You Are a Xenophobe

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Answers to Objections When Discussing Islam
By Citizen Warrior
Introduction
1. But it is Just a Small Minority of Extremists
2. My Friend is a Muslim and He's Really Nice
3. What You're Saying Is Racist
4. Aren't You Being Religiously Intolerant?
5. Christianity Is Just As Bad
6. Not All Muslims Are Terrorists
7. We Can't Go to War With 1.3 Billion Muslims!
8. Are You An Islamophobe?
9. Isn't This Bigotry?
10. Are You a Hatemonger?
11. You Should Really Talk to a Muslim
12. But There Are Peaceful Passages in the Quran
13. You Can Justify Anything Quoting Out of Context
14. Millions of Muslims in This Country and They're Not Blowing Things Up
15. My Family and My Community is Muslim, and None of Us Are Terrorists
16. Fundamentalism is Fundamentalism
17. Mosques, Synagogues and Churches Stood Side-By-Side in Peace
18. You're Taking Quran Verses Out of Context
19. But Jihad is an Internal Struggle
20. Criticism Will Turn Moderates into Extremists
21. You're Cherry-Picking Verses
22. You Are a Xenophobe
23. Majority of Muslims are Peaceful
24. Better to Support the Peaceful Muslims?
25. What Can We Do About It?


This article is the twenty-second in a series, where we explore the responses you get when you start talking to people about Islamic supremacism and the third jihad.


Objection[edit]

"You are a Xenophobe". This accusation is often hurled at critics of Islam by blind multiculturalists.


Answers[edit]

The following was posted by Roland Shirk on Jihad Watch:


One of the silliest yet most persistent tactics that I've heard used to dismiss the arguments of civilizational patriots (or anti-jihadists or Islamo-realists — take your pick) is to lump us in with some ideology or another — preferably one that is widely discredited. Some assume that all of us are radically anti-religious, or white supremacist, or thoughtless Colonel Blimps who blindly despise every culture but our own. We believe, in the words of Nancy Mitford's fictionalized father, that "abroad is bloody, and foreigners are fiends." These charges are persistent, and we have to waste a fair amount of time refuting them.

One useful tactic, I suggest, is to turn them on their head. If someone accuses you of being a xenophobe, inquire what the opposite of that is. Most likely, your critic will say something like: "A tolerant person," or "a liberal." At that point, you can correct him: "No, the counterpart of someone who is mindlessly hostile to foreign people and things is someone who promiscuously accepts them, who snobbishly prefers them over things home-grown and domestic. If you think I'm a xenophobe, I suggest you might unwittingly have become a xenomaniac. Now what would be a moderate common ground, a golden mean between those two extremes?"

With those amenable to rational argument, such a gambit just might work. With those who aren't, you shouldn't waste your time. I don't engage such people, but rather make a point of mocking them (gently at first, then with a rising level of ridicule, like boiling frogs) till they stop emitting pink clouds of nonsense from every bodily orifice. If there's no hope of that, at least I make sure that innocent third parties who overhear or read the exchange know better than to give these dupes any credence.

One can try such rhetorical judo with nearly any epithet hurled--though I don't think it would work in the case of "white supremacist," since your interlocutor is likely to admit he wants to see whites subdued by every other race, if only in the interest of historical justice. If you don't agree immediately to that proposition, he will tar you as a racist and there will be no more room for discussion. Then again, is it really worth speaking at all to someone who thinks that Islam is a race? Such people shouldn't be taken seriously--or for that matter be allowed to handle objects sharper than butter knives.


Further reading[edit]


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