4 readers online now  |  69 million page views

Worthy of note

Reader comment on item: Intimidating the West, from Rushdie to Benedict
in response to reader comment: Islam a laughing stock - it requires ridicule.

Submitted by Proud kafir (Canada), Oct 3, 2006 at 10:48

See bold......looks like people are beginning to wake up.....

In front of Islamic intimidations, what should the free world do ?
France-Echos.com ^ | 10/03/2006 | Robert Redeker

http://www.france-echos.com/actualite.php?cle=10346

The reactions triggered by Benedict XVI on Islam and violence are part of the attempt made by Islam to kill the West's most precious value, which is nowhere to be found in the Muslim world : freedom of thought and speech. Islam is trying to impose its rules on Europe : public swimming pools which are restricted to women at certain times, criticism or caricatures of Islam forbidden, strong demands for Muslim pupils to receive Halal meals in school canteens, struggle to impose the Islamic veil in schools, accusations of "Islam phobia" against free minds.

How could we explain that G-strings were banned from "Paris Plages" last summer ? (note : "Paris Plages" is a yearly event where a 2km sand beach is spread along the banks of the seine river in the heart of Paris during summer) The argument put forward by Paris mayor was strange : "risks of disorders with public law and order". Did that mean that the groups of frustrated teenagers would become violent upon display of beauty ? or did we fear Islamists demonstrations, with "brigades of virtue" around Paris Plages ?

On the other hand, permitting the Islamic veil - which is enforcing oppression against women - in the streets, is much more of a threat to public law and order than G-string is. It doesn't seem too far-fetched to think that banning G-string is an evidence of Islamic influence over French minds and a more or less conscious submission to Islamic dictatorship ; at least that this is a result of the insidious Muslim pressure over people's minds. Even those who rebelled against the inauguration of a "Parvis Jean Paul II" in Paris don't oppose the edification of mosquees. Islam tries to force Europe to adhere to its vision of mankind.

Like before with communism, the west is under ideologic surveillance. Islam wants to be, like communism before, an alternative to the western civilization. Like communism, it tries to claim its legitimacy and conquer minds by using an emotional reaction of the caring western conscience on foreign beings : representing the voice of the poor and needy on the planet. Yesterday, this voice was supposed to come from Moscow, today it would come from Mecca ! Today again, some intellectuals impersonate this "eye of the Quran", just like they did yesterday for "the eye of Moscow". They excommunicate for Islam phobia like yesterday for anti-communism. In its care for others, typical of the west, a secularization of Christianity can be found, which can be summarized by : the "other" should always have priority over myself. The Westerner, inheriting Christian legacy, is the one who opens his soul and takes the chance of being seen as weak. Just like communism, Islam holds generosity, open-mindedness, tolerance, softness, freedom for women and for sexual behaviors, democratic values, as signs of decline. It tries to exploit these "weaknesses" using "idiots utiles" (useful fools), i,e. good consciences filled with finer feelings, in order to impose Islamic order to the west itself.

The Quran is a book of incredible violence. Maxime Rodinson enumerates, in "Encyclopedia Universalis", a bunch of truths that are just as important as kept unspoken in France because they're simply taboo.

On one hand, « Muhammad showed in Medine some unexpected talents for political leadership and warfare (…) He made use of private warfare, which was then a common behavior in Arabia (…) Muhammad was soon to send small groups of its followers to attack Mecca caravans, as a way to punish the ones amongst his peers that rejected his beliefs, and at the same time growing a huge personal treasure."

On the other hand, "Muhammad used this success to take out of Medine, by the means of mass murder, the last Jewish tribe that remained there, the Qurayza, under the accusation that they had a "suspect behavior"."

Finally, « after Khadija died, he married a widow and good housewife, Sawda, and also young Aisha who was barely 9. His tendencies for sex, long kept silent, led him to be married at the same time to around 10 women.

Violence-worshiper, merciless war lord, plunderer, Jews killer, and polygamous sex addict, this is Muhammad as described in the Quran.

Having said that, the Catholic Church is not without reproach itself. Its history is paved with black pages for which it already apologized. Inquisition, witch trials, execution of philosophers Bruno and Vanini (doomed epicureans), and the one, in the middle of the 18th century, of Chevalier de la Barre, accused of heresy, all of these don't plead in favor of the Church's reputation. But the difference between Christianity and Islam appears just there : even if you twist the values of the Evangelicals, the sweet nature of Jesus acts against the drifts of its church. There is no horror done by the church which can be justified by the Evangelicals, as Jesus is non-violent. Returning to the very nature of Jesus is a direct response against the excesses of the church. Returning to the very nature of Muhammad, on the other hand, leads to a reinforcement of hatred and violence. Jesus is a master of Love, Muhammad is a master of Hate.

The ritual stoning of Satan, each year in Make, is not only a superstitious phenomenon. It doesn't just show a maddened crowd flirting with barbarian times, it also has an anthropological reach. Indeed, this is a ritual - that every Muslim is supposed to accomplish - that carves violence as a sacred duty for every believer.

This stoning, which comes each year with death by stampeding of a number of believers, sometimes a few hundreds, is a ritual that contains archaic violence built in. Unlike Judaism and Christianity, which both neutralize violent tendencies of the human being (Judaism starts by rejecting the human sacrifices, that is, entering into civilization, and Christianity transforms this sacrifice into Eucharist), Islam provides a nest for violence, where it can slowly build up.

While Judaism and Christianity are religions where traditions forbid violence and deny its legitimacy, Islam is a religion whose holy book as well as common acts of faith, promote violence and hatred.

Hatred and violence fill the book with which each Muslim is educated, the Quran. Like during cold war, violence and intimidation are the weapons used by an ideology of hegemonic will, Islam, to impose its censorship over the whole planet. Benedict XIV is just painfully experiencing it now. Just like cold war times, the West should be called "the free world" against "the Muslim world" ; and just like during those times, the opponents of such "free world", numerous devoted servants of Quranic Totalitarianism, can move and speak freely within its own borders.

(Philosopher and teacher in St Orens de Gameville - about to publish "Breakdown and philosophy" (ed. Pleins Feux)

Published in Le Figaro, Sept 19th 2006

Translated by Claude, France-Echos.com

Submitting....

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to Worthy of note by Proud kafir

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List
eXTReMe Tracker

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2020 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)