Yes to free speech, no to double standards, but we expect more from our leaders than the bare minimum that the law demands.
On March 6, 2001 the European Court of Justice ruled that "the European Union can lawfully suppress political criticism of its institutions and of leading figures, sweeping aside English Common Law and 50 years of European precedents on civil liberties."
A challenge in 1990 to the publication of Salman Rushdie's "The Satanic Verses" on the grounds that it contained "a blasphemous libel concerning Almighty God (Allah) the Supreme Deity common to all the major religions of the world" was rejected because Britain's blasphemy law was restricted to "scurrilous vilification of the Christian religion."
A Paris court on February 27, 1998, fined French philosopher Roger Garaudy $40,000 for statements made in his 1996 book "The Founding Myths of Israeli Politics." The European Court of Human Rights declared inadmissible his appeal lodged in the case of Garaudy v. France.
Ernst Zundel, Germar Rudolf and David Irving are serving time in jail in Europe for their views about the holocaust. Why doesn't the press support Zundel's, Rudolf's, Irving's, or Garaudy's right to free speech.
Would a U.S. president invite Zundel, Rudolf, Irving, or Garaudy to dinner at the White House as then President Clinton did with Salman Rushdie?" I think not.
We understand that changes to the Patriot Act sought by President Bush would make illegal at certain gatherings signs that have not been previously approved.
Yes, Muslim demonstrations may not be effective, but they are understandable. Muslims are fed up with the double standards, the constant attacks on Islam, and their virtual exclusion from mainstream debate.
Civil society requires more than merely observing the law. Language acceptable in a novel, is not acceptable in the communications from society's leaders - be it a newspaper, corporation or state.
Enver Masud is founder of The Wisdom Fund, and the recipient of the 2002 Gold Award from the Human Rights Foundation for his book The War on Islam.
"As to those who reject Faith, it is the same to them whether you warn them or you do not warn them they will not believe. Allah has set a seal on their hearts and on their hearing, and on their eyes is a veil. Great is the penalty they incur" (Quran:2:6-7)
The true light of guidance can be put in the heart only by Allah. Let us not waste our precious time and energy anymore with the likes of Done Phine. May Allah continue to guide and protect us all. Aamin!
An excellent and informative article. Why are these facts not talked about in the media? Where is the so called freedom of speech and freedom of expression? When double standards are applied and when there is cut and paste type of media reporting then it will loose credibility.
The Danish Prime Minister refused to meet with 11 Muslim ambassadors.
Rose Fleming apologized on TV for his irresponsible agenda to demonize our beloved Prophet Muhammad may peace be upon him, and on the other hand he continues to give permission to newspapers in other European countries to print the cartoon.
If you want to know more about Rose Fleming the editor who commissioned the cartoons please go to web site www.mathaba.net. If one wants to know more about the detail of how it began then one need to find out more about the real culprit the real truth. The media is twisting and creating an atmosphere of confusion rather than reporting the facts.
When you say I hurt the feelings of Muslims, you can't be serious can you. Are Muslims like little children the moment you say something they cry, get mad and try to punch without thought. When I read comments that attack my beliefs or even me personally they don't harm me. Personal attacks are forgotten or used against the bully. Comments with intellectual value are reflected upon, so that I can better understand the world. That is why I'm here to better understand the Muslim world. I like to make comments to provoke comments and intelligent thought, however yours will not be one of those.
Freedom of speech is the right to say the objectionable. The Muslim world should understand we will not submit to the tenets of Islam, just so that we don't hurt your feelings. Just as Muslims and Islam doesn't care if it hurts the feelings of non-Muslims!!! From the Koran verse 2:39 But they who disbelieve, and deny Our revelations, such are rightful Peoples of the Fire. They will abide therein.
That verse is not nice and filled with hate towards non-Muslims!!!
However I do believe in the quote of Nitzsche.
A quote from Karl Marx That I agree with, and I'm not a communist either.
"Religion is the opiate of the masses."
A final quote from Betrand Russell.
"Religion is based, I think, primarily and mainly upon fear. It is partly the terror of the unknown and partly, as I have said, the wish to feel that you have a kind of elder brother who will stand by you in all your troubles and disputes. Fear is the basis of the whole thing -- fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand."
BRAVO BROS REGARDING THE ISLAMAPHOBE DOIN PHINE.
HIS IGNORANCE (AND ARROGANCE) IS BREATH TAKING. HE QUOTES VOLTAIRE WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT THIS MAN STOOD FOR, SAME AS THE OTHER ISLAMAPHOBE WHO I CALL DOUBTING THOMAS.
VOLTAIRE WAS A SELF OPINIONATED BIGOTED RACIST AND ISLAMAPHOBE. HE HATED ISLAM AND ITS PROPHET (PBUH). EUROPE HAS BEEN INFESTED WITH THIS DISEASE EVER SINCE THE BIRTH OF ISLAM, DURING VOLTAIRE'S TIME, AND NOW IN OUR TIME. WHERE EVER THESE EUROPEANS WENT THEY TOOK THIS DISEASE WITH THEM AND PERPETUATED IT. THERE IS AMPLE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE LIKES OF DOIN PHINE TO EDUCATE THEMSELVES ABOUT ISLAM AT ISLAMICITY.COM. BUT WILL THEY DO IT? NO! DEAF, DUMB AND BLIND, THEY WILL NOT RETURN TO THE STRAIGHT PATH. ISLAM AND MUSLIM BASHING IS MORE IMPORTANT TO THEM.
ABU KHALIL YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. THIS PERSON CALLED DOIN PHINE IS TRYING TO SHOVE HIS ATHEIST MATERIALIST IDEAS DOWN OUR THROATS. HIS EVERY POST ON ALL THE ARTICLES IS A RABID RANT AGAINST THE AUTHOR OF THE ARTICLE, ISLAM AND MUSLIMS. YET, I HAVE INFORMED HIM IN MY PREVIOUS POST THAT IN ISLAM THEIR IS NO COMPULSION IN RELIGION. NO ONE IS TRYING TO CONVERT HIM TO ISLAM. TO HIM OR HER HIS OR HER WAY AND TO US MUSLIMS OUR WAY-ISLAM.
NITZSCHE--HUMM--WELL SPOTTED BROS HUDD.
THIS FATHER OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM (NAZISM) IN GERMANY IS DOIN PHNES IDEA OF A ROLE MODEL RESPONSIBLE FOR WESTERN CIVILIZATION. NO WONDER THEN THAT WESTERN CIVILIZATION HAS BEEN COMMITTING GENOCIDE AFTER GENOCIDE ON EVERY CONTINENT ON THIS PLANET!
Cartoonists in the Middle East, especially Egypt, routinely feature pictures of hook nosed Jews with bags of money, yet where is the condemnation?
Videos of beheadings were featured on Islamic websites. Where were the condemnations, the threats, the boycotts, the repudiations?
In Egypt we witnessed the serialization of the forged "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" conspiracy nonsense broadcast in the middle of Ramadan to maximize the impact? Where is the condemnation?
We saw the Opening Speech by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Chairman at of the 10th Session of the Islamic Summit Conference on Oct 16, 2003 claim "We are up against a people [Jews, also referred to as "the enemy"] who think. They survived 2000 years of pogroms not by hitting back, but by thinking. They invented and successfully promoted Socialism, Communism, human rights and democracy so that persecuting them would appear to be wrong, so they may enjoy equal rights with others. With these they have now gained control of the most powerful countries and they, this tiny community, have become a world power. We cannot fight them through brawn alone. We must use our brains also." That was only a sampling.
Where was the condemnation?
"The reaction of the world shows that they [Jews] do control the world," he told the Washington Post.
Mahathir dismissed the objections of Western countries who labeled the speech anti Semitic, saying they backed the Jews and failed to protest against anti Muslim rhetoric.
Where was the condemnation?
The truth is that the only people that matter to Muslims in these episodes are other Muslims, others do not count.
Islam is showing itself to be a reactionary religion that needs to reform itself in order to earn any respect from open minded liberal people. So far it deserves none and receives none from me.
Peace and take care!
A Famous quote;
Faith means not wanting to know what is true.
-Freidrich Nietzsche, German philosopher
Reject terriorist, I do know that not all Muslims are terriorist, but all terriorists have been Muslims....I do know there is bad n good in all major religions, including Christianity which I belong too...
Denounce all the violence radical Islam is involved with and reconize Isreals right to exist and then we can have peace and justice..
I am neither pro Jew or Muslim....both are good in principle
ps I have many Muslims friends...May God Bless you!