Sunday, September 03, 2006

On the absurdity of the term Islamic Fascism


Lately this administration has been using the phrase Islamic Fascism to describe those they want Americans to fear. But as Professor Ali Khan points out, the term is overly broad and offensive. Professor Khan writes:
Islamic fascism as a descriptive label also fails to capture the limited meaning of describing militants who are supposedly fascists. The label comes across as a prescriptive indictment, suggesting that Islam is intolerant, violent, and aggressively self-righteous in imposing its values on non-Islamic cultures. If Anglo-American politicians are using the label in this broad sense, and thus accusing Islam and not merely the militants, they should say so. If they are using the label in a limited sense and do not wish to antagonize the entire Muslim world or malign the faith of Islam, they must abandon the label. The label of Islamic fascism even in a limited sense is not an intelligent use of the language, for it is susceptible to multiple interpretations. Its use in the broad sense is highly provocative and counterproductive to the war on terrorism. It foolishly alienates all Muslims.

Second, there might be a democratic argument for politicians using abusive language involving Islam. But no American politician would describe pedophilia scandals in some Catholic churches as Catholic pedophilia. |Jurist|

How about if Bush stated that our government's purpose was simply to oppose fascism and then he resigned?

1 comment:

trp0 said...

Oh, come now. You don't think they just happened to pull that label out of their ass. I'm sure it was well researched to elicit the appropriate response from the target audience of americans to further the political agenda of the christian fascists who continue to gain power and control over this country.