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A Politically Incorrect Guide to why we fear Islam

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An IdiotRecently I came across a B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission Special Report entitled “Hate your neighbour as you hate yourself: prejudice and the psycho-politics of divisiveness ”, by Dr Allan Shafer, Clinical Psychologist & Socio-Analyst

In it, Shafer, whilst disclaiming “particular expertise in politics or religion”, puts forward a politically correct worldview. In critiqeing his words of wisdom, distilled no doubt from years of study at those shrines to PC, our universities, I’ve added my own viewpoint, which has been formed merely by observation and commonsense.

Alan: “I hope to help you understand the significant role that hatred plays in our individual and collective lives and how this affects our perception of and behaviour towards others.”
…political and religious leaders nowadays seem more than ever to be operating from an agenda that seems bent on sustaining or increasing this divisiveness – for political or control purposes, no doubt.
Cass: Just to clarify, Alan, that would be our political and religious leaders who have an agenda of increasing divisiveness to control us, wouldn’t it?
Alan: “…a critical element… vital to the development of prejudice … we are likely to renounce the aspects of ourselves that we dislike or feel uncomfortable with. Instead – and this usually occurs outside of our awareness …we develop an “idea” about what others are like. Usually we find a suitable person (or group) who seems to confirm that this badness is “out there”, “not me”.
So it’s often easier to blame others or to find them wanting or flawed, especially if there is something about them that appears to confirm this.
…we often come to feel anger, antipathy or hatred towards people who either seem to exemplify
unrecognised parts of ourselves which we find hard to tolerate: parts such as aggression, envy, greed, covetousness, competitiveness. Or we develop an unsubstantiated idea about other people because we can’t even face that there might be parts of ourselves like them.

Cass: Alan, this is the core of your argument, so let me see if I get this right: if I hate Nazis, it’s because there’s a Nazi part of myself, so I blame the Nazis for my dislike of them, rather than acknowledging my inner Nazi. Well, glad that’s cleared up!
 
Just our Projection
Victims of our guilty subconciousness  being projected as hate towards the NAZIs

Similarly, if I dislike Islam, it’s because my inner self wants to chop off people’s heads, so I project my badness onto them. Yes, I’m beginning to get the hang of this – it’s all our fault!

Try telling the victims of the Holocaust/Jihad that they have developed an unsubstantiated idea about Nazis/Islamists because they can’t face up to the parts of themselves that are like them!

Alan: It is difficult for us to recognise that these “evils” which we readily seem to find in certain others, may actually be present somewhere in ourselves…

Cass: Difficult, not to say ludicrous, to accept that the “evils” of Nazism and Islamofascism are within ourselves.

Alan: This theory also applies to groups of people…
What I am leading to is a possible explanation of the tendencies we have to be prejudiced against people or groups onto whom we expel the hated aspects of ourselves (“me”) and of the groups with which we identify
(“us”).
First of all is the tendency of those against whom we are prejudiced to behave in ways that seem to
confirm our perception of them - or alternatively, for us to interpret and then generalise their behaviour in a way that is consistent with or seems to substantiate our perception.
Another projection
Victims of our guilty subconciousness  being projected as hate towards Saddam Hussein.

Cass: That’s true – jihadis worldwide chopping off heads confirm my prejudice that they are barbarians.

Alan: Homogenisation – or seeing all members of a group as the same ..is sometimes called "fusion", because we relate to the members of a group as if they are merged into one idea.
 e.g. doctors, Muslims, Jews, Christians, lawyers… These labels are fusion words. When they are seasoned with derogatory branding this is even more deeply and emotionally held.  For example, words such as “kike”, “poofter”, “kaffir”, “infidel” or “terrorist”.
Not a Quack

Cass: Guilty as charged, Alan. Whenever I hear the word “terrorist”,  I think “Islamic”. (Incidentally, I thought only milk was homogenised, but obviously my thinking is on the same simplistic level as a carton of milk – but I digress.)

Alan: In contemporary Australia, conscious vilification of the “other” has been increasingly apparent as a significant tool in stirring group fears and mobilising the nation’s anxieties. For example this has been alleged to have occurred in the so-called “children overboard incident” some years ago. In
that instance the pre-election public perception of asylum seekers was deliberately (i.e. consciously) manipulated to represent them as cruel, inhumane, manipulative “undesirables” who murdered children and as a serious threat to the integrity of Australian borders and the Australian values and lifestyle.
Freedom Fighters
Prison Howard release Hicks 

Cass: Somehow, whenever I hear of the “other”, I just know it’s going to be PC writ large, so I won’t dignify this with a further comment.

Alan: Religious authority is an extremely potent vehicle in this process. Its force relies especially on the belief in an all-powerful god.
Bishop John Spong says The Bible was quoted in the 18th and 19th centuries…to support the practice of slavery. In the 20th century… to undergird segregation, apartheid and the second class status of women….
The Bible must never be used to give moral justification to prejudice of any kind.
(Reference)

Cass: Hmm, do I detect a bit of Christian-bashing here? No mention of the qu’ran being used CURRENTLY for bad purposes like slavery, segregation, apartheid and the second class status of women!

Alan: Bazalgette describes how the invocation of religious authority facilitated the colonisation process in India in the nineteenth century:
Our duty was to ensure peace and tranquillity so that the people (could) live in the security granted by British justice under the Union Jack.
Cass: Yet another dig at the colonialist West. Still no mention of ongoing Islamic Imperialism - but then that wouldn’t be PC.
Indian Jihad
 An Indian victim of our guilty subconciousness  being projected as
hate towards Muslims in India.

Alan: While all these religions preach love for mankind and the unity of mankind, uphold value systems that underscore conflict resolution and peace, perhaps the most vicious genocidal activities have been going on from before history began in the name of upholding the values of those very religions.
Cass: Well, no Alan, here I disagree. Islam preaches hatred for infidels and the separation of believers from the rest of mankind. Their value system endorses conflict and war.
 
Alan: Chattopadhya describes this phenomenon in India:
…White invaders from the West have almost always justified their invasion and exploitation with the rationalisation that they were bringing a ‘higher form of civilisation’..Which  was (in fact)
represented by more sophisticated technologies that included superior means of killing people who offered resistance and the idea of saving the souls of the so-called pagans through conversion into Christianity.
 
Cass: These nasty white Christians, coming to kill and convert - quite unlike those lovely Islamic hordes, which we all know spread enlightenment wherever they went.

Alan: In our time we find that extremely compelling ideas and assumptions are being invoked about people who hold different religious beliefs.  It lies at the centre of contemporary global tensions and is frightening not only in its potential for terrible destruction (eg 9/11) but also for the belligerent response of the West. On both sides extremist religious zealots with enormous political and/or military power are mutually instigating prejudice against each other.
Cass: So there’s a moral equivalence between 9/11 and the “belligerent” response of the West? Maybe we should instead have sent Al Qaeda a box of chokkies to make up for our “upsetting” them – which is what, in effect our current appeasement amounts to – mosques and separate toilets on uni campuses.

Alan: Similarly, suicide bombers inspired by the promise of great heavenly rewards after death are regarded with horror by non-Muslims while forgetting the exhortations of their own people to go to war often on suicide missions, in God’s name.
Cass: Sure Alan - there’s no difference between jihadis indoctrinated to kill us all, and those who engage in defensive war to try and prevent them.
Let me ask you this Alan. If I jihadi wants to slit your throat simply because you’re a Jew, you won’t want any Christian soldiers to come to your aid?Common Sense

Alan: Very often, what is believed to be “common-sense” is another apparently indisputable notion. It can be the ordinary world of common sense – what is reasonably and generally shared experience or a world of shared creations of the mind, fantasies, attitudes, values, assumptions, and misgivings, that ….by virtue of ‘being held in common’ have a great influence on the life of the group.
Through this level of shared beliefs, “truths” about others are maintained in the face of reality.
Just read a sample of Letters to the Editor of most newspapers and you will find frequent arguments claiming that a certain belief is commonsense. An implication is that if one does not subscribe to such a belief one’s thinking must be faulty.

Cass: Maybe, just maybe, Alan, these shared beliefs ARE the face of reality.
But no, how can intellectual elites get it wrong!

Alan: Malignant Projective Identification and Pathological Judgement
When highly emotionally charged, shared assumptions are produced by a group, they are difficult to reverse or question: The failure to recognise the other for what they actually are leads to relations that are unreal and intensely self-absorbed to the point of insanity. Testing out reality is in fact one way of managing prejudices.

Cass: so our group’s assumption - that Islam is a threat - is insane? Well, as people who have read widely about Islam and its “holy” texts, our assumptions are based upon EVIDENCE. Maybe Alan, you need to test out reality by learning about Islam.

Alan: One of the main factors….to account for the group processes I have been describing, is that they enable a group to unite by avoiding its own internal conflicts around good and bad…by attributing the unwanted bad elements to others:
by preventing real engagement with those to whom we attribute these bad elements, we avoid any contact with these parts of ourselves and in so doing we are actually emotionally impoverished.

Cass: So your solution  – interfaith/Abrahamic groups spreading the deception that Islam is a Religion of Peace. Sorry Alan, but this is not a real engagement which builds bridges, but a vehicle for advancing the Islamist agenda, aided by people like you who refuse to see that Islam itself is a “bad element” aiming to destroy our freedom and democracy.

Alan: Fundamentalist thinking and fundamentalist groups generally operate under
the sway of these processes. The unconscious fear of disintegration, of… falling apart in
the face of managing complex internal conflicts, is at the heart of processes
which evolve into the creation of a hated, vilified other.
…I am espousing the view that we all have aspects of ourselves that we find unbearable to acknowledge; painful to feel, and distressing to think about. Parts of ourselves that we hate.
Thai Jihad
If we only knew which part of ourselves to hate for this victim of Muslim jihad in Thailand the world woul become a better place. 

Cass: So your premise is that if we hate totalitarian repressive sexist racist Islam, it is because we are reflecting parts of ourselves that we hate.
My premise is that it’s morally right to dislike such an ideology, and totally immoral and disingenuous to try and defend it.

Alan: In making concrete sense of these ideas I invite you to think about examples of prejudice…. it seems we always have to maintain a group in this negative role in order to minimize our own disintegration.
As Bishop Spong states, the Christian church has always needed a victim.

Cass: How come Bishop Spong always knocks Christians? Positioning the Islamic world as victims plays into the narrative of the West as imperialist/colonialist aggressors, so that whatever atrocities the jihadis perpetrate can be excused because we have upset/offended them.
Well, I have news for you Alan. The world is beginning to wake up to this false narrative and to regain its moral compass.

Alan: I do not in the slightest want to suggest that there are not actual hateful things about other individuals and groups. But rather I am raising here the question of what it means when aspects of others which are hated are not founded on reality, or are distorted and exploited through prejudice.

Cass: covering your butt here Alan. Wise man!

Alan: That brings me to the final area I want to explore : the exploitation or fear and hatred… why is it that when we clamor for peace the world seems constantly to be at war. My answer to this is that hatred is an element of human nature…and we seem to need to fuel our prejudices to maintain an enemy onto whom we can project our hatred.

This process is extremely vulnerable to being mobilised to manage our fears in a complex world.
In his notorious speech following the 9/11 catastrophe, President George
Bush Jnr demanded that “If you’re not with us you’re against us”. No in between,
no complexity, no ambivalence: only us vs them.
Terror in Kashmir
Indian police carry the body of an unidentified victimkilled in a Muslim car bomb in Srinagar (Kashmir 2000) 
 
Cass: Well actually Alan, if you removed your PC blinkers for a minute, you might reflect that this is a battle between ideologies – between those who value freedom and democracy against a repressive totalitarian death cult that wants to inflict its barbarity on the world. But then, if you were to acknowledge this, you would no longer be the darling of the cultural elite, invited to share your wisdom at conferences and on the speakers’ circuit.

Alan: In the so-called “war on terrorism” a nearly invisible enemy who was at the same time more 'backward', in his subordination to religious or political delusion, and more 'advanced', in his capacity to make use of the interstices provided by global network society, could come to seem terrifying indeed, according to a leading British psychoanalytic social commentator, Michael Rustin. He describes the social climate after 9/11:
“A paranoid-schizoid mentality very similar to that which prevails in other times of war came into being. In these states of mind, all evil is attributed to the enemy, and all virtue to our own side. It is felt unacceptable to note any possible similarities and parallels between the attributes of the enemy and our own...”

Cass: Here I agree. It is not a war on terrorism, but a war against Islamism, a radical imperialist supremacist ideology. But I don’t think it’s a paranoid reaction when an enemy declares unambiguously that he wants to kill infidels. For those of us possessing moral clarity and what you sneeringly describe as “common sense”, it really is that simple.

Alan: as time has gone by, it has become clear that the conditions and states of mind associated with 'the war against terrorism' are as dangerous as terrorism itself, and possibly, in their larger and
longer-term effects, even more so.

Cass: So, it’s not even moral equivalence? We’re worse than the terrorists!

Our prejudices – and the nourishment of hatred now serve a powerful political function: Evoking and amplifying the anxieties provoked by the facts and fears of terrorism has become a means of sustaining support for political and military actions.
The public rhetoric of the 'Axis of Evil' and the 'War against Terrorism' of George W. Bush has been chosen for its simplicity and moral absolutism, and seeks to mobilise paranoid anxieties in the United
States under the banner of a strong leader. These states of mind are sometimes referred to as “totalitarian states of mind”.
In mainstream Australia we have seen similar, smaller-scale processes operating over the past decade – the “other” whose real and imagined characteristics are used to free us of those elements of ourselves we find painful to integrate or tolerate.
Rustin tries to explain the increased prevalence of these phenomena:
“…there is need to hold someone responsible or guilty for ills, and government find it
convenient to divert such antagonisms to outside enemies.
Alan: The world, it seems to me, is in the grip of the politics of “divisiveness”. The
direction we need to take is towards the politics of “engagement”: by
engaging with the “other”, and with “otherness”, including the “otherness” in
ourselves we can change direction towards reparative rather than a
destructive relationship between groups of people.

Cass: So Alan, to be more engaging we must throw even more money towards Islamists, who will then love us. Has it occurred to you that by setting up separate enclaves, with separate facilities on campus etc, we are becoming a more divided society? We are also enabling Islamists to carry out their agenda of destroying our democracy and replacing it with a totalitarian system.

But don’t worry Alan, come the Calliphate, you’ll make a perfect dhimmi!

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