Religious Freedom: Islamophobia

Muslim leaders, including the newly elected president of Egypt, are using the UN meeting to demonstrate their unreasonableness and their lack of information. The UN Charter does not guarantee  anyone the right not to feel insulted. On the contrary, it supports the right to free speech. That right guarantees that someone will feel insulted sometimes. Freedom of religion, also in the Charter, means only the right to practice one’s religion, Christianity in Saudi Arabia, for example. Ooops!

Ahmed the Camel, the sub-dictator of Iran, is up to his usual adolescent antics against Israel on the occasion of the Jewish New Year. Too bad the Israeli political class may not have much of a sense of humor when it comes to survival. Ahmed is acting as if he wanted the Israelis to gift parts of his country with instant martyrdom. There is a good chance they will accede to his wish because they don’t have much choice if you think about it.

And, by the way, I don’t want to  accept any lesson from any society that prescribes capital punishment for renouncing one’s religion. I am thinking of Finland, of course: Renounce being a Lutheran and die! Or is this just an urban legend? Of course, there are no countries that are members of that big circus, the UN, and  that  also prescribe death for those who say that they are not  Lutheran, or Muslim, anymore.

I suspect that just asking the question makes me “Islamophobic.”

Somebody help me or correct me, please.


About Jacques Delacroix

I write short stories, current events comments, and sociopolitical essays, mostly in English, some in French. There are other people with the same first name and same last name on the Internet. I am the one who put up on Amazon in 2014: "I Used to Be French: an Immature Autobiography" and also: "Les pumas de grande-banlieue." To my knowledge, I am the only Jacques Delacroix with American and English scholarly publications. In a previous life, I was a teacher and a scholar in Organizational Theory and in the Sociology of Economic Development. (Go ahead, Google me!) I live in the People’s Green Socialist Republic of Santa Cruz, California.
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4 Responses to Religious Freedom: Islamophobia

  1. Terry Amburgey says:

    “Somebody help me or correct me, please.” I can’t this time. However, a post on attempts to block the construction of mosques in the U.S. might be informative. I know you’re reluctant to ‘take requests’ like a DJ but you’re a much better writer than the average blogster.

    • Terry: If you are speaking of some mosque somewhere, sure thing. Residents everywhere oppose the construction of places of religious worship in their neighborhood. It’s usually because they don’t like the traffic and parking problems such places bring with them. If that’s what you mean, please inform yourself, get some context.

      If you mean a mosque near the 9/11 grounds, of course. The project is too ambiguous. It sounds in part like a deliberate provocation. If memory serves, its very name pertains to Muslim Spain. It could be an innocent reference to relatively peaceful religious cohabitation or, it could be a signal to the ignorant Muslim masses everywhere that their simplified and conquering kind of Islam is progressing even in the belly of the Great Satan and an encouragement to violent jihadism because it brings results.

      Of course, this does not make any sense if you think that 9/11 was sort of a frat prank that went too far.

      Do you know if that Manhattan project includes a prayer space for Jews, by the way?

      And, also by the way, no one has an absolute right to build whatever he wants just anywhere. There is a presumption that one has the right and then, there is process honed by many years of practice to obtain a permit. Myself, if it were my decision, I would look a traffic patterns, I would look at the program of the “Islamic Center” to try and ensure that it is not likely to incite violence among ignorant Christians masses of whom I am a rep although I am neither a Christian nor all that ignorant.

      By the way, I do take all calls. Sometimes I don’t respond because I have nothing to say. Sometimes, I don’t respond because I don’t wish inadvertently to save the commentator from the well-deserved consequences of his foolish and ill-advised comments. If I don’t answer, I guess, you win anyway.

      Sometimes, like now, I have difficulty responding for technical reasons.

  2. Terry Amburgey says:

    I was thinking of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro in Tennessee. Your point about ‘not in my backyard’ is well taken but I don’t think it applied in this case. Going by photographs it seems to be on the edge of town with few buildings close by.

    • It’s very hard to tell from afar what the cause or causes of the opposition to the mosque is or are. It’s hard to tell who is opposing what. It’s easy to impute opposition to fictitious bigoted rednecks when the whole problem might just be a complex and entirely local real estate issue. I think there is no doubt that whatever the real cause may be, there would be media reports blaming said fictitious rednecks.

      Now, let’s suppose that the opposition to the establishment of that mosque is entirely an expression of mistrust toward Islam. So? Is it not the case that Muslims in America have done a piss-poor job of preventing places of worship from becoming sites for planning terrorism? It goes without saying that those planning terrorism are a tiny minority. I am referring – again – to the passivity of the peaceful majority. Would you maintain, in public, with a straight face that mosques are no more likely to become terrorism nodes than, say, Lutheran churches?

      It seems to me that this is a yes/no answer which can then be explained.

      I always have Muslim friends and acquaintances. None of them will discuss terrorism with me except one. That one says simply,” You guys ( westerners who are not Muslims) are asleep at the wheel; the jihadists want to bury you.” That guy is hardly a Muslim at all of course except by origin and by name. He drinks alcohol. Either it clouds his thinking or it clears his mind.

      And yes, I am aware of how bad my sample is. I have been begging for years on this blog to have it replaced by a better, more principled sample. Still waiting.

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