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Writers issue cartoon row warning

 

The cartoons provoked outrage across the Muslim world

Salman Rushdie is among a dozen writers to have put their names to a statement in a French weekly paper warning against Islamic "totalitarianism".

The writers say the violence sparked by the publication of cartoons satirising the Prophet Muhammad shows the need to fight for secular values and freedom.

 

The statement is published in Charlie Hebdo, one of several European papers to reprint the caricatures.

 

The images, first published in Denmark, have angered Muslims across the world.

 

One showed the Prophet Muhammad, whose depiction is banned in Islam, as a terrorist bomber.

 

Many newspapers defended their decision to reprint the cartoons on the grounds of freedom of expression.

 

'Global threat'

 

Almost all of those who have signed the statement have experienced difficulties with Islamic militancy first-hand, says the BBC's Caroline Wyatt in Paris.

 

They include Dutch MP and filmmaker Ayaan Hirsi Ali and exiled Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen.

 

STATEMENT SIGNATORIES

Salman Rushdie - Indian-born British writer with fatwa issued ordering his execution for The Satanic Verses

Ayaan Hirsi Ali - Somali-born Dutch MP

Taslima Nasreen - exiled Bangladeshi writer, with fatwa issued ordering her execution

Bernard-Henri Levy - French philosopher

Chahla Chafiq - Iranian writer exiled in France

Caroline Fourest - French writer

Irshad Manji - Ugandan refugee and writer living in Canada

Mehdi Mozaffari - Iranian academic exiled in Denmark

Maryam Namazie - Iranian writer living in Britain

Antoine Sfeir - director of French review examining Middle East

Ibn Warraq - US academic of Indian/Pakistani origin

Philippe Val - director of Charlie Hebdo

 

 

Read the full text

"After having overcome fascism, Nazism, and Stalinism, the world now faces a new global threat: Islamism," the manifesto says.

 

"We, writers, journalists, intellectuals, call for resistance to religious totalitarianism and for the promotion of freedom, equal opportunity and secular values for all."

 

The clashes over the cartoons "revealed the necessity of the struggle for these universal values," the statement continues.

 

"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."

 

The writers said they refused to accept that Muslim men and women "should be deprived of their rights to equality, liberty or secularity in the name of respect for culture or tradition".

 

They also said they would not give up their critical spirit out of fear of being accused of Islamophobia.

 

"Islamism is a reactionary ideology which kills equality, freedom and secularism wherever it is present," the writers added, saying it is nurtured by fears and frustrations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Damn right, although any muslim who reads this needs to understand the difference between Islamism and Islam. Islamism is the political philosophy of world domination by Muslims.

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World domination?

 

I'd better polish those death rays, nothing like taking over the world first thing on a Friday morning!

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Such trash. Indeed Islam will one day regin over the world, such as the time of Imam Mahdi.

 

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World domination?

 

I'd better polish those death rays, nothing like taking over the world first thing on a Friday morning!

 

 

Probably not you guys, but Islamism is a recognized order of extremist thought.

 

 

Such trash. Indeed Islam will one day regin over the world, such as the time of Imam Mahdi.

 

Well, there you go.

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Probably not you guys, but Islamism is a recognized order of extremist thought.

Such trash. Indeed Islam will one day regin over the world, such as the time of Imam Mahdi.

 

Well, there you go.

 

that the latest one i've heard... Islamism... whatever next?

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Lets get real for a moment. Islamism is not about to take over the world and such silly claims just serve to undermine a very pertinent point that the signatories of this statement are trying to make.

It's certainly an issue that deserves our full attention, but to give it such a dangerous status will only result in unnecessary retaliatory measures.

I'm not the greatest fan of Islam or of many muslims, but i want the peaceful muslims (i'm sure there are many) that live in Britain to be able to live in peace and security. No innocent citizen of this country should feel attacked or beseiged, which is why i would like to see the authorities deal with the growing number of bad apples in a swift and telling fashion.

It's heartening to know that these signatories feel secure enough living in the west to be able to sign such a document.

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