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More on the Democratic Muslims in the West

Posted by Helen Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Yesterday a new Manifesto was signed by 11 people, mostly Muslims in the West. It is a declaration of free principles and well worth reading. My only surprise is the name of Salman Rushdie among the signatories. I know he has suffered (for a while) from Islamist intolerance but the document starts with the following words:

“After having overcome fascism, Nazism, and Stalinism, the world now faces a new totalitarian global threat: Islamism.”
I don’t remember Mr Rushdie’s name among those who fought against Communism. In fact, he supported every tin-pot left-wing dictatorship. Either he hasn’t read the document or he thinks that the nasties he supported were not the “heirs of Stalin”.

Apart from that, it is a good Manifesto, which will, probably, be ignored by much of the MSM. This is the best paragraph, in my opinion:
“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.”
Well, now, if only we could get our politicians to read that.

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