I've noticed that a lot of people are scared of Muslims, but can't say it, because of course a lot of people deem it as prejudice.
But ultimately, there are aspects of Islam that should quite rightly cause people to be scared, such as the violent hostile attitudes of many Islamic countries today towards the West (us). Also, it's understandable why people would be unnerved by not being able to see a Muslim's face. And of course Islam plays host to the Jihadist movement, and although most Muslims aren't terrorists, the faction within Islam still exists.
These are not by any means attempts to justify anti-Muslim behaviour, but it can rationalise fear towards Muslims.
Is our society full of it? An if it is, is it a bad thing or just rational as some of the reasons above seem to suggest?
Its not a race if I or you could become one
Most people (including myself) are scared of Islam as a political force, not Muslims.
some lunatic in the fashion industry will decide that hijabs are cool and edgy and then all of these irrational fears will drift out of people's minds
People are scared of the Islam that is represented in the media. However, I doubt people are scared by Muslims who have integrated into society and are seen as people first, and Muslims second.
The right question would be rather : "Do you think they should be scared?"
Not really i'd say Islam is scared of us, thats why as an entity they find it difficult to express themselves. Yet allow a few wackos to do the "true" work.
It's simply a perception created by the media. The more brainless one is, the more dependent one is on external source in order to form a worldview. And we are very dependent indeed.