I have invented a new term. "jafi" - which stands for "just another frothing Islamophobe." You can of course substitute another adjective for "frothing".

I make a distinction between people who are genuinely concerned with the rise of islamic fundamentalism, which fuels islamofascism (note however the distinction), and genuine jafis who are simply ignorant fools.

I am hesitant to label Daniel Pipes a jafi, for example, but he has strayed into jafi territory from time to time. Neither would I label Charles Johnson of LGF a jafi, but his commentators are as frothing a pack of jafis you will ever find.

Today's jafi, however, is Congressman Tom Tancredo (Colorado-R), for suggesting on talk radio that a nuclear strike upon Mecca would be a legitimate response to a nuclear terror attack on US soil:

Colorado congressman says U.S. could retaliate against Islamic holy sites

July 18, 2005, 8:16 AM

DENVER (AP) -- A Colorado congressman told a radio show host that the U.S. could "take out" Islamic holy sites if Muslim fundamentalist terrorists attacked the country with nuclear weapons.

Rep. Tom Tancredo made his remarks Friday on WFLA-AM in Orlando, Fla. His spokesman stressed he was only speaking hypothetically.

Talk show host Pat Campbell asked the Littleton Republican how the country should respond if terrorists struck several U.S. cities with nuclear weapons.

"Well, what if you said something like -- if this happens in the United States, and we determine that it is the result of extremist, fundamentalist Muslims, you know, you could take out their holy sites," Tancredo answered.

"You're talking about bombing Mecca," Campbell said.

"Yeah," Tancredo responded.

I think that the "nuke Mecca" standard is a useful one for establish whether one is a jafi or not.

UPDATE: This guy is clearly a jafi too, but those who support a fatwa against him reveal themselves to be far worse. To any such fool, I ask you: Can the infinite, timeless message of the Qur'an really be harmed by a fat white guy's bladder?


Razib said...

jafi kind of sounds arab. did you do that purposely?

Aziz Poonawalla said...

its not an arabic word, but it does sound like one :) It was semi-purposeful.

Sunny said...

British commentator Melanie Phillips, perhaps the biggest JAFI.