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zorblax wrote (edited )

anyway! if you're and atheist an your opinion of religion is that it is "irrational" then you are almost certainly an islamophobe.

Such an atheist would say that Islam is a religion and therefore hating/fearing it makes perfect sense.

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Dumai wrote

and they'd be dumb to do that, especially if they're going to deny islamophobia has any racist content

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zorblax wrote (edited )

Why? I think it's dumb to favor Islam in particular because or some misguided fear of being racist.

Islam is the ideological bedrock of oppression and heirarchy just like almost every other religion. It's racist to focus on that, sure, but ignoring it is just as ignorant.

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Dumai wrote

you don't have to favour it but presenting it as a monolithic backwards culture or ideology is very racist yes

there's a huge difference between "islam has historically been used to legitimate oppression" and "islam is an inherently oppressive other that must be secularised (read: westernised) into passivity"

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zorblax wrote

Okay, so does a hatred of all religions including Islam necessarily mean that someone believes the second?

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NeoliberalismKills wrote

Religion is like any other tool. It can be wielded for good or bad. Islam inspired Malcom X. Christianity inspired King and many of the abolitionists.

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zorblax wrote

I don't think that makes it neutral. Money, war, state power, they're all tools, and they've all been put to good use at one point or another, but they're still bad.

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Dumai wrote

you're right that religion is never politically neutral but you're wrong that religion is always inherently oppressive

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Dumai wrote

what i find interesting is that there has never been a clear-cut correlation between atheism and left-leaning politics in most places in america, but it's really common nowadays in american politics to assume there is

am i to believe now that catholic socialism wasn't one of the most vibrant left-wing movements in the us? or that the civil rights movement wasn't by and large a religious movement? jewish socialism? like really