Islamofascism

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Islamofascism is a form of religious extremism in which the faith of Islam is abusively used as a cover for a totalitarian ideology[1], especially fascism.

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It is generally synonymous with Islamic extremism, and has many similarities to Protestant fundamentalism.

Categorization

Links and other items having to do with Islam as an abusive force should probably be moved here; the Islam page is (ultimately) for items about the religion itself, according to its own written scripture and doctrines.

Terminology

It is not clear what the relationships are between Islamofascism, genuine Islamic fundamentalism, and Islamism. As with many religions, a literal or fundamentalist interpretation of Islamic doctrine would seem to be essentially fascistic in nature, in that:

  • it considers individual needs less important than unquestioning adherence
  • it seeks to promote unity of cultural and religious attributes

Hence "Islamic fundamentalism" is essentially a form of fascism, and so the term redirects here. Discussion on the relationship between these two terms is welcome, however.

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  • 2008-09-30 [Talk|Index] Welcome to Saudi Britain § Condell discusses the recent recognition of Shari'a law in Britain.
  • 2008-08-31 [Talk|Index] Islam's war on freedom § Condell discusses the hijacking of the United Nations Human Rights Council by Saudi Islamofascists who have managed to get a resolution passed banning criticism of Islam and Shari'a law.
  • 2008-02-16 [Talk|Index] Danish lawmakers refuse to apologize, cancel trip to Iran § “A group of Danish lawmakers has canceled a trip to Iran because Tehran demanded they condemn the reprinting of Prophet Muhammad cartoons in newspapers, a spokeswoman said Saturday.”
  • 2007-11-29 [Talk|Index] 'Teddy bear' teacher gets 15-day prison term in Sudan § [2]“A Sudanese court found a British teacher guilty of insulting religion and sentenced her to 15 days in prison Thursday for allowing a teddy bear to be named "Mohammed," British authorities and her lawyer reported. ... Gibbons, 54, was arrested Sunday after she asked her class of 7-year-olds in Khartoum to name the stuffed animal as part of a school project...” In other words: a class of 7-year-olds picked the name, and the teacher got 15 days in prison for allowing it, because this was considered an insult to religion.
    • If I were religion (assuming religion is somehow self-aware and capable of having its feelings hurt), I think I'd find the idea of someone else meting out punishment in my name to be insulting. Also, what about all the people named Mohammed? What punishment did their parents receive? Calling this a crime seems rather arbitrary, and more like the flexing of authoritarian muscles than any kind of genuine religious outrage (if there is such a thing). W.
    • 2007-11-29 commentary
  • 2007-09 [Talk|Index] What's in a name? § “Norman Podhoretz, in a famous essay, argued that [the war on terror] is, in fact, World War IV, Number Three being the Cold War. The author has now expanded his thesis into a short and characteristically trenchant book in which he argues vigorously in support of the "Bush Doctrine"...”
  • 2006-09-11 [Talk|Index] Fascists Under the Bed § [2]by Patrick J. Buchanan: “Contrary to what Bush believes, the 9/11 killers and London and Madrid bombers were not out to repeal the Bill of Rights, if any ever read it. They are out to kill us and we have to get them first. ... "Islamofascism" should be jettisoned from Bush’s vocabulary. It yokes the faith of a billion people with an odious ideology. Imagine how Christians would have reacted had FDR taken to declaring Franco’s Spain and Mussolini’s Italy "Christo-fascist." [..] If Mr. Bush does not want a war of civilizations, he will drop these propaganda terms that are designed to inflame passions rather than inform the public of the nature of the war we are in.”
  • 2006-02-04 [Talk|Index] Best. Fark. Headline. Ever. § "Muslims offended by caricatures proceed to act them out"

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