Despite me not getting full satisfaction I would strongly encourage everyone to discuss their experiences of discrimination or hate with their local anti-discrimination organisation and if you haven't experienced them that you get in touch and ask how you can help.
I have said Paganism is a diverse and hard to define faith in modern times and this is true. Perhaps the one thing though that all Pagans would identify with is a reverence for nature. Nature is an all-encompassing term to mean both the planet and the living creatures on it. This includes fellow human beings. It is not in keeping with the spirit of Paganism to wage war and genocide against other humans. Hate has no place in a Pagan world view.
To add a note to my dedicated personal haters - every time you attack my weight rather than my views you lose the debate. You prove you are unable to refute the arguments I put forward against hate and that all you are capable of is resorting to silly insults that, even you must have noticed by now, achieve little other than to make me laugh at you.
Sometimes there is a danger we can be so passionate about eradicating prejudice that it actually leads to us developing prejudices of our own. We fight so hard for the rights of some that we start to develop preconceptions about others whom we wrongly perceive to be aggressors.
The right to free speech has become a contested and contentious issue in the arena of anti-hate activism. The pro free speech
We have learned our history. We do not have the excuse that we are uneducated or uninformed. We have learned the dangers of an extremist far right ideology, we have learned the consequences of Nazism, of radical expansionist Nationalism. We have learned what happens when human beings are dehumanised and abused.
This is a vicious cycle that needs to be broken, for if we don't we are already reaching an impasse that threatens to plunge us deeper into the dark vaults of internet and with that into greater destruction, something we absolutely must look now.
Establishing a working definition will support the process of differentiating the appropriate from the inappropriate, the legitimate from the illegitimate, and the disproportionate from the proportionate which brings me on to the final consideration. However, quite irrespective of which - if indeed any - working definition is established, it is highly unlikely that it will be warmly received by those who seek to criticise, detract from, and ultimately deny Islamophobia's very existence.
Hate is not the opposite of love. Hate is still a "something". It takes root in what was once a positive emotion.
Since the result of the US elections was announced, America has borne witness to a sharp increase in Islamophobic hate crimes