Comments: Islamophobia

A selection of comments sent to us in response to Soumaya Ghannoushi's editorial: Islamophobia masquerading as free speech.

    It's not Islamphobia. Even if one allows that the cartoons etc are anti-Islam, it's a mistake to assume that Islam specifically is the target.

    Rich Harding, UK/Nederland

    The US has become morally liberal, the Islam world morally extreme. Malaysia seems to have come to a happy compromise. Freedom without decadence.

    Lee McQuay, US/Malaysia

     

    Islam has been hijacked by extremists who contradict their religion by their gruesome deeds.

    Bruce Geist, US

     

    I can understand your feelings, but free speech is a human right in Europe. I also think you hold too many conspiracy theories.

    Eamonn Ferry, Ireland

     

    I believe that people who have been hurt by the cartoons were already profoundly wounded in their feelings before they [the cartoons] appeared.

    The constant presence of Western powers in the Middle East is, I think, the great hurt. People should respect each other's  beliefs.
    Fed Stelwagen, The Netherlands

    Why are the cartoons so offensive? Many Muslim leaderships have actively peddled hate and terror for years?


    Remember [Amin] al-Husseini [Grand Mufti of Jerusalem in 1930s]? He was a close collaborator of Hitler and was the Muslim arm of the Nazi regime.

    Heidi, Norway

    We in the US are not afraid of Islam - we are afraid of fanaticism.  We do not kill over cartoons and cannot understand why anyone would.

    Robb, US

     

    The west does not hate Muslims or Islam. We hate those radical individuals that are using Islam to promote a restrictive theocratic view of human relations and world politics.
    Sean, UK


    I think that what the Muslims are doing is a good thing. They are fighting for what they believe in, and they should keep at it! Maybe all the burnings of the buildings is a little too much, but, going to countries and praying as a sign of protest is awesome.

    Unknown, US

     

    Freedom of speech cuts both ways. People can say things we do not like, and in return we cannot be censored from expressing things which others may not like.

    Dan, Australia

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


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