problem. I point this out in this, and in majority of my articles. Follow my work.

    3) The US constitution is much better than the Pakistani counterpart. Not sure why you believe I am “generalizing based on bad apples.” I am merely pointing out the bad apples. And everyone should point the bad apples out. Join me in fighting all bigotry everywhere, and not being selective against it.Recommend

  • http://kashifmd.com/ Kashif Chaudhry

    Agreed. As I point out in the end of my piece, religious bigotry must be fought. It is this that is used by Islamophobes to spread anti-Muslim hate.Recommend

  • abhi

    I am realy not sure what kind of debate you want to have with “Islamophobes” ? Unless you are able to convince the followers of Islam about “beautiful” aspects of Islam what is the point of convincing others about it?Recommend

  • Sid

    Anything rational and intelligent is poison to some people. Pity.Recommend

  • Sid

    You need to first educate muslims the true meaning of Islam. I guess muslims need it more then Americans. Once muslims understand true meaning of Islam, Islamophobia will vanish.Recommend

  • anotherjoeblogs


    Why is ‘Islamophobia’ on the rise in America? ”
    Gee that’s a tough one, just give me a nano-second to ponder.Recommend

  • GordonHide

    As long as people like Kashif Chaudhry can’t distinguish between those opposed to Islam and those who take a bigoted view against Muslims in general he is never going to get the real allies available to him in the West to combat anti-Muslim bigotry.

    He shouldn’t be surprised by the fact that those who believe the Islamic religion is a bad thing have refused to debate him when he has labelled them anti-Muslim bigots.Recommend

  • ab1990

    tamil tigers were fighting for a tamil state. Dont even think that tamil tigers wanted a hindu state.Recommend

  • ab1990

    keep living in denial. One day your people will be banned from usa if ur country doesnt stop sending terrorists to usaRecommend

  • Gopeet

    Value to a discussion? You mean a hate fest? Nah…
    Who are you to dispute the author’s need or ability to
    tackle social issues ? Or what mode he chooses?? Maybe
    he finds writing a better communication tool? Maybe he is
    an early riser. Maybe he is well organized. Maybe he is
    a techie. Obviously he can find the time to blog…..
    What is so clear is your inability to beyond a Lakshmi Moment.Recommend

  • Faraz Talat

    When we study attitudes of various American peoples towards Muslims, it’s evident that atheists – mostly liberal – have a far warmer attitude towards Muslims than say, right-wing Catholics or white evangelical Christians.

    But it is invariably atheists who get tutored on Islamophobia. It appears that the author narrowly bases his arguments on personal hostility to atheist groups, instead of scientifically addressing the bigger picture of anti-Muslim bigotry in America.

    Also, the author has repeatedly aired an idea that his opponents are *obliged* to debate him. I’m sure Dawkins and Harris have things to do. They don’t debate Anjem Chaudhry either, so you needn’t take it personally.

    How Americans feel about religious groups (Pew polls):
    http://www.pewforum.org/2014/07/16/how-americans-feel-about-religious-groups/Recommend

  • SamSal

    Agree to what you’ve said. However, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus and others have never justified their crimes by presenting/quoting verses from their holy books. They don’t claim that whoever doesnt follow their religion should be forced converted or killed.

    Fear of islam and muslims is not irrational.Recommend

  • SamSal

    Haters gonna hate!!Recommend

  • Critical

    Idlis dosas…Idlis dosas…idlis dosas…..
    Looks like you dont have anything else to contribute other than these words….

    BTW,they are really tasty…U should try a ghee dosa in a good restaurant…U will get hooked…Recommend

  • Critical

    The Hindu Tamil Tigers were led by a christian and most of their generals,spokepersons and soldiers were christian….

    it is really fascinating to see that christians joined in the fight with “Hindu terrorism”Recommend

  • Prashant

    “So ignorant he’s not aware of terrorism by Buddhists in Myanmar.”

    You have to literally blame all Buddhists of Myanmar to make your point and the reason is simple, there is not a Buddhist version of Al Qaeda which you can blame, it was a riot which ofcourse needs to be condemned in the strongest possible words but to compare it with the systematic violence of groups like Al Qaeda is living in denials.

    “So ignorant he’s not aware of terrorism by Christians in CAR and Uganda via the Lord’s Resistance Army”

    I have not seen the terrorists belonging to this group going to Muslim countries and killing innocents like the Al Qaeda and its affiliates do all across the world which clearly indicates that this group does not have the kind of constituency across the world as Al Qaeda and some other Muslim groups do.

    “So ignorant he’s not aware that Hindu Tamil Tigers have committed more suicide bombings than Al Qaeda, Hamas, or the Taliban. In fact, the Tamil Tigers invented suicide bombing.”

    Tamil Tigers were probably the most dangerous and brutal terrorist organisation in the last 50 years if you keep religion aside, involve religion and the brutality of LTTE would pale in comparison to groups like Al Qaeda, ISIS, LeT, JeM and so on.

    It is a spirited defence of what you believe in but it lacks the logical punch.Recommend

  • Prashant

    Kashif, you may condemn Al Qaeda and ISIS but you know very well that it makes no difference to them, they are only going to get stronger, this is what needs to be addressed. You talk of Islamophobia and want to counter it, have you ever wondered why did not Islamophobia exist in US 20 years back.

    Islamophobia is directly proportional to the acts committed by Muslim groups all across the world, you want the the fringe elements of American society ( Islamophobes) to show respect to you while the best your community has to offer them is a condemnation of the acts committed by Al Qaeda and the worst is slitting their throats while shouting slogans hailing almighty. True, most Muslims are peaceful but just imagine if a group of people from another religious community was doing the same, what would be the reaction of Muslims towards that community.

    You cannot have this issue resolved in vacuum because Muslims cannot thrust their opinion and decisions down the American throats as they do to the non Muslims in Muslim majority countries.

    A common man whether in US or elsewhere will not read the holy book , he will simply look at the conduct of the community and make an opinion of them. Call it Islamophobia but no amount of argument can counter it unless the acts of the extremist Muslim groups are greatly minimised.

    I see the so called liberals among Muslims condemning an act of violence by another Muslim and spending much more time in trying to convince non Muslims that they are a community of peace, I am sure it is but this argument is still a losing proposition because the world is simply not willing to buy it any longer. You are addressing a wrong audience.Recommend

  • Prashant

    I have heard even Zakir Naik is a doctor.Recommend

  • Prashant

    Hey, I am here. Were you missing me?Recommend

  • Prashant

    Are you suggesting Pakistan does not have normal people?Recommend

  • Vinod

    Just like certain book is plagiarized.Recommend

  • Prashant

    “But nowhere did they instruct mobs to destroy religious structures or harm people because of their religion…and even if they do say,no atheist will follow them….”

    Even the most fundamentalist of Americans will sound moderate when compared with ISIS and Al Qaeda.Recommend

  • Gratgy

    LS meant “value” not “crap”Recommend

  • LS

    Value to discussion means – adding a perspective. I am not the one disputing his right to critique social issues. @Rajagopal did and you thrashed him for his perspective.

    Maybe you don’t know how fellowship works in US but you are on duty for 36 straight hours in hospitals, you barely get sleep or get time to eat. On top of the time you have to devote to studying and exams. Its not about earning money. That is how the program is but you cannot get past your own hate or need to feed it.Recommend

  • http://kashifmd.com/ Kashif Chaudhry

    I know the difference well http://goodmenproject.com/ethics-values/islam-and-free-speech-5-things-you-should-know-hesaid/ I have often written that it is not bad at all to be opposed to Islam, but saying ISIS is the sole face of Islam, and peaceful Muslims are “nominal” or “not devout” is bigoted. As I explain, it leads to anti-Muslim bias, because anyone who is convinced of this view is bound to see me as a terrorist or a sympathizer of ISIS ideology at least.

    Islam is defined by the Koran and Sunnah, and there is a reason Islamophobes are unable to defend ISIS narrative, as much as they try to. They run from debate and wrongly insist that ISIS is Islam. New atheist leaders like Sam Harris & Dawkins indeed are bigots. So are the Far right propagandists like Spencer.Recommend

  • http://kashifmd.com/ Kashif Chaudhry

    If someone claims ISIS is the true face of Islam, they should be able to defend their position in a debate. I agree the Muslim world is in need of reform, but this fact does not negate the fact that Islamophobes are intellectual dishonest and scared of debate.Recommend

  • Will Howell

    Surely that headline was a joke…Recommend

  • LS

    When the world is exploding and religious violence is at peak the only common factor is Muslims. Whether it is Myanmar or CAR or Uganda, France, UK, US, Whole of Middle-east, Whole of North and central Africa, Australia, Canada, most of South Asia, Eastern Europe. You name the country and there are Muslim Terrorists there.

    So nice try deflecting the blame but any rational being would behave like that. All these terrorists or radical Islamic folks who claim to be defending Islam aren’t doing your reputation a favor.Recommend

  • Faulitics

    ignorance is not blissRecommend

  • NFD

    Idlis..dosas,.papadam, rice cakes, mutter daal,.. tried it
    Served on a banana leaf ! In a restaurant,.. to boot. Must
    admit food was tasty. No doubt. Cannot deny that.
    And tea in little glasses. Indian cuisine is good.Recommend

  • Np

    ISIS may not be the true face of Islam, but we see institutionalised bigotry against Muslims in most Muslim majority countries. So for people who are not Muslim and are not interested in learning the Quran any more than you are in learning Bhagvad Geeta and Vedas, true Islam is how most Muslims conduct themselves.

    Provide a good example of Islam in practice. Provide examples of widespread condemnation of bigotry against non-Muslims in Muslim majority countries standing and we can talk. The only Muslims who seem to care about bigotry are those not living in Muslim majority country or those living in Muslim majority country but belonging to the ‘wrong’ sect. In other words the only time one hears vocal concerns against bigotry from Muslims is when they are the minority.
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  • Np

    People will judge Islam not based on a book but how the practitioners of the book conduct themselves. Change how Muslims behave and perception aout Islam will change. For that you need to educate the Muslims first.Recommend

  • Np

    No. They are not the root. They are responding to a trigger of extreme behavior by a large number of Muslims be it Al Qaeda, ISIS, Boko Haram, the killers of Charlie Hebdo, the 10 people on a boat on 26/11 and many more like that.Recommend

  • Hypocrisy?

    You are trying to justify Islamophobia? Just because blacks and Hispanics commit more crime in America, it does not mean that hatred against common black and hispanic people is justified “unless the acts of the groups are greatly minimised.”

    ISIS and AQ need to be countered but so do bigots in America and the world. By justifying their bigotry you are taking their side.Recommend

  • Hypocrisy?

    “compare it with the systematic violence of groups like Al Qaeda is living in denials.”
    The Muslims in Burma (Rohingya) have been described as one of the Most persecuted minorities on Earth and thousands have fled to other countries. Who is living in denial?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persecution_of_Muslims_in_Burma

    Some Buddhist monks have been involved in spreading hate. Same in Sri Lanka.Recommend

  • http://kashifmd.com/ Kashif Chaudhry

    You confuse atheists with new atheists. Atheists, like theists, are generally great people. Read how we are fighting together for universal freedom of conscience: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kashif-n-chaudhry/muslims-and-atheists_b_5949650.html

    Sadly, new atheists are bigoted and contribute to growing Islamophobia. I make the distinction clear in my piece. If you are a regular garden variety atheist, and not a new atheist, this piece is not about you Sir.Recommend

  • http://kashifmd.com/ Kashif Chaudhry

    And I agree new atheists are not obliged to defend their claims with reasoned argument. They are free to keep refusing. http://kashifmd.com/2015/02/13/richard-dawkins-intellectual-dishonesty/Recommend

  • Khalid Shaikh

    Why i dont see any mainstream media coverage when muslims are being killed by non-muslims?? specially by christains, that is the question? But the whole mainstream mafia CNN/BBC/NBC/FOX/ABC to XYZ cannot hold back their excitement and just C…S when they hear about a bearded guy with gun in his hand, and black flag, oh yeah, black flags really in these days.Recommend

  • Jor El

    He was, he no longer cures bodies, he claims to cure “souls” …Recommend

  • LS

    Rampantly – Mostly from Old testament, Torah, Greeks and Romans and European science and literature. esp Hadiths that were written by people but for some reason are given same reverence as that of Koran. Classic case is Koran says earth is flat but Hadiths claim (Rightfully after discovery by Eratosthenes in 260 CE) and Islam started around 570 CE) that it was like an Egg (Which was also wrong)Recommend

  • LS

    And you think there are no Bigots in Muslim world?
    – People who claim all other religions are farce and theirs is the only true one?
    – People who claim that God is Allah and all others gods are non-descript
    – People who claim its my way religion wise or high way?
    – People who do not respect the law of the land and kill normal people. Every muslim who killed someone was once a normal person with extreme views.
    – What do you say to the people who kill minority community after watching a TV show that calls to kill them?
    – What do you say to the people who use the bully pulpit of Masjid to act against minorities and people act on it?

    Sir you cannot be selective in criticizing. Its more rampant in your religion’s followers that any where else. The problem is a million times acute in followers of Islam than anywhere else but folks here are talking about 3-4 incidents that was as a result of your own horrific acts against humanity.

    Your Idea is like – let my religion do what-ever it wants but you cannot criticize it or condemn it or react to it in any way or else you would be termed as a Islamophobe? Recommend

  • LS

    Because he is ignoring the 900 Lb gorilla in the room and focusing on a flea.Recommend

  • LS

    With Crappy logic :-) and misinformation… not sure what will happen to those cured “Souls”Recommend

  • LS

    Media is not rational sir, it has an agenda. In every country it has its own agenda. Western Media has its own, Islamic country specific media has its own agenda. A country’s specific media supports ideology that they support.

    So, bringing Media in this discussion is useless, but you realize that Muslims being Killed by Non-Muslims get more attention from Non-Muslim media than media form Islamic Countries. Whether it is the series of these incidents, or the people like Islamic apologists.. most are found in Western Countries. Not in Islamic countries. So it goes both ways.

    You have to agree that People killed by Boko Haram in a single day far exceeds all the Muslims killed by non-Muslims in a year.Recommend

  • liberal-lubna-fromLahore

    ET where is my comment?Recommend

  • Prashant

    “The Muslims in Burma (Rohingya) have been described as one of the Most persecuted minorities on Earth and thousands have fled to other countries. Who is living in denial?”

    I am sure there are persecuted communities all across the world, as much as you do in Pakistan, that still does not mean they have organised groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS whose sole intention is to kill on the name of religion.

    “Some Buddhist monks have been involved in spreading hate. Same in Sri Lanka.”

    Sure there are, the Buddhists are no different when compared with other communities. Have you seen a Buddhist version of Al Qaeda and the killings of non Buddhists and justifying that on the name of Buddhism.

    Have a perspective and do not respond for the sake of it.Recommend

  • Prashant

    “You are trying to justify Islamophobia? ”

    You are quick to jump to conclusions which makes you miss the perspective. The blacks and Hispanics are treated equal by the state and institutions of America but can you deny the prejudice among some whites towards non whites, that is human tendency which you and me cannot get rid of no matter how much we wish.

    “By justifying their bigotry you are taking their side.”

    I am asking you to stop lecturing others on your religion and lecture your own who by your own admission are bringing disrepute to your community.Recommend

  • Ranveer Singh Warraich

    Do tell us how many Hindus carried out sucide bombings? Do tell us how many hindus beheaded non-hindus in the name of Blasphemy. Do tell us how many hindus want to impose hinduism on others in the West? ..The answer is none! tislam wants to keep playing the game of Conquer, and convert.Recommend

  • Np

    Are the 26% British Muslims who support Charlie Hebdo killers a small number? http://www.dawn.com/news/1165850/quarter-of-british-muslims-sympathise-with-charlie-hebdo-terrorists

    When such a large population supports violence, being afraid is a rational reaction and not an irrational fear – which is what a phobia is.Recommend

  • Gp65