What You're Saying Is Racist

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Answers to Objections When Discussing Islam
By Citizen Warrior
1. But it is Just a Small Minority of Extremists
2. My Friend is a Muslim and He's Really Nice
3. What You're Saying Is Racist
4. Aren't You Being Religiously Intolerant?
5. Christianity Is Just As Bad
6. Not All Muslims Are Terrorists
7. We Can't Go to War With 1.3 Billion Muslims!
8. Are You An Islamophobe?
9. Isn't This Bigotry?
10. Are You a Hatemonger?
11. You Should Really Talk to a Muslim
12. But There Are Peaceful Passages in the Quran
13. You Can Justify Anything Quoting Out of Context
14. Millions of Muslims in This Country and They're Not Blowing Things Up
15. My Family and My Community is Muslim, and None of Us Are Terrorists
16. Fundamentalism is Fundamentalism
17. Mosques, Synagogues and Churches Stood Side-By-Side in Peace
18. You're Taking Quran Verses Out of Context
19. But Jihad is an Internal Struggle
20. Criticism Will Turn Moderates into Extremists
21. You're Cherry-Picking Verses
22. You Are a Xenophobe
23. Majority of Muslims are Peaceful
24. Better to Support the Peaceful Muslims?
25. What Can We Do About It?

This article is the third in a series, where we explore the responses you get when you start talking to people about Islamic supremacism and the third jihad.


"What you're saying is racist." I've already written several posts to help in answering this objection, since it is one of the most common.

The main problem with this one is that usually people will not say it outright. It is too offensive. To openly call someone a racist, at least in America, is a repugnant insult.

But you can usually read between the lines and realize the person you're talking to can only hear what you're saying in terms of racism — because they know so little about Islamic supremacism, they don't know how else to interpret what you're saying.

If you suspect this to be the case, you should bring it up first. It is best to handle this particular objection sooner rather than later.


Here are some ideas to help you out:

  1. Here's how to handle the racism objection before it's even mentioned. Many people in the counterjihad movement think it will take a dirty nuke going off in Chicago or Paris before the free world wakes up. But after a tragedy or a major attack, people will be angry and afraid, and decisions under those circumstances aren't always the sanest decisions. In times like those, people can overreact. In times like those, they do things like put all Japanese people into internment camps. That was a fear-based reaction, and it was bigoted and racist. We can avoid that kind of overreaction if we talk about Islam now, in calmer times. In other words, talking about Islamic teachings now can help prevent racism and bigotry by making sure everyone understands what Islamic teachings are about, and that everyone understands Islam is a doctrine, not a race.

  2. If it is a misnomer to call this kind of conversation "racist," what is it then? It is "criticizing a religious doctrine" and it is also "political criticism" — two perfectly legitimate activities in a free country.

  3. Here is specifically why it is not racist to criticize Islam. I'm talking about the teachings, not the person, and it couldn't be racist anyway because Islam is not a race. There are Muslims of every race on earth. Even if I were to say, 'All Muslims are evil,' that's not racism, either. It would be an overgeneralization, but it's not racism. If I said, 'Indonesians are evil,' that would be racism. If I said the tenets, recruitment practices, and indoctrination techniques of the Ku Klux Klan are dangerous to civil rights in America, would anyone call my statement "racist?" Would it be called "hate speech?" Am I suffering from KuKluxKlanophobia?

  4. Here's how to make it perfectly clear you are not a racist. State that you are against racism, and if people understood more about Islam, it would prevent racism. State that you are not criticizing Muslims, you are criticizing the political and religious doctrine of Islam. And state that until your listener has read the Qur'an for herself, she really doesn't know what's going on. And if you have read the Qur'an, make it a point to mention the relevant facts.

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