What does Is­lam­o­pho­bia mean?

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Don’t men­tion Is­lam­o­pho­bia (Feb. 16)

Dear Howard El­liott: Please de­fine, pre­cisely, Is­lam­o­pho­bia. The prob­lem with M-103 is vague­ness. You and the Lib­er­als and the NDP all think the word is clear and con­cise and not sub­ject to mis­in­ter­pre­ta­tion or a range of ap­pli­ca­tion.

On a be­nign level, does hy­dropho­bia (com­monly used for ra­bies) but mean­ing a dread of wa­ter, mean the fear of all wa­ter, fear of large bod­ies of wa­ter, fear of fresh wa­ter, fear of look­ing at wa­ter or touch­ing wa­ter or im­bib­ing wa­ter or ... It can have a wide range of un­der­stand­ings or ap­pli­ca­tions.

Much like the pop­u­lar rush to make spa­ces ‘safe,’ Is­lam­o­pho­bia can mean just about any­thing the speaker wants it to mean. If some­one wear­ing an “I like Don­ald” T makes you feel un­safe, I say both peo­ple have a prob­lem.

Par­lia­ment needs to offer Canada clar­ity and courage, not vague­ness. Ian Shaw, Sim­coe

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