Islamomoria — Countering the Charge of “Islamophobia”


When words are weaponized and skillfully wielded in the moral battles of a society, they can change the debate landscape in short order — a few decades at most. Witness, for example, a word freshly minted in the early 1980s, when attitudes toward homosexuality were by and large negative. Gay activists coined the term “homophobia” and applied it not only to those holding an “irrational fear” of homosexuality/homosexuals (which is what the term literally meant) but also to those opposed to the practice or lifestyle for moral, medical, sociological or theological reasons. They successfully beguiled a dull-witted society into swallowing uncritically the judgment that anyone opposed to homosexuality as an equally acceptable lifestyle as that of heterosexuality must be intolerant and bigoted, and consequently should be ostracized and shamed into silence until all opposition to the homosexual activist agenda was squelched, and indeed a negative cultural perception was transformed into a positive one.See the source image

Muslim activists in the West were quick to learn from this. In the 1990s, leaders from the Muslim Brotherhood in America and sister organizations, all committed to the ascendancy of Islam and its ultimate conquest of the USA in pursuit of a global caliphate, gathered to strategize a long-term plan for the advancement of Islam in American culture. Key to their vision was the makeover of the negative image of Islam in the West. To accomplish this the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) coined the term “Islamophobia,” and the 29 Muslim Brotherhood-related organizations began to wield it as a verbal weapon to shame and silence anyone critical of Islamic doctrine and practice.

One of the then members of the IIIT who later renounced his Islamic radicalism and left the organization, Abdur Rahman Muhammad, revealed the intent behind the coining of “Islamophobia”:

“This loathsome term is nothing more than a thought-terminating cliche conceived in the bowels of Muslim think tanks for the purpose of beating down critics…. Islamophobia” was a term designed as a weapon to advance a totalitarian cause by stigmatizing critics and silencing them. This plan was an outgrowth of the Muslim Brotherhood’s deceptive ‘General Strategic Goal for North America.'” [To see that document in Arabic, followed by an English translation, click here.]

“Islamophobia” has been succinctly pilloried as “a word created by fascists, and used by cowards, to manipulate morons.” (Wrongly attributed to Christopher Hitchens, who no doubt would agree with the viewpoint, it first appeared in a tweet by Andrew Cummins).  Robert Spencer, Director of JihadWatch and author of eighteen books dealing with Islam and related topics, tersely describes “Islamophobia” as “a propaganda term coined to intimidate people into thinking it wrong to oppose jihad terror.” He notes a four-fold progression by which this intimidation is meant to proceed –“stigmatize, demonize, marginalize and ultimately criminalize criticism of Islam”, to the end “that jihad terror activities can continue unimpeded and unopposed.” Indeed, Turkey’s President Erdogan has publicly declared that Islamophobia should be recognized internationally as a crime.

Sadly, it has taken less than two decades for the term “Islamophobia” to become as successful in throttling adverse views of Islam as “homophobia” has been in painting gays and lesbians as innocent victims of hatred and bigotry that now is almost universally condemned.

Muslim activists continue to proclaim that “Islam is a religion of peace,” and that those who claim otherwise are “Islamophobes.” The one huge hurdle to final success in convincing the West of their campaign is the pesky jihad imperative rooted in the Qur’an, Hadith and Sirat (early Muslim biographies of their prophet). Even though “Islam means peace” has been bleated ad nauseum by the ignorant and the duplicitous since the 9/11 attacks, over 35,000 jihadi attacks around the world since then put the lie to this fantasy claim. In order to obfuscate and distract from these harsh realities, vocal defenders of Islam quickly label any valid criticism of Islamic violence and its justification in authoritative religious texts as “Islamophobic”, hoping thereby to dismiss any further investigation into the totalitarian and supremacist vision cast by Muhammad and his “revelations”.

The successful suppression of most negative portrayals of Islam in politics, academia, interfaith dialogue and the media through the label “Islamophobic” gives credence to the old adage, “The pen is mightier than the sword.” What force cannot accomplish in Western society, imputed shame and guilt manage much more effectively. Fear of being called Islamophobic has caused myriads of writers, bureaucrats, reporters, professors and politicians to parse their words, ignore clear evidence, or engage in dissembling, all to evade speaking the truth about Islam and its designs on the non-Muslim world, particularly the West.

Perhaps what is needed in this rhetorical battle with those who have coined and weaponized the term “Islamophobia” is a powerful word of our own to describe them and their followers. I propose the term Islamomoria. As with phobia, the word moria comes from the Greek language. It means “foolishness/folly/dullness/stupidity” and is the root from which we get our English words “moron/moronic/sophomore/oxymoron”. 

Islamomoria, then, would describe the pollyannish assessment of Islam as a religion or worldview which ignores the jihad mandate, hatred for the disbeliever, sex slavery, inherent gender inequality, and imposition of Shari’a law upon all (including execution of homosexuals and apostates, and dhimmitude for all non-Muslims allowed to live by the global caliphate.) Those preaching or under the spell of such a misguided, positive assessment of Islam would be known as Islamomorons. Perhaps the pejorative sense inherent in this term would serve as a wake-up call to those who listen mindlessly to pseudo-scholarly Islamophiles, while at the same time shaming and silencing the latter from further propaganda. It is the perfect word to describe “useful idiots” so eager to welcome Islam into Western life without realizing they are sowing the seeds of their own society’s destruction. 

So, I commend to you the newly-minted word Islamomoria and its daughter Islamomoron when it comes to the battlefield of rhetorical ideology where “Islamophobia” is being wielded as a weapon to intimidate critics and doubters of the Islamophilic party line. It is an apt rejoinder.

Please feel free to spread this term far and wide. The more currency it receives, the weaker the charge of “Islamophobia” will be to browbeat those who know the truth into silence.

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18 Responses to Islamomoria — Countering the Charge of “Islamophobia”

  1. Right on , Mateen!

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  2. Singleton Mosby says:

    A phobia is an illogical fear of something. The root word is “phobos,” which is Greek meaning t fear. It is illogical not to fear a totalitarian doctrine that considers unbelievers to be among the worst of creatures (Qur’an 98:6) and gives them the options of conversion, dhimmitude, or death (Qur’an 9:5, 29, 73, 111, 123). The more one learns about Islam, it’s illogical not to fear it.

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    • mateenelass says:

      What you have said is true, when sticking to the dictionary and psychological definitions of phobia. Yet in the world of vernacular/popular use, “phobia” has morphed to mean something other or more than “irrational fear.” It is wielded to mean an immoral hatred for or bigotry toward something. Those who charge others with Islamophobia wish to silence and shame people who raise legitimate concerns or point out evils directly associated with Islam.

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  3. ECAW's blog says:

    I do not think Islamomoria will catch on because the Latin root, referring to death, is much more widely known and used in English, as in “in memoriam” so there would be confusion.

    Islamophilia exists but isn’t as strong as Islamophobia. How about Islamofolly or Islamocretinism?

    On another note, the ultimate cause of Islamophobia is the Kafirphobia inherent in Islam. Perhaps we should popularise that word too:

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    • mateenelass says:

      You may be right that Islamomoria will not catch on, but not because of any confusion with Latin. The Latin word for death is mors (mortis in the genitive, as in rigor mortis). The term “in memoriam” actually comes from the Latin word “memoria”, which of course means “memory” and has no direct etymological connection with mors, as far as I can discover.

      I like your coinage of the term kafirphobia. Unfortunately, it suffers from a similar problem as Islamomoria — one has to bring users up to speed as to its meaning before it can be used intelligently. I’ve found most Westerners are unfamiliar with the word kafir, just as they are of the word moria.

      I like it, though, and will try to help popularize it in my writings!

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  4. Giaour (meaning "infidel") says:

    As a former ACT for America chapter leader, I had a “letterhead” in chapter emails that stated:”A phobia is an irrational fear. Fear of Islam is rational. Islam is evil”. The SPLC got wind of it and ACT threw us under the bus during our losing battle to criminalize FGM. Islamomoria/Islamomoron are perfect counters to islomophobia. Bravo.

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  5. Jocelynn Cordes says:

    Excellent essay!

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  6. Singleton Mosby says:

    Don’t let the other side choose the language. If they balk when you cite Webster’s ask them if their college library had a dictionary or if they ever learned to speak English. Words have meanings and, properly used, make fine weapons when they are backed up by facts. Citing the hadiths, the Sira (Muuhammed’s biography), and Reliance of the Traveller, you can easily point out that Muhammed was a slave-owning, anti-Semitic, homophobic, pedophile.

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  7. Jason Newstedt says:

    I submit the phrase “Islamophilia” as an explanation of those who refuse to condemn the evils that go along with Muhammed’s ideology.

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  8. Kios says:

    ISLAMOMORIA or ISLAMODISSIDENTor ISLAMOSCEPTIC
    IDEOLOGIES HAVE NO RIGHTS, PEOPLE DO!
    Islam will collapse in a week, if we denounce criminal Muhammad daily,as he was a pedophile( wife Aisha was 9 yo),rapist, mass murderer, torturer, bandit, liar and sex slave trader according to eye witnesses in Sira and Hadith deserving no reverence, but our contempt and liberate muslim women from the yoke of sharia .
    The greatest weapon we have against Islam is the valid medina part of the Koran ,Sira and Hadith
    that contain the EVIL and HATE Islam preaches to the muslims against ALL of us Kufar-infidels.

    Lets have these and other antiislamic books in the public libraries and introduce courses in all our High schools11-12 grade and freshman year in college ,so ALL kufar- infidels will learn the following TRUTHS about Islam:
    Islam is a militant, totalitarian, misogynistic,POLITICAL IDEOLOGY (islamofascism) of desert arab male supremacy (>80%), DISGUISED AS A RELIGION(6 billion Kuffar-infidels ,past, present and future victims of Islam to unite and defeat the jihad and tyranny of Islamofascism .When this is achieved Peace and security will finally come to the World.
    For more info on islam go to YOU TUBE for: David Wood,Ayan Hirsi Ali , brigitte Gabriel,BillWarner,Politicalislam.org,PamelaGeller,Jihadwatch,Barenakedislam,Nonie Darwish , Wafa Sultan,Ani Cyrus , MEMRI,ex muslims etc.Also Google: Wikiislam, The religion of peace , Geert Wilder,Richard Dawkins on Islam etc.
    ISLAM IS A MENTAL ILLNESS,CANCER,LIE , DARKNESS,TYRANNY AND TERROR AND TRUTH AND LIGHT WILL KILL IT!
    ISLAM IS ,AS ISIS DOES!
    The evil Koran at a glance follows:
    http://www.koran-at-a-glance.com/index.html
    Allah is a gangster per Hamas’s leader son confession!

    Silly Hadiths:
    https://councilofexmuslims.com/index.php?topic=4724.0

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  9. Enlightened Soul says:

    The more phrases we have in our arsenal, the better and I like all of those proposed here, most especially, “Islamomoron” since everyone knows the meaning of moron. As for defending myself, I would say “I don’t have Islamophobia but I have Islamofear/Islamofright” to force people to see the difference between phobia and fear. Also, I don’t know what it would take to convince the various dictionaries to:

    1. Separate out Muslimphobia (i.e., people) from Islamophobia (i.e., the ideology, since many Islamist muslims try to project personal criticisms of themselves into attacks on Islam).
    2. Identify Islamophobia as an Oxymoron in the dictionary definitions for Islamophobia with clear references to violence established in the KKKoran.

    Perhaps a coalition of English linguists from high places such as Harvard, etc., can force the dictionaries to do the above?

    Also, I would love for someone like Mateen to write an article on how the so-called allies in the Middle East in fighting terror are happy to let the west to win little battles such as killing of “the terrorists” (i.e., the symptoms) thru intelligence sharing and such while the larger war is being won by Islam (the disease) by appealing to Political Correctness, Immigration Jihad, exporting of wahhabi/true islam to previously tolerant societies, etc. At the very least, I think we should immediately effect movements to deny business with countries that don’t meaningfully promote freedom of conscience (i.e., punish apostacy). If punishment for apostacy is eliminated Islam will collapse on its own in many muslim countries. I think fighting for freedom of conscience is an easier war to win than trying to convince the ultra-liberals that Islam is NOT a religion of peace.

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    • mateenelass says:

      Thank you for your thoughtful proposals! I may try to take up the challenge of writing on the West being duped into winning insignificant battles against terrorism while remaining ignorant of the major fronts of the enemy which are overwhelming us in the overall war.

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  10. So right!
    Loved your book ‘understanding the Koran’!!

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  11. Toxicavenger says:

    My Greek isn’t very good, but how about a suffix meaning disdain or contempt? Even better, maybe there’s a Greek word with a connotation approaching Churchill’s comment on diplomacy; the art of saying nice doogy while reaching for a club. There’s probably a German aufbau that’s about 18 letters long, but that would be unwieldy…

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