If someone utters something "Islamophobic" then all the Guardianistas immediately assume they're some right-wing loon. It's really silly and it's disappointing that people see the world in such a black and white way.
I support gay marriage, abortion, a benefits system, public healthcare and education, the decriminalization of drug use, freedom of speech, animal rights, egalitarianism, and secularism.
Just because I don't like Islam doesn't mean that I'm right-wing and conservative. In fact, considering that Islam is a very conservative ideology I hardly see how it's surprising that I think this country would be far better without it.
You have a right to criticise religious aspects but there's a fine line between that and insulting, the latter would be Islamophobic.
Islam is an ideology and everyone should be free to criticise it or even ridicule it.
People have no right not be upset.
Tolerance means putting up with it, this is important in a free society.
Indeed. The Guardian et al often criticise the more conservative elements of Christianity for their views towards women and gay people, so I don't see why Islam should be immune from such criticism when their views are if anything even more conservative.
Because Islam is quite racialised in this country, I think the left are often guilty of seeing Muslims as an oppressed ethnic minority, rather than followers of a religion (as Christians are viewed). In the same way, many on the far right are perhaps driven by racist attitudes moreso than religious intolerance. It makes educated criticism quite difficult.
It's also the case that on some lefty fringes it's quite trendy to self-loathe, and hate the society you're part of, and be anti-western. Anyone who seems to be pro-west therefore becomes a horrible right winger, whilst anyone non-western is wonderful, regardless of how horrible they actually are. Perhaps that plays a part; it's why 'rights' campaigners wouldn't dream of protesting about mass abuses in some broken ****hole like Eritrea, but heaven forbid the police put a CCTV van outside a mosque with a history of problems.
I've always considered myself a leftie and I am anti Islam
It seems we come in all shapes and sizes not just from the 'right'
does everything these days have to be a "phobia"? do people even know what that word means? so why would that be on the end of the word "islam(o)"?
am I not allowed to have a particular dislike for a religion without some PC cultural engineer saying I have a mental issue? that's weak, and very pathetic
I was against islam when I was left wing and I'm against it now when I'm right wing. it's nothing to do with left and right.