I was not defending anyone, and I get the idea no matter what I say you will take it the wrong way at this point.Please enlighten us what would be a rational fear of Islam or muslims?
Because it seems you are intent defending a person who has no issues making up nonsense to support what he believes (and using sources of people labeled as bigots not only by muslims but many other academics).
There is nothing Rational about what he says about muslims -
It is generally wise to fear any extremest religion especially if it has a track record of negative events. But also this has caveats.
It's perfectly rational for example to fear the Catholic or ultra-Calvinist types but it's irrational to fear Christians as an whole. Islam on the other hand started where these two ended so it's the other way around where Islam is to be feared but certain types of Islam not. Christianity was corrupted with violent supressionist tendencies but that's how Islam first started after which it became more peaceful. Now Christianity has no dominant suppressionists left except for the Catholic Church that is attempting a renneisance but Islam has a few that is gaining strength.
We have a history of suppresionist Calvinism here but it was thankfully Calvinism-lite. Anyone that moans about the NGK does not understand that it was day compared to the night that Calvinism was in Europe at the time of it's origin.... lets just say dissent was unwise.
In all cases also you can hate or fear groups without hating or fearing the individuals within those groups. Islam has a long history of being a dangerous neighbour, it is unwise to ignore that. Only time will tell whether South African Islam ever becomes suppresionist so at this point fearing local Muslims is mostly irrational and generally tinged it seems with a false belief that within every mosque lies a unofficial ISIS requirement office.... though that group HAS been active within the country for the last decade maybe.