Transphobia, Islamophobia: the latest weapons for demonising

racist: a person who shows or feels discrimination or prejudice against people of other races, or who believes that a particular race is superior to another.

transphobic: having or showing a dislike of or prejudice against transsexual or transgender people.

islamophobic: having or showing a dislike of or prejudice against Islam or Muslims, especially as a political force.

I have been aware of racism for most of my adult life. While it can be a pejorative term to beat people up over, who express views that the self appointed politically correct and liberal leftist thought police disapprove of, I am opposed to racism in all its forms. Transphobia and Islamophobia, however, have only been added in recent years to the list of things one may want to distance oneself from, in order to get approval or, less cynically, do the right thing by transgender and Muslim folk. These are two of a number of things enlightened opinion might be expected to have no time for.  I would like to use this opportunity to consider these two terms and offer a view regarding acceptability. Given my conservative Christian, based on what the Bible teaches, views, this has to have a marked bearing.

Transgenderism has existed for time immemorial both for people of one sex acting as a member of the opposite sex and in more extreme cases seeking to change sex, and arguably to a large extent doing so successfully. There has been a marked increase of the instances of this happening in recent years and with it societal disapproval regarding those who express the view this is not a good thing. It has had far reaching ramifications including, disturbingly, children being encouraged to question their sexual identity and even being helped to change it, even if the parents disapprove, and schools being more inclined to teach that a third gender or a transitional one is perfectly normal. We are now at a point when calling people “he” or “she” may be criticized. Those who disagree are often called out as transphobic and have to suffer the consequences of societal disapproval. For me, the Bible is clear: there are only TWO sexes and appears opposed to transitioning and men acting as women and vice versa. While I am open to an “other” possibility, it is not one I see God approving of and therefore transgenderism is not an idea I can support and indeed should oppose. But people are people and dislike and prejudice are not things that should be in our thinking.

As I have detailed elsewhere, I have known many Muslims in my lifetime, going back to my youth, and have got on with and befriended many of them. I can think of many Muslims who contribute much to the community at large, who are the sort of people I would be happy to live among as neighbors. So when it comes to the anti-Muslim part of Islamophobia, I am definitely against it. Not so with the anti-Islam part and once again we are back to the Elephant in the room. Christianity and Islam cannot both be true and at least one of them is false (based on their “books”: the Bible and Koran respectively). I would argue rather being a religion of peace, Islam is one of submission, by force and terror if need be. When we consider the sexual assault of women in countries like Germany and Sweden, which have opened their borders to Muslim immigration, by Muslims, and the child sex grooming gangs in many UK cities where the main perpetrators have been Pakistani, Muslim, men, one has to ask if there is a link between Islamic ideology and these crimes. Sadly, even asking those questions often leads to one being called Islamophobic and suffering the consequences, with the powers that be unwilling to entertain the idea in this matter, along with other changes in the culture, that the net effect of Islam on western society may likely be negative.

This is a brief overview to be sure but at least it asks questions, as indeed we must if we are not going to be brow beaten into accepting propositions that are demonstratively untrue. These are too often NOT asked out of fear and ignorance. I agree with the statement on the tee shirt yet would add: “I have no time for ignorance either” but also mindful fear of and antipathy toward those who are somehow different to ourselves is something all of us are prone toward and need to resist. But rather than weaponise those terms to attack dissenting voices, we should consider the implications.

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