Islamists' reflexively respond to criticism of their extremism by accusing their opponents of attacking their religion. This tactic has long been used in the Muslim world against fellow Muslims and, like the boy who cried wolf, it is largely brushed off. However, in the West, it still works—and that's why moderate Muslim voices are speaking out against the false labeling of Islamist critics as "Islamophobes."

In every case where Islamists are called to task for their extremism, those opposing them -- Muslims and non-Muslims alike -- are accused of contributing to a war on Islam.

Yet, as seen in Bangladesh, Tunisia, Egypt, Iran and elsewhere, this overused line fails to deplete the anti-Islamist crowds. If anything, the insulting of their integrity strengthens their resolve.

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