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.
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.