Anti-ISIS is not the same as Islamophobia

One can criticize Israel without being anti-Semitic, which is true (it’s also true that a lot of anti-Semites love to market themselves as merely “anti-Zionist.”). But apparently one cannot criticize a criminal band of rapists, slavers, and murderers without being guilty of Islamopobia — at least according to Bouattia and her ilk.

Source: National Review Online

Jonah Goldberg is spot on. The only qualification I would add is there are probably a few Islamophobes hiding behind the anti-ISIS banner as well.

Let’s agree:

Being anti-Israel does not necessarily mean you are an anti-Semite, and

Being anti-ISIS does not necessarily mean you are an Islamophobe.

Author: David Wolf

An adviser to corporations and organizations on strategy, communications, and public affairs, David Wolf has been working and living in Beijing since 1995, and now divides his time between China and California. He also serves as a policy and industry analyst focused on innovative and creative industries, a futurist, and an amateur historian.

5 thoughts on “Anti-ISIS is not the same as Islamophobia”

  1. Strongly agree. And since I’m agreeing with Jonah “Liberal Fascism” Goldberg, comments about stopped clocks being right twice a day seem only fair.

    Sadly it’s a nuance lost on people right across the political spectrum. Including, hilariously, Goldberg in much of his published work, where smear-by-association is his stock-in-trade.

    Likewise, I can be against religion — and its claims of infallible authority and/or single route to “god” and/or single path to “truth” and/or special heavenly dispensations for one special tribe — without being against any particular religious person or group.

      1. “You are always free to change your mind and choose a different future, or a different past.” — Richard Bach

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