Racial Dynamic Between Muslim Americans And Traditional Christian Americana

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Americans view September 11th as the impetus for a paradigm shift in the racial dynamic between Muslim Americans and traditional Christian Americana. Following the rise of ISIL, Ben Affleck refuted a “codified doctrine of Islam,” that mandates fundamentalist aggression. This goes hand-in-hand with what has been coined as “civilizational arrogance,” the assumption of total understanding of a religion. Noted Islamophobes, such as Bill Maher, insist that the supposed doctrine of Islam impedes his right to free speech. This plays into the idea of what has become known as “liberal victimhood,” the casting of oneself as oppressed. In a now infamous interview with Sam Harris and Affleck on his HBO show, Maher opened the Islamophobic floodgates. Harris argued, “Islam is the mother-lode of bad ideas.” Maher called Islam “the only religion that acts like the mafia, that will fucking kill you if you say the wrong thing.” The debate has been framed as a discussion about the nature of liberalism, but that is giving Maher’s comments far too much credence. The statement is a textbook definition of bigotry and testament to how entrenched Islamophobia has become.
What is and what isn’t Islamophobia? The term is used to describe prejudice against, hatred towards, or fear of the religion of Islam or Muslims. It came into wide usage in 1997, upon the publication of a report by the Runnymede Trust, a nonprofit English think tank. This report described, “closed views” of Islam,

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