OIC Katzenyammer: 'The Rise of Islamophobia in Western Politics'

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OIC concerned about the rise of Islamophobia in western politics

“Islamophobia” – a counterfeit word concoction to whack infidels into submission. When was the OIC ever concerned about anything else?

JEDDAH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Thursday expressed alarm over the anti-Islam rhetoric coming out as the US presidential elections race heats up as well as over the recent results of parliamentary elections in some European countries.

“The rise in Islamophobia in Western politics is a great concern for the OIC,” said Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary-general of the OIC.


The radical right-wing parties have won significant political weight in the parliaments in Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Hungary, the Netherlands, Sweden and France as well as the European Parliament; in addition, such groups as the English Defense League in Britain and CasaPound in Italy are also gaining ground. They all share an anti-Islam agenda that threatens the welfare of the Muslim community there in practicing their religion and increases their chances of being discriminated against.

The US is also not far away from this hostility toward Islam and Muslims, albeit to a lesser extent. However, statements made by presidential hopefuls Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, who said, “I believe Shariah is a mortal threat to the survival of freedom in the United States,” are worrisome for Muslims.

Presidential hopeful Rick Perry said on Fox News a few days ago that Turkey is being ruled by what many would perceive to be “Islamic terrorists” and therefore it should be kicked out of NATO.

Ihsanoglu said the phenomenon in the US is connected to the presidential elections, but the main theater of concern is Europe. “It is a concern for us when Islamophobia is used as an instrument in electoral politics, especially as a way in competing to gain voters’ support.”

In the latest issue of Newsweek Geert Wilders, the radical Dutch politician who is unapologetic about his xenophobic racist attitude toward Muslims, said the United States should be “getting rid of Islamic symbols — no more mosques — and closing down Islamic schools.”

Wilders have support from American politicians and writers who agree with his views including Gingrich.

On January 16 hundreds of Washington State Muslims marched together to the Capitol Building to meet state lawmakers in their offices and urge their legislators to speak out against Islamophobic rhetoric and hate crimes.

US Muslims have been sensing a growing hostility following a hearing presented by Republican representative Peter King on what he described as the “radicalization” of US Muslims.

Recently, a Republican Missouri lawmaker described Islam as a disease like polio while another Alaska Rep. branded Muslims as “occupiers” of American neighborhoods.

Lawmakers in at least 15 states have introduced proposals forbidding local judges from considering Shariah when rendering verdicts on issues of divorces and marital disputes.

4 thoughts on “OIC Katzenyammer: 'The Rise of Islamophobia in Western Politics'”

  1. Its kinda like the word “homophobia”. The Muslims and the gays are political allies because of left-tard politics, but once Sharia is firmly established, the homosexual will find themselves beheaded along side the Jew and the Christian…

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