Unfortunately, sometimes essential meaning is lost not only ‘in translation’ but also during ‘interpretation’.
Is it possible that anybody might be offended by someone who’s being afraid? Regardless of that fear being reasonable or not?
Since that notion was said to have been promoted by Collective against Islamophia in France I checked their site, hoping to understand what they mean by that.
What these guys are doing is confounding people’s minds.
It’s like saying that people living in a seismic area should not be afraid of earthquakes. And instead of building their houses in a certain manner they should go to the shrink and treat their unreasonable fears.
If some people who pretend to be Muslim behave in a totally unacceptable manner it is not reasonable to expect that all Muslim will behave in the same way but after so many bad things that have been committed by people pretending to belong to the Muslim faith it would be unreasonable not to try to understand what is going on.
I don’t agree with all the ideas excerpted there but there’s one which should grab the attention of all Muslims who describe themselves as being moderate:
“As for mainstream or moderate Muslim clerics, El Rhazoui tells Women in the World that during the Burkini debate in France not one Imam stood up and said “Hey, wait a minute, you can be Muslim and wear a [regular] bathing suit.””
It is not ‘Islam’ that has to ‘admit’ anything but the Muslim people themselves.
Making fun of their main Book and of their Prophet won’t achieve that. On the contrary.
How strong is that person’s adherence to our value regarding ‘openness and transparency’ and how willing is that person – or her husband/father/mother/sibling who makes her wear a niqab, presumably against her will – to respect and promote our notion of gender equality?
And how about replacing ‘Islamophobia’ with ‘anti-islamism’?