Islamophobia: Why are So Many People So Frightened?


Robert J. Burrowes

Islamophobia has become a significant factor driving politics in many western countries.

Islamophobia – fear of Muslims – is now highly visible among European populations concerned about terrorist responses from Islamic groups claiming Jihadi links. However, it is also evident among those same populations in relation to the refugee flow from the Middle East. In addition, Islamophobia is highly evident among sectors of the US population during the presidential race. It is a significant issue in Australia. Outside the West, even the (Muslim) Rohingya in Burma are feared by Buddhist monks and others.

Given that this widespread western fear of Muslims was not the case prior to the US-instigated ‘War on Terror’, do Muslims around the world now pose a greater threat to western interests than previously? Or is something else going on here?

In short, why are so many westerners (and others) now frightened of Muslims? Let me start at the beginning.

Human socialization is essentially a process of terrorizing children into ‘thinking’ and doing what the adults around them want (irrespective of the functionality of this thought and behavior in evolutionary terms). Hence, the attitudes, beliefs, values and behaviors that most humans exhibit are driven by fear and the self-hatred that accompanies this fear. For a comprehensive explanation of this point, see ‘Why Violence?’ and ‘Fearless Psychology and Fearful Psychology: Principles and Practice’.

However, because this fear and self-hatred are so unpleasant to feel consciously, most people suppress these feelings below conscious awareness and then (unconsciously) project them onto ‘legitimized’ victims (that is, those people ‘approved’ for victimization by their parents and/or society generally). In short: the fear and self-hatred are projected as fear of, and hatred for, particular social groups (whether people of another gender, nation, race, religion or class).

This all happens because virtually all adults are (unconsciously) terrified and self-hating, so they unconsciously terrorize children into accepting the attitudes, beliefs, values and behaviors that make the adults feel safe. A child who thinks and acts differently is frightening and is not allowed to flourish.

Once the child has been so terrorized however, they will respond to their fear and self-hatred with diminishing adult stimulus. What is important, emotionally speaking, is that the fear and self-hatred have an outlet so that they can be released and acted upon. And because parents do not allow their child to feel and express their fear and hatred in relation to the parents themselves (who, fundamentally, just want obedience without comprehending that obedience is rooted in fear and generates enormous self-hatred because it denies the individual’s Self-will), the child is left with no alternative but to project their fear and hatred in socially approved directions.

Hence, as an adult, their own fear and self-hatred are unconscious to the individual precisely because they were never allowed to feel and express them safely as a child. What they do feel, consciously, is their hatred for ‘legitimized’ victims.

Historically, different social groups in different cultural contexts have been the victim of this projected but ‘socially approved’ fear and hatred. Women, indigenous peoples, Catholics, Afro-Americans, Jews, communists, Palestinians…. The list goes on. The predominant group in this category, of course, is children (whose ‘uncontrollability’ frightens virtually all parents until they are successfully terrorized and tamed).

The groups that are socially approved to be feared and hated are determined by elites. This is because individual members of the elite are themselves terrified and full of self-hatred and they use the various powerful instruments at their disposal – ranging from control of politicians to the corporate media – to trigger the fear and self-hatred of the population at large in order to focus this fear and hatred on what frightens the elite. This makes it easier for the elite to then attack the group that they are projecting frightens them.

For now, of course, Muslims are the primary target for this projected fear and self-hatred, which accounts for the US-led western war on the Middle East. Islamophobia thus allows elites and others to project their fear and self-hatred onto Muslims so that elites can then seek to destroy this fear and self-hatred. Obviously, this cannot work. You cannot destroy fear, whether yours or that of anyone else. However, you can cause phenomenal damage to those onto whom your fear and self-hatred are projected. Of course, there is nothing intelligent about this process. If every Muslim in the world was killed, elites would simply then project their fear and self-hatred onto other groups and set out to destroy those groups too.

In fact, as western elites now demonize Russia and encircle it with nuclear weapons and ABM defense systems, we simply witness another example of these elites projecting their fear and self-hatred.

If you are starting to wonder about the sanity of this, you can rest assured there is none. Elites are insane. If you want to read a fuller explanation of this point, see ‘The Global Elite is Insane’.

So is there anything we can do? Fundamentally, we need to stop terrorizing our children. As a back up, we can provide safe spaces for children and adults alike to feel their fear and self-hatred consciously (which will allow them to be safely released). By doing this, we can avoid creating more insane individuals who will project their fear and self-hatred in elite-approved directions.

In addition, if you are fearless enough to recognize that elites are manipulating you into fearing Muslims and others whom we do not need to fear, now would be a good time to speak up and to demonstrate your solidarity. You might also like to sign the online pledge of ‘The People’s Charter to Create a Nonviolent World’.

Suppressed fear and self-hatred must be projected and they are usually projected in socially approved ways (although mental illnesses and some forms of criminal activity are ways in which this suppressed fear manifests that are not socially approved).

In essence, Islamophobia is a manifestation of the mental illness of elites manipulating us into doing their insane bidding. Unfortunately, many people are easy victims of this manipulation.

Biodata: Robert has a lifetime commitment to understanding and ending human violence. He has done extensive research since 1966 in an effort to understand why human beings are violent and has been a nonviolent activist since 1981. He is the author of ‘Why Violence?’ His email address is and his website is here.

  • David Bell

    Your article misses the point. Many people are Islamophobic because they don’t like the idea of having their heads chopped off for no better reason than they are not Muslims.

    • Occam’s Razor

      The guillotines in the US were purchased under Jewish noahide law, not islamic law.

      The Jews are trying to depopulate the Earth via Agenda 21/30 and the Jews are trying to create false flag war with the Arab world to steal their land in the Middle East in Israel’s feeble attempt to establish the fraud of “greater Israel”, here’s the proof, in their own words:

      “In Israeli Prime Minister Moshe Sharatt’s personal diaries, there is an excerpt from May of 1955 in which he quotes Moshe Dayan as follows: “[Israel] must see the sword as the main, if not the only, instrument with which to keep its morale high and to retain its moral tension. Toward this end it may, no — it must — invent dangers, and to do this it must adopt the method of provocation-and-revenge…And above all — let us hope for a new war with the Arab countries, so that we may finally get rid of our troubles and acquire our space.” Quoted in Livia Rokach, “Israel’s Sacred Terrorism.”

      Looks like Israel has you scared of the muslim under the bed they created. And yes, they will release their trained muslim terrorists on the US. In their own feeble ways, their own feeble minds, they need to justify their sickness.

      • ThePatriotMuckraker

        Spooky Zionist conspiracy theories. Jews are not taking over the world. Jews play for their own team and use other countries, that’s about it. Stop trying to deflect the fact that islam is an evil political/religious ideology and Muslims are incomparable with western civilization. FACT. I dare you to try and refute it. Oh btw, quoting some jew is not a valid argument because it does not explain why your precious mulsims are murdering, raping and mass killing people. Ooops, the “alternative media” has made you stupid.

        “Looks like Israel has you scared of the muslim under the bed they created.” Looks like micheal rivero does the thinking for you sheep. Again, your QUACK theories (pushed by the Bolshevik rivero) have been DEBUNKED by the REALITY that muslim filth are invading and destroying western civilization. Come back when you have a better argument. Rivero is a fear for profit Bolshevik, who shits all over the United States why pushing neo-Soviet and pro-communist Chinese propaganda. The guy is a loser.

        • LorieK

          Ummmm…you seem to be confused. Zionists and Jews are not the same thing. There are Catholic Zionists. Get educated. The Zionists use the Jews as a scapegoat to confuse and obfuscate their agenda, they’ve admitted it, catch up.

        • Occam’s Razor

          You haven’t done your homework. Israel has already built a world court in Israel, a world court they plan on ruling the world from, Agenda 21/30, criminal genocide.

          Do your research before you spew false information, thanks!


  • wayne

    You really shouldnt do drugs.
    let’s get this straight the elite are scared of Muslims and want us to attack them?
    So that’s why they have an open door policy?
    Must be why Merkel opened the tsunami gates?
    Fear of Muslims is nothing to do with the estimated 1 million white child victims of rape?
    Or that the vast majority refuse to integrate.
    And as for adults warning kids of danger which is really what you are talking about a brief glance at any newspaper in any #EU country on any day of the week puts your moronic mumbo jumbo to bed.
    You are obviously part of the establishment trying to get the British people to swallow the poison.
    I hope we can one day very soon start rounding up you poisonous propagandists and get you before a peoples court

    • Tim Hadfield

      That the article is there at all shows that fear is there (to some extent).
      Just how real those fears might be remains to be seen.

  • Zaphod Braden

    SUNNIsemites, JEWISHsemites, SHIITTEsemites …….
    Sharia law is a copy of Halacha law …… Islam is Judaism LITE

  • Tim Hadfield

    Why are so many westerners now frightened of Muslims?
    Because they have no means of effective defence.
    No guns allowed here!

  • SanityClaus

    ISLAMOPHOBIA? I do not fear child molesters. I despise them.
    Mohammad was a child raping pedophile. He married a six year old girl and had sex with her when she was nine years old. I don’t believe in human rights. I BELIEVE IN CIVILIAN AUTHORITY THROUGH CIVILIAN NOT LAWYER GRAND JURY ARRAIGNMENT IN ALL CASES AT LAW.
    I believe in KILLING PEDOPHILE CHILD RAPING VERMIN LIKE MOHAMMAD. Sick evil bastard Islam religion is a disease used to corrupt and demoralize its victims. It is a weapon against CIVILIAN AUTHORITY. The British Crown/N.A.T.O. USES THIS WEAPON TO DESTROY CIVILIAN AUTHORITY IN THE U.S.A..

  • Random Commenter

    I have a Naziphobia. I’m terribly afraid of a political ideology which is totalitarian, swore many years ago to take over the world, is willing to use murder and torture and thievery to get it’s way, has no compassion or emotional regret or weakness against those who are not Nazis, and which has published works talking about struggling to obliterate anything which stands in their way.

    I also am afraid of anyone else with the same political ideology whom acts exactly the same way even if they are not Nazis.

  • Lionheart

    Sorry, but I think this article is very nonsensical. Did the journalist who wrote it even read the Quran?

    Historically, people in the western culture have fought hard to improve our quality of life, to preserve and even expand our freedoms, and to value and respect each individual human being with love including women and children. I am originally Polish, but grew up in Sweden in the 80’s when Polish people were terrorized by their communist government. In Sweden I was taught about human rights and the importance of love and to care about fellow humans and the environment. Other western countries have similar sentiments. For example, i very much do admire the U.S. constitution and the bill of rights which so passionately protects the rights of each individual being to do anything they want with themselves. And in order to protect the rights and well being of the individuals, we have laws that prevent us from harming other fellow humans. In order to be good people, we should not tolerate violence and hatred committed against innocent people. This is why our “freedom of speech” does not allow us to promote hatred against people based on color, race gender etc. It is also illegal to spread lies. Freedom of speech therefore does not mean that we can say anything we want.

    The Quran has more than 100 verses which in one way or another promotes violence or subjugation of non-muslims. Every person just needs to open the book and read it, it is all right there. It is the obligation of a muslim to try to convert non-muslims. If a non-muslim is unwilling, then we have two options; 1) either we pay them a fee (called jizya in arabic) on a regular basis, or 2) they can torture and kill us for not converting or paying them the money. This is very literal, and cannot really be interpreted differently. So if an Imam preaches the Quran and tells his muslim congregation to follow the Quran, then he is in fact already breaking the law because he is promoting hatred and violence towards non-muslims. I am sorry, but islam is from this point of view a racist ideology.

    I do not know if the author realises this, but a child who grows up in a muslim family and being spoon fed the Quran on a daily basis will be programmed and brain washed to hate us non-muslims in some way or another. Sure, some muslims do break away from this programming, but in general it is quite deep. I know first hand how hard this can be as I myself was once stuck in a semi-religious group that had some sect like properties. In addition, muslims are taught to fear their God. There is a lot of fear and punishment in that ideology which actually makes it very hard to break away, and moreover there is a lot of internal subconscious suffering they go through including shame, guilt and hatred. They do not have the same propensity to admire and protect human rights as we non-muslims do.

    I do not want islam in Europe because that ideology does not respect our individual freedom and love that we have fought so hard to obtain in western culture. Even if the vast majority are not terrorists, they will still not safeguard the freedoms we have, especially not the equality of women either. I am not “islamophobic”, I am just very reasonable to avoid something that can harm me and my beloved fellow human beings. I avoid cars when crossing the street, but that does not mean that I am “carophobic”… you get the drill.

    Poland is very reasonable to not accept any “refugees”, especially not muslims. Also, one has to wonder, thousands of “refugees” come from countries outside of Syria. So they are not actually refugees fleeing a war. What are they? Can you answer that?

  • Raoul

    I’m not frightened, I’m pissed off. Islam is not compatible with the U.S. Constitution. Yet we have a closeted Muslim president (documents from his youth and his actions as president confirm that he’s Muslim), we have a Muslim president importing enemies of America as fast as he can. And Hillary Clinton has promised to import even more.

    And by the way, Obama’s transgender/bathroom thing is a way of making America ready for Islam. Under sharia law women and children have few to no rights. They don’t even have the right to complain if some pervy man exposes himself to them or rapes them. Obama is making sure his fellow Muslims can do what they want to women and children once they get to America.

  • Jimmy Yost

    Because they’re brainwashed by the Jooz media to love the Jooz and hate the Arabs. Most Americans have been duped by the Jooz media to believe that the Arabs are their worst enemy, when in fact their worst enemy is the Jooz.

  • Orfi’

    You been studying since 66 and this is the best you can come up with?
    the world is a million times worse than it was in 66.
    Time to try something else,
    plant some vegetables.

  • Darkwing

    “Why are the Sheeple afraid”? Because they have fallen for the dren that the US government has told them. REMEMBER: the US of A invaded and destroyed four countries in the middle east, based on lies. So who is the bad guy here?????

  • TellTheTruth-2

    The GOAL of recent false flags was to cause Americans to hate and fear Muslims. It started in Oklahoma City when they were looking for several “arab looking men” and, if McVeigh had not been caught by accident, Muslims would have been blamed. 911 was a perfect set up and most Americans began to hate and fear Muslims. And ever since the US Zionist media beats the HATE MUSLIMS drum over and over and over.