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A phobia is an irrational fear leading to some kind of dysfunction.
Loathing, itself, is not a phobia. It may be quite rational.
Disliking spiders is not, in itself, arachnophobia;
but being paralyzed by their presence and unable to exterminate them is arachnophobia.
Now, let’s think about who the real islam*ophobes are.
It’s not islamophobia, if there really are mass-murdering psychopaths yelling “Allahu Akbar” trying to kill you.
It is islamophobia if you’re too paralyzed by fear to defend yourself or your country from them,
but it’s treason if you’re in charge of a nation’s security and refuse to defend your country from them.
* In this case, I mean the Salafist/Wahabbist/IS-Daesh/AQ/etc. totalitarian-bigoted-genocidal-barbarian-thug kinds.
Note: I’m no psychologist, but I know the difference between rational and irrational fears.