Robert Redeker: In hiding after “insulting Islam”
Ancient historian Egon Flaig: Banned in Egypt
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury: May face death for criticizing Islam
The Danish cartoonists aren’t the only ones living in fear for offending the global jihadi mob. Now, French philosophy professor and secondary school teacher Robert Redeker is under police protection for penning a piece blasting Islamic violence in Le Figaro.
A French philosophy teacher was under police protection Thursday after receiving death threats over an article he wrote in a national newspaper that accused Islam of “exalting violence”, school and police officials said.
Robert Redeker has not attended classes at his secondary school near Toulouse in southern France since September 19, when his opinion column appeared in the right-wing daily Le Figaro.
“He received written death threats in the form of emails. On the face of it they were pretty serious,” said the lycée’s headmaster Pierre Donnadieu.
Police confirmed the threat but refused to comment on the protection Redeker is receiving.
Under the heading “In the face of Islamist intimidation, what must the free world do?”, Redeker described the Koran as a “book of extraordinary violence” and Islam as “a religion which … exalts violence and hate”.
Likening Islam to Communism, he said that “violence and intimidation are the methods used by an expansionist ideology … to impose its leaden cloak on the world”.
I can’t access Redeker’s piece at Le Figaro. But it is titled “Face aux intimidations islamistes, que doit faire le monde libre” and there are rough translations scattered on the Internet. If you speak French and can send a full and accurate translation of the piece, let me know.
Fausta points to this French Channel 2 report, “Tribune sur l’islam: menaces contre un professeur de philosophie ,” on Redeker’s plight. Again, if you speak French and have time to send a rough transcript, it would be most appreciated.
Le Figaro and two other European newspapers have now been banned for running commentary critical of Islam:
Reporters Without Borders today condemned the Egyptian government’s decision yesterday to ban the sale of three recent issues of European newspapers containing articles which it considered “offensive to Islam.”
“Some people may indeed have felt offended by these articles but censorship is never an acceptable response,” the press freedom organisation said. “It is up to readers to form their own opinions and to have a debate about them, if they want. But it is not the job of the authorities to decide which information may or may not be made available to the public.”
Information minister Anas Al-Fekki issued a decree banning the sale of the 19 September issue of the French daily Le Figaro, the 16 September issue of the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the latest issue of the London-based Guardian Weekly.
Le Figaro’s 19 September issue had already been banned in Tunisia on the same grounds. It contained an op-ed piece by philosopher Robert Redeker headlined: “What must the free world do in the face of Islamist intimidation?”
The ban on the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung was prompted by an article in its cultural supplement on Islam and the recent controversy about Pope Benedict’s comments.
The forbidden piece in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung was written by ancient historian Egon Flaig. Here’s a summary:
“Islam wants world domination” is the headline brandished in Saturday’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Feuilleton, complete with photo of Anthony Quinn as Muhammed’s sword swinging Uncle Hamza in “The Message” (1976). Ancient historian Egon Flaig sees the Pope’s speech in Regensburg as a justified reference to the martial-imperialist strains in Islam and gives historical precedent for his argument. “Since the beginning of the classical world between the ninth and the eleventh centuries Islamic jurists have divided the world into the “House of Islam” and the “House of War”. This division is not dependent on where large numbers of Muslims live, or even represent the majority, but is made according to where Islam rules, in the form of Sharia, and where it does not rule. This dichotomy is therefore not religious but political. And war will reign between these two parts of the world until the House of War no longer exists and Islam rules over the world. (Verse 8, 39 and 9, 41).”
Here is the full article in German at the FAZ site. If you speak German and can provide a translation, that would be most appreciated.
More Germans are raising their voices against the jihadist bullies. The backlash against OperaRage continues to bubble. The Bild newspaper asked in a bold headline: “”Will we obey Islam?” They also mocked up the German Parliament with minarets:
I’m sure the fatwas have already been filed.
Meanwhile in Bangladesh, Muslim journalist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury–under fire in the past for supporting Israel and criticizing Islam–faces trial at the end of the month for “sedition” (hat tip: Done with Mirrors). Michael Freund at the JPost reports:
A Bangladeshi Muslim journalist arrested in the past for advocating ties with Israel now faces charges of sedition, a crime punishable by death in Bangladesh, and will likely be put on trial by the end of the month, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
In a court session on Tuesday in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, a state-appointed judge ruled that the government’s case against Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury could proceed to trial and that the hearings would commence within 15 days.
As editor of The Weekly Blitz, an English-language newspaper published in Dhaka, Choudhury aroused the ire of Bangladeshi authorities after he printed articles favorable to Israel and critical of Muslim extremism.
Bangladesh does not recognize Israel’s existence and refuses to establish diplomatic relations with the Jewish state.
In November 2003, Choudhury was arrested at Dhaka’s international airport just prior to boarding a flight on his way to Israel, where he was scheduled to deliver an address on promoting understanding between Muslims and Jews. His visit to Israel would have been the first by a Bangladeshi journalist.
Choudhury was charged with sedition, held in prison for 17 months and was reportedly tortured before being freed in April 2005. But the authorities in Bangladesh, which is ruled by a coalition government that includes Islamic extremists, decided to continue pursuing charges against him.
This never ends, you see. It didn’t start with our invasion in Iraq. It’s not America’s fault. Or Israel’s. “Islamophobia?” Try kafir-phobia.
Jihadist Anjem Choudary spelled it all out–again–for the hard of hearing at the anti-Pope demonstrations in London last week:
The 39-year-old lawyer organised demonstrations against the publication of cartoons of Mohammed in February in Denmark. Protesters carried placards declaring “Behead Those Who Insult Islam”.
Yesterday he said: “The Muslims take their religion very seriously and non-Muslims must appreciate that and that must also understand that there may be serious consequences if you insult Islam and the prophet.
“Whoever insults the message of Mohammed is going to be subject to capital punishment.”
He added: “I am here hav[ing] a peaceful demonstration. But there may be people in Italy or other parts of the world who would carry that out.
“I think that warning needs to be understood by all people who want to insult Islam and want to insult the prophet of Islam.”
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