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We can certainly demonize and scapegoat people, but I'm not convinced we can do the same to a set of ideas.
I think that Islam can (and should) be criticized in the same way that Christianity can (and should) be criticized. It is the bigotry we can do without.
I'd have to disagree with the suggestion that discussing efforts to censor criticism of Islam or any other religion without first researching anti-religious bigotry necessarily entails facilitating defamation or bigotry. I think that most of us are well aware that anti-religious bigotry exists and that it is separable from attempts to suppress criticism of religion.
My recent post Criticizing Islam vs. Anti-Muslim Bigotry
One finds something similar among Christians. There are Christians here among us who support the separation of church and state. There are also Christian dominionists who would prefer a Christian theocracy.
It seems like the central feature of bigotry involves holding negative attitudes toward all members of a group (overgeneralization) on the basis of their membership in that group (e.g., "Christians are deluded morons" or "Atheists are immoral and untrustworthy"). While it is difficult to deny that some Christians are deluded morons or that some atheists are immortal and untrustworthy, it is the unwarranted generalization to the entire group that gets us to bigotry. I don't see how this applies to ideas and beliefs.
We can certainly be biased against ideas and beliefs in the sense that we judge them without having a sufficient basis for doing so, but I'm not sure I'd characterize this as bigotry or prejudice. Those terms really do seem best reserved for cases where the targets are people.
My recent post The Real Losers of the 2016 Presidential Debates