it means that anybody criticising Islamic policy does not know anything
about Islam, and the only people who understand Islam are religious
gatekeepers like Hadi and not even your average believer.
why you have many Muslims who always attempt to qualify their dissent
against fascist religious policies by appealing to other Islamic sources
or alluding to a bygone era when people (Muslims) were more “tolerant”.
someone makes the claim that people do not understand their religion,
it most often means that their religion has a lot to answer for.
religions have commonalities. Those positive commonalities make it
possible for people of diverse religious faiths to play well with
it evolutionary or spiritual but the result is the same, the receding
of religious dogma and the acceptance of the plurality of thought. All
diverse cohesive societies exhibit this.
Blaming non-Muslims is
all part of the strategy of deflection while reinforcing the point that
Muslims are “moral” polities influenced by other religions. Remember
when the police chief of Terengganu claimed that the reason why there
was no gangsterism in his state was that the majority were Malays.
Read Mariam Mohktar’s take here
where she ended with the spectacular – “Racially profiling the major
crimes in Malaysia may be the cold shower we need.” – but her whole
piece was about the moral failings of a state predicated on using race
and religion as foundational ideas.
Islamophobia is something religious extremists use when attempting to defect. There is no such thing as “Islamophobia”.
are of course racists, bigots and other cretins who disparage Muslims
and Islam around the world but unfortunately, the world is filled with
racists and bigoted people who disparage all sorts of people, their
religion and culture. This is not solely a Muslim issue.
Demagogues the world over will of course target minorities to further fascist ideals.
is solely a Muslim issue is this idea that any criticisms of Islam are
an attack on Muslims or that acknowledging empirical evidence of the way
how “Islamic” states operate are anathema to freedoms and rights
enjoyed in the progressive world is verboten in "civilised" company.
any contrary narratives to the acceptable politically-correct discourse
are an attack on peaceful, peace-loving people who have always been at
the mercy of colonialism or other forms of “Western” imperial ambitions.
is Islamophobia and it is used to silence dissent and which has
crippled the political and religious discourse the world over. Hadi: Anti-Taliban sentiments rooted in Islamophobia
people do have a phobia about Islam as a state religion in this
country, it is because of policies that disenfranchise them are done in
the name of Islam. It is not hidden.
Political and religious
operatives use it as a selling point. And we non-Muslims cannot fight
back because to do so would mean you guessed it that we were Islamophobic or worse invite sanctions from the state.
Even Muslims who speak up against fascist dogma are targeted by the state, to make an example of them.
if you think that Hadi is an outlier in this, why is it that this Malay
uber alles government and the governments before it placed non-Muslims
only as tokens or should that be fig leaves, to cover up their racial
and religious prerequisites?
This is why we have an Umno
vice-president claiming that we should go back to a genuine
power-sharing formula instead of the tokenism we have now.
course, back in the day, Umno was making all the decisions instead of
the cabinet – as articulated by former BN minister and MIC big cheese S
Samy Vellu – so even this yearning for genuine power-sharing does not
pass the smell test.
The MB of Kedah decides that his religious
obligation trumps the rights of non-Muslims and bans gambling outlets.
Every time there is political instability, Muslim political operatives
use religion as a means to shore up support or demonise the non-Muslim
Ambiga Srenevesan was right when she said that
non-Muslims must speak up when their rights are infringed. We should
speak up as long as we have the ability.
Instead what we have are
non-Muslim political operatives who don the hijab and gaslight
non-Muslims into believing that acceptance is a two way street in
Malaysia when it is not.
People who disagree with this propaganda
are viciously attacked as having old ideas or not needed in this new
When Hadi claims that non-Muslims should be
pak turuts, isn't that the realpolitik here in Malaysia? Now Hadi’s
ahistorical observations and political chicanery on world issues are not
problems for Malaysians especially non-Muslims and liberal Muslims.
real threat is that beneath the veneer of moderation the current
political landscape permits lurks a theocratic state waiting to be
birthed which would allow rich religious oligarchs and political
operatives to live a life of luxury while the rest of the population is
mired in poverty and theocratic abuse.