Time for a ‘time out’ here with my usual blogging… I have heard enough about ‘islamophobia.’ Every time I hear it, it’s as if the term is being used to suppress my thought for the ideas of others – specifically, muslims. And I will have no more of it.
I accept muslims in this country, because (essentially) I have to. Simple as this. I don’t have to associate with them, if I chose not to.
It seems as if we, as a nation, have become so afraid of ‘offending a muslim” that we jump through our collective asses so as not to. Crap! I am more than willing to accept and respect their culture and customs – but not at the expense of my values and morals. Again, just this simple.
In all the years I visited foreign countries, I never demanded ‘this or that’ of the host peoples. Quite the contrary – I went out of my way to learn their customs and cultures so as to ‘blend in’ – I demanded nothing.
So, if I ‘inadvertently’ offend a muslim with my behavior, or beliefs, tough shit. Put on your ‘big boy’ keffiyehs, and shut up… I’m tired of hearing – ‘islamophobia!’