German Lutherans and Assimilation: Lessons in the Current Atmosphere of Islamophobia

(While most of the articles posted on this site are drawn from alternative and mainstream news sources in an attempt to give a more balanced picture of Islam and Christian-Muslim relations than is usually given in the mainstream press, here is a more scholarly paper that helps put the current poisonous atmosphere of Islamophobia in an historical perspective) 

DavidGraftonPortrait-42014by Dr. David Grafton

[1] One of our great American patriots and public servants has always been a staunch advocate of the need for immigrant communities to assimilate into traditional American culture, adopting the English language and the values of its national heritage. So, it is not a surprise that he has also been critical of immigrants coming to America who do not assimilate into our culture. In addition, this patriot has been fully invested in the American laissez faire capitalist system. He has been outspoken in his criticism of the fact that immigrants curtail the American economy by working the menial labor jobs for less than the average English speaker. Finally, he has argued that immigrants who come arrive in this country in a weakened physical state tax the health care system by providing services for them.

[2] In 1751, Benjamin Franklin wrote his Observations Concerning the Increase of Mankind, Peopling of Countries, etc. In this essay, Franklin was responding to the increase in non-English immigrants to the North American colonies, primarily from Ireland and the German states. In fact, German immigrants outnumbered English-speaking immigrants by three to one during the 1750s.1 Philadelphia, Franklin’s hometown, was one of the prominent destinations for German immigrants. Germans from the Palatinate (of what is now south-west Germany) landed in Philadelphia, traveled up Germantown Ave. and if they did not settle in Germantown, continued past what is now the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and out toward the further counties of the English colony of William Penn.

German Lutherans and Assimilation: Lessons in the Current Atmosphere of Islamophobia by David D. Grafton


One thought on “German Lutherans and Assimilation: Lessons in the Current Atmosphere of Islamophobia

  1. The word ‘islamophobia’ literally means ‘one with an intense and irrational fear of Islam’. Since there is every reason to be fearful of a violent and totalitarian ideology which seeks to force the entire world into submission, the word and its derivatives are actually oxymoronic.

    ‘Islamophobia’ was coined in the early 1990s by members of the International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT), a US-based Muslim Brotherhood front, and some would say, another oxymoronic phrase. Abdur-Rahman Muhammad, a former member, who renounced the group in disgust, was an eyewitness to the word’s creation. “This loathsome term,” he wrote in 2010 , “is nothing more than a thought-terminating cliché conceived in the bowels of Muslim think tanks for the purpose of beating up critics of political Islam.”

    In an effort to silence critics, advocates of Islam needed terminology that would enable portrayal of Muslims in their favourite role – as victims. Abdur-Rahman said the Islamists decided to emulate homosexual activists in their use of the term “homophobia” and saw “Islamophobia” as a way to “beat up their critics.”

    The plan was part of the Muslim Brotherhood’s “General Strategic Goal for North America,” by which the organisation aimed to wage “a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands … so that … God’s religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions.” To implement this plan, the Brotherhood enlisted the help of at least 29 likeminded “organizations of our friends” (such as IIIT), whose task would be to appear as human rights groups speaking out on behalf of a Muslim American population allegedly besieged by outsiders who harboured an illogical, unfounded fear of them i.e. a society replete with “islamophobia”.

    ‘Islamophobia’ did not become the focus of an active Brotherhood campaign until after 9/11. Since that time, Islamist lobby and human rights organizations such as CAIR have regularly accused people, institutions, law-enforcement authorities, and governments of harbouring deep and potentially violent prejudices against Muslims. The accusers falsely charge that as a result of this “islamophobia”, Muslims are disproportionately targeted by perpetrators of hate crimes and acts of discrimination – against all evidence.

    Use of the term, as with so much other Islamic and multicultural rhetoric, has taken on a life of its own, seemingly beyond parody, with such bizarre rituals as the lofty-sounding Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC)’s annual ‘Islamophobia Awards’, which in 2015 ‘honoured’ the magazine Charlie Hebdo, just weeks after Islamic terrorists had massacred 11 of its staff. The London-based IHRC – yet another oxymoron – defines islamophobia as follows:
    “A contemporary and emerging form of prejudice Islamophobia can be described as stereotypes, bias or acts of hostility towards individual Muslims or followers of Islam in general. In addition to individual acts of intolerance and racial profiling, Islamophobia leads to viewing Muslims as a greater security threat on an institutional, systemic and societal level and perceiving their views to be intrinsically problematic, violent or unethical.”

    In practice, the islamophobia industry accuses all critics of Islam of islamophobia, or as it might more aptly be spelt, islamofauxbia.

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