Islamophobia has always become a sentiment that creates turbulent ‘Mexican Wave’ effect around the world. The Western world and also the non-Moslem world perceive Islam as the violent-fueled religion, where the brainless self-confessed Jihadist abuse the name of Islam by exercising a lot of atrocities; hence painting irrevocable bad image towards Islam. Of course with the recent Palestine-Israel & ISIS fiasco happening, it didn’t help to assuage the fiery flame.
In the TV programme “Real Time With Bill Maher”, it was clear that Maher & the author Sam Harris were dominated with their own pre-conceived notions on Islamophobia. Maher described the atrocities caused by the extremists in Islam and hence, intentionally suggested that the blame should be smeared upon the whole Moslem population. At this juncture, Ben Affleck was clearly disgusted with the shallow-minded opinions and intervened by saying :-
“[Your characterization] is gross. It’s racist,” he shared. “It’s like saying, ‘Oh, you shifty Jew! … What is your solution? That we condemn Islam?”
The issue is about generalization. Just because a quarter of a population is of bad eggs, you can’t summarize that the whole basket of eggs are rotten! And when Maher incidentally claimed that “Moslems are the minorities of the world, we shouldn’t make fun (then he said CRITICIZE)”; Ben Affleck interjected that – “it is not a minority. It is the second biggest religion in the world.” Maher then claimed – “If Filipinos were capturing teenagers and send them into white slavery, we would criticize that……” ; BUT Affleck quickly slammed at Maher :-
” We would criticize the people who were DOING IT, NOT THE PHILLIPINES!!”
I guess Islam has always been the subject of loath for non-Moslems because there are quarters of Extremists in the religion. You know, extremists are bound everywhere in every faiths. Even Christianity with its Klu Klux Klan movement and also Jews with their “non-Jews are filthy Ghoyems”. It is all about tolerance.
Freedom of Speech doesn’t mean you can disgrace anyone. But, I guess it is culturally-bound. I even presented a topic of “Freedom & Values In Communication” during my “Communication Theory” class (REFER to https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2014/05/28/a-loquacious-duo-presentation-with-nigerian-coursemate-freedom-values-in-communication/) so I understand the difference approach to the concept of “Freedom of Speech” between Western & Eastern worlds;
But then again, it is all about pride & prejudices, isn’t it?