Would you be surprised if Time magazine answered “yes”?
Time concedes that “traditional elements of religious persecution” are absent. For example, “there’s no sign that violence against Muslims is on the rise.” But they have evidence of America’s nefarious undercurrents:
Meanwhile, a new TIME–Abt SRBI poll found that 46% of Americans believe Islam is more likely than other faiths to encourage violence against nonbelievers. Only 37% know a Muslim American. Overall, 61% oppose the Park51 project, while just 26% are in favor of it. Just 23% say it would be a symbol of religious tolerance, while 44% say it would be an insult to those who died on 9/11.
Hold on. A minority belief that “Islam is more likely than other faiths to encourage violence against nonbelievers” constitutes Islamophobia?
If that’s Islamophobia, perhaps we need a new suffix to indicate irrational hatred. Either that, or Time should find some of those “traditional elements of religious persecution” before they suggestively link to photo essays about “Intolerance in America.”