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Women's Studies Prof: Islamophobia Meme Is 'the New McCarthyism'

Women's Studies Prof: Islamophobia Meme Is 'the New McCarthyism'

Dr. Phyllis Chesler, Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the City University of New York and a self-described feminist, argued that the leftist mantra that any criticism of the doctrines of Islam is Islamophobic is “the new McCarthyism” on Saturday’s “Huckabee” on the Fox News Channel.

“That is the new McCarthyism coming to us from the Left. Because the minute you want to have a rational realistic conversation about Islamic fundamentalism, Islamic terrorism, Islamic apartheid, conversion by the sword, [the] history of slavery, which still exists in many Muslim countries, then what happens is a liberal and a leftist feels that, and they’re true believers, they believe you are then a racist and an Islamophobe” she said.

Dr. Chesler then rebutted the notion that there is widespread Islamophobia in America, stating “interestingly enough, the FBI in 2012 tells us that the hate crimes in America, 62.4% were against Jews, they were anti-Semitic, and guess how many hate crimes against Muslims in America? 11.6%. So, this Islamophobia is McCarthyism, and it’s a way of silencing the conversation which Americans must have now.”

After seeing a clip of Harvard students arguing that America is a bigger threat to the US than ISIS, she declared “this is how Obama thinks, this is how Harvard thinks, it’s how Ben Affleck thinks.”

She concluded, “Remember, the barbarism that I endured and witnessed [and described in her book “An American Bride in Kabul,” an excerpt of which can be read here] wasn’t caused by foreign intervention. It’s indigenous to the region, and by barbarism, I mean living under Sharia Law, which, and many Muslims in recent polls want to live under Sharia Law.”

Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

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