terça-feira, 11 de julho de 2006

Azar Majedi: «Anti-Islamism does not justify racism! (Open Letter to Oriana Fallaci)»

«Dear Oriana Fallaci,

As a veteran activist of women's rights, for liberty and equality, as a first hand victim of political Islam, and a veteran fighter against it, as an atheist who is a staunch believer in a secular state and secular education system, as a woman who has fought against hejab in any form and shape, as a secularist who has defended the latest French secular law to ban bearing of any conspicuous religious symbols in public schools, as a campaigner for banning the veil for underage girls and banning religious schools, as a campaigner against honour killings, Sharia courts in Canada, against Islamism and Islamic terrorism, as a staunch defender of unconditional freedom of expression and criticism who defended the right of those who ridiculed Mohammad in the row over the caricatures, I share some of your beliefs and find some very offensive, and let me make it clear, not to Islam, but to human values, egalitarian and libertarian values which are also part of "European culture".

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Your justified hatred against Islam and Islamism has been extended to all Moslems and everyone living under Islam. I am sure you do not need anyone to remind you that this is racism. I am bewildered when I read your comments against immigrants and immigration from countries under the rule of Islam, and find this in contrast with the justified pride you take in your history for fighting against Nazi-Fascism.

It seems to me that the hate against Islam has pushed you towards Christianity. You have even visited the Pope asking him to take a stronger stance against Islamism. This I find puzzling. How does an atheist in hate of one religion take refuge in another? Your hate against Islamism and political Islam finds expression in Euro centrism. Your disapproval for multiculturalism and cultural relativism has led you to defend "western culture", instead of universal rights and secular, humanitarian and libertarian values.

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All these become so ironic when one looks deeply into the root of political Islam. When one remembers how the Western governments unleashed this monster on the people of the region, how they created the Mojahedin in Afghanistan in the cold war era, and then helped the Taliban, how in the fear of a leftist revolution in Iran dumped Khomeini on us and helped bring about an Islamic state, when one remembers these recent historical facts, one cannot help but discern a profound sense of hypocrisy and double standard. Sadly the saga of helping political Islam and Islamic terrorism by the Western governments is an ongoing effort. Just look at Iraq! The US and Britain, by invading Iraq, helped Islamists grow monstrously therein. Have you forgotten who the friend of Bin laden was? The tragedy is that as long as this monster was strangling the "native" people, our rage could stay under control, our passion not moved. Those people were not worthy of our passion and compassion!

The Western academia and journalists invented and nurtured the concept of cultural relativism, so that on its basis they could justify compulsory veiling, stoning, maiming and torturing of the people under the rule of Islam. That gave justification for turning one's head while one's government made deals with those Islamic states. This concept was invented so under the guise of "respect for other cultures" the brutal crimes and violation of human rights will be brushed aside "respectfully". We have witnessed how European courts have resorted to cultural relativism in defending deportation of immigrants fleeing the rule of Islam. They have gone as far as stating that the prison conditions in those countries are suitable for those people.

I must state that these arrogant, hypocritical and racist attitudes and policies are an important tool to foster political Islam. If one does not distinguish between the Islamic movement, a reactionary and brutal political movement, and ordinary Moslems who are the first hand victims of this, if one does not distinguish between the oppressor and the oppressed, one becomes an accessory to Islamic brutality.

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I was enraged by reading your racist comments. I was indignant by sensing your Euro centrism, by your lack of human compassion for millions who fled the rule of Islam and took refuge in the West in the hope of a better life. I share your despise and indignation for the Islamic movement. But I denounce categorically the racism that is openly expressed by you. And last but not least I must state that I defend the unconditional freedom of expression, and condemn the court which is to try you for what you have expressed in your books. One must be free to express any opinions. This is the pillar of a free society

(Azar Majedi no blogue da ProChoix; ler na íntegra.)

6 comentários :

João Vasco disse...

Tem de se fazer, cada vez mais, essa distinção!

Jordão disse...

Lentamente, este blogue vai passando aser a minha referência em questões de política/religião, no lugar de outros.

dorean paxorales disse...

Ricardo, já conheces esta? Daquela senhora somaliana que era refugiada no Quénia mas depois já não era na Alemanha e depois passou a ser na Holanda e... Eu fiquei fascinado com a história mas principalmente, como sou um porco-machista, com a mulher propriamente dita: lindíssima.

The Caged Virgin, An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam por Ayaan Hirsi Ali:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0743288335/102-4252297-4789706?v=glance&n=283155

Ricardo Alves disse...

Dorean,
realmente já li um livrito da senhora («Insoumise»). Não sei se esta versão inglesa será a mesma coisa...

dorean paxorales disse...

Também não sei: a bibliografia em inglês é confusa, com tantos títulos diferentes para subtítulos iguais e o meu holandês é pior que o meu bávaro. Mas a minha referência é relativa à primeira publicação maintenaint mesme para o público bife.

Ricardo Alves disse...

Mas o que não falta são gajas (mais ou menos «ex-»)muçulmanas a escrever livros interessantes. A Chadortt Djavan, a Fadela Amara...