Fr. Damian MacPherson, SA, in an article recently published in the Toronto Catholic Register, provides an insightful look into Islamophobia. In his article, he explains the roots of Islamophobia, its wide-ranging effects, and the stance we are called to take on this issue as Christians.
“For our purpose here, we can define Islamophobia as fear, mistrust and especially hatred directed at an entire people because of their adherence to Islam. All too often the discussion, especially on behaviour by radical Islam, fails to distance or distinguish itself from the God-fearing, family-oriented, law-abiding and honest-working Muslims who simply want to be part of our communities.
Given a widespread negative attitude toward them, Muslims too often are forced to live in a shadow of undeserved suspicion as they attempt to go about their daily lives. Those attitudes are wrong and must end.”