Of Various Phobias
18 February 2010
A favorite tactic used by various groups to intimidate those who don't agree with them is to accuse those people of having a phobia.
For example, if a pastor preaches a sermon from the Bible saying that homosexuality is a sin, he is immediately and vehemently denounced as homophobic.
Before we go any further, we had better take a closer look at the word "phobia". Phobia is generally defined as "an intense, persistent, unreasonable fear of certain situations, activities, things, animals or people."
Through constant misuse, the word has also come to mean "fear, dislike, disapproval, prejudice, hatred, discrimination, or hostility towards the object of the phobia".
This pastor in our example is accused of homophobia, which can be defined as "antipathy, contempt, prejudice, aversion, and/or irrational fear towards/of homosexuals, which can lead to discrimination and violence", solely because he teaches what the Bible says about homosexuality. Such accusations may sound reasonable, until you try to apply them to other areas as well.
So, the next Sunday, when the pastor preaches a sermon from the Bible saying that murder is a sin, is he going to be accused of being murderer-phobic? And when he preaches on the sin of lying, will he be accused of liar-phobia? And when he preaches on the sin of adultery, will he then be adulterer-phobic?
As you can see, when you stop to think a bit further about this "phobia" accusation, it starts to get pretty ridiculous.
I suppose those who speak out against the policies of the Democratic party are then democrat-phobic, while those who speak out against the policies of the Republican party are republican-phobic. Those who spoke out against the policies of President Bush are bush-phobic, while those who speak out against the policies of President Obama are obama-phobic.
The childish overuse of "phobia" as a weapon against those who disagree with you has rendered the word practically meaningless. But although the word is losing its meaning, it is still a useful and powerful weapon against the truth. This twisting and destruction of language bears an eerie resemblance to what happens in George Orwell's classic Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Then there is the aspect of a phobia that it is an "unreasonable" fear. Are ALL fears unreasonable? Are there not many legitimate fears that are not unreasonable at all?
"A fear is a rational or legitimate concern, a survival instinct which warns us that we are in the presence of real danger. Having a fear of fire for example is very rational, because experience has taught us that fire can burn and potentially kill us. So to safeguard ourselves, we fear fire." (Source)For the Jews being herded into ghettos or hauled away to concentrations camps, were they simply being Naziphobic? For the countries of Europe in the late 1930's and early 1940's, who were fearfully wondering if they would be the next country invaded by Nazi Germany, were their fears just misguided Naziphobia? According to the deceitful Nazi propaganda which was spread all over Europe during this time, that's exactly what the Germans wanted everyone to believe.
Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi Minister of Propaganda, once wrote:
"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. But the most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly — it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over."Nazism was a powerful, demonically-inspired ideology that in the previous century led to a devastating world war and the deaths of over 50 million people. In the current century, Islam poses a much greater and much more deadly threat. And there is definitely a major connection between Islam and Nazism (see Heil Islam! and From Al Husseini to Hitler for details).
Islam is not a religion, but a political and military system with an agenda: to bring every country of the world under the control of the Islamic ideological and political system by any and all means, even through violence. This is not just some "phobia", some "irrational fear". This has been the stated goal of Islamic leaders from the founding of Islam exactly 1,400 years ago this year (according to the Western calendar) up to this very day. All you have to do is to read the Qur'an, and look at Muslim history, to know without a doubt that this is true.
But when someone in the West speaks out about the dangers of Islam, the Muslims in the West immediately and vehemently denounces that person as Islamophobic in an effort to intimidate and silence any opposition.
For example, take the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the nation's largest gathering of conservatives annually, drawing thousands of conservative activists, which opened today in Washington D.C. One of the seminars on the program agenda for tomorrow is entitled Jihad: The Political Third Rail. When the Muslims found out about this two-hour seminar, the aggressive Muslim organization CAIR (more on them in future articles) ranted:
"It's unfortunate that a conservative conference would be in any way associated with Muslim bashers and Islamophobes," said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "It's a free country. They're free to be anti-Muslim bigots if they like, but it's really up to the organizers of CPAC to determine if they're going to allow their conference to be associated with the hate-filled views of those who will be speaking." (See the full article at FoxNews)Even though it may have happened at the time, no one today who speaks out on the dangers of Nazism could seriously be labeled Naziphobic. Even if fear of the Nazis was perceived to be "irrational" in the 1930's, the unfolding of events definitely proved that those fears were well-founded and rational. And for those who had eyes to see, there were many indications of the approaching evil well before it became fully manifest.
Similarly, today there are those with eyes to see who are speaking out against the approaching evil of Islam in the West. In response, Muslims in the West, who don't have a defense against such accusations because they know that such accusations are true, often resort to name-calling, labeling those who speak the truth about the Islamic agenda as "Muslim bashers ... Islamophobes ... anti-Muslim bigots ... with hate-filled views."
Unfortunately for them, the Muslims are just plain wrong. It has nothing to do with being bashers, bigots or filled with hate. It has to do with warning about an approaching evil, and protecting Western lives and the Western culture and way of life. The reality is, it's actually the other way around. Just read what Muslims have been saying about, and doing to, Jews and Christians for the last 1,400 years, and you can easily see who it is that's filled with hate.
Am I homophobic? Naziphobic? Islamophobic? Definitely not! These are not "unreasonable" fears. They ARE fears, "rational or legitimate concerns, a survival instinct which warns us that we are in the presence of real danger." I hope that you share them as well.
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