Monday, October 20, 2008

Deafening silence on Islamophobia

Paul Woodward, in WIC, here

"...But the blatantly obvious truth is that we do live in a society where “Muslim” and “Arab” are dirty words.The near universal response to claims that Obama is a Muslim has been to vigorously deny it and point out that he is a Christian. Peripheral to those denials have been the occasional and rather tepid denunciations of the use of this term as a slur.
If Obama was “accused” of being a Jew, his accusers would without hesitation be denounced as anti-Semites — no need to identify Obama’s actual religious affiliations. The issue that would be confronted unequivocally would be the use of the label “Jew” as a slur..."

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