Islam-A-phobia is the buzzword that’s flying around these days. In the media, in restaurant discussions, heck, even in my university portal, discussions constantly put Islam under trial in a negative sense.
Most of it has to do with Islam having something to do with violence. Blaming Islam, perhaps out of naivity, ignorance, or even deliberately defaming it to clear the way and further their own ideologies.
Blaming Islam because some Muslim violent extremists interpreted it in a certain way, not agreed to by the rest of the 99.9% Muslims, and only agreed to by the likes featured on http://www.loonwatch.com.
Blaming Islam because a handful of violent extremists who happen to be Muslim, are working on their political struggles. You never saw this happen with Catholicism when the IRA was active in Ireland. Nor with Hinduism when the LTTE was active in Srilanka.
While it has been universally seen in all such forums of discussions that the saner voices of moderation and understanding, are in the majority, the likes of Fox blasting away anti-Islamic right wing propaganda and hatred still hurts.
But, the media, as someone recently said, is a biatch – it doesn’t necessarily portray the popular sentiment. It seeks to mould public sentiment according to the individual ideologies of those who own them.