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Racism does not apply to religion by FluffyFerret97 Racism does not apply to religion by FluffyFerret97
"Why do you criticize Islam? How racist!"
"Why do you criticize Christianity? How racist!"


Since when is criticizing a religion considered racist? Religion is NOT a race! It's racist if you find someone's ETHNICITY inferior, and nothing to do with religion.

Many people don't understand this.

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Graeystone Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016
Christianity a race. . .according to whom?
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MariscalRudolf Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016
Sorry, but many people don't just criticize Islam(like, criticizing the principles or history or islamic civilizations), but try their best to imply that muslims other people in the world(usually non-westerns) are barbaric and the only thing that can be done is obligating them to assimilate the "western superior culture", White Man's Burden all over the place.
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victauron Featured By Owner Edited Nov 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
People who criticize Islam aren't just Westerners.  There are also secularist Muslims, Muslim reformers, and ex-Muslims who criticize and critique the religion for many purposes.  Many of these people generally support Enlightenment ideas, and advocate critical examination of Islam, plural discourse on Islamic values, opposition to any puritanical or political forms of Islam, human rights, opposition to dogmatic Islamic laws, opposition to blasphemy laws and authoritarianism, and championing values such as freedom of expression, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, minority rights, and human equality regardless of cultural background. 

Instead of being imperialistic, people like them fully support and promote human rights while opposing religious theocracy.  They speak out against Islamism and encourage a critical examination of Islam.  Such people include Shireen QudosiMaajid NawazRaheel RazaRayhana SultanTarek Fatah , Ali RazviMaryam NamazieFaisal Saeed al Mutar , Irshad ManjiAyaan Hirsi Ali, various secular bloggers in Bangladesh, etc. 

www.malanational.org/faisal-sa…
www.conatusnews.com/interview-…

Enlightenment values from the West don't have to be only "Western".  Other cultures, not off the West can accept Enlightenment values as well.  It would be a bit condescending to assume only Westerners can have Enlightenment values of freedom of expression, human equality etc.  I do not support imperialism at all, and instead of advocating for the West to force its values on others, it would be better for local people in certain regions to promote humanistic values against certain repressive cultural norms and regimes.

Enlightenment values in of themselves, are very humanistic principles that sound more appealing than an heavily religious regime with blasphemy laws or apostasy laws.
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MariscalRudolf Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016
Yes, I know secular muslims criticize theocracies, but the point of this stamp is that criticizing religions isn't racism, but what happens is a lot of people who criticize muslims with pro-imperialist, chauvinistic and supremacist rhetoric; I'm not implying you're a supremacist, just tried to state that people do criticize religion and preaches racist implications at the same time.
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victauron Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see.  Though such people like secular Muslims and ex-Muslims are incredibly important to take into consideration.  While you may be aware it's dishonest to lump these authentic voices with genuinely bigoted people, it's best to keep in mind the existence of voices that have various reasons for speaking against Islam which aren't always associated with racism and imperialism. 

www.thedailybeast.com/articles…
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bcrbuio3tvrbvt Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016
Does that mean most seemingly anti white attacks are actually not racist but are actually just anti western?
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TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  Student General Artist
"Racist" is just misused as a derogatory term nowadays used by the regressive far leftists to silence criticism of a rather dangerous religious ideology.
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Thunderwing Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016
Kajm approved the entry of your piece into one group, seems rather odd to block him for commenting, don't you think?
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The-Del-Bel Featured By Owner May 16, 2016
There should be a term (if there isn't one yet) like... "religiophobia" or "religionist." Idk...
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Horus2299 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016
You mean religious intolerance/prejudice? "Religionist" doesn't work two well because it sounds like it would be a synonym for "theocrat". In any case, Muslims tend to persecute other religions more than followers of any other belief, although it's a close race between them and communists. That isn't bigotry or stereotyping of either group, it's an observable fact supported by evidence. Legitimate criticisms of atrocities done in the name of Islam aren't "Islamophobic".
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victauron Featured By Owner Edited Nov 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A correct term would be "sectarian".  Sectarianism means hatred based on religious beliefs.
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Horus2299 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016
That's true. I hadn't considered that when I made my previous comment.
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dweebzilla Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
actually, islamophobia has a lot to do with racism, and ignoring the intersection is simple-minded and ignorant.
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Kajm Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
muslims come in all colors including white.
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dweebzilla Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  Student Digital Artist
as if im not aware of that fact already? people's sentiment toward it would be much different if it were a largely western religion practiced mostly by white people though
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Kajm Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Christianity is on every continent. It is not a 'white man's' religion, not by a long shot.
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dweebzilla Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  Student Digital Artist
but in most people's minds, saying the word "christian" evokes the mental image of a generic white adult. the word "muslim" evokes the image of a darker-skinned woman in hijab.
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Xerxes61 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016
Sound like own bigotry is at work on your statement!
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dweebzilla Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Student Digital Artist
where lmao
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Xerxes61 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016
"but in most people's minds, saying the word "christian" evokes the mental image of a generic white adult. the word "muslim" evokes the image of a darker-skinned woman in hijab."

Very bigoted statement on your part.
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QuailEggsAndGoatMilk Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  Student General Artist
I get your point, but most people who are Islamophobic only hate the religion, that's why they are called ISLAMophobic, not just because middle eastern people.
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dweebzilla Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  Student Digital Artist
i can guarantee there would be significantly less islamophobia if muslims were mostly white
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CutestSith Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Muslims are mostly Asian. Most of the world is mostly Asian. 
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Horus2299 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016
That's a hypothetical situation, so no, you can't "guarantee" anything. It's something that can't be proven one way or another.

In any case, followers of the Islamic religion are mostly being judged based on actions done in the name of their religious beliefs. It's clearly illogical to judge an entire group based on the actions of select individuals, but that doesn't change the fact that the majority of religious terrorists in the world identify themselves as Muslims. It basically has nothing to do with what they look like, and everything to do with all the people who have been murdered in the name of Islam.
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QuailEggsAndGoatMilk Featured By Owner Edited Oct 30, 2016  Student General Artist
May I remind you that Islamic terrorists attacks and ISIS are a thing? Do you really think that if the people who did 9/11 and every other terrorist attack were white rather than middle eastern, then Muslims wouldn't be hated?
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Kajm Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Oh good I am definitely not 'most'! 

But that also means that 'most' of those people who might see a muslim that way are not white, either.
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dweebzilla Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  Student Digital Artist
congrats

uh. not necessarily, no. because i would say a majority of muslims are non-white, it's an accurate thought to have.
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Kajm Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Erm, wrong direction. I meant that most Christians who might perceive muslims that way, are people of color themselves.
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Ghoti657 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Student Digital Artist
It started to when Nazis made religions into races. 

Lots of people do say racist things against Arabs assuming they are Muslims.
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:iconkajm:
Kajm Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
muslims come in all colors.
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CutestSith Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Does it really matter of their color even? Like if someone announces they are coming to kill your gays, stone your women, and bring morality to you I doubt you'd care if he was black, white, or polka-dotted.
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Psycho333 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
This is an awesome point.
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PrivateCocky Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Jewish is technically a race, but then there is a difference between being of the Jewish race and being of Jewish faith. Very true words here.
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CorSecAgent Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It only applies when religion is used to perpetuate it...
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Thunderwing Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016
True. The word 'black' is if I recall rightly, the same as the word 'slave' in the islamic slave trade (which still operates to this day)
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landonbay Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
there are millions of words with -ist to describe prejudice ideas :P
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KZN02 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So would it be "religiousism"?
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aNIGHTLYpony Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Student General Artist
Exactly, when you think of that certain religion as bad for being: misogynistic,intolerant,totalitarian,cruel and fascist it's funny that those people think i'm the one who's being racist. it's not racism, it's common sense. 

That's what Hitler should have done back then, call your nutjob totalitarian ideas a "religion" and all of a sudden all your criticism is invalid.
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Uncaught-Exception Featured By Owner Edited Mar 10, 2015  Student Digital Artist
THANK YOU!



if any thing religion can be racist
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