I'm "Michael from Tigard," today's first caller.
"Islamophobia" literally means "fear of Islam." Who's afraid of Islam? A few years ago, Yale University published a book about the Danish Cartoon Incident. The book did not contain the actual cartoons. Why not? The publishers were afraid they'd be murdered the way that Theo van Gogh was for making a movie that some Muslims objected to. That's fear of Islam.
To call those of us who are determined to continue the fight against jihadism "Islamophobic" is fundamentally mistaken. We are not "afraid of Islam," we are angry at the jihadists. Calling us "phobic" is either inaccurate thinking or an act of propaganda.
Our country is under threat from jihadism. Not all Muslims are jihadists. But jihadism emanates from within Islam. We are under no obligation to be stupid about defending ourselves by ignoring the source that jihadism springs from.
We remember watching thousands of Americans faced with a choice between a raging inferno behind them and 100 stories of empty space in front of them. We remember a big hole in the wall of the Pentagon. We remember the heroes of Flight 93. We remember.
We live in the world of 9/12, not in the world of 9/10. I choose to think clearly about jihadism. That's more important to me than worrying about whether someone might decide to (inaccurately) call me "Islamophobic."
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