College librarians: Saying 'God bless you' is Islamophobic

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Michael F. Haverluck (

library shelves with booksAccording to librarians at Simmons College in Massachusetts, Christians are guilty of committing acts of “Islamomisic microaggressions” when saying “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Easter” or even “God bless you.”

“[G]reeting someone [with] ‘Merry Christmas’ or saying, ‘God bless you’ after someone sneezes conveys one’s perception that everyone is Christian or believes in God,” Simmons College librarians argue, according to Campus Reform.

Social Justice 101?

Instead of organizing and providing literature and information to help students excel in their academic coursework, librarians on the Boston, Massachusetts, campus are busy forming their own lexicon of words, phrases and concepts to promote their new social justice agenda in keeping with campus politics.

“Islamomisic Microaggressions are commonplace verbal or behavioral indignities – whether intentional or unintentional – which communicates hostile, derogatory or negative slights in relation to the beliefs and religious practices of Muslims,” Simmons College librarians assert, according to Campus Reform. “They are structurally based and invoke oppressive systems of religious/Christian hierarchy.”

Some of the prescribed guidelines published for students to follow – in order to “appropriately” accommodate the culture of Islam on campus – are written down in a document.

“This guide is intended to provide general information about anti-oppression, diversity and inclusion, as well as information and resources for the social justice issues key to current dialogues within the Simmons Community,” the “Anti-Oppression Library Guide" states.

The guide goes on to address the so-called increasing problem of Islamophobia on campus.

“Islamomisia (also called Islamophobia)is prejudice plus power; anyone with any religious beliefs can have/exhibit associated with Islam,” the background section of the document reads. “Like anti-Semitism, Islamomisia describes mentalities and actions that demean an entire class of people [via] religion-based prejudice, but in North America – and throughout much of the western world – people who follow Christianity have the institutional power, therefore, Islamomisia is a systematized discrimination or antagonism directed against Muslim people due to their religion, or perceived religious, national or ethnic identity.”

Crimes against Islam and its followers?

The librarians’ interpretation of the way Americans’ react to Islamic adherents is designed to promote the idea that non-Muslims are guilty of creating a culture of oppression resembling what takes place in an apartheid state.

“Some other microaggressions aimed at Muslims include ‘endorsing religious stereotypes,’ such as viewing hijabs as [un]fashionable, suggesting Muslims practice the ‘wrong’ religion, and having; the assumption of one’s own religious identity as the norm,’” Fox News reported. “The controversial resource argues ‘people who follow Christianity have institutionalized power,’ or; Christian privilege,’ which is demonstrated when they ‘expect to have time off work to celebrate religious holidays’ or worship without fear of violence or threats.”

Christians are targeted by librarians as the perpetrators of discriminatory and intolerant behavior that has the effect of offending and even scaring Muslims.

“The guide also argues that Christians suffer from ‘Christian fragility’ and may become angry, hostile or defensive during conversations about religion because Christians lack the skills for constructive engagement with other religions,” Fox News’ Caleb Parke explained.

Discounting Islamic terrorism

In fact, those heading up the library at Simmons College go as far as to use terms coined in criminology in order to discount concerns Americans have concerning militant Muslims, portraying Christians and other non-Muslims as having unrealistic and unsubstantiated fears about Islamic terrorism.

“Within this dominant social environment, Christians come to expect social comfort and a sense of belonging and superiority,” the librarians write, according to Campus Reform. “They may become defensive, positioning themselves as victims of anti-Islamomisic work and co-opting the rhetoric of violence to describe their experiences of being challenged on religious privilege.”

On the library’s page designed to counter Islamophobia, Simmons College’s Melissa Boigon gives her interpretation of Islam in her “TED Talk” and attempts to disconnect it from Islamic terrorism – insisting that jihad has nothing to do with the Muslim culture … even though Islam’s holy book, the Quran, specifically calls for it.

“Islam is a religion of peace,” Boigon stressed in the library’s publication, according to Fox News. “Muslims did not kill Americans on 9/11. A very small extremist group that can barely gain any footing – even in the most conservative Muslim circles – committed heinous crimes on 9/11. Islam is a religion of peace.”

She contends that Islamophobia has evolved into an unwarranted fear of Arabs – not of Islam itself – going as far as to claim that there is nothing “violent or anti-American” about Sharia law … even though its scriptures actually call Muslims to kill those who do not follow practices outlined in the Quran.

Ties to terrorists

The librarians’ connection with CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) – which has been acknowledged as a Muslim group connected to the internationally recognized Islamic terrorist group, the Muslim Brotherhood – has many questioning the ambitions behind the seemingly innocent guidelines that are touted as merely promoting the campus’s so-called “social justice” agenda.

“The guide also links to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which lists Fox News Channel as an ‘Islamophobic Organization,’” Parke noted.

Simmons College Library Deputy Director Jason Wood maintains that the guide was devised as a collaborative effort that included all librarians at Simmons College.

However, a college spokesperson insists that the guide published by the school’s librarians is not an official policy of Simmons College.

“The information in this guide is an introductory resource intended to provide general information about anti-oppression, diversity and inclusion,” the Simmons College spokesperson’s statement reads, according to Fox News. “It is by no means a complete guide to social justice issues, religions, conversations or points of view.”

The guide written by Simmons College librarians includes a disclaimer at the end.

“We are not immune from the limits and hidden biases of our own privileges and perspectives as allies,” the librarians state in the guide. “We welcome and greatly appreciate any feedback and suggestions for the guide – particularly from the perspectives and experiences of the marginalized groups listed and not listed here.”

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