As documented by the U.S. State Department, Christians have been threatened with violence if they do not leave their homes, accosted on the streets and even assassinated, and their churches have been bombed or destroyed. Some Iraqi Christian leaders go so far as to describe the plight of Christians in Iraq as ethnic cleansing.
Reports indicate that their situation is equally bad or even worse for other religious minorities. One thing the Christian community has going for it is that it is connected to international communities that can advocate for it, as the pope has done. But that is not the case with some of the other groups, such as the Yazidis, who are considered heretical by many Muslims because they have a syncretistic blend of Islam and other religions. There is neither an international Yazidi community
Another targeted group, the Sabian Mandaeans, have been in Iraq for many, many centuries. The Mandaean religion is independent of Islam, Christianity and Judaism, but it follows the teachings of John the Baptist, with baptism being a central ritual. Sabian Mandaeans in Iraq numbered about 60,000 in 2003; today there may only be about 5,000 left in Iraq, meaning that more than 90 percent have left the country or been killed.
And it is the same story to a greater or lesser extent all over the Ummah.
Majority Muslim nations almost uniformly persecute. The only question is how virulent the repression. Believers are mistreated everywhere, but Christians most suffer in the birthplace of Christianity. The Iraq invasion and Arab Spring have loosed a campaign of religious cleansing across the Middle East.
And even Obama's favorite, Turkish president Recip Tayyip Erdogan, is getting into the act by banning Orthodox Christian Liturgy.
And this does not even touch on the terrorist assaults on Western culture from Fort Hood to Charlie Hebdo to 9/11.
Nor does it cover the assault on women for exercising their free will by punishments ranging from wife beating, to being burned by battery acid to honor killing.
Islam is like no other religion on earth today.
It is the most vicious, monomaniacal, male-centered, intolerant, supremacist two-faced plague facing mankind today.
Moreover, despite its "shut up" clout, "Islamophobia" is a highly inaccurate epithet for Islam's critics who are not reacting out of fear but disgust, contempt, and hostility.
The question asked of politicians, even Donald Trump, as to what they are going to do about Islamophobia, is completely back-assward. The question is what are Islamists and even innocent followers of some imagined peaceful version of Islam, going to do about the hostility they encounter because of the actions of their fellow religionists.