May 15, 2022

The left — the progressive, socialist, communist, God-hating, atheistic left — gets just about everything either wrong or backwards, from cancel culture to the 1619 Project to racism to the environment to religion to family matters to abortion and pretty much everything else imaginable.  If the left advocates any position on any subject, you’re safe betting the rent money that the left got it wrong.

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But where leftists go above and beyond the call of duty to put their foot in their mouth is on the subject of so-called Islamophobia.

If anyone dares to criticize Muslims for their violence, misogyny, antisemitism, intolerance, religiously sanctioned lies, and selfish arrogance, the left rushes to the microphones, keyboards, TikTok, etc. to sympathize with the poor mistreated Muslims who practice a “religion of peace” and commiserate with them on how awful it is to be subjected to the horrors of Islamophobia.  It’s stomach-turning at best, malicious at worst.

Islamophobia is an irrational racist hatred of Muslims and their “peaceful” religion.  Islam is a religion, not a race, but we’ll leave that aside for now.  To be an Islamophobe these days is to be guilty of hating Muslims for no good reason.  So says the left.

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It also demonstrates the left’s complete lack of knowledge about the Greek and Latin roots of the English language.

Greek Roots

A lot of words in English have their roots in Greek.  This is especially true in the medical field.  Wikipedia has a whole page of Greek and Latin roots on the subject, listed in alphabetical order.  Here are just a few of the Greek ones.

  • anthropo: (ánthrōpos), human, from which we get the word anthropology
  • cardi: (kardía), heart, from which we get the word cardiology
  • lip(o): (lípos), fat, lard, from which we get the word liposuction

The list goes on and on.  There are Greek roots in every area of the English language.

Take the word “phobia” for example.  It comes from the Greek name Phobos, the personification of fear, in mythology a companion of Ares.  It’s an “irrational fear, horror, or aversion; fear of an imaginary evil or undue fear of a real one.”  Hydrophobia is the fear of water, arachnophobia is the fear of spiders, acrophobia is the fear of heights, and so on.  There are literally hundreds of different phobias, and the one thing they all have in common is fear — intense, unreasoning fear.

There are good reasons to be afraid of some spiders.  Black widows and brown recluse spiders are venomous, for instance.  There are also good reasons to be afraid of heights.  A fall can kill you if you’re not careful.  But here the operative word is careful.  As long as you’re not careless, as long as you use proper precautions — when cliff-climbing, for instance — you’re perfectly safe.