Islamophobia Has No Place in a Modern Society
By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine
There is an industry on Islamophobia. It produces literature on hate, promotes fear and directs anti-Islamic campaigns. During the years 2008 to 2013 it is estimated that Islamophobic groups had over $200 million to peddle hate and misinformation. Money and misinformation is a lethal mix.
The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) states that, ‘in 2015 there were 78 recorded incidents in which Muslims were targeted. In both November and December 2015, there were 17 mosques incidents reported during each of these months, numbers almost equivalent to an entire year’s worth of reports from the previous two years.’
As far as 2016 is concerned there were 275 anti-Muslim acts and the end of the year is still months away. These acts have manifested themselves in different ways. They ranged from people hurling insults to Muslims in broad daylight, attacking Islam in the media, targeting mosques, proposing to ban Muslims from entering America, electronic monitoring, and to outright murder.
It seems that wherever Muslims turn there are obstacles to burden them with grief. If they lay down their lives for America then that is not enough. During the 2016 Democratic National Convention Khzir Khan spoke from the heart about the love of his family for the United States. His son Humayun joined the Army and gave his life so that his platoon might live. But this was not good enough for the Republican candidate Donald Trump. He refused to acknowledge the contributions of Captain Khan; Trump had harsh words instead for the mother of Captain Khan.