Every day around the world, we read about examples of blatant infidelophobia, in which non-Muslims are harassed, beaten, imprisoned, tortured, raped and murdered purely because they are not followers of Islamic fundamentalism. Also abused and killed regularly are Muslims who are deemed not fanatical enough, such as the Ahmadiyyas, or who follow a different sect, as in the slaughter of Shias by Sunnis. These various Muslim groups thus are considered "apostates" and "infidels" by the radicals and extremists, to be subjected to extreme hatred and violence.
Yet, all we hear about in the mainstream media and dominating the social networks is "Islamophobia," a hateful and dehumanizing epithet casually hurled that generally represents not any serious harassment or abuse but perceived slights and "insults" by those criticizing Islam, as well as its texts, founder and behavior of not a few of its adherents, including the infidelophobic violence discussed above.
In reality, in society at large there is little evidence of "Islamophobic" hate crimes or real crimes, such as rape and murder. Meanwhile, non-believers are being "genocided" in many places globally, such as in Egypt, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Indonesia and so on. Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and atheists are being targeted, persecuted, imprisoned and executed in a number of Muslim countries, and the mainstream media remains relatively silent about these atrocities.
In this regard, I feel it is important to bring attention to this abusive situation, one way of which would be for people to circulate news items about blatant "infidelophobia," posting them to Twitter especially, using the hash tag #infidelophobia.
Remember that this effort reflects a human rights issue: Entire groups and ethnicities are fighting for their lives, their history and their traditions. We need a groundswell of attention to this matter, including people posting at #infidelophobia. Thanks.
Apparently, Twitter is also #infidelophobia - see my recent tweets:
@Support Is someone there deleting tweets to the hash tag #infidelophobia? Why is it okay to have #islamophobia #homophobia then?
Is Twitter is #infidelophobic? They've evidently deleted all my posts to #infidelophobia. I'm betting that wasn't the first time.
A gazillion whining comments of faux victimhood are posted to #islamophobia. Meanwhile, non-Muslims are being beaten, raped and slaughtered
Apparently, never-ending violence and abuse of nonbelievers is okay, but complaining about it is not okay. #infidelophobia
Oh, and they also deleted my posts to #gynophobia, with quotes from the Koran. I wonder what else of mine (and others) has been deleted?
(First published on Friday, September 17, 2010.)
Quotes from the Koran about Nonbelievers
"This Book is not to be doubted.... As for the unbelievers, it is the same whether or not you forewarn them; they will not have faith. God has set a seal upon their hearts and ears; their sight is dimmed and grievous punishment awaits them." Quran 2:1/2:6-2:10
"God's curse be upon the infidels! Evil is that for which they have bartered away their souls. To deny God's own revelation, grudging that He should reveal His bounty to whom He chooses from among His servants! They have incurred God's most inexorable wrath. An ignominious punishment awaits the unbelievers." Quran 2:89-2:90
"Lord...Give us victory over the unbelievers." Quran 2:286
"Lord...give us victory over the unbelievers." Quran 3:147
"I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, strike off the very tips of their fingers." Quran 8:12
"Let not the unbelievers think they will ever get away. They have not the power so to do. Muster against them all the men and cavalry at your command, so that you may strike terror into the enemy of Allah and your enemy..." Quran 8:59-60
"When the sacred months are over slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them." Quran 9:5
"Prophet, make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their home: an evil fate." Quran 9:73
"Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal firmly with them. Know that God is with the righteous." Quran 9:123
"Believers, take neither the Jews nor the Christians for your friends. They are friends with one another..." Quran 5:51
"He that chooses a religion over Islam, it will not be accepted from him and in the world to come he will be one of the lost." Quran 3:85
"Let not believers make friends with infidels in preference to the faithful - he that does this has nothing to hope for from Good - except in self-defense. God admonishes you to fear Him: for to God shall all return." Quran 3:28
"Garments of fire have been prepared for the unbelievers. Scalding water shall be poured upon their heads, melting their skins and that which is in their bellies. They shall be lashed with rods of iron.
"Whenever, in their anguish, they try to escape from Hell, back they shall be dragged, and will be told: 'Taste the torment of the Conflagration!'" Quran 22:19-20
"Muhammad is God's apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another." Quran 48:29
"Those that deny Our revelations We will burn in fire. No sooner will their skins be consumed than We shall give them other skins, so that they may truly taste the scourge. God is mighty and wise." Quran 4:56
"Believers, know that the idolaters [non-Muslims] are unclean. Let them not approach the Sacred Mosque after this year is ended." Quran 9:28
"The unbelievers among the People of the Book [Bible] and the pagans shall burn for ever in the fire of Hell. They are the vilest of all creatures." Quran 98:6
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