Steen sent this video regarding Islamophobia in the UK, just as Larwyn suggests that we consider creating a neologism to cover the obvious hatred that some Muslims display toward infidels – i.e, the rest of us.
Larwyn suggests Kuffarphobia but Myrtus points out that we use the plural of kuffar to make a more easily pronounced word:
Kuffarphobia doesn’t flow as well as kafirophobia, which means the same thing. Kuffar is plural for kafir.
So hatred of infidels (CAIR? Helllooo??) now has a nice tidy term: kafirophobia. Try it on them the next time you object to some jihadist blowing people up and they try to hang an Islamophobe sign on you.
Maybe we can even get kafirophobia listed in the DSM-IV or the ICD as the mental illness it obviously is. Given the many symptoms they exhibit — paranoia, hypersensitivity, feelings of narcissistic superiority, and the desire to kill those who disagree with them — kafirophobes definitely qualify for their own separate diagnostic disorder. Maybe if the world hadn’t put on its Orwellian glasses just in time for the rise of the jihadists, exhibitions of such behavior would’ve had them in the revised edition of the DSM-IV by now.
Meanwhile, Larwyn notes a new call to kill Hirsi Ali. This one emanates not from the Netherlands or the Middle East, but from good, old prosaic Pittsburgh.
Here is an editorial from Sunday’s Pittsburgh Tribune Review, by Robin Acton:
…A community debate over religious freedom surfaced in Western Pennsylvania last week when Dutch feminist author Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali refugee who has lived under the threat of death for denouncing her Muslim upbringing, made an appearance at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
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Islamic leaders tried to block the lecture, which was sponsored through an endowment from the Frank J. and Sylvia T. Pasquerilla Lecture Series. They argued that Hirsi Ali’s attacks against the Muslim faith in her book, “Infidel,” and movie, “Submission,” are “poisonous and unjustified” and create dissension in their community.
Although university officials listened to Islamic leaders’ concerns, the lecture planned last year took place Tuesday evening under tight security, with no incidents.
Imam Fouad ElBayly, president of the Johnstown Islamic Center, was among those who objected to Hirsi Ali’s appearance.
“She has been identified as one who has defamed the faith. If you come into the faith, you must abide by the laws, and when you decide to defame it deliberately, the sentence is death,” said ElBayly, who came to the U.S. from Egypt in 1976. [my emphasis. See, another sign of kafirophobia]
While Hirsi Ali is viewed as an infidel among the Islamic community, those who speak out against other religions usually are met with discussion, prayer and counseling. In extreme cases, critics might be shown the door.
“One is free to choose whatever religion and body of truths one wants to believe,” said the Rev. Ronald Lengwin, spokesman for the Roman Catholic Diocese. “The church fosters freedom of religion. That’s a decision everyone has to make on their own.”
Centuries ago, Lengwin said, the church imposed harsh punishment — including execution — upon people viewed as heretics. He cited as an example the Roman Inquisition trial of 15th century Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei, who was tried by the church, threatened with torture and sentenced to prison for his teachings on the motions of the earth.
With the evolution of the church, things have changed.
[Actually, Father Lengwin, you well know that the underpinnings of Aristotelian philosophy in Christian systematic theology made possible the evolution of the state, which led to the diminution of the Church. While it never acquiesced willingly, the Church eventually learned to go peaceably. What it learned was that theology always follows cosmology. A hard but enlightening lesson.]
For example, Lengwin said, the church has faced criticism from many of its own priests who have disagreed with various beliefs and practices. When that happens, there is discussion and clarification of beliefs, he said.
It doesn’t always work.
“We’ve had people walk away and start churches of their own or join Lutheran or Presbyterian or other churches,” he said. “The role of the church is to teach the truth as effectively as you can. There’s no jail if you don’t agree with us…”
He’s right. But he didn’t mention that theologians can still be silenced regarding doctrinal matters if their views run contrary to the Church’s teachings. Largely, that means they lose the “Imprimatur” in the front of the book and a call to Rome for a lecture.
There is also that large unknown quantity of people who disagree with some piece of doctrine and yet remain within the church anyway, just as one suffers in silence the fissions and fractures in an extended family.
Meanwhile, there are butcherings and beheadings to be had from those who suffer from kafirophobia. Not to mention the demand for special set-aside public areas for various religious rituals.
Kafirophobes think we have cooties.