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Race, Racism (and Islam

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TROP's Case against Race
"Islam is an ideology. It's not a race." Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR spokesperson "Whoever resembles a people, he is of them" Muhammad, Prophet of Islam This is a short article in two parts. The first argues against the legitimacy of racialism. The second points out Muslims are not a race, as is often claimed, but if they were then it would make Islam the world's most dangerous racial supremacist ideology.

Race and Racism
Race is the arbitrary classification of individuals according to physical traits that presumably have a genetic basis. How many races there are and what characteristics are used to determine racial identity is entirely subjective, since there is no such thing as a "race gene" or a series of genes that define race in the absolute sense. Race is therefore a social construct and not a physical science, even though it is based on genetics. It is no more meaningful to say that a person is of a certain race than it is to say that they were born in Indiana rather than Illinois. Categorizing people by race is also non-sensible and irrelevant. Consider the entirely feasible example of a girl born to parents who are a white European and a native African. Given the different races involved, which one would she be considered? More importantly, how could it possibly matter? Would being either “black” or “white” or something in between make her any different of a person? Race also serves as the foundation for racism, which tries to emphasize distinctions between racial categories – arbitrary as they may be. Racism is the “science” of drawing broad conclusions from comparative studies, which are then assumed to apply to all members of a particular group who happen to share a genetic profile. Racism is deeply flawed because it is fundamentally irrational. Human beings are not groups, they are individuals. There is not one scientific or cultural fact that can be determined about an individual based on their race. For example, one cannot know what music another person enjoys, how they vote or how high they are able to jump simply by knowing their race. In fact, all racial stereotypes dissolve at the individual level. No matter how fast one runs, how quick one thinks, or how moral one’s character, there can always be members of any other race found who better excel at each of these – or any other imaginable measure. There is simply no such thing as a meaningful racial stereotype. People are generally whoever they choose to be.

which is why Muslim societies usually rely on threat of violence to suppress intellectual critique of Islam and the freedom of other religion to fairly compete. those Muslims who do want to rely on the race card are not thinking very far ahead. Islam was founded in terror. Thus. Since racial identity is arbitrary. It is also here that repugnance toward racism is strong and nearly universal. almost inevitably. This. From high-risk mortgages to illegal immigration. On the surface it would seem that if Islam really were a race. to racism and the justification of racial discrimination. At the same time. According to its own texts. they do not choose their race Therefore Muslims are not a race of people. and its political and social code is deeply incompatible with Western liberal values. the artificial system of race serves no positive purpose. Without determinism. people suffered tremendously (and unfairly. fear of the race card is one of the strongest influences on public policy. nor is it an innate characteristic. It is an ideology – a voluntarily-held set of beliefs about individual behavior and the rules of society.This makes perfect sense to intelligent people. there are Muslims of all races. if one can successfully paint the opposition as “racist. Islam and “Racism” Those openly critical of Islam are sometimes dubiously slurred as racists. it cannot be deterministic. neither racism nor the study of race has anything factual to offer." or "anti-Capitalist racism. racism is morally wrong because it is the foundation for racial discrimination. Hence. there can be no science. regardless of what their true views on race may be. In fact. of course) because of this. it is nearly impossible to defend Islam on its own merits . or Muslims a race of people. In addition to being a false science. In fact. then any criticism of the common tie which unites them . in which different rules and standards are applied to individuals based on their presumed identity. Islam is not a race. As politicians well know. Islam has nothing at all to do with genetics.” then the battle for public opinion is all but decided. but in this case there is terrible irony in that what is being defended in such cheap fashion is an ideology that is overtly supremacist in nature. There is no such thing as "anti-Muslim racism" any more than there is "anti-Christian racism. Having to sling the worst of all slurs to compensate for deficiency of fact and logic is bad enough. criticizing Islam is not racism. In fact. should be enough to merit junking racial identification altogether. Lending legitimacy to the flawed theory of racial distinction leads.in this case the religion of Islam – could be . along with the inherent absurdity of even classifying people by race. In the past." So why would anyone claim differently? It is because the battle over Islam is being fought in the West. Therefore. People choose their beliefs. the only arena in which this religion can still be critically debated." "anti-Methodist racism. Frustrated advocates of Islam’s advance are therefore prone to taking the crude and easy path of trying to squash debate by mislabeling criticism of their religion as racism.

including racism and racial discrimination is unsound at best and immoral and inhumane at worst. There is no basis in the text for bringing Jew and Christians under the heel of Islamic rule except by virtue of their religion. 7:176. other Muslims are generally indifferent to this violence and reserve their true outrage for circumstances involving Muslim victims of non-Muslim acts. then it means that Islam is a racial ideology. 7:179). It is bad enough that hundreds of millions of people have been killed in the last fourteen centuries by divinely sanctioned Jihad and slavery. and feel themselves subdued" (9:29). Around the world Christians. In truth. In fact. not because they have done anything to personally deserve having their lives taken.dismissed out of hand as racism. are individuals who should be protected from harm or harassment in the same way and for the same reasons as anyone else. So. then Christianity and Judaism are races as well. but ruthless to those outside of the faith (48:29). Muslims. but arguably the most hateful and destructive in history. Meanwhile. Therefore. If Muslims are a race because of Islam. their children maimed or their property torched. the Qur’an posits an enormous qualitative distinction between Muslims and non-Muslims that is hard to miss. however. 9:5). whereas infidels are hated to the extent that they are tortured for eternity (3:32. “wicked” (4:160). No other religion filters perception through group identity to the extent that Islam does. who are called “helpers of evil” (25:55). Believers are loved by God. but to retroactively supplant the stated motive of religious supremacy with that of racial superiority is hardly a step in the right direction for a religion seeking the acceptance of an increasingly skeptical audience. Islam is an ideology that should be open to critical examination. Muslims are told to shun unbelievers (3:118). Therefore anything based on race. thus effectively protecting the religion from tough examination. Members of Islam are told to be merciful to each other. meaning that if the Quran speaks of them as inferior. . the Quran does more than that. “fond of lies” (5:42) and compared to the worst of animals (8:55. however unintentional or relatively slight. But everything is not as it seems. Human beings are individuals and should only be judged as such. Islam is not a race. what this ideology has to say about its own and other “races” becomes very important. In a stunning burst of religious bigotry. Muslims are ordered to fight Jews and Christians "until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission. if Muslims are a race. Conclusion Race is an arbitrary label that has no legitimacy. Muslims are not a race. Islam would not only be a racist ideology. Violence is also sanctioned against those who are obstinate against Islamic rule (8:12-13. Jews and other individuals are routinely brutalized merely because they are a member of a non-Muslim group. If Islam is a race. then it is a racist book. 4:56) merely for not believing.