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The Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published a manifesto today signed by 12 intellectuals, writers, and journalists asking that people band together and fight islamic totalitarianism.

MANIFESTO:

Together facing the new totalitarianism

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.

The recent events, which occurred after the publication of drawings of Muhammed in European newspapers, have revealed the necessity of the struggle for these universal values. This struggle will not be won by arms, but in the ideological field. It is not a clash of civilisations nor an antagonism of West and East that we are witnessing, but a global struggle that confronts democrats and theocrats.

Like all totalitarianisms, Islamism is nurtured by fears and frustrations. The hate preachers bet on these feelings in order to form battalions destined to impose a liberticidal and unegalitarian world. But we clearly and firmly state: nothing, not even despair, justifies the choice of obscurantism, totalitarianism and hatred. Islamism is a reactionary ideology which kills equality, freedom and secularism wherever it is present. Its success can only lead to a world of domination: man's domination of woman, the Islamists' domination of all the others. To counter this, we must assure universal rights to oppressed or discriminated people.

We reject cultural relativism, which consists in accepting that men and women of Muslim culture should be deprived of the right to equality, freedom and secular values in the name of respect for cultures and traditions. We refuse to renounce our critical spirit out of fear of being accused of "Islamophobia", an unfortunate concept which confuses criticism of Islam as a religion with stigmatisation of its believers.

We plead for the universality of freedom of expression, so that a critical spirit may be exercised on all continents, against all abuses and all dogmas.

We appeal to democrats and free spirits of all countries that our century should be one of Enlightenment, not of obscurantism.

12 signatures

Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Chahla Chafiq
Caroline Fourest
Bernard-Henri Lévy
Irshad Manji
Mehdi Mozaffari
Maryam Namazie
Taslima Nasreen
Salman Rushdie
Antoine Sfeir
Philippe Val
Ibn Warraq

These are 12 brave souls.

Update: German blog Politically Incorrect published the manifesto in German and also included pictures of the signers.

Other blogs publishing this manifesto:

Agora
Michelle Malkin
Atlas Shrugs
Captain's Quarters
Vince Aut Morire
Little Green Footballs


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Comments (17)

Good work, although having ... (Below threshold)
jp2:

Good work, although having the embrace of racists doesn't further this worthy and timely manifesto.

Two rants to add:1... (Below threshold)
Wanderlust:

Two rants to add:

1. "having the embrace of racists..."??? Care to elaborate, jp2, who you have chosen to tar with that epithet?

2. (from the manifesto itself) "This struggle will not be won by arms, but in the ideological field. It is not a clash of civilisations nor an antagonism of West and East that we are witnessing, but a global struggle that confronts democrats and theocrats.". I CANNOT emphasise how strongly I beg to differ with these statements. What we are witnessing is perhaps the greatest clash of civilisations in history, in terms of both raw numbers and ideological differences. From antiquity, more wars have been fought about religion than any other topic. It may be well and good and lofty and noble to suggest that this "war" isn't about an armed clash, but guys, your - OUR - enemy has repeatedly made it one. And this is a fight without referees or rules, on their side, thanks to the precept of taqqiya.

As many have said, freedom is never free. Hirsi Ali and the other signatories are right, in that it is a fight against totalitarianism. Therefore, I must ask: can anyone name ONE time in history where a totalitarian regime has been overcome by peaceful means (and no, just because no bullets were fired, armed coups are still that: armed).

Asking someone in power to surrender that power willingly, without demonstrating a credible threat of some kind of consequence if they don't, I believe, is a fool's errand.

No matter. These twelve will soon learn, if they don't realise it already, that their call to a war of ideologies will quickly become indistinguishable from a war of arms. And the intended audience of this manifesto, the ones who believe that the West should tolerate intolerance, may some day find themselves slaughtered.

Quick history lesson: 1936. Hitler begins to exercise his power over his weakest neighbors, but thanks to the Treaty of Versailles, he is still building up his military strength. Intervention by France and England at that point would have (in all likelihood) stopped Hitler in his tracks. The man's goals and aims regarding "breathing room" were clear enough, having been stated for years. Chamberlain had an opportunity to act. But, he came away from his conference holding a piece of paper that promised, he believed, "peace in our time." And the rest, as they say, is history.

Freedom, truly, is never, ever free.

Does that make me a racist, jp2?

"Asking someone in power to... (Below threshold)
Omni:

"Asking someone in power to surrender that power willingly, without demonstrating a credible threat of some kind of consequence if they don't, I believe, is a fool's errand."

I agree. This also applies to people trying to GET power, or any other goal; if they think they can get away with it, why should they give up what they want to do?

(sigh)

a global struggle that ... (Below threshold)
beth:

a global struggle that confronts democrats and theocrats vs. the greatest clash of civilisations in history

Wanderlust - I agree with you. But in my mind they are one in the same - or at least very nearly.

This is not a perfect manifesto - many of us know that this enemy will not go quietly or be reasonable and it will be a global war of arms.

But this is a start. No one, no one, has stood up to them - it's ridiculous to let them bully us and edge their way into our society while we sleep.

I sincerely hope we will give them no more 'breathing room'. I hope we have learned something by history and will quit trying to reason with unreasonable people.

Wanderlust,I suspe... (Below threshold)
Cybrludite:

Wanderlust,

I suspect that JP2 is continuing the meme that Charles Johnson of LGF is a racist. Because you that's such a common trait amongst fusion jazz guitarists and West Coast web designers...

Er, you know that's... PIMF... (Below threshold)
Cybrludite:

Er, you know that's... PIMF!

Not to speak for or defend ... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:

Not to speak for or defend jp2, but...

My first thought was that jp2 could be referring to anti-semitic views of the signatories to the manifesto. Not sure, though.

Can you separate the Islami... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Can you separate the Islamic extremist from Islam? I've been told that the vast majority of Muslims are moderates, but they keep their silence because to speak up makes them more of a target than non-Muslims who denounce Islamic extremism.

When non-Muslims ask "where are the moderate Muslims" in condemning some atrocity done in the name of Islam they are asking moderates to defend their religion against the extremists, which makes them targets. It seems we are asking moderate Muslims to take up arms against the extremists to prove to the world that Islam is a religion of peace. I expect most will see the paradox in that last sentence.

After pondering this dilemma for a while, it seems that we are asking the moderate Muslims to do the wrong thing. What we should be telling them is if you don't confront Islamic extremists openly, then you must not defend them openly either. Let non-Muslims confront Islamic extremists and expose these hate mongers for what they are, but then let the moderate Muslims stay uninvolved. No rioting in the streets over cartoons, no burning flags in the streets in response to the slightest insult. Those who do such things are Islamic extremists by their own actions.

Islam is an idea, a religious idea, but nevertheless an idea that can be challenged with reason. Not scientific reasoning, although that may sway some, but Islamic extremists are religious people, so religious ideas are stronger. Moderate Muslims need to explain why they reject the ideas that move other Muslims to violence. If Islam is truly a religion of peace, then peaceful ideas should prevail.

The medium for such an exchange of ideas is the internet where individuals can communicate with each other anonymously. Moderate Muslims are often well educated and they should engage Islamic extremist blogs and web sites. If Moderate Muslims are the majority as I have been told, they should be able to engage the Islamic extremist in a dialog that will grow Islam out of the dark ages in a matter of years rather than centuries.

Hmmm.What... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmm.

What we should be telling them is if you don't confront Islamic extremists openly, then you must not defend them openly either.

Sorry Mac Lorry but that's pretty much what the "moderate" muslims are already doing. They're remaining silent. Sure there are some self-described "moderates", or described as such by the MSM, who defend the radical elements but I don't think anybody who defends terrorists can really be described as a "moderate".

What the solution is I have no idea. I'd like to think that there's a huge untapped population of "moderate" muslims out there, but I've yet to see them. Perhaps we're tilting at windmills in our collective search for this elusive group. Perhaps there really aren't that many muslims that could be accurately described as "muslim" and that the vast majority approve of some level of violent radicalism. If nothing else that would explain why we can't find these "moderates".

I wonder if the issue isn't that the more radical elements have the correct interpretation of Islam. That the Koran, and associated teachings, represent the literal interpretation and that in order to effect a moderating influence that interpretation has been to filtered in such a way that the literal interpretation is no longer valid.

That to be a "moderate" muslim requires interpreting the Koran in a very non-literal manner that is potentially abhorrent to the multitude of believers.

*shrug* not a clue.

Hmmm.Perh... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmm.

Perhaps there really aren't that many muslims that could be accurately described as "muslim" and that the vast majority approve of some level of violent radicalism.

sigh. Sorry about that. Until my second cup of coffee I'm pretty incoherent.

That should read:

Perhaps there really aren't that many muslims that could be accurately described as "moderate" and that the vast majority approve of some level of violent radicalism.
... (Below threshold)
subhunter:


Muslims,let em eat PORK!!!!

Yes, jp2, just as having th... (Below threshold)
Lurking Observer:

Yes, jp2, just as having the embrace of mass murderers doesn't further your cause (Stalin supported us in WWII, therefore, the Allied cause is suspect).

Having the embrace of military dictators doesn't further your cause (Park Chung Hee and Chun Doo Hwan supported usin South Korea, therefore, we're no better than North Korea).

But having the embrace of Communists doesn't affect the worthiness of one's cause (See A.N.S.W.E.R., Code Pink, the nuclear freeze movement, etc., etc., ad nauseum)

It's that nuance thing, isn't it?

ed,Well at least y... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

ed,

Well at least you are thinking about the issues. I hope you are wrong, but I'm not all that confident that you are. If Islam has not been hijacked as President Bush says, then we may find ourselves fighting against a religion. I believe many Muslims and non-Muslims already feel that way. At some point moderate Muslims must speak up or forever hold their piece.

weak.I do not even... (Below threshold)
kyer:

weak.

I do not even know where to begin with this so-called "manifesto"... other than to say, it is unworthy of the attention it seems to be garnering (especially for those who link to it out of support).

When GOVERNMENTS sign on to worthy "manifestos" and adhere to them in word and deed --- then I'll get excited.

I am obviously missing something here.

Another brave person...<br ... (Below threshold)
MC:

Another brave person...
VIDEO:
This WOMAN is standing up alone on TV.
I admire her guts!!
Its a MUST SEE video!!

Watch nr 1050:
http://www.memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S6#

- Arab-American Psychologist Wafa Sultan: There Is No Clash of Civilizations but a Clash between the Mentality of

the Middle Ages and That of the 21st Century

MC
http://ghomepages.googlepages.com/muhammedandcartoons
[email protected]

Not everyone who has the op... (Below threshold)

Not everyone who has the opportunity to stand up to totalitarianism has done so. My unique commentary on last Friday's pro-Denmark demonstration here.

While I respect most anyone... (Below threshold)
F15C:

While I respect most anyone standing up in most any fashion against Islamism, I don't think this manifesto is something I can rally behind in good conscience.

This article says it better than I can:

http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/869

What I do see is the forming of strange bedfellows. Leftist, Euro-socialist types are effectively aligning themselves with more right and centrist conservatives (in the American sense) against a perceived common enemy. Which, in and of itself is a good thing. The value of this manifesto simply is the acknowledgement (and it's about time) by at least some on the left that there is a threat posed by Islamism to Western civilization. (Which by the way tacitly and unavoidably indicates that Western civilization is worth saving - even if it is only for the continuation of the comforable lifestyles enjoyed by leftists taking advantage of what Western civilization has wrought whilst they dream up new ways to demonize it.)

However, that they believe they can fight an ideological war of words against Islamist extremists indicates a gross failure to acknowledge the extent of the threat, and a fatal ignorance of the actual nature of the enemy. By the time they internalize the true nature of the threat facing them, their head will just be separating from their shoulders.




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