Mark Steyn in his brilliant opus, America Alone, exposes how shrewdly the Islamists and their leftist enablers exploit the victimology behind "Islamphobia." I am reading it now, and it is the most important work I've read this year. You must read it. If you haven't buy it here. I wanted to share his analysis of "Islamophobia" with you in light of the CAIR slime on Babs Boxer.
For example, Iqbal Sacranie is a Muslim of such exemplary "moderation" he's been knighted by the Queen. Around the time Brokeback Mountain opened, Sir Iqbal, head of the Muslim council of Britain was on the BBC and expressed the view that homosexuality was "immoral," "not acceptable," "spreads disease," "damaged the foundations of society" gay grouped complained and Sir Iqbal was investigated but Scotland Yard's "community safety unit" which deals with "hate crimes" and "homophobia."
Independently but simultaneously, the magazine of GALHA (The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association) called Islam a "barmy doctrine" growing "like a canker" and deeply "homophobic." In return, the London Race Hate Crime Forum asked Scotland Yard to investigate GALHA for "Islamophobia."
Got that? If a Muslim says that Islam is opposed to homosexuality, he can be investigated for homophobia; but if a gay says that Islam is opposed to homosexuality, he can be investigated for Islamophobia.
As someone who's called Islamophobia and homophobic everyday of the week, I can't help marveling at the speed and skill with which Muslim lobby groups have mastered the language of victimhood so adroitly used by the gay lobby period. If I were the latter, I would be a little miffed at these Ahmed-Come-Lately. "Homophobia" was always absurd: people who are antipathetic to gays are not afraid of them in any real sense. The invention of a phony-baloney "phobia" was a way of casting opposition to the gay political agenda as a kind of mental illness; Don't worry you are not really against same-sex marriage; with a bit of treatment and some medication, you'll soon be feeling okay period.
On the other hand, "Islamophobia" is not phony or even psychological but very literal--If you are a dutch member of parliament or a British novelist or a Danish Cartoonist in hiding under threat of death or a French school girl in certain suburbs getting jeered at as an infidel whore, your Islamophobia is highly justified. But Islam's appropriation of the gay lobby's framing of the debate is very artful. It's the most explicit example of how Islam uses politically correct self-indulgent victimology as a cover. You'll recall that most Western media outlets decline to publish those Danish cartoons showing the Profit Mohammed. Thus, even as they were piously warning of a rise in bogus "Islamophobia" --i.e., entirely justified concerns over Islamic terrorism and related issues--they were themselves suffering from genuine Islamophobia--i.e., a very real fear that, if they publish those cartoons, an angry mob would storm their offices period. It was a fine example of how the progressive mind's invented psychoses leave it without any words to describe real dangers.