This started yesterday in the US. Ali Eteraz recently pointed out why it’s a farce:
An ex-senator that opposes individual rights of women; a pundit that calls people “faggots” and considers Islam a “cult”; a Christian scholar who is considered a “polemicist” and an “Islamophobe” by conservative Christians themselves; and an intellectual who has received millions from “far right” organizations since 2001, are rising up for the rights of women, gays, and religious minorities in the Muslim world. This laughable spectacle is called the Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week.
In The Nation magazine, Barbara Ehrenreich makes the same point. But there is a broader problem here. As I said earlier this week the debate on identity, terrorism and Muslims is so stupid that if some dimwit sticks Islamo-fascism on anything these days they’ll get a whole horde of nutjobs supporting them. Horowitz, Coulter etc know this. Martin Amis knows this too because any response by supporters (and himself) to his stupidity has been along the lines of: “well he opposes terrorism and that’s what we oppose, and if you don’t support Amis then you support the terrorists!”
Anyone can oppose terrorism, it’s how you do it that matters. I pity the fools with such simple brains.
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