Friday, February 28, 2014

5th Annual Crybaby Conference at Berkeley ("Islamophobia")

                                                               "Step right up, Folks"

It's coming, Folks. UC Berkeley's Hatem Bazian's 5th annual Islamophobia conference will take place for 5 days in April at UC Berkeley (Where else?)

"The focus of the conference will be Islamophobia: a contrived fear or prejudice fomented by the existing Eurocentric and Orientalist global power structure which rationalizes the necessity to deploy violence as a tool to achieve "civilizational rehab" of the target communities (Muslim or otherwise). The concept of Islamophobia reintroduces and reaffirms a global racial structure through which resource distribution disparities are maintained and extended."

This is a classic exercise in victimhood, complete with "call for papers" and all that scholarly rot. Last year, I submitted a few suggestions for topics, but they were ignored.

"The conference will also highlight genres of scholarly and artistic production over the period of a week that explore the maintenance and extension of existing power paradigms by bringing together academics, thinkers, practitioners, researchers and artists from around the globe who engage, question and challenge the existing disparities in economic, political, social and cultural relations." 

Hopefully, one of these years, these scholars will figure out that a phobia is an irrational fear of something. Then they can sit around and discuss all those irrational fears of terrorism; persecution of non-Muslim minorities in Muslim majority countries (e.g. Copts in Egypt), Nigerian massacres, beheadings, sexual grooming in the UK, hateful texts, anti-Semitic and anti-Christian hate speech, boasts of taking over the West and the world, mass public prayers on public streets, the killing of Lee Rigby, Boston Marathon bombing, honor killings, Sharia laws that mandate death for gays, adulterers, blasphemers, and apostates, human rights violations galore, and finally, general all-around murder and mayhem all over the Muslim world. Have I left anything out?

All those irrational fears that so preoccupy Islamophobes.

If they really wanted a serious conference, they might invite some real moderate Muslims like Zuhdi Jasser or Stephen Schwartz. They could invite some of their imagined "Islamophobes" like Robert Spencer to speak truth to them and engage in debate. Those voices will not be heard, however. The result will be propaganda and lies that do nothing to bring about peaceful relations between Muslims and non-Muslims. They will simply deny the problem and blame it all on the "Islamophobes"-the people who report inconvenient facts that are staring us in the face. The result will be further marginalization of America's Muslim community. It would be akin to Germans holding a Germanophobia conference in occupied Paris during World War II.

This is what passes for scholarship at Berkeley.


Anonymous said...

You know why there are no comments here Gary? Because you hit the nail on the head and there really isn't anything left to say. The TRUTH stands on its own! God Bless America!

Miggie said...

I tried to look up the actual number of hate crime against Muslims. In a nation of over 300 million there were less then 7,000 hate crimes in 2012, of which about 50% were racial and less than 20% were against ALL religions. The last time I looked this up there were several times as many hate crimes against Jews than against Muslims.
You can get detail if you take the time to do more searching.

Bottom line, they are playing the victim card with an insignificant number of victims.

A more significant number would be the percentage of anti-American sentiment among Muslims. I think these guys are stirring the pot for those Muslims, who are inclined to believe they are "oppressed" without any support for the notion.

Gary Fouse said...


You have to understand Hatem Bazian, the professor at Berekely who started all this. He is a palestinian who was pres of UCB's MSA and co-founder of SJP. He has spoken often at UCI. Not a guy you would want to invite to your house for dinner.

Miggie said...

Does ANYONE understand him besides his own constituency?

I actually don't think he cares. He has a target audience and he plays to them. It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. As a matter of fact, anything he says doesn't even have to be factual, it just has to play to the "oppressed" Muslims. (Probably feel they are oppressed because they flunked a test or a course.)

Maybe we should be more "inclusive" and have the professors pass them, no matter what, so they won't feel like victims.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

A pox on all their houses.