Words and their changed meaning
The process of that change fascinates me.
First we need a definition from the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Then I will move on to what happened at Batley Grammar School.
The OED states that a phobia is an irrational fear of something.
So Islamophobia should therefore mean ‘an irrational fear of Islam’. But the meaning has been turned on its head and now it means “a hatred of Islam”. That change of meaning has turned into that ridiculous recent creation, viz. a Hate Crime. In my simple world world, a crime is a crime and the word should not need further emphasis.
I think it is quite rational to fear Islam because of the words of hatred expressed in the Qur’an. The Qur’an says that Non-Muslims are to be feared, ignored, converted or killed. Other parts of the Qur’an seem to say the reverse. I just wonder why Allah kept changing her mind 😉
Therefore the word Islamophobia is just at silly as the word anti-semitic. Neither word’s current meaning is rational.
Medieval Popes used words in the Old Testament to support their killing of Muslims in the Middle East. The Crusades had the objective of conquering the Holy Land from Islamic rule. That process thankfully stopped some time later. (OK a debatable point in many circles.)
I fear that several verses in the Qur’an, have made a few Muslims turn to murder and violence on an epic scale. The Qur’an often tells Muslims to create a worldwide Caliphate under Shariah law.
Sadly the Qur’an says, of itself, that it is the unalterable word of God and that’s that!
Batley Grammar School
A teacher showed a cartoon from Charlie Hebdo which depicted the prophet Mohammed. The teacher was chairing a discussion group on blasphemy. The discussion was to understand why some thought blasphemy was acceptable whilst others did not.
The school was then forced to close as a consequence of a few Muslim parents protesting outside the school gate.
I congratulate Gavin Williamson (Education Minister) when he said their behaviour outside the school was “completely unacceptable”.
I cannot understand why the school felt it had to apologise for the teacher’s rational approach?
Teachers must be allowed to teach rationally and not be in permanent fear of upsetting somebody.
The Qur’an does not explicitly forbid images of Muhammad. There are a few hadith (supplemental teachings) that have explicitly prohibited Muslims from creating visual depictions of human figures. Hadith are unattributed and were written many years after the Qur’an and there is no proof that they are the words of Mohammed.
Offending others for holding irrational beliefs is intrinsic to freedom of speech. Otherwise we are headed back to the dark ages and freedom of speech is dead.
Let there be more light please, much more.