Saturday, September 30, 2006
Remember, it's the `Religion of Peace'...or someone could get hurt
Robert Redeker is a French philosphy professor who had the audacity to publish an article critical of Islam's response to the Pope in the French paper `Le Figaro'. As a consequence of that, he has been the object of a particularly nasty fatwa targeting himself and his wife and three children for death, and has been forced into hiding.
Redeker and his family are now recieving round-the-clock police protection and changing addresses every two days after wrote an article describing the Koran as a "book of extraordinary violence" and Islam as "a religion which ... exalts violence and hate".
He told i-TV television he had received several e-mail threats , and that his photograph and address were available on several jihad internet sites.
"There is a very clear map of how to get to my home, with the words: 'This pig must have his head cut off'," he said.
The threats started after Redeker wrote the piece in reaction to the violent tantrum unleashed in Muslim countries by Pope Benedict XVI's references to Islam in his speech in Germany two weeks ago.
Under the title "In the face of Islamist intimidation, what must the free world do?", he denounced the "Islamisation of spirits" in France and claimed that "Islam is trying to make Europe yield to its vision of mankind."
Comparing Islam to Communism (a comparison my good friend the Baron at Gates of Vienna made a short while back in a wonderful piece called `The Islamintern), Redeker said that "violence and intimidation are the methods used by an expansionist ideology ... to impose its leaden cloak on the world".
He also compared the Prophet Mohammed unfavourably to Jesus Christ, describing the founder of Christianity as a "master of love" and the founder of Islam as a "master of hate".
"Exaltation of violence, a merciless war-leader, a pillager, a massacrer of Jews and a polygamist — this is the picture of Mohammed that emerges from the Koran," he wrote.
After the piece appeared on September 19th, al Jazeera and several other Muslim outlets made sure that Redeker's piece got wide publicity so that the jihadis could get good and worked up and into a real head choppin' frenzy. And of course, that particular issue of le Figaro was conficated and banned in several Arab countries.
Le Figaro, to its credit, printed a front-page open letter from the editors Friday expressing solidarity with him and "condemning with the greatest severity the grave attacks on freedom of thought and expression that this affair has provoked."
As for the French Government, while PM Dominique de Villepin said such threats were "unacceptable" and the French DST intelligence agency is investigating the death threats, not everyone in the French government has been so supportive.
Interviewed over the telephone from a safe house by Europe 1 radio Friday, Redeker said that "the education ministry has not even contacted me, has not deigned to get in touch to see if I need any help."
On Thursday Education Minister Gilles de Robien expressed "solidarity" with the teacher, but also warned that "a state employee must show prudence and moderation in all circumstances." (Go-ood dhimmi!!)
Redeker said his interview that "if Robien is correct, then we would never have had any intellectual life in France. The function of politics is not tell us what we are allowed to think, but to defend our freedom to think and speak out."
Redeker was intuitive enough to say that the jihadis had "already won a victory of sorts."
"I cannot do my job. I have no freedom of movement. I am in hiding. Already they have succeeded in punishing me ... as if I was guilty of holding the wrong opinions."
Not only that, Monsieur le professeur, but they have undoubtedly intimidated more than a few of your fellow countrymen from `holding the wrong opinions'.
We in the West will eventually have to stand up to these bullies..and the sooner, the better.