IF you are referring to Oxford Dictionary's definition of the word:
"Dislike of or prejudice against Islam or Muslims, especially as a political force."
In other words if you dislike the ideology of Islam or negatively criticise the religion, you are technically an 'Islamophobe'. Don't get me wrong, disliking or being prejudice towards someone just because they are a Muslim is definitely a bad thing, but that isn't what is stated by this definition. Therefore, judging by this definition, you shouldn't be ashamed to be 'Islamophobic' as there is nothing wrong with disliking a religion and openly expressing it. This a word used to shut down debate about Islam that needs to be had. Why is it just Islam that needs to be protected by a word like this?
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Last edited by NickLCFC; 17-02-2016 at 17:59.
- 17-02-2016 17:58
- 17-02-2016 18:38
You're right of course. That this neologism includes both hatred of Islam and hatred of Muslims in its definition makes it an utterly useless word as it covers 2 very distinct things.
But the fact that you're right unfortunately does not change the fact that it is now taboo to be islamophobic.