Ted Talk: Islamophobia killed my brother. Let’s end the hate

On February 10, 2015, Suzanne Barakat’s brother Deah, her sister-in-law Yusor and Yusor’s sister Razan were murdered by their neighbor in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The perpetrator’s story, that he killed them over a traffic dispute, went unquestioned by the media and police until Barakat spoke out at a press conference, calling the murders what they really were: hate crimes. As she reflects on how she and her family reclaimed control of their narrative, Barakat calls on us to speak up when we witness hateful bigotry and express our allyship with those who face discrimination.


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    • Islamophobia is a misleading term. Phobia is an irrational fear and the convenient idea of lumping all the individual terrorist nutters as an equivalence of Islamic terrorism is intentionally misleading. In many ways Muslims are victims of a pretty unpleasant faith, Islam. In this year being the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther is a good starting point for the eventual enlightenment manifest as Calvinism in much of Europe. Descartes quote “The first precept was never to accept a thing as true until I knew it as such without a single doubt.’ signifies the division between a proscriptive faith locked in a time warp with the suppression of individual responsibility with free thought and reason. This is not of course directly a cause of friction but accounts for the failure of Islam throughout the world as I am afraid Inshallah is a hopeless idea that divine sanction and approval enhances life, it does not. 18 years of living and working in various Muslim countries has done nothing to induce me to have any respect for Islam but rather pity, sad.

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