You are not responding on the same wavelength as I. Please reread what I wrote and tell me how exactly do I disagree with anything you wrote below.
What's irrational is using the above as justification for not calling attacks against innocent Muslims 'Islamophobic'. Unless you think all Muslims adhere to what this 'person' is preaching, there is no disagreement between your perspective and mine.
You don't see anyone calling bombing ISIL terrorists 'Islamophobic', do you? Why? Because they are the ones preaching hate speech, not your average Muhammad in the West who goes to work in the morning and comes home at night.
No one is arguing that the current state of Islam is peachy. And no one is saying criticism of Islam is 'Islamophobia'. Those that do are ignorant, and are incorrectly using the term, to the point of trivializing it and making it meaningless.
I'd say it is you who is saying Muslims are guilty by association, by virtue of adhering to Islam. That is what you are implying, is it not?
The absolute majority of Muslims live their life by the golden rule. Most people do, in fact, regardless of the poison pumped through scripture.
in terms of ideology, by more than one standard and on more than one level, islam is a war strategy that directly calls and incites to strike terror in the hearts of enemies and all others. in fact even its own followers are terrorized into not criticizing and into never leaving their own religion.
so being that it is an integral part of mainstream islam to strike fear in the heart of everyone, the fear of islam becomes rather a real issue and not a phobia. people should be afraid of this flavor of islam, in fact the whole world should. so you may have been intimidated, ie "terrorized" into using the term, but you should be very aware that the term serves to mask a deeper and a very dangerous and real issue that cannot be qualified as a phobia.
innocent muslims are indeed paying the price, and they will unfortunately continue to pay the price because there will always be ignorant and angry people who will consider them guilty by association, this is part of human nature and part of the world we live in. this is not specific to islam but rather it exhibits itself during all wide scale conflicts between large groups. at least muslims in the west have the luxury of living in states of laws surrounded by communities that thrive to protect the innocent from aggression regardless of their faith.
now you are arguing that pointing out the dark side of islam are used as justification for calling out more attacks on innocent muslims, you can rest assured that not pointing out and bringing attention to these deficiencies will continue to call the lives of thousands upon thousands of people around the world, especially in the middle east where the minorities have payed and continue to pay a very heave price specifically because of these warped teachings. so while using the term islamophobia may in your opinion - and this is a false assumption from your part - prevent some attacks on some individuals, the term will abstract the suffering and the crimes against all minorities in all muslim countries. there are other ways to raise awareness and protect the muslims and arabs who migrate to the west honestly seeking better lives.
so if you want to hide behind your finger, be my guest. i would rather call things by their proper names.