This post floated by on FB. IN sum, the author proposes in regards to the criticism of Islam and the rise of Islamophobia:
When does criticism become bigotry? The line is crossed when criticism of Islam, of ideas or beliefs, become transposed into prejudice about people; or when critics demand that Muslims are denied rights, or be discriminated against, simply because they happen to be Muslims.
Christians, hear me well. You aren’t persecuted in this country. There isn’t Christophobia either.
However, it seems we have become a rather overly sensitive lot. There should be no challenge leveled at what we believe we mistake for a phobia of our religion. Otherwise, Christianity is xenophobic because it present a challenge to most if not all systems of belief (or disbelief). Challenges are going to happen and must happen if we are to continue to grow.
The article is a good one. Read it.