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Anti-Muslim "Racism"? ^ | November 22, 2005 | Daniel Pipes

Posted on 11/22/2005 6:41:50 AM PST by SJackson

Anti-Muslim "Racism"?
By Daniel Pipes | November 22, 2005

My talks at university campuses sometimes occasion protests featuring Leftists and Islamists who call me names. A favorite of theirs is “racist.” This year, for example, a “Stand up to Racism Rally” anticipated my talk at the Rochester Institute of Technology, I was accused of racism against Muslim immigrants at Dartmouth College, and pamphlets at the University of Toronto charged me with “anti-Muslim racism.”

Anti-Muslim racism? That oxymoron puzzled me. Islam being a religion with followers of every race and pigmentation, where might race enter the picture? Dictionaries agree that racism concerns race, not religion:

Even the notorious United Nations anti-racism conference at Durban in 2001 implicitly used this same definition when it rejected “any doctrine of racial superiority, along with theories which attempt to determine the existence of so-called distinct human races.”

Thus understood, the term racist cannot be ascribed to me, as I neither believe that race defines capabilities nor that certain races have greater capabilities than others. Also, my writings and talks never touch on issues of race.

Does that mean the word racist merely serves leftists and Islamists as an all-purpose pejorative, a magical insult that discredits without regard to accuracy? No, the evolution of this word is more complex than that.

Racism is now increasingly used to mean something far beyond its dictionary definition. The director of the influential London-based Institute of Race Relations (IRR), A. Sivanandan, has been pushing the concept of a “new racism” which concerns immigration, not race:

It is a racism that is not just directed at those with darker skins, from the former colonial territories, but at the newer categories of the displaced, the dispossessed and the uprooted, who are beating at western Europe’s doors, the Europe that helped to displace them in the first place. It is a racism, that is, that cannot be colour-coded, directed as it is at poor whites as well, and is therefore passed off as xenophobia, a “natural” fear of strangers.

An official paper from Australia goes in a different direction, that of “cultural racism”:

In the modern era the underlying assumption of “racism” is a belief that differences in the culture, values, and/or practices of some ethnic/religious groups are “too different” and are likely to threaten “community values” and social cohesion.

Once racism is un-moored from racial characteristics, it is a small step to apply it to Muslims. Indeed, Liz Fekete of IRR discovers “anti-Muslim racism” in the legislation, policing, and counter-terrorist measures deriving from the “war on terror” (her quote marks). She also sees the French banning of the hijab in public schools, for example, as a case of “anti-Muslim racism.” Others at IRR allege that “Muslims and those who look like Muslims are the principal targets of a new racism.”

Likewise, the Reverend Calvin Butts, III, of the Abyssinian Baptist Church of New York, opined recently at a United Nations conference on Islamophobia: “whether Muslims like it or not, Muslims are labeled people of color in the racist U.S…they won’t label you by calling you a nigger but they’ll call you a terrorist.” For Butts, counterterrorism amounts to racism.

When U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo raised the idea of bombing Islamic holy sites as a form of deterrence, a Nation of Islam leader in Denver, Gerald Muhammad, deemed his comments racist.

Note the evolution: as belief in racial differences and racial superiority wanes in polite society, some parties expand the meaning of racism to condemn political decisions such as worrying about too much immigration (even of poor whites), preferring one’s own culture, fearing radical Islam, and implementing effective counterterrorist measures.

This attempt to delegitimize political differences must be rejected. Racism refers only to racial issues, not to views on immigration, culture, religion, ideology, law enforcement, or military strategy.

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Mr. Pipes ( is director of the Middle East Forum and author of Miniatures (Transaction Publishers).

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1 posted on 11/22/2005 6:41:50 AM PST by SJackson
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To: SJackson

If you say anything against anyone who is not a white male christian.... you might be a racist.

2 posted on 11/22/2005 6:45:36 AM PST by GregoTX (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Yehuda; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; ...
If you'd like to be on this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.


3 posted on 11/22/2005 6:47:44 AM PST by SJackson (People have learned from Gaza that resistance succeeds, not smart negotiators., Hassem Darwish)
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well hell, then I guess I'm a racist also - FY muslims....

4 posted on 11/22/2005 6:50:47 AM PST by michaelbfree
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To: SJackson
If hating someone because of their religion, not their race, is racism, then I guess that´s me.

However, if wanting to kill people solely because they are infidels is okay to the liberal mind then I don´t feel any guilt at all.
6 posted on 11/22/2005 6:54:18 AM PST by Americanexpat (A strong democracy through citizen oversight.)
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To: Soul_of_Chogokin
"islam IS racist. Its repetetive hatred against the Jews is disgusting. They would like nothing more than to remove Israel from the map."

And they will try to do that if we dont do more to secure the middle east.

7 posted on 11/22/2005 6:55:29 AM PST by GregoTX (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.)
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To: SJackson

The left / PC crowd has raised racism to the level where it's about the worst charge you can level at someone.
In America today, it's far worse to be a racist than a murderer, rapist, or even pedophile.
So, muslims being clever people, have figured that should be part of their plan to divide and conquer America from within. To cast their cult of murder and death as a "racial" struggle. It's incorrect, but the left, being America haters, eats it up like candy.
muslims are dispicable, illogical, filthy murderers. I won't deal with them, I won't patronize their businesses, I won't socialize with them.
I recognize an enemy when the enemy proclaims itself. I choose to avoid aiding that enemy.

8 posted on 11/22/2005 7:01:53 AM PST by brownsfan (It's not a war on terror... it's a war with islam.)
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To: michaelbfree

I'm with Mike. If racism means disliking people who want to kill me because of my nationality, I'm one too, and likely three four as well.

9 posted on 11/22/2005 7:04:18 AM PST by KarinG1 (Some of us are trying to engage in philosophical discourse. Please don't allow us to interrupt you.)
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To: SJackson

every time I hear one of these idiots claim "anti-Islam racism" I have to laugh...
aside from the obvious pointed out by the author of this piece;
just exactly who bombed whom on 9/11???

Freedom of speech makes it easy to spot the idiots!

Semper Fi,

10 posted on 11/22/2005 7:05:34 AM PST by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1st Battalion,5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Div. Viet Nam 69&70 Semper Fi)
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To: SJackson
...ah the "R" word. The one word that will stop any politician from speaking his mind. Will change the mind of anyone when it comes to speaking freely as in "free speech".
Less we offend. *tsk tsk*

11 posted on 11/22/2005 7:06:34 AM PST by Doogle (USAF...7thAF ..4077th TFW...408th MMS..Ubon Thailand.."69",,Night Line Delivery..AMMO)
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To: SJackson

"You are going to be a muslum or we will take you to a public place and cut off your head with a dull knife"....what kind of lunitics do something like this....religious racists, maybe???

Fanatic bastards...

12 posted on 11/22/2005 7:07:55 AM PST by B.O. Plenty (Islam, liberalism and abortions are terminal..)
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To: GregoTX

Yes, but it is PC and acceptable to denounce white males and it is okay to malign Christians, blasphemize Christian beliefs, persecute Christians, and it is acceptable to ridicule loyal Americans.


The time is long overdue for the people who hate everything that is decent to get their teeth kicked down their throats when they attack and assault our culture, our values, and our families.

What the heck is wrong with us that we've allowed ourselves to be pushed around by pasty-faced cretins like Michael Newdow and the Hollywood crowd?

Fight back!

13 posted on 11/22/2005 7:08:29 AM PST by PeterFinn (The Holocaust was perfectly legal.)
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To: SJackson
Only white male Christians (especially if they are both combat veterans of the Vietnam war and southerners) are worthy of the in group

Anything said by this group against any other group means the perpetrator is guilty of some sort of hate speech or hate thought etc..(islamophobia,sexism,racism,homophobia,& child abuse if he dare discipline his own child)


14 posted on 11/22/2005 7:10:54 AM PST by joesnuffy (A camel once bit my sister...necessitating her untimely death..-Mullet Omar)
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To: SJackson

Can muslims be sued for being brainwashed, evil, demonic fiends???

15 posted on 11/22/2005 7:17:27 AM PST by tkathy (Ban the headscarf. (All religious headdress). The effect will creat a huge domino effect..)
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To: SJackson

Sorry, I'm not going to play the liberal game this time. Defending yourself against Muslim terrorists is not racism. Calling for the conversion or enslavement of other religions, as Muslims do, is racist.

And while we're on the subject, let the record reflect that Muslims kept black Africans in slavery, up to and including present times. They used black Africans as bearers to carry goods from the interior, and when they got to the coast, the Muslims shot the Africans. When an Arab Muslim slave ship was in danger of being caught, they threw the slaves overboard.

16 posted on 11/22/2005 7:43:35 AM PST by popdonnelly
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To: popdonnelly

Recently, calls to Washington Journal on c-span included two racist comments. Callers denounced the white racist, but the black racist comments were ignored. Like anything else, if we don't fight back, it will just get worse. I, for one, would like to strangle whoever allowed Muslim immigration to the US. Who needs it?

17 posted on 11/22/2005 7:57:57 AM PST by ClaireSolt (.)
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To: brownsfan

A couple years back I was labelled a 'racist' because I put forth my idea that any new immigrants that came to Canada should learn to speak English and stop speaking their native tongue everywhere they go.

18 posted on 11/22/2005 8:34:35 AM PST by Ashamed Canadian (America - please invade us now!!)
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19 posted on 11/22/2005 8:42:37 AM PST by onedoug
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To: SJackson

It's not racism, Mr. Muslim. I have nothing against you because of your race. It's just that a bunch of guys who looked like your brother killed 3,000 of my people right in front of my eyes. Their only crime was coming to work early one September morning. Now I've got to live with that memory for the rest of my life and I believe strongly in sharing the pain that causes me. Who better than you for me to share it with? No, I don't hate you. But don't expect me to love or trust you or feel comfortable with you anywhere near where I happen to be ever again. And that's just a fact that no amount of happy talk is ever going to change.

20 posted on 11/22/2005 8:52:02 AM PST by NaughtiusMaximus (My exit strategy is Victory.)
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