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British Soldier Responds to Allegations of Islamophobia on Facebook

Chris Herbert, a British soldier who lost his leg while serving in Iraq in 2007, doesn't harbor any hatred for Muslims, and he doesn't understand why anyone would expect that from him in the first place. After all, while a Muslim was responsible for planting the roadside bomb that injured him, Muslims were also the ones who helped him on the road to recovery.

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Herbert responded to people who apparently expected him to hold racist or Islamophobic views in a Facebook post that's going viral, setting the record straight about who the enemy is—Islamic extremists—and how that minority of the Muslim population does not represent the majority of peaceful people who practice Islam.

Getting frustrated by some people expecting racism from me, because I got blown up. Here it is:Yes. A Muslim man blew...

Posted by Chris Herbert on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

"Getting frustrated by some people expecting racism from me, because I got blown up," Herbert wrote. "Blaming all Muslims for the actions of groups like Daeshe and the Taliban, is like blaming all Christians for the actions of the KKK or Westboro Baptist Church."

Herbert

When Herbert's vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in Basra, Iraq, he knew that an Islamic extremist was behind it. But he also recognized that Muslims had assisted him every step of the way as he recovered from the explosion. That experience gave him perspective; and in an effort to explain that perspective to friends and acquaintances, Herbert contrasted how he's been treated by Muslims and white British people since his leg was amputated:

"A Muslim man also lost his arm that day wearing a British Uniform. A Muslim medic was in the helicopter that took me from the field. A Muslim surgeon performed the surgery that saved my life... A white brit spat in my girlfriends face for 'fucking a cripple when you could have me [him].' A White brit pushed my wheelchair away from a lift so he could use it first. A White brit screamed at my Dad for parking in a disabled bay when I was in the services coming home."

In the aftermath of recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, anti-Islamic sentiment appears to have spread in Western countries such as the U.S. and the U.K. The fear of terrorism has prompted some to group together Muslims and Islamic extremists.

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"If you want to hate an entire race of men and women for the actions of a few dickheads feel free, but don't push your views on me, thinking I am an easy target because one douchebag decided it was my day to die," Herbert responded. "Get a grip of your lives, hug your family and get back to work."