THE TWIN EVILS OF ISLAMOPHOBIA AND CATHOLICOPHOBIA?

ISLAMAPHOBIA is a catchy but erroneous label that is thrown at anyone who may love Muslims, but who hates the theology of Islam. Here is the ‘official’ definition, followed by a ‘suggested’ similar approach to the hatred of Catholic theology, because it seems it is equally wrong to attack Catholicism.

ISLAMOPHOBIA – Runnymede Trust has identified eight components that they say define Islamophobia. This definition, from the 1997 document ‘Islamophobia: A Challenge For Us All’ is widely accepted, including by the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia.
The eight components are:

1) Islam is seen as a monolithic bloc, static and unresponsive to change.
2) Islam is seen as separate and ‘other’. It does not have values in common with other cultures, is not affected by them and does not influence them.
3) Islam is seen as inferior to the West. It is seen as barbaric, irrational, primitive and sexist.
4) Islam is seen as violent, aggressive, threatening, supportive of terrorism and engaged in a ‘clash of civilisations’.
5) Islam is seen as a political ideology and is used for political or military advantage.
6) Criticisms made of the West by Islam are rejected out of hand.
7) Hostility towards Islam is used to justify discriminatory practices towards Muslims and exclusion of Muslims from mainstream society.
8) Anti-Muslim hostility is seen as natural or normal.

CATHOLICOPHOBIA – Rouxnymede Trust has identified eight components that they say define Catholicophobia. This definition, from the forthcoming document ‘Catholicophobia: A Challenge For Us All’ is widely anticipated, including by RouX’s European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia.
The eight components are:

1) Catholicism is seen as a monolithic bloc, static and unresponsive to change. Which it is. A single ‘infallible’ person heads it and he goes by an infallible 2,000 year old book of law.
2) Catholicism is seen as separate and ‘other’. It does not have values in common with other cultures, is not affected by them and does not influence them. Which it is. It is not just ‘separate and other’, it is controlled by an other worldly being! In the West we put secular law above the ‘law of god’. We put the well-being of children above the well-being of priests.
3) Catholicism is seen as inferior to the West. It is seen as barbaric, irrational, primitive and sexist. Which it is (see above). Note also there are no females in positions of authority.
4) Catholicism is seen as violent, aggressive, threatening, supportive of US terrorism and engaged in a ‘clash of civilisations’. Which it is (see also above).
5) Catholicism is seen as a political ideology and is used for political or military advantage. Which it is (see above).
6) Criticisms made of the West by Catholicism are rejected out of hand. Not always, Western Democracy admits it is far from perfect.
7) Hostility towards Catholicism is used to justify discriminatory practices towards Catholics and exclusion of Catholics from mainstream society. No, people have a right to their personal ‘beliefs’, we just want all the pedophile priests prosecuted and convicted where appropriate. We certainly want to exclude these priests from working with children.
8) Anti-Catholic hostility is seen as natural or normal. No, hostility against an organisation that protects pedophiles is natural and normal.

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2 Responses to “THE TWIN EVILS OF ISLAMOPHOBIA AND CATHOLICOPHOBIA?”

  1. Frank Says:

    “1) Catholicism is seen as a monolithic bloc, static and unresponsive to change. Which it is. A single ‘infallible’ person heads it and he goes by an infallible 2,000 year old book of law.”

    Yes, we believe that God exists and that his edicts to humanity are immutable and inerrant. I understand that you may find the Catholic Church’s longevity and massive following bothersome and offensive, but spite does not buttress your views.

    ” Which it is. It is not just ‘separate and other’, it is controlled by an other worldly being!”

    In fact, your society’s culture and morality are influenced tremendously by Christianity, which would obviously include the Catholic and Protestant faiths, which are themselves extremely similar, with a few, but not insignificant, exceptions. The separation of Church and State that you mention, for example, has its origins in the exhortation of Jesus Christ in Mark 12:17.

    “Catholicism is seen as inferior to the West. It is seen as barbaric, irrational, primitive and sexist.”

    A risible thesis if there ever was one, and one that can only be derived by applying unfair standards to the Catholic Church that cannot be applied to any other organization or entity.

    Moreover, if the Catholic Church is so violent then where are these Muslims, Hindus, Protestants, or Buddhists who shudder in fear every time they walk past a Catholic church? Do they run for their lives every time they see a priest in town? Did you fear for your life when you wrote this article that a fanatical Catholic might hunt you down and try to kill you? Of course not, and you yourself know that what you’ve written isn’t true.

    “No, people have a right to their personal ‘beliefs’, we just want all the pedophile priests prosecuted and convicted where appropriate. We certainly want to exclude these priests from working with children.”

    I would commend you if those were only your sole motives, but instead this sort of anti-Catholic bigotry has been rampant since the days of the Reformation and arguably before in the West. We know why leftists hate Catholicism: it is the most successful monolith in history. Large, powerful, and influential, and everything that leftists hate.

    “No, hostility against an organisation that protects pedophiles is natural and normal.”

    So where is your hostility towards schoolteachers? After all, rates of pedophilia occur much higher among the general population than among the clergy. Moreover, anti-Catholic hostility has pervaded leftist circles eons before the sex abuse scandals came to light.

  2. rouxrenard Says:

    Hi Frank, Thanks for your comments.

    As I hope you noticed, I just cynically (and lazily) simply swapped the Islamic references for Catholic references. In doing this I was being slightly tongue in cheek, I wasn’t asserting the two religions were interchangeable, though on the whole both have brought more bad than good.

    Yes, Catholicism IS also seen as inferior to the West (modern western secularism)…

    Barbaric – killing thousands by demonizing condoms as a protection against Aids… They have acted violently against South American Indians, against witches, against Jews, against ‘heretics’, etc..

    Irrational – where should we start? Transubstantiation? Idolatry? Papal infallibility? Rome literally wrote the book on Christianity and dragged it’s previous pagan practices into the mix, rebuilding the old hierarchical pantheon and (as with the euthemerism of Jesus) adding new demi-gods to it as ‘Saints’..

    Primitive – Demonizing homosexuals whilst sheltering homosexual priests…. moving paedophile priests beyond the reach of the law, instead of handing them over… blood rituals… substitutionary atonement (blood sacrifice).

    Jesus, if he returns, will have NO time for Catholicism. I would imagine he will smash the Vatican with the wave of one hand and with the other feed the poor with food brought by selling off the Church’s wealth. Fabulous ‘temples’, or feeding the poor… no, Jesus would not find that a tough choice..

    The monolith of which you are so proud build itself on the blood of millions and based it’s creed on lies, deception and threats of eternal damnation for all who failed to bow to it.

    Paedophile teachers? Sure, I hate them too, but as far as I know the education authorities are not moving offenders on, multiple times, so they can offend multiple times and are not refusing to hand them over, because they think themselves above the law.

    “rates of pedophilia occur much higher among the general population than among the clergy. ”

    Well, that’s an interesting piece of spin. Rates of conviction are certainly higher outside the church.

    I’m pleased that Francis seems to be trying to become a kind of Catholic Dalai Lama, but we won’t really believe this insidiously evil institution has changed until we see things like the Pedophile priests handed over, condoms ‘decriminalized’, female bishops, a female Pope, the church’s wealth spent on the poor and starving, etc…

    Perhaps there is hope…. After all, the RCC recently raised the age of consent in Vatican City to 18… from TWELVE.

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