Islamophobia exists.

“Islamophobia. A word created by fascists, & used by cowards, to manipulate morons.”

No, you’re right. It totally doesn’t exist.

Apparently it’s not Islamophobia that’s responsible for the increase in hate crimes against Muslims in the Western world. It’s not Islamophobia when mosques get attacked. It’s not Islamophobia when hijabs get pulled off. It’s not Islamophobia when Muslims get spied on, mosques get infiltrated, and spying on these American Muslim citizens becomes legal. It’s not Islamophobia when Muslim get harassed, spit on, beat up, have their homes vandalized. It’s not Islamophobia when anything happens.

It’s also not Islamophobia when people who are brown but not Muslim (Sikhs, Hindus, etc) get attacked under the suspicion of being Muslim. I know you want to believe that deep down you’re not racist nor Islamophobic but you are.

Because for all your “it’s not Islamophobic to critique Islam,”  that you spout I have yet to hear a critique of the religion itself. I have yet to hear a well thought out critique of Islam itself as a religion that did not involve stereotypical depictions of Muslims. But keep telling yourself you’re “just critiquing a religion” while you continue to spread hate that’s been responsible for abuse of Muslims.

Muslims, by the way, are 1.6 billion people that come from all over the world, in a variety of appearance and difference of practice. How is one supposed to fear all the Muslims in the world? There’s no common term which pertains to a fear in Christians or Jews but it’d be ignorant to assume people don’t fear them.

So why make the fear of Islam such a major thing? Their has only been 160 Muslim-American terrorist suspects and perpetrators in the decade since 9/11,  just a percentage of the thousands of acts of violence that occur in the United States each year. It is time to stop fearing a religion and criticizing it with racist pretenses.

If the criticism is stereotypical it’s a fallacious and therefore invalid. Stop the stereotyping, stop the racism, stop the fear.