3/01/2006

A Stand

I've read the following manifesto at several sites. It's something that I agree with and I urge all bloggers to repost it.

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Offentliggjort 28. februar 2006 22:30 / Opdateret 28. februar 2006 23:48

MANIFESTO: Together facing the new totalitarianism


Ls mainfestet som Salman Rushdie og 11 andre europiske intellektuelle har skrevet, hvori de advarer mod islamisk totalitarisme.

After having overcome fascism, Nazism, and Stalinism, the world now faces a new totalitarian global threat: Islamism.

We, writers, journalists, intellectuals, call for resistance to religious totalitarianism and for the promotion of freedom, equal opportunity and secular values for all.

The recent events, which occurred after the publication of drawings of Muhammed in European newspapers, have revealed the necessity of the struggle for these universal values. This struggle will not be won by arms, but in the ideological field. It is not a clash of civilisations nor an antagonism of West and East that we are witnessing, but a global struggle that confronts democrats and theocrats.

Like all totalitarianisms, Islamism is nurtured by fears and frustrations. The hate preachers bet on these feelings in order to form battalions destined to impose a liberticidal and unegalitarian world. But we clearly and firmly state: nothing, not even despair, justifies the choice of obscurantism, totalitarianism and hatred. Islamism is a reactionary ideology which kills equality, freedom and secularism wherever it is present. Its success can only lead to a world of domination: man's domination of woman, the Islamists' domination of all the others. To counter this, we must assure universal rights to oppressed or discriminated people.

We reject « cultural relativism », which consists in accepting that men and women of Muslim culture should be deprived of the right to equality, freedom and secular values in the name of respect for cultures and traditions. We refuse to renounce our critical spirit out of fear of being accused of "Islamophobia", an unfortunate concept which confuses criticism of Islam as a religion with stigmatisation of its believers.

We plead for the universality of freedom of expression, so that a critical spirit may be exercised on all continents, against all abuses and all dogmas.

We appeal to democrats and free spirits of all countries that our century should be one of Enlightenment, not of obscurantism.

12 signatures

Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Chahla Chafiq
Caroline Fourest
Bernard-Henri Levy
Irshad Manji
Mehdi Mozaffari
Maryam Namazie
Taslima Nasreen
Salman Rushdie
Antoine Sfeir
Philippe Val


I add my name to this manifesto. Ayaan Ali and Salmon Rushdie are two well known names who have received death threats and had fatwas issued against them because of words they have written or spoken.

4 Comments:

Blogger Emanuel Ben-Zion said...

They are very brave men and women

4:33 PM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

So they are. I didn't know it when I first posted this but all those who signed have had death threats made against them

5:10 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Ayan Hirsi Ali was involved in the filming of "Submission" which led to the brutal daylight murder by a Muslim of the producer Theo Van Gogh. She is a Dutch MoP who has renounced the Islamic faith.

And we all know Irshad Manji.

I will be postiong this as soon as I recover a little. Thanks for your kind thoughts. Please say Kaddish for Bart this Shabbos, would you?

5:04 AM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

mark,

You're welcome and yes I'll pray Kaddish for Bart.

5:33 AM  

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