It is not strange that some view others fear as irrational. Some people are afraid of Spiders. These creatures are vastly smaller and less intelligent than the individual who fears them, but they cannot control the fear they feel. But, no one would say that a person locked in a room full of Black Widows was being irrational.
It would be apparent to any observer that the individual in the room would have good reason to suspect they were in danger. And we in America might feel some of the same concerns as more and more Muslims move into our cities and towns.
Now, I in no way mean to insinuate that Muslims are like spiders. Rather, I want to draw the parallel between irrational and ration fear. The idea that one is fearful of a group that has repeatedly committed violence in the name of their religion makes people afraid of that religion is not irrational.
But, Huffington Post thinks that it is. They wish to keep a list of those who they believe have fallen into the trap of fearing people irrationally. They have called this Islamophobia.
The Washington Times reports
“After last year’s terror attacks in Paris and mass shooting in San Bernardino, California — and amidst a surge in anti-Muslim rhetoric from U.S. politicians — reports about Muslims in America facing violence, harassment, intimidation and bigotry have become omnipresent,” the news outlet said Thursday.
And despite the fact that I found several incidents that seemed to fall in this category, Huffington seems to be speaking of less than a “sticks and stones,” style of violence.
The Times continues
Headlines detailing those instances included “Presidential Candidate (Ben Carson) Says Islam Has ‘Apocalyptic Vision,’ Is Not a Religion,” “Megyn Kelly Wonders if Seeing Muslims Justifies a Call to Police” and “State Senate Committee OKs Bill to Track Refugees.”
This points to the possibility that Huffpo is more concerned with political issues rather than the Muslims they are supposed to be helping.