Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Manifesto Against Islam

This has just come in via Stop the ACLU. Published today in the Jyllands-Posten from 12 brave intellectuals:

MANIFESTO: Together facing the new totalitarianism

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.
Solidarity. The 12 people who wrote and signed this document know very well the risk they take. We need to send a clear message that they don't stand alone.

I don't agree with every word of this manifesto. I do believe we are in the midst of a clash of civilizations and I don't believe we will be able to have a respectful dialogue. This enemy has shown themselves to not be reasonable and you can't reason with unreasonable people. They have also shown a determination to destroy western civilization and to dominate the world. That being said, I do believe this is a step in the right direction. We must stand up to them.

Attention New Yorkers: rally for solidarity with Denmark this Friday from noon to one.

Address: Outside the Danish Consulate at One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 885 Second Avenue.

The Vice President's remarks [h/t The Belmont Club]

Will American Newspapers have the courage to print the Manifesto? Insist on it!

German Blogger Politically Incorrect has photos of the signers. So does Spooonik;

Righteous Muslims

Previous posts: Just call me a Soothsayer; The Cowardice of the Main Stream Media; The West Keeps It's Eyes Shut; The Emperor's New Clothes; Lego My Free Speech; Stand up for Denmark; Muhammad Prophet of Peace; American Newspapers are Afraid; Cartoon Jihad Continues and Expands; Fatwa Authorizing the Use of Nukes; I'll have a RoMo and a Cup of Jo, Please; Million Dollar Bounty for Cartoonist; 'Gevoelig': Sensitivity Cartoon; How Do you Spell I-N-F-I-D-E-L?; France Woke up Feeling Rather Danish Today; Islam the Religion of Peace; Dhimmitude [and more]....

Sammenhold - Danish for Solidarity

American Strength
Others in support of the Manifesto Against Islam.
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Some excellent thought provoking analysis of the Manifesto, flaws and all:
Linked to: Argghhh!; Cao's Blog; Church and State; The Mudville Gazette;


Salman Rushdie, Ayaan Hirsi Ali et al: Together facing the new totalitarianism Excerpt: Add my name too. Islamism delenda est! Death before dhimmitude. Weblog: Small Town Veteran Tracked: 02.28.06 - 7:29 pm

Manifesto Against Islamist Totalitarianism Excerpt: Never Forget 9.1.1 MANIFESTO: Together facing the new totalitarianism After having overcome fascism, Nazism, and Stalinism, the world now faces a new totalitarian global threat: Islamism. We, writers, journalists, intellectuals, call for resistanc... Weblog: Stuck On Stupid Tracked: 02.28.06 - 7:54 pm

It's About To Hit The Fan Excerpt: Expect this NOT to go over too well with radical Muslims. If they were ready to riot and kill over a few stupid cartoons, imagine how they are going to react now that these 12 brave souls have basically told them all to GO F&%K themselves. Weblog: The Bodie Specter Tracked: 02.28.06 - 8:59 pm

The Manifesto Against The New Islamic Totalitarianism Excerpt: Freedom of expression is our western heritage and we must defend it or it will die from totalitarian attacks....The manifesto below will be published in the French weekly Charlie Hebdo today. Philippe Val @ Charlie Hebdo has urged other papers to print... Weblog: All Things Beautiful Tracked: 03.01.06 - 3:18 am

This Needs To Be Read Excerpt: After having overcome fascism, Nazism, and Stalinism, the world now faces a new totalitarian global threat: Islamism.... Weblog: Common Folk Using Common Sense Tracked: 03.01.06 - 11:07 am

Manifesto against Islamic totalitarianism Excerpt: A dozen bold intellectuals have put together an important document that speaks out against Islamic totalitarianism, published in the Jyllands-Posten (Hat tip: Michelle Malkin) Weblog: Tel-Chai Nation Tracked: 03.01.06 - 12:39 pm

A Manifesto for Freedom . . . And Against Islamism Excerpt: It is no longer good enough just to be for freedom. We must be against this hostile, murderous way of life we call Islamism, terrorism, extremist Islam (but is it?), etc., etc., etc. Which side are you on? Weblog: A Lady's Ruminations Tracked: 03.01.06 - 5:07 pm

Manifesto Against Islamism - A Good 1st Step Excerpt: Islamists are facists hiding behind Islam. They obviously give it a bad name. But Nazism and Stalinism were social ideals derived from a humanist basis, not religious. Weblog: Church and State Tracked: 03.01.06 - 6:36 pm

A Manifesto Against Islamism Excerpt: Blue Star Chronicles has an extensive link round up as well. Weblog: Palmetto Pundit Tracked: 03.01.06 - 7:47 pm

Speaking up for a Century of Enlightenment Excerpt: Salman Rushdie, and a few other Intellectuals, have proclaimed a MANIFESTO AGAINST THE NEW ISLAMIC TOTALITARIANISM.... The piece is a powerful statement of belief, and purpose, that needs the widest audience possible, and the support of Freedom, and De... Weblog: Sneakeasy's Joint Tracked: 03.01.06 - 7:51 pm

They Should Know Excerpt: Weblog: The Steel Deal Tracked: 03.01.06 - 8:08 pm

Freedom Watch Looks At: "Are We fighting Terrorism Or Islam?" Excerpt: When one looks into the history of the three major religions, Judeaism, Christianity and Islam one must look into the foundation of these religions.Read more hereDoll Weblog: Tracked: 03.02.06 - 6:03 am

Well, well, well....... Lets Boycott the UAE Port Deal Excerpt: So... to those that told me I needed to check my facts before I went off crying the sky is falling, IN YOUR FACE!In light of the FACTS now regarding the Dubai Port deal:* Clinton's involvement, * the fact that the EAE's '... Weblog: Tracked: 03.02.06 - 6:06 am

The Anti-Islamist Manifesto Excerpt: (I’m a little late to the game with this one, having been kinda Mardi Gras-obsessed and lazy lately, but better late than never!) Count me in on this one.Thanks to Vinnie for pointing the way to this, at Agora:MANIFESTO:... Weblog: MY Vast Right Wing Conspiracy Tracked: 03.02.06 - 10:46 am

Support the Manifesto online by signing this petition. Excerpt: The Manifesto I covered in this post can now be supported online at this site. Don’t wait. Sign today. It’s target audience is the White House and the United Nations. I now ask all those bloggers who reposted this Manifesto to spread ... Weblog: Agora Tracked: 03.05.06 - 3:18 pm