Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Do Kuffar Have Cooties?

Steen sent this video regarding Islamophobia in the UK, just as Larwyn suggests that we consider creating a neologism to cover the obvious hatred that some Muslims display toward infidels - i.e, the rest of us.



Larwyn suggests Kuffarphobia but Myrtus points out that we use the plural of kuffar to make a more easily pronounced word:

Kuffarphobia doesn’t flow as well as kafirophobia, which means the same thing. Kuffar is plural for kafir.

So hatred of infidels (CAIR? Helllooo??) now has a nice tidy term: kafirophobia. Try it on them the next time you object to some jihadist blowing people up and they try to hang an Islamophobe sign on you.

Maybe we can even get kafirophobia listed in the DSM-IV or the ICD as the mental illness it obviously is. Given the many symptoms they exhibit — paranoia, hypersensitivity, feelings of narcissistic superiority, and the desire to kill those who disagree with them — kafirophobes definitely qualify for their own separate diagnostic disorder. Maybe if the world hadn’t put on its Orwellian glasses just in time for the rise of the jihadists, exhibitions of such behavior would’ve had them in the revised edition of the DSM-IV by now.

Meanwhile, Larwyn notes a new call to kill Hirsi Ali. This one emanates not from the Netherlands or the Middle East, but from good, old prosaic Pittsburgh.

Here is an editorial from Sunday’s Pittsburgh Tribune Review, by Robin Acton:

…A community debate over religious freedom surfaced in Western Pennsylvania last week when Dutch feminist author Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali refugee who has lived under the threat of death for denouncing her Muslim upbringing, made an appearance at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
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Islamic leaders tried to block the lecture, which was sponsored through an endowment from the Frank J. and Sylvia T. Pasquerilla Lecture Series. They argued that Hirsi Ali’s attacks against the Muslim faith in her book, “Infidel,” and movie, “Submission,” are “poisonous and unjustified” and create dissension in their community.

Although university officials listened to Islamic leaders’ concerns, the lecture planned last year took place Tuesday evening under tight security, with no incidents.

Imam Fouad ElBayly, president of the Johnstown Islamic Center, was among those who objected to Hirsi Ali’s appearance.

“She has been identified as one who has defamed the faith. If you come into the faith, you must abide by the laws, and when you decide to defame it deliberately, the sentence is death,” said ElBayly, who came to the U.S. from Egypt in 1976. [my emphasis. See, another sign of kafirophobia]

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While Hirsi Ali is viewed as an infidel among the Islamic community, those who speak out against other religions usually are met with discussion, prayer and counseling. In extreme cases, critics might be shown the door.

“One is free to choose whatever religion and body of truths one wants to believe,” said the Rev. Ronald Lengwin, spokesman for the Roman Catholic Diocese. “The church fosters freedom of religion. That’s a decision everyone has to make on their own.”

Centuries ago, Lengwin said, the church imposed harsh punishment — including execution — upon people viewed as heretics. He cited as an example the Roman Inquisition trial of 15th century Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei, who was tried by the church, threatened with torture and sentenced to prison for his teachings on the motions of the earth.

With the evolution of the church, things have changed.

[Actually, Father Lengwin, you well know that the underpinnings of Aristotelian philosophy in Christian systematic theology made possible the evolution of the state, which led to the diminution of the Church. While it never acquiesced willingly, the Church eventually learned to go peaceably. What it learned was that theology always follows cosmology. A hard but enlightening lesson.]

For example, Lengwin said, the church has faced criticism from many of its own priests who have disagreed with various beliefs and practices. When that happens, there is discussion and clarification of beliefs, he said.

It doesn’t always work.

“We’ve had people walk away and start churches of their own or join Lutheran or Presbyterian or other churches,” he said. “The role of the church is to teach the truth as effectively as you can. There’s no jail if you don’t agree with us…”

He’s right. But he didn’t mention that theologians can still be silenced regarding doctrinal matters if their views run contrary to the Church’s teachings. Largely, that means they lose the “Imprimatur” in the front of the book and a call to Rome for a lecture.

There is also that large unknown quantity of people who disagree with some piece of doctrine and yet remain within the church anyway, just as one suffers in silence the fissions and fractures in an extended family.

Meanwhile, there are butcherings and beheadings to be had from those who suffer from kafirophobia. Not to mention the demand for special set-aside public areas for various religious rituals.

Kafirophobes think we have cooties.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

May we suggest another neologism? Christianophobia.

gun-totin-wacko said...

Ah, but we all know that the Christians are just as bad as the Moslems, right? Look at those whack-jobs that were showing up at funerals for soldiers to say that it's God's punishment of us. And certainly we know (because the left constantly informs us) that there are flaked-out people professing Christianity.

I've had this debate with a leftist friend or two more times than I can count. It doesn't work to point out how much the mainstream of Christianity despises these folks. 100 lunatic Christians makes all Christians look bad, and compares to 10 million insane Muslims.

It's a no-win scenario. The liberals and the Islamofascists indeed make strange bedfellows.

turn said...

GTW:

Rosie's (spit) cheering audience may know that the Christians are just as bad as the Moslems--after all, she's SUFFERED the indignity and calumny of some outspoken Christians.

On the other hand, she doesn't hear much from muslims because she is so far beneath their contempt.

"I've had this debate with a leftist friend or two more times than I can count."

Dammit, GTW, haven't you heard that repeatedly engaging in the same action while expecting a new outcome is a definition of...

;>)

Spinoneone said...

Yep, Christians have killed their share of the world's population...but the fascists and athiests may be in the lead, at least by now.

Kafirophobia is a great term. Let's not forget that the "gates of reason," that is, the opportunity for learned Islamic theologians to try to change any of the articles of faith in the Qur'an or Hadith, have been closed since 1186AD. Of course, should one of them try such a feat, it wouldn't be an "Imprimatur" he would loose, but his head! Seems that for Islam evolution is not allowed and a revolution doesn't seem to be in the works.
Spinoneone

gun-totin-wacko said...

Turn,

"Harrumph!", he muttered under his breath....

At any rate, my insanity is matched by his- he tries to convince me that Christians are as bad as the Mooslims, if not quite as bad as the Jooos, and also that his mythical 12,000 global warming scientists have advanced the topic beyond discussion.

And spin, don't forget the Communists, or are they covered under the blanket of "athiests"? My guess is that they have a massive lead, which has no chance of being matched by any ideology currently known to man. Well, except for one....

Profitsbeard said...

"Infidelphobia" may work better in English-speaking lands, since the word "Kaffir" never penetrated beyond Britain's bit of South Africa. (Or literature majors who read "Kaffir Boy".)

Plus it mimicks "Islamophobia" visually. (Always a good subliminal p.r. trick for countering such b.s.)

Everyone knows what an infidel is.

As my T-shirt reads:

PROUD INFIDEL DOG.

Mission Impossible said...

Steen's video is a riot, and very well scripted. He'd likely make an entertaining after-dinner speaker.

As for British Muslim women wearing veils being mentally ill, I can attest to that. I remember meeting two sisters (of Pakistani background) when I was at university in the early 1990s. One wore western clothes and liked to thrust her voluptuous breasts invitingly as she played mind-games with her eyes; the other wore the usual drab attire complete with those silly, knee-high stockings, and weird socks on top (kicked off with sensible shoes). This "stylish look" was finished off with a full-length trench-coat! Her face was beautiful though!

Typical for my luck, I met the nutter first and for a while thought I might bring her back to the land of the living, by teaching her to get in touch with her hormones; but she wouldn't budge. She just got weirder and weirder the less we talked about Islam. Then she introduced me to her sister, in the street actually, before announcing she was heading for Saudi Arabia and a Hajj.

I was gob-smacked. Those Pakistani Gals can be physically delicious when stripped of the Koranic madness. Who knows, the 'normal' sister may have been 'chopped' by some radical male relative by now.

Then there was this Muslim girl I met in Dubai who .........

Perry de Havilland said...

He’s right. But he didn’t mention that theologians can still be silenced regarding doctrinal matters if their views run contrary to the Church’s teachings. Largely, that means they lose the “Imprimatur” in the front of the book and a call to Rome for a lecture.

Which is surely fair enough. If you want to join their club (which is what any Christian Church is), you have to play by their rules or you cannot expect them to accommodate you.

If you do not like it, leave... and THAT is what makes it in no way comparable to Islam, which will not allow you to leave and will sentence you to death if you try. Christian churches are well past that stage.

Dymphna said...

Perry de Havilland

I don't have any objections to the rules of the Catholic Church. They have always been honored more in the breach, anyway...

What I was pointing to was what he left out: there are rules that can get theologians silenced -- and sent to the equivalent of Siberia. A friend of mine ended up his intellectual career first as a guidance counselor for an native American school and then in Uganda, where he died.

I think it is glib to say "if you don't like it, leave" -- we could very well be told that after the next election...

I find the US government swollen and corrupt. I don't want to leave, but I am at a loss as to how to make signifcant inroads on this problem.

And now, with the North American Union on the horizon, things look very EU-ish indeed.

Dark days...

Dymphna said...

OTOH, I think the Catholic Church is the only institution left that can fight for the soul of Europe. And that gives me hope for them.