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Friday, September 03, 2004  

A Muslim Manifesto from France

This manifesto, in the current issue of Dissent Magazine seems to say something that has been missing from public debate. It says a number of things in fact, almost all sensible.
To be fair I am pretty hawkish when it comes to the clash of civilisations, believing that our liberal property owning society is a 'good thing'.

But if ranged against the Judeo Christian world were more like Tewfik Allal then maybe things would be a little differrent. I urge you to read the whole thing, but here is a small taster.

We are women and men of Muslim culture. Some of us are believers, others are agnostics or atheists. We all condemn firmly the declarations and acts of misogyny, homophobia, and anti-Semitism that we have heard and witnessed for a while now here in France and that are carried out in the name of Islam. These three characteristics typify the political Islamism that has been forceful for so long in several of our countries of origin. We fought against them there, and we are committed to fighting against them again-here.

we oppose wearing the Islamic head scarf, even if among us there are differing opinions about the law banning it from schools in France. In various countries, we have seen violence or even death inflicted on female friends or family members because they refused to wear the scarf. Even if the current enthusiasm for the head scarf [among some Muslims] in France was stimulated by discrimination suffered by immigrant children, this cannot be considered the real cause of the desire to wear it; nor can memories of a North African lifestyle explain it. Behind this so-called "choice" demanded by a certain number of girls is the promotion of a political Islamic society based on a militant ideology which aims to promote actively values to which we do not subscribe.

Finally, we condemn firmly the anti-Semitic statements made recently in speeches in the name of Islam. Just like "shameless" women and homosexuals, Jews have become the target: "They have everything and we have nothing,"

As they say read the whole thing and visit the French website that supports it.

Via Erik and through him John Derbyshire

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