Following the arrest of a PACE University student for the so called "hate crime" of flushing of a Koran down the toilet, a debate on CNN asks, is 'Islamophobia' racist? Of course, says Council of American Islamic Relations apologist Ibrahim Hooper, who insists anyone opposing Islam must be both xenophobic and bigoted. Of course not, says Christopher Hitchens, who slams the stupid non-concept of hate crimes, and asks why destroying this vile book should bring the destroyer any more attention than destroying any other book.
In answer to the charges of racism and "anti-Islamic bigotry," Dennis Prager points out the obvious: "Islam has nothing to do with race." And neither does it. Islam has nothing at all to do with race; it's a set of ideas' ideas about which adherents have a choice in adopting; a set of remarkably primitive ideas that richly deserve to be mocked rather than treated with kid gloves as they too often are.
As Christopher Hitchens points out free speech and the US First Amendment includes the right to offend and the right to mock -- and the nonsensical notions of Islamists deserve mocking more than most.
Hitchens points out too that Islamist apologists criticise those who offend Islamists and call for "tolerance" with one side of the mouth, while with the other they stay silent and refuse to criticise Islamists who openly call for the killing of Jews, for the killing of Salman Rushdie, for the stoning and killing of homosexuals in places like Iran, and who in Iraq and elsewhere blow up mosques and markets packed with people who are killed merely for worshipping in a different way than the killers do.
As Hitchens says, religion poisons everything.