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Friday, 30 October 2009
The Power of Hyphens

Talking of hyphens, I have an idea for fighting Islamophobia.

As Hugh points out, whenever Muslims commit acts of jihad, the media and the establishment rush to protest that those acts have nothing to do with Islam. The gap between the act of jihad and the disclaimer - "not the real Islam", or, "just a tiny minority of extremists" - is getting shorter, and is often a matter of minutes.

It isn't short enough, though. There are some Islamophobic cynics who might spend those minutes thinking that an act of Islamic jihad, carried out by Muslims in the name of Islam, had something to do with Islam. I therefore propose to close the gap, leaving no room for such heterodoxy, by means of some Healing Hyphens.

From now on, by analogy with "African-American", or "Scottish-Italian", Muslims who commit acts of Islamic jihad must be known as Muslims-Who-Aren't-Real-Muslims.

Some may ask why so many acts of jihad are perpetrated by Muslims-Who-Aren't-Real-Muslims, rather than, say, Hindus-Who-Aren't-Real-Hindus, or Jews-Who-Aren't-Real Jews. This is a question for further study and discussion. For now, I hope that my Healing-Hyphen-Solution can, in a very real sense, make a difference.

Posted on 10/30/2009 6:35 AM by Mary Jackson
30 Oct 2009
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Now that's a real mouthful.