John Esposito’s Deceptions on ‘Islamophobia’

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Throughout his article, Esposito, a respected scholar, uses mini-exceptions as general examples. Despite overwhelming support for Muslims among politicians, he cites a few bad apples. For instance, Esposito says, “Politicians use fear of Islam as a political football.” He also states that “Justice Kagan is being accused of being ‘Justice Sharia.’” Accused? Knowing about widespread violence sanctioned by Sharia law, as the dean of Harvard Law School, Justice Kagan tried “to promote a deep appreciation of Islamic law” with the blessing of Saudi money. If such a person is not “Justice Sharia,” who is? Aren’t there Islamists trying to establish Sharia courts in the USA? Yes, the blueprint of American Sharia courts was created as early as 1993 by TAM, The American Muslims. Plus, who is breeding the home grown terrorists? Are they Western media commentators, hard-line Christian Zionists and politicians?

I wish Esposito mentioned the hate-tsunami against Jews and the West that roars in the media and throughout the pulpits of the Muslim world, constantly in Himalayan magnitude. One cartoon against our Prophet (SA) caused chaos to break loose, but during my long years in the Middle East, I saw many dozens of worse cartoons in the media about Jews and their holy book. No government contained that, nor was there a sane Muslim voice against these cartoons.

Esposito also states that “all Muslims have been reduced to stereotypes of Islam against the West, Islam’s war with modernity, and Muslim rage, extremism, fanaticism, and terrorism” and “all leaders of that [American] society look at all Muslims with suspicion and prejudice.” These are hyperbolic overstatements. I am a Muslim; I live in Canada and often travel to the US – there is a general sense of concern, but in general, Muslims are doing well, living well and are treated well.  The overwhelming support and protection of Muslims by common North Americans and churches after 9/11 is on record, but is sadly overlooked.

Yes, “We all [governments, policymakers, the media, educational institutions, religious and corporate leaders] have a critical role to play in countering the voices of hate, the exclusionary theologies and ideologies.” Esposito should give the same advice to the leaders of Muslims world.

Once again, in our global village, the West is continuously bombarded by the news of serious violence from the Muslim world against women, non-Muslims and Muslims of different Islamic ideas, in the name of Islam.

This is the main reason for “Islamophobia” — and a logical one.

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  • Chezwick_mac

    Esposito is the prototypical fifth columnist. He is the modern incarnation of Quisling.

    • Lfox328

      Because, you don't need to commit treason against your country, it's just sufficient to not slavishly follow the most extreme dictates of Sharia – or, just point out that the Sharia Law, as it is enforced by Islamic-dominated countries, is barbaric.
      And that you don't want it imposed on your own country.
      Thanks for clarifying what makes a 5th columnist (which WAS the name of those who chose to assist a foreign country in gaining control of their own country).

    • Carol Goodwin

      It is hard to tell who is pro and who is con. Non- Muslims fear Muslims because of what they are told Muslims believe: that it is alright to lie to non Muslims and that all non Muslims are infidels and must die. As a Christian, I feel that Muslims are the infidels or at best Heathens. The God Of Abraham is the ONE and only true GOD and His commandments are to love Him with every fiber of our being and to love one another (Christians) as ourselves. We are to pray for those who would persecute us. We are taught that we must not kill, steal, lie nor covet what belongs to another.
      Now who do you think is the better people?

      • John M

        Christians and Muslims share the same God, The God of Abraham. Surely you know that? The two religions are very close, splitting after the bible was written.

  • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

    I agree with all items of rebuttal offered by Mr. Hasan Mahmud, yet I respectfully disagree with the foundations of his reasoning.

    1) It is a dangerous utopia to think about the world as if it were a global village. On the contrary: the world is populated by very different nations and people, having incompatible views on the truth and justices, and having conflicting interests.

    2) With all due respect, the author's statement that he is a Moslem citizen of Canada sounds as a word-mingling or linguistic sophism, because every Moslem coming to Canada (or to any Western nation) realizes, that he or she is coming to a non-Islamic nation. Immigration into a nation (i.e. coming for good) presumes an honest desire to assimilate into the nation. How a devoted Moslem may wish (in good faith!) to come into a nation which is not Islamic?

    • sensei2004

      I think you are wrong on point no. 2. If it were true, no faithful Muslims would ever leave their countries, and the western world, in particular the UK and Europe wouldn't have a problem. I have seen the non-religious Muslims of Europe, they brought religious teachers for their children to preserve tradition and these teachers have indoctrinated the new generation in hatred of Western traditions.

      • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

        The expression "non-religious Muslims" is an oxymoron! You are confused, perhaps thinking about "moslems" as though about ethnicity or race!

        Moreover, they have no business even to go to non-Moslem nations in order to remain moslems in any sense.

        Well, they in fact DO have business moving into non-Moslem nations: they move to peacefully conquer those nation and "deliver them to umma".

  • jacob

    Regarding Mr. ESPOSITO, allow me to remind whoever reads this section, that
    SIMON BOLIVAR, THE LIBERATOR once stated that ;
    "TALENT WITHOUT HONESTY IS A SCOURGE"
    So much for Mr. ESPOSITO half truths wrapped in double lies….

    And yes, I confess to be an ISLAMOPHOBE.
    I believe they have no room in our society and our country and to whoever of them
    who dissagrees with our principles, I remind him the exit gates of our country are
    wide open. Just make sure they don't hit their behinds on the way out.
    Remember : we didn't send for you and besides, I stick to YOSHIRO SAGAMORI
    statement years ago in the JERUSALEM POST :
    "EVERY PRACTICING MUSIM IS A TERRORIST.
    IT IS WHAT HAS BEEN HAMMERED INTO HIS HEAD FROM CRADDLE TO GRAVE
    AND IT IS WHAT HIS "RELIGION" EXPECTS FROM HIM"…..

    • PhillipGaley

      Yes, and while, as a Baptist, awaking of a morning deciding to bone up on techniques of bomb-making, I can't simply shop around through our group—and, without going too much beyond, laying myself open for discovery in unfamiliar territory of inquiry—acquisition of the knowledge of those techniques is a thing which many a Moslem can do, and comparatively, staying relatively close t'home, . . .

    • Guest

      Islamophobic people are simply ignorant. This is what Islam is really about, among other things:

      The Prophet of Islam (pbuh) said: “Knowledge elevates men to the status of the most respectable people and gives them a high position in this world and the next. To give thought to a matter of knowledge has a merit equal to fasting and to learn and teach knowledge is like Divine worship in the night”. “Excessive knowledge is better than excessive praying”. It is better to teach knowledge one hour in the night than to pray the whole night”. “An hour’s contemplation and study of God’s creation is better than a year of adoration”. One learned man is harder on the devil than a thousand ignorant worshippers”.

      • ebonystone

        Given Mighty Mo's approval of knowledge and learning, it's surprising that Moslems have won so few Nobel prizes: out of 813 individual winners, a grand total of 10 have been Moslems; and 6 of those were for the "Peace" Prize, leaving only 4 winners in any field of knowledge.

      • Chester

        The Prophet Mo said, 9 yr old stuff is the best stuff :: ))

        • DarkHorse

          Apparently he had "knowledge" — of good and evil.

      • Sprayman0

        Islamaphobic people are well informed,stupid!!

      • curmudgeon

        guest, you are either a muslim impostor, or the most incredibly ignorant dhimmi on the planet. there are two sites you might compare. http://www.religionofpeace.com, where morons go to find out about peaceful islam, unicorns, flowers, utopia, permanent rainbows, and other lies. then there is http://www.thereligionofpeace.com, where you find the truth. try the latter site for a change. what a difference the "the" makes.

      • Anrea

        What the heck are you trying to say? Say something meaningful. Blah blah blah.

    • mrst

      Amen Brother! You are NOT alone!

  • aspacia

    Thank-you for this article. Remember that many members of many faiths do not practice it exactly as the clergy demands. Many Catholics take birth control pills and support capital punishment.

    We need more Muslim voices protesting Muslim violence. A few are being heard, but they and their kidth and kin are threatened by fundamendalists.

    Please congratulate Hasan Mamud for his courageous stand.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Remember that many members of many faiths do not practice it exactly as the clergy demands. Many Catholics take birth control pills and support capital punishment.

      We need more Muslim voices protesting Muslim violence. A few are being heard, but they and their kidth and kin are threatened by fundamendalists.

      Islam is not a faith based religion. Instead it is an ideology that requires first and foremost the total, complete, and unconditional submission of its adherents to the will of Allah. In fact the word Islam in Arabic means submission and the word Muslim in Arabic means one who submits.

      Hence, unlike in true faith-based religions where adherents are free to question and even challenge the texts and tenets of their respective religions and even to freely leave their religion or convert to another religion altogether, because the freedom of conscience in Islam is severely restricted, those same actions, which in the first instance constitutes blasphemy and in the second apostasy, are both capital offenses under Islam. Thus, your desire for more Muslims to openly protest Muslim violence is based off an incorrect assumption.

      In fact, per the sixth and most important pillar of Islam it is an obligatory duty in Islam for every Muslim to fight jihad in the cause of Allah. The sixth and most important pillar of Islam doesn't make it an obligatory duty only for extremists and it doesn't make it an obligatory duty only for radicals, while at the same time giving a free pass for so-called moderate Muslims. Instead, it makes it an obligatory duty for ALL MUSLIMS to fight jihad in the cause of Allah.

      Therefore, ALL MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX MUSLIMS are jihadists, a few are violent jihadists, while the vast overwhelming majority of them are non-violent jihadists, and the few that are not jihadists, like the writer of this article, for instance, are not Muslims at all but blasphemous apostates that per the dictates of Islam must be executed.

      However, because this particular writer no longer lives in the Islamic world and lives in Canada instead, he can choose to openly protest Muslim violence. Nevertheless, if he openly protested Muslim violence while still living in the Islamic world, he would no doubt be executed.

      Not to mention that even some Muslims and non-Muslims protesting Muslim violence living in the West have been executed for their protests, and as the percentage of Muslims continues to rapidly increase in the West, that phenomena no doubt will occur with more and more frequency.

      • tanstaafl

        Just to add to your accurate assessment, there also is the practice of taquiyya. This allows Moslems to lie and mislead in order to advance Islam. Mr. Hasan Mamud is telling many of us what we want to hear.

        And, as you point out, Mr. Mamud is "protected by the guns of the Americans".

      • aspacia

        Obama,

        Please do not lecture me; I am well aware of your views regarding Islam, and regardless of your OPINION, Islam is considered a legitimate faith as is Satanism, Wicca and many others.

        Face it, Legally Islam is considered a faith.

        Frankly, there are many moderate voices I respect: Jasser and others and I do no accept Geller or Spencer assertion that they are not true Muslims because of their moderate beliefs and attempts at reform.

        It took Christianity a long time to reform and is wasn't until the Treaty of Westphalia that Christian tolerance started. The problem is with the new WMD's reform must be put in fast forward.

        • ObamaYoMoma

          Face it, Legally Islam is considered a faith.

          Don't be ridiculous, Islam requires total, complete, and unconditional submission to the will of Allah, and that makes Islam anything but a faith-based religion. Also, in stark contrast to faith-based religions, the freedom of conscience in Islam is forbidden. Thus, blasphemy and apostasy under Islam are both capital offenses. Indeed, what faith-based religions punish blasphemy and apostasy under the pain of death? What faith-based religions forbid the freedom of conscience? The answer is none of them. Try again!

          In addition, anyone that has studied the evolution of Islam as I have can also tell you that Islam is not a religion, as after the Hijra, Muhammad abandoned religion, turned to jihad, politics, and conquest and in the process morphed Islam into something else entirely different from religion altogether.

          In fact, all the peaceful verses of the Koran, the same ones deceitful Muslims like to cite to deceive gullible useful idiots like you, have all been abrogated by the latter issued verses of the Koran that were issued after the Hijra and from the time when Muhammad had morphed Islam into what it is today, which is a supremacist theo-political totalitarian ideology that seeks to subjugate the world into a very draconian form of Islamic totalitarianism via the imposition of sharia.

          Thus, all the verses of the Koran that originated from the time Islam was a religion no longer even apply as they have all been abrogated, i.e., canceled out, superseded, and replaced, by the latter issued verses of the Koran.

          The truth is Islam has never been challenged in a court of law yet, but when that eventuality inevitably happens in due time in the future, it will be easily proven that Islam is not a legitimate religion.

          Frankly, there are many moderate voices I respect: Jasser and others and I do no accept Geller or Spencer assertion that they are not true Muslims because of their moderate beliefs and attempts at reform.

          Jasser isn't a Muslim or a Muslim reformer, for that matter. He is a publicity hound and a neo-con on steroids, if you believe the garbage he says. I mean how can Jasser be a Muslim reformer when all devout Muslims in the world consider him to be a blasphemous apostate that should be executed? Indeed, even his own mosque tossed him out!

          Of course, the so-called MSM and Fox News, the news media for RINOs and Neo-Cons, love Jasser because he legitimizes their false ideological narrative that Islam is a so-called Religion of Peace™ being hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists, when the reality is other than Jasser, no true Muslims consider him to be anything other than a blasphemous apostate. Hence, it is easy to see why you would consider a loon like Jasser to be a so-called moderate Muslim, it's because you are a loon yourself.

          It took Christianity a long time to reform and is wasn't until the Treaty of Westphalia that Christian tolerance started. The problem is with the new WMD's reform must be put in fast forward.

          First of all, Islam isn't a religion. In fact, Islam is far closer to being a totalitarian ideology like Communism than it is to being a religion, as just like Communism, Islam seeks world domination, and the end result of Islam exactly like Communism is totalitarianism, poverty, despair, hopelessness, and lots and lots of misery.

          Not only that, but there are also numerous other reasons as well why Islam can't ever be reformed. For instance, the uncreated text of the Koran is divine, thus it is perfect and immutable. Indeed, anyone seen as trying to change even just one world of it would instantly be charged with blasphemy and would face death if he or she didn't repent.

          In addition, the doors to ijtihad have been locked closed for over a thousand years is another reason. Indeed, hell will freeze over before Islam is ever reformed. In fact, it is only loons addicted to wishful thinking that are dumb enough to believe that Islam can be reformed just in the nick of time to rescue the world..

          • aspacia

            Obama, quite frankly, are a fanatic, and may possibly be as dangerous as Brevik. Use reason and not rage to defeat the threat.

            Know the facts and the laws of the land, and their laws to defeat them, Understand the Islamists use of Taqiyya. What they speak in Arabic dramatically differs from English.

            1. Use MEMRI and PMW for legitimate translations. Use these translations, and Islamists actions to defend our values. Actions speak louder than words

            2. Understand that in this land Islam is considered a faith regardless of what you say it is. If I claim the world is flat, it does not make it so because I said this. OMM, realize, you are not that important, and for that matter no one is, in the scheme of things. I have students who do not know where France is, who the Caesars were, most of our presidents etc. (Blame administrators, rote memorization is not currently fashionable in pedagogy.)

            3. You rage will alienate rather that persuade those who may become your enemy or be borderline regarding the threat. You are only singing to the choir on this board, the real goal is to outmanuever and lying liberals and Muslims. Many Muslims acknowledge that fact they lying is condones by their faith.

            4. Jasser and other moderate Muslims have a right to claim to be Muslim, and you and Spencer really have no right to tell them they are not. Just as Muslims have no right to tell me I am Muslim, when I am not. It only makes the accuser look preposterous and utterly devoid of reason.

            Frankly, to these old, well-educated eyes, you appear more warped and devoid of reason by the day.

  • mrbean

    In 2009, according to data gathered from more than 14,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide, there were 1,376 hate crimes motivated by religious bias. Of those, just 9.3 percent — fewer than 1 in 10 — were committed against Muslims. By contrast, 70.1 percent were committed against Jews, 6.9 percent were aimed at Catholics or Protestants, and 8.6 percent targeted other religions. Hate crimes driven by anti-Muslim bigotry were outnumbered nearly 8 to 1 by anti-Semitic crimes.

    • curmudgeon

      dont overlook that the majority of hate crimes against jews were committed by muslims, and many of the hate crimes against muslims are shams perpetrated by muslims.

  • StephenD

    Not that it would matter one bit but has Esposito expressed any concern or mentioned at all the FOGEL FAMILY MASSACRE? Since this, and I'm aware of greater and more extensive tragedies, but since this event I have drawn the line in my mind. He has no validity. Has he sought out the perpetrators of this and others that give his "Religion of Peace" a bad rap? Does he explain why there is so much "Misunderstanding" of this religion by its adherents? Does he explain that teaching children in Palestinian Schools to hate their Jewish neighbors can only lead to violence?
    I can't stand that these frauds are given legitimacy. By my estimation Esposito is not fit to dust off my shoes. He is a disgrace and a fool upon whom an education was wasted.

    • DarkHorse

      Not to forget that in Islamic geography textbooks, be they from Saudi, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, Iran, Syria, there is no state of Israel. It's all Palestine. Schoolchildren are taught that Jews are pigs. If history be a guide, it is safe to conclude that most of these children will never shed this indoctrination, which is exactly what the Islamic authorities who set this up intended. A whole generation of enemies of Israel, and by extension America and the rest of the West has been raised, explicitly raised to hate us and to wish to destroy us.

      If the word "XYZ- phobia" in common usage pertains to harboring an unreasonable or grossly exaggerated, or even imagined, fear of its object, then in truth none of us so-called "Islamophobes" is one. We have every good and valid reason, supplied us daily by devout Muslims from around the whole world, to fear them. — On thereligionofpeace.com' site I stopped counting at 1000, for the combined death toll in the last 3 months "credited" to the account of its practitioners, world-wide. So much for the "useful idiot" Dr. Esposito.

      Sooo, "Religion of Peace"??? My Foot! Don't call me "Islamophobe". Just call me an enemy — And, to be clear, that's not how I was raised! I never was, nor will I ever be, prejudiced. I'm post-judiced!

    • nirmal

      Yes. Yes. Yes. But I also wonder how much he gets paid overtly and covertly to behave so insane??? It must be a terrible strain. Imagine his family has to live with this rubbish 24×7.

  • Marty

    esposito isn't much of a scholar. Rather, he's a propagandist well paid by the wahabist lobby. There is such a thing as enthusiastic dhimmitude. Instead of paying a jizya, frauds such as esposito are being well paid by saudi arabia to excuse and sugarcoat a genocidal death cult that is insistent on its application of sharia law upon unsuspecting democracies. islam has no place in the United States or anywhere else in the civilized world. Both its ideology and practices are insulting to the very concept of freedom.

  • Buck O

    Mr. Hahmud,
    A phobia is an extreme, abnormal, unrealistic, irrational and disproportionate fear marked by distress or impairment. It's imagined and has no real bases. Why do you legitimize the word?
    As with using the term "gay" instead of "homosexual" legitimizes gay special "rights", when there should only be general rights. Accepting their term legitimizes them even as one argues that special rights are illegitimate. It's contradictory and plays right into their strategy. You can't refer to them as "gay" and, in the same breath, argue that they aren't special.
    Stop legitimized the term "Islamaphobia". Otherwise you weaken your own argument and strengthen theirs by fiat.
    Destroy the term. Stop using it.

    • Jaladhi

      Exactly!! It is not "phobia" – an irrational fear . The fear of Islam and Muslims is real and based on Muslim behavior throughout the world for last 1400 years. So there is no Islamophobia and the use of this word simply legitimizes the word which is what Muslims and their apologists like Esposito want!! They do not want the the lay public know the truth about Muslims/Islam lest the public should hold Muslims responsible for their atrocities in this world.

    • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

      Thank you Buck O: you are absolutely correct on both counts. It is an old propaganda trick of introducing euphemisms masking ugliness or the real danger of the promoted ideology of an aggressor such as islam.

    • Chiggles

      Can I still call them "poofters"?

    • A. McMillan

      "A phobia is an extreme, abnormal, unrealistic, irrational and disproportionate fear marked by distress or impairment. It's imagined and has no real bases."
      Good point!

  • ObamaYoMoma

    I agree with the author, John Esposito is a hired gun hired by the oil rich Saudis to attempt to smear and discredit anyone and everyone spreading the truth about Islam.

    I am a Muslim. I believe that accepting our (Muslims’) share in creating “Islamophobia” in the West will help eliminate it.

    While the writer of this article is perfectly free to call and label himself whatever he wants, I am nevertheless certain that very few devout Muslims consider him to be anything other than a blasphemous apostate. Indeed, if he wrote this same article while still living in the Islamic world instead of Canada and published it, he would no doubt be executed for blasphemy and apostasy as a consequence.

    Finally, Islamophobia is nothing but a ploy used by the Islamic world to exploit the phobias of the Left. It sort of like the so-called peace process in Israel, which is also a ploy used to weaken Israel and to dupe gullible useful idiots.

    • nirmal

      you sound all mixed up. Make up your mind. Maybe not you; but a lot of muslims prefer to appear mindless so they can hide their real feelings – support for the radicals.

  • Questions

    John Esposito has been an open shill for the Muslims from virtually the moment the identity of the 9/11 attackers became known. Like Grover Norquist, he may not be a Muslim, but he certainly is an Islamophile, convinced that any misgivings toward Islam is a product of "bigotry" or media distortion. The fact is Professor Esposito is an intellectual welterweight (at best) pumped up to look like a heavyweight by the very press he derides. Why did Georgetown University hire this guy?

    • Jaladhi

      Because Georgetown University is also beholden to Saudi money. Plain and simple. Until our universities stop taking money from Muslim countries such as Saudia, Qatar, UAE, etc, this Islamic propaganda by persons like Esposito will continue. Like Georgetown all our big famous universities such as Harvard, etc are guilty of taking money from Muslim countries in the name of opening up Middle eastern studies and then hire propagandist professors from ME or people like Esposito!! The name of the name is lies and deceit the kuffar and never ever let them know the truth about Muslims, Islam and Mo/allah!!!

    • Suad

      Amen to that why our educational institutes promoting Islam,???
      It is a deception I am sure lots of wahabi Sheiks paying for it no. our academic institutions are failing this generation by this lie (ISLAM) it is the most inhumane laws against children, women and men, no adult man have the freedom of religion, he should be killed if he leaves ISLAM, a Muslim man will be killed also for disrespecting Mohammad, and the terror is practiced here in the land of the free, we are not free to call actions as they are, Rape, Murder, Child pedophilia, and the sad thing its all legal in sharia laws that they are preaching to our children in schools as respected laws.

  • GracieZG

    Dear Hassan Mamud, Thank you for your excellent article. I would be grateful if you would answer this sincere question from me, because I truly don't understand. How is it that you can remain Muslim in light of the long list of hate, violence, and perversion in Mohammad's name that you made in this article? You must have a very good reason. Please respond.

    • nirmal

      That's true. Looking at his own excellent list of reasons against Islam; why does he prefer to still be a muslim? What kind of a mosque does he go to which allows this kind of Truth? We should build more mosques like that.

    • http://hasanmahmud.com Hasan Mahmud

      Dear GracieZG, – I wish I could address all comments. Your question is very important and applicable to millions of Muslims. Yes, there is a good, logical and legitimate answer of your question. But it needs explanation. Given time I will wrtie an article on it so that others know too.

      Best.

  • Moshe Pupick

    M., 08/22/11 common era

    The Moslem Brotherhood knows exactly what it is doing in the U.S., using American
    religious tolerance to promote its own intolerance. Sadly, many American Jews are
    being played as suckers in this evil crusade. It doesn't help that Barack Husein Obama has set the tone for an eventual Islam uber alles. America, wake up now!

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  • xlent

    Islam can be discribed in two words, jihad and taqiyya. There is one goal of islam. Total control of the entire world under sharia law….. It is total evil from it's inception.

    • Jacob Thomas

      Just a grammaticl note: It seems that most Americans, even with college degrees, still can't handle the difference between "its" as a pronoun, and "it's" as an abbreviation of "it is." !!! As a teacher, I used to tell my confused students, when you use "it's" ask yourself. am I using it as a pronoun; if so, then it doesn't need an apostrophe!

  • CisscoKidd

    In the United States, whenever anybody supports the muslis or says something good about the muslims, they are lying through their teeth because they know what the muslims are truly all about. These people are just grossly afraid of getting their heads cut-off by OFFENDED muslims if they were to tell the truth. I call these people are the "Muslim Paranoids", and, if they were to tell the truth about the muslims, they would be afraid to leave their homes.

  • CisscoKidd

    The Muslim Paranoids are the people of the United States that are basically afraid of all minorities, due to the fact the minorities in the United States have the green light to become OFFENDED at any time and at any place and for any reason. These scared people are really afraid when any of the minorities in the United States become OFFENDED, because when minorities in the United States become OFFENDED, Obama gives the "evil-eye" and all the Jesse Jacksons and the Al Sharptons of the world come out of the woodwork and scream racism into the waiting microphones of the "government-media complex". Therefore, as all muslims living in the United States qualify as being a minority in the United States, these scared people are really afraid of the muslims, too. However, as muslims cut-off heads when they become OFFENDED, these people are SUPER-SCARED of the muslims.

  • waldemar

    Sir: Islamophobia means "UNreasonable fear of Islam." However, we have plenty of reasons to be REASONABLY afraid of that "faith." You are positively practicing taqiyya.

  • Beatrix

    Muslims like Mahmud would have no problem integrating into the West.

    • DarkHorse

      Probably not. And, as we can see, there is but a small hand full of them, and in order to do so they would have to practice their faith's abrogation clause in reverse, thus redefining it from the bottom up. This would leave them subject to reprisals by the "true believers" and, outside of a Western country, in grave danger. Heck, even here in the West, those who criticize openly (Mo cartoonist, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Geert Wilders, many others) live endangered lives.

  • Elpi Nipni

    I have a question to Hasan Mahmud: after being brave(?) counting all those offences by islam and Sharia courts against women and against the kafirs, do you still claim that you are a Muslim? If you had escaped the dogma that is Islam and is able use your own brain and was able to see all that evil that you mentioned, are you still a Muslim? Is there anything in Islam that compells you to say i am a Muslim. Is the "prophet" Muhammad that is manifested in Sharia is he still your role model still?
    is this just another veil pulled over our eyes?

    • DarkHorse

      Good questions, all !!!

  • MaoYing

    Waldemar–

    There is no such thing as Islamophobia—–plain and simple. First of all, Islam is NOT a religion by any means whatsoever. It is a political movement. Secondly, it is a very dangerous political movement at that. So, phobias don't come into the picture in any way, shape or form. It goes way beyond being "REASONABLY afraid" of these people, it involves SURVIVAL. So, there is no way anyone is being honest whenever they defend Islam and/or say something good about Islam–they are just lying because they know Islam is a threat to their very SURVIVAL. Their very SURVIVAL.

  • MaoYing

    Waldemar–

    How about the notion that more than 80% of mosques in the United States advocate or promote violence?
    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pag

    Can you say SURVIVAL? SUR………………………VI……………………………VAL.

  • MaoYing

    Waldemar–

    Oh yes, the United States is not at war with Islam…………….the only thing is…………..Islam is at war with the United States. They are the ENEMY in case you needed to know that. I was happy to tell you these things.

  • Ghostwriter

    And Muslims continue to wonder why many Americans have a negative view of their faith. Well,it wasn't there for nothing. I agree with a lot of what the author has said on this issue.

  • curmudgeon

    mr esposito: you make fine sounding words, but the reality is that you have no influence on mainstream muslims. you are trying to influence stupid dhimmis in the west to keep them believing that there are "moderate" muslims. have you not read your own holy book? your own book demands the extermination of nonbelievers. either you are not really a muslim, or you are lying through your beard. fortunately for you, there are plenty of stupid dhimmis in the west, and they are doing everything they can to help you subjugate us. if you disagree with the subjugation enslavement, and finally genocide of infidel societies, you arent a muslim. if you do agree, enough with the lies.

  • Jim Pryor

    The United States Constitution requires a SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE !!!!!!
    The U.S. Constitution does not allow Sharia Law..
    NO SHARIA law in the U.S. !!!
    A red,white aqnd blue American North Korean ,Iron Triangfle, War Veteran .

  • Geoff1138

    All mosques need to be burned to the ground and their ashes pissed on and trampled under the feet of swine

  • Steve

    "Throughout his article, Esposito, a respected scholar, uses mini-exceptions as general examples." I would argue you're doing the same thing with your list of Muslim atrocities that you're attributing to all of 1.3 billion Muslims in the world.

    "Esposito ignores that in our global village the West is regularly flooded by violence coming from Muslim societies; violence which is perpetrated in the name of Islam while citing Quranic verses and the Prophet’s examples." – You're fulfilling Esposito's biggest complaint – that Western media is stirring up most of the Islamaphobia in the West. The only place we get our information (or information we listen to and respect) is from our Western media. Do we really buy the fact that because 99% of what the media reports about the Muslim world is negative, that 99% of things happening in the Muslim world are negative? C'mon, that's naive. War & negative remarks won't reconcile the cultures, let's try listening with respect.

  • pcj

    The Muslims showed their true colors in the Ground Zero mosque. Most Americans consider it hallowed ground, a cemetery. When the GZ mosque came up, Americans asked Muslims to respect their feelings about the area. The Muslims insisted on having their way, and then to rub salt in the wound, applied for millions of dollars in government grants for their project. If you don't respect us, don't ask for respect from us. Take a few coins out of your pocket and read them. "In God We Trust" (not Allah) and "E Pluribus Unum" (out of many, one.) If you come to our country, abide by our laws or go where they live by your laws. Simple, get it?

  • http://deltamike67.blogspot.com Delta Mike 67

    "Islamophobia" is a phony word conjured by British Muslims in the 1980's. It tries to imply that concern for Islam is irrational bigotry. However, the only Bigotry I see is by Muslims for Christians and jews.

    And when you realize that Islam is a vicious totalitarian political ideology that calls for the enslavement or death of non-believers (Kuffar), that has killed 270 million people in Jihad, that brutalizes women and would roll our standard of living back to the seventh Century, we have a very rational reason to be concerned with Islam.

  • http://deltamike67.blogspot.com deltamike67

    Yeah, but you have to fight them! With their billions in petro dollars, they use their "Lawfare" to harass honest citizens that would speak out against Islam. They lobby to institute the "Hate Speech" legislation, using the Shari'ah Definition of slander instead of ours.

  • Loretta

    Mr. Mahmud – Thank you for this thoughtful and sober analysis. Your honesty is refreshing. I have often wondered where the moderate Muslims are and why more of them don't speak up and rescue Islam from the murderous extremists.

  • FactsRule

    thereligionofpeace.com shows almost 18,000 Muslim attacks since 9/11.
    Citizenwarrior is an excellent educational resource for Islam.

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