I’m not sure what’s worse: that 12 people were killed by a religious lunatic because of a cartoon mocking his religion, or that willful idiots will scream “Islamaphobe” at anyone calling out the religious lunatic for killing 12 people because of a cartoon mocking his religion.
Well, okay, the deaths of 12 people is obviously worse, but it doesn’t help that some idiots truly believe “Islamaphobia” is far worse than Islamic violence. Decrying people who kill others in the name of their religion isn’t bigotry: it’s expecting common human decency. Criticizing radical Islam is not racism, because—and this has been said far too many times—Islam is a religion, not a race.
And before anyone tries to bring up the false equivalency of “all religious extremists are bad,” by all means, name one similar incident where a Christian extremist killed the exact same number of people over the exact same thing, then you will be perfectly justified in saying that. Until then, STFU!
Yes, religious extremism is bad, but some religions are far more extreme than others. Islamic extremists blow up buildings. Christian extremists protest funerals. Atheist extremists…write books. All extremism is bad, but not all extremism is equally bad.