September 03, 2004
More of this, please

Many in the blogosphere (including me) have decried the lack of backlash against Islamofascism from the more moderate practitioners of the religion. So when I see something like this, I feel compelled to present it, as we need to encourage this sort of expression.

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.

As they note, not all of the signatories are active in the faith, but all were raised in the culture (and the majority are likely to be Arab, as are most French Muslims), and by virtue of their heritage, their manifesto will carry more weight than that of any western group ever shall. They have taken pains to make it accessible to as many as possible (the manifesto is available online in five languages, including Kurdish). It doesn't specifically address the more virulent expansionistic tendencies of fundamentalist Islam, but it does address the injustice against women, gays, and Jews that are being propogated (in France, and elsewhere) in the name of Islam. Read the whole thing.

(Link courtesy of Jonathan Derbyshire, by way of Shot By Both Sides.)

posted on September 03, 2004 02:10 PM


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