by Jack Minor –
Not being content with simply labeling those who oppose radical Islam for its violent tendencies “Islamaphobes,” Muslims have now come up a new series of phobias to describe opposition to violent elements within the movement.
In a further attempt to isolate critics, the Muslim Brotherhood has come up with the term “Ikhwanophobia,” which means the fear and hatred of the Muslim Brotherhood and their ideologies.
The website Ikhwanophobia .com states that “ikhwanophobia is a new term meaning the fear and or hatred of the Muslim Brotherhood members and their ideologies. It also refers to the unjustified intimidation by the people of the Muslim Brotherhood members.” The site also defines ikhwanophobes as those who “attempt to link Muslim Brotherhood to terrorism and violence.”
The site was established in 2010 and is run by a group of Academic intellectuals who believe they should act positively and effectively against media attacks on the Muslim Brotherhood. They also say they want to present the Muslim Brotherhood as the face of moderate Islam.
This “moderate” face of Islam has called for the nullification of Egyptian-Israeli treaty. In February after the uprising in Egypt, Rashad al-Bayoumi, a deputy leader with the Muslim Brotherhood said, “After President Mubarak steps down and a provisional government is formed, there is a need to dissolve the peace treaty with Israel.”
The moderate Muslim Brotherhood is also an umbrella organization for other organizations such as Hamas, which has called for the total destruction of Israel as part of its charter.
Following the Muslim Brotherhood’s lead, the Iranian government has thrown its hat in the ring regarding phobias.
The country’s human rights record leaves much to be desired. Amnesty International says they have had serious concerns about massive human rights violations in Iran.
Among the violations are placing people in detention facilities after an unfair trial for “propaganda against the state” or “endangering the security of the state.” Iran executes more people than any other country in the world except China.
The country has also threatened Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani for the crime of leaving Islam, even though he was never a Muslim.
Iranian Pastor Hormoz Shariet with Iran Alive Ministries, says the government persecutes people for simply choosing to convert to Christianity. “Islamic law states that it is criminal for a Muslim to convert to Christianity and it is in fact punishable by death,” Shariet continued, saying it is common for revolutionary Guards to arrest a Christian and not notify the family. “They can’t have a lawyer, not even a formal charge. Sometimes they even get killed without a formal charge.”
However, according to an Iranian official, expressing outrage over these matters means one is an “Iranophobe.”
The Far News Agency quoted Seyed Ali Aqazadeh a senior member of the Iranian parliaments National Security and Foreign Policy Commission as saying President Obama should apologize for “fabricating lies and accusations against the Iranian nation” and helping “to spread the atmosphere of Iranophobia over the world.”
Pamela Geller with Atlas Shrugs, said these newest phobias are simply another attempt to shut down all discussions about the violent elements of Islam.
“The fictional construct, Ikhwanophobia, is an attempt to crush criticisms of the Muslim Brotherhood at a time where more people are becoming familiar with the Islamic supremacist organization. They are using the same (some might say) successful strategy that was employed in shutting down critics of Islam (Islamophobia),” Geller said.
Geller went on to say that the term Islamophobia was constructed by a Muslim Brotherhood front organization, the International Institute for Islamic Thought, based in northern Virginia.
Abdur-Rahman Muhammad, an eyewitness to the creation of the word and a former member of the IIIT who later renounced the group in disgust said, “This loathsome term, is nothing more than a thought-terminating cliché conceived in the bowels of Muslim think tanks for the purpose of beating down critics.”
Geller goes on to say that Islamophobia is a convenient way for Islamists to enforce Islamic blasphemy laws in the west.
Under Islamophobia, Muslims have prevented Americans wishing to exercise their First Amendment rights to peaceably assemble from holding meetings discussing the radical elements in Islam.
The Hutton Hotel in Nashville cancelled the Preserving Freedom Conference after receiving threats of violence if the event were to proceed.
Days before, the Hyatt Hotel in Sugar Land, Texas cancelled a Tea Party event that Muslims found offensive citing “security concerns.”
Muslim organizations such as the Council on American Islamic Relations, an unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorism case, have also successfully prevented federal and local officials from holding classes on threats posed by radical Islamists such as the 9/11 hijackers.