According to this BBC report, a dozen writers including Salman Rushdie, the Indian-born British writer who still lives under a fatwa ordering his execution for writing The Satanic Verses, have issued a statement warning against radical Islam’s assault on free speech and freedom of the press. It says, in part, that the writers refuse to accept that Muslim men and women “should be deprived of their rights to equality, liberty or secularity in the name of respect for culture or tradition.”
Most importantly, they discern a critical issue that few have before: Radical Islam is an ideology, not a religion: “Islamism is a reactionary ideology which kills equality, freedom and secularism wherever it is present.”
In addition to Rusdie, the group includes: Ayaan Hirsi Ali - Somali-born Dutch MP; Taslima Nasreen - exiled Bangladeshi writer, with fatwa issued ordering her execution; Bernard-Henri Levy - French philosopher; Chahla Chafiq - Iranian writer exiled in France; Caroline Fourest - French writer; Irshad Manji - Ugandan refugee and writer living in Canada; Mehdi Mozaffari - Iranian academic exiled in Denmark; Maryam Namazie - Iranian writer living in Britain; Antoine Sfeir - director of French review examining Middle East; Ibn Warraq - US academic of Indian/Pakistani origin; Philippe Val - director of Charlie Hebdo (French magazine that republished the cartoons.) Courageous people, one and all.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?