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Let’s All Wear “I Am a Muslim” Pins to Protest “Islamophobia”

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Posted on September 13 2010 9:00 pm
Phyllis Chesler is an Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at City University of New York. For extended biography visit The Phyllis Chesler Organization.

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So many educated people are afflicted by the equivalent of a blank stare where genuine thought should exist. It’s as if they’re sleepwalkers, oblivious to reality, or under plexiglass, where they can’t hear anything with which they don’t already agree.

Here’s a case in point. A woman who identifies herself as a professor at a Chicago university (it’s Northeastern Illinois) publishes this touching note in the New York (Muslim) Times today. Gail Dreyfuss describes an “encounter” she had with a student who was wearing both hijab (a headscarf) and a pin which read “I am a Muslim.” I guess the student did not want anyone mistaking her for … a Buddhist or a Jew; perhaps the student did not think that westerners know that a wearing a tight “headscarf which framed her face” meant she was a Muslim.

Dreyfuss, a professor of Linguistics, asked her student if she had a “spare pin.” The student took off her own.  The professor “wore it all day and received only positive reactions from students and staff members.”

And that’s when she came up with her Great Idea. Dreyfuss writes: “It occurred to me that non-Muslim women might like to wear headscarves in solidarity with our Muslim sisters.… This might be one way to show them that we’re all in this together.”

Is Dreyfuss serious? Does she believe that Muslims are under the kind of siege that Jews were under during the Nazi regime and which prompted Danes to all wear the yellow star as a way of hiding endangered Danish Jews from Jew-hunters?

Clearly, she does.

Dreyfuss has drunk the kool-aid and believes that “Islamophobia” really exists in America. This is not surprising since, for a long time now, but more and more intensely, the mainstream media has launched an all-out campaign to persuade people of this.

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