Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Right on, Rushdie!

Middle East Times:

PARIS -- The recent violence surrounding the publication in the West of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed illustrate the danger of Islamic "totalitarianism", Salman Rushdie and a group of other writers have said in a statement.

Rushdie, French philosopher Bernard Henri-Levy and exiled Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen were among those putting their names to the statement, to be published on Wednesday in the French weekly Charlie Hebdo, one of several French newspapers that reprinted the Mohammed cartoons.

"After having overcome fascism, Nazism and Stalinism, the world now faces a new global threat: Islamism," they wrote. "We, writers, journalists, intellectuals, call for resistance to religious totalitarianism and for the promotion of freedom, equal opportunity and secular values for all."

They added that the clashes over the caricatures "revealed the necessity of the struggle for these universal values. The struggle will not be won by arms, but in the ideological field.

"It is not a clash of civilizations nor an antagonism of West and East that we are witnessing, but a global struggle that confronts democrats and theocrats."

"Islamism is a reactionary ideology which kills equality, freedom and secularism wherever it is present."
Now we just need one of these against Christian Evangelicals and we'll be all set.

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