I want to kick someone in the teeth when they try to say islamophobia is racism. It's not douchebags!!! Islam is a feckin religion.. NOT a race. Arab is a race. And there are Arab atheists..Arab Christians and Arab Muslims. And islamophobia is justified. A large portion of Muslims murder people..rape women...throw acid in the faces of their own wives and daughters..behead people...and blow themselves up...all with their religion as justification.
So what if a percentage of them do not do these things??!! Their books call for it and if they suddenly chose to follow their religion fundamentally(and we all know that things can happen in ones life that might influence them to follow their religion more fundamentally!)...they would have all the reason they needed to start a killin and a rapin. So as to say that it is not the person that islamophobics have a problem with...which is a main reason why it can't be considered racism. But it is the RELIGION...specifically the religious texts that call for such horrible acts.
Lastly..Islam is NOT a religion of peace! Even if you take into consideration that it is MORE peaceful for the followers of Islamic laws...or the easier softer Muslims...the violent content is still part and parcel of the religion as a whole. The potential for violence will always be there..as long as the reading material is still considered part of the religion. People have respect for a bomb...not because that particular bomb has proven to be dangerous. Not even because other bombs have been proven to be dangerous..as there are still duds. But because of the potential that a bomb has for destruction.
So islamophobia is not about a race of people...for there are African Muslims..Asian Muslims and even white Muslims. It is not about the specific people in the religion. And it is not about the different or softer versions of Islam. Islamophobia is about the continual potential for horrendous acts of violence written into all of the texts of the religion of Islam ...and repeatedly demonstrated BY Muslims..in deed and in writing ...with scriptural references appended . If you want people to stop being Islamophobic...get rid of the texts or at the very least...get rid of the violence in them .