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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.

Click for more. The statement is signed by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Chahla Chafiq, Caroline Fourest, Bernard-Henri Lévy, Irshad Manji, Mehdi Mozaffari, Maryam Namazie, Taslima Nasreen, Salman Rushdie, Antoine Sfeir, Philippe Val, and Ibn Warraq. Speaking of resistance to religious totalitarianism, Bush and Rove hail blogs.

(Via Agora)

Posted by Tim B. on 02/28/2006 at 10:35 PM
    1. Hmmm, this current threat isn’t one that many of these “courageous” intellectuals have really faced before though, not in the free Western world anyway….

      Coz with all those previous threats, our “brave” dissenting western writers/intellectuals could pretty much say almost anything they wanted to in the US, Britain, Australia etc, and get away pretty much scot free… they weren’t really putting anything on the line or taking any risks, unlike the groups of intellectuals behind the iron curtain or in Nazi Germany who faced prison and torture for their beliefs…

      But this new threat however is not willing to just stay at home and shout its slogans and its threats… even in a time of relative peace, it has members who are willing to come and seek out dissenters and protesters and mark them for retribution… look at Theo van Gogh murdered in his home land, ask Rushdie whose been hiding for almost 20 years with police protection in the UK, ask the 12 cartoonists under police protection in Denmark…

      Our western intellectuals are finally going to have to take a real stand for what they believe in, or cravenly surrender to the fanatics….  Coz these current opponents aren’t interested in debates, you offend or challenge and u might just be putting your neck on the chopping block….

      Posted by casanova on 2006 02 28 at 10:54 PM • permalink


    1. I’ll be watching for all the gormless and gutless terrestrial Aussie media hacks, with their deplorable Islamo-servility, to pledge their allegiance to this cause or else demand they tear up their ‘free’ press cards.

      The rubber has now met the road.

      Posted by Jay Santos on 2006 02 28 at 11:00 PM • permalink


    1. Jay

      No worries.  The Australian carried an article this morning regarding a complete non-scandal where Liberal party staffers were said to have committed the ghastly crime of…wait for it…emailed cartoons depicting Mohammed.

      I mean, somebody call the f*cking cops!

      Posted by murph on 2006 02 28 at 11:04 PM • permalink


    1. Add my name just after Warraq’s.

      If we are to preserve the best civilization this world has ever seen, we must defend our liberty and freedom.  We must all hang together.

      Or we will all be beheaded separately.

      Posted by Barbara Skolaut on 2006 02 28 at 11:06 PM • permalink


    1. Slightly OT: at today’s Press Club address, Costello was defending his remarks that recent arrivals should adopt Australian values. He quite passionately said that our values (particularly freedom of speech) were not up for negotiation. Interestingly, this got (rather forceful) applause from the audience (applause is quite unusual for the Press Club after an answer to a question from the floor).

      Posted by ArtVandelay on 2006 02 28 at 11:10 PM • permalink


    1. Count on it, the leftoids from here across the oceans will be accusing those noble ones named above of the unspeakable crime of ISLAMOPHOBIA!!
      (whatever that is, maybe self-preservation, maybe protecting your family from tortue and death, maybe…?)

      Posted by stats on 2006 02 28 at 11:13 PM • permalink


    1. How come their intellectuals are better than our intellectuals?  I mean, ours have a “Free Tibet” bumper sticker on their hybrid, but if Bush ever said “righty ho, 3rd ID, go free Tibet” they would be gushingly writing about human shields and the Red Chinese “resistance”.  I’m ready for some real intellectual dissent.  You know, Bonhoffer, Solzhenitsyn.  That sort of, in your face, I know what the truth is and I will say it knowing you will beat me like you read about and make me sit in my own crap.  Dissent is patriotic, but only if it hurts…

      Posted by Vanguard of the Commentariat on 2006 02 28 at 11:15 PM • permalink


    1. About time. However, I wonder how long it will take the left trash this as racist islamophobia? When will the world wake up?

      Posted by Karl Fidel Adams-Kingston on 2006 02 28 at 11:16 PM • permalink


    1. murph:
      What’s Andrew Robb do in response to the revelation?
      He pretty much apologises for the lack of judgement of his branch mamber.
      When is this grovelling going to stop? Maybe Branch members needed to know what all the fuss was about?
      I just saw an episode of South Park that really took the piss out of the Mormon religion. It was absolutely hilerious. Is it only bad form to lampoon ideas if the adherents are so offended that they indulge in murder and mayhem as a reaction to it.

      Just waiting for them to do a number on The Prophet. Has one been done already?

      Posted by amortiser on 2006 02 28 at 11:30 PM • permalink


    1. #7 And it appears that the NYT would publish the battle plans so that Red Chinese “resistance” could meet them at the door.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2006 02 28 at 11:32 PM • permalink


    1. #11 tell it to me Brother.  No blood for, er…yoghurt (or whatever they grow there).

      Posted by Vanguard of the Commentariat on 2006 02 28 at 11:51 PM • permalink


    1. Sorry, That should be #10 yo

      Posted by Vanguard of the Commentariat on 2006 03 01 at 12:28 AM • permalink


    1. Muslims must accept that freedom of speech is central to Britishness and should be preserved even if it offends people, says Sir Trevor Phillips. The chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) said we should “allow people to offend each other”. And he suggested that Muslims who wanted a system of Islamic Shariah law should leave the UK. His comments follow angry protests against cartoons satirising the Muslim prophet Muhammad. He sounds a lot like The Prime Minister of Australia in fact.

      Onya mate!

      By the way deleted employment due to sharia law being implemented: womens jobs, fashion, make up, women’s shelters, women’s health issue, female doctors and teachers of western knowledge, Queens and Kings humour.

      New jobs: immigration, arab speakers, stone throwing athletes, berqua makers, palm tree planters terrorists and jacket makers.

      Rule Britainia

      Posted by 1.618 on 2006 03 01 at 12:48 AM • permalink


    1. 7 How come their intellectuals are better than our intellectuals

      Because the religion has not been fractured nor challenged by it;’s followers and in theory put into reality it’s aggressive religion.

      example: Stone throwing, knowone has challenged the reality of this in the koran. Has anyone thought it’s dangerous rather than saying it’s ok. Has anyone thought to sue the organisers a western thing>? Has anyone thought what it’s for in terms of 2006? etc etc…

      The west has not been able to dilute the language and process the information into western thoughts and knowledge that’s why it’s so powerful, I believe. We say nothing.

      Reporters report the event with no thought about the dangers etc…..from a Western perspective.

      Posted by 1.618 on 2006 03 01 at 12:53 AM • permalink


    1. Concur 1,618, eloquently stated.  My question was rhetorical of course.

      Posted by Vanguard of the Commentariat on 2006 03 01 at 01:01 AM • permalink


    1. #7 Van, hate to be picky but the 3ID might make tough going of it.  10th Mountain Division would be a bette roption.  Just saying.

      Posted by Razor on 2006 03 01 at 01:01 AM • permalink


    1. Having been a Navy guy, I will defer to you “green guys” judgment on the relative merits of Army units.  I love em all.

      Posted by Vanguard of the Commentariat on 2006 03 01 at 01:17 AM • permalink


    1. Vanguard, I’ve also noted that “Free Tibet” stickers are routinely placed in proximity to “No War in Iraq” ones.  I suppose fighting for freedom is only acceptable if you use bumper stikcers and not, oh say, actual weapons.  Oooh, ick!

      And maybe I shouldn’t have used the word “fighting.” Posing for freedom – yeah, that’s the ticket!

      Posted by Steve Skubinna on 2006 03 01 at 01:52 AM • permalink


    1. If we’re going to oppose islamism, we need to define it. I suggest:

      An islamist is any Muslim who doesn’t hate Shari’a like poison.

      Posted by ForNow on 2006 03 01 at 02:38 AM • permalink


    1. ask Rushdie whose been hiding for almost 20 years with police protection in the UK

      FWIW, Rushdie has said in recent interviews that he doesn’t require protection nowadays. Obviously the fatwa is still in effect though, as Iran is still run by lunatics.

      Posted by PW on 2006 03 01 at 03:10 AM • permalink


    1. To quote Votaire “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities”.  The Theocratic Muslim world certainly does not want any questions or logic to get in the way of their brainwashing.

      Posted by Howzat on 2006 03 01 at 03:53 AM • permalink


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

      Just how did we overcome Stalinism ? True we resisted it in Berlin 1948 and Korea 1951 – but Stalin was murdered by his own as he prepared World War III after the Jewish Doctors’ Plot.

      “The World” was not very evident in facing down Nazism with the Russians allied to Hitler 1939-41 and the Arabs supporting him.

      Why not point out that The Cold War was “fought” by the United West and “won” by Ronald Reagan……………….after that the United West fell to pieces convinced by Fukuyama that History had come to a full-stop – a sort of Hegelian terminus.

      Then someone moved the stone and it all came crawling out………….

      Posted by Voyager on 2006 03 01 at 04:55 AM • permalink


    1. Irfan Yusef (a lawyer) writes in today’s SMH
      “Costello said that anyone who believes sharia can co-exist with Australian law and Australian values should leave the country.”
      On re-reading Costello’s speech, I cannot find this statement.
      He does say “There are countries that apply religious or sharia law – Saudi Arabia and Iran come to mind. If a person wants to live under sharia law these are countries where they might feel at ease. But not Australia.”
      And he does also quote Muslim cleric Ben Brika as saying “This is a big problem. There are two laws – there is an Australian law and there is an Islamic law.”
      Difficult to allow Yusef’s attempt to say that really, there are so many similarities between our basic values and sharia law that (watch the watch, you are getting sleepy) there is nothing to fear but islamophobia itself. Read the article and see what you think.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2006 03 01 at 07:40 AM • permalink


    1. Please also note that www. brusselsjournal. com says
      Anti-Jihad Manifesto Misses the Point.

      Posted by tmciolek on 2006 03 01 at 08:14 AM • permalink


    1. is 1.618 several people? sometimes the grammar & spelling are normal, sometimes so screwy it’s difficult to make out what he/she is saying. #13 & #14 are examples – 13 is lucid, 14 is WTF???

      Posted by KK on 2006 03 01 at 08:50 AM • permalink


    1. #19, ForNow, that’s actually a pretty succinct definition.

      I fear this Islamist threat is going to get much, much worse before it gets better.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 03 01 at 01:41 PM • permalink


    1. #23 I saw that article, just like all the other articles the SMH has been running daily, about how nice Islam is. The message: it’s just a couple of nutcases on the fringe that give it a bad name. Don’t blame the Religion Of Peace. We’re a persecuted, misunderstood minority, they say.
      Oh yeah, and then there was that shit about how Islam is more respectful of women than the West, because it’s more respectful to cover yourself in a Burka than wear bikinis and have sex. You couldn’t make this stuff up.
      Since Costello’s speech it seems they’ve gone into overdrive. It’s been basically an article like that every day.

      Posted by daddy dave on 2006 03 01 at 01:50 PM • permalink


    1. #25 I prefer to think of 1.618 as a loveable eccentric. Both posts you refer to are almost certainly from the same person. e.g., the use of colons, the incomplete sentences. The coherent sections are cut-and-paste jobs from somewhere else.

      Posted by daddy dave on 2006 03 01 at 03:04 PM • permalink


    1. sorry 1.618 if that sounded patronising. I should have put a smiley face in there.

      Posted by daddy dave on 2006 03 01 at 03:05 PM • permalink


    1. The “Australian” muslims always point out how moral and sober they are in comparison to the drunken and immodest Aussies. but if you mention the Muslim customs of beheading, stoning,cutting off hands,oppression and other little Islamic habits, they go stone deaf.
      Funny that!

      Posted by waussie on 2006 03 02 at 12:21 AM • permalink


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