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Friday, 30 November 2012

Rational Islamophobia

In Australia, when our  present (female socialist) Prime Minister  gets  the meaning of  a word she uses wrong, her sisters at the Macquarie Dictionary  jump to her assistance by simply  widening  its  meaning  as they did  recently with the word  "misogyny".  Yup, we sure are a can-do country  in matters linguistic, we don’t muck around in Oz, and never mind the etymology.

So, as the self-appointed guardians of what they  incorrectly call Political Correctness will not give up a bone easily once they have  hold of one,  perhaps we should simply  accept that a phobia can now have two meanings:  a) pathological fear and  b) rational fear.  Like Sheik Yermami said  “Having Islamophobia in Europe today is just as rational as having Icebergophobia on board the Titanic in 1912.”

Here is Pat Condell’s take on it and, as so often in his  “topical rants“ -  he hits so many nails on the head that all I can add is “hear hear” !

Hear Hear !

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