asking for tolerance!
We say this is
has recently resorted to a new tactic: it speaks of tolerance. It asks
western society to show tolerance vis-à-vis Islamic laws, customs and
discriminations. Their recent demonstration in
was an attempt to silence the rightly angry voice of decent and
freedom-loving human beings who cannot tolerate the abuses, violence and
intimidation carried out by this movement. This movement crushes any
resistance, protest and disobedience in countries where it has the upper
hand. And in the west where it is under attack by secularists,
freethinkers and organisations fighting for equality and freedom, it has
changed tactics and resorts to speaking about civil rights and more
sophisticated socio-political concepts as freedom of religion, tolerance
and Islamophobia. It has become savvy!
society to show tolerance vis-à-vis Islamic laws and customs is
hypocritical, to say the least. The most intolerant movement is asking
society to show tolerance for an ideology and set of principles, which
are most restrictive, harsh, cruel, misogynist and reactionary. They are
taking hostage the consciousness of those who respect freedom of
thought, belief and expression, and who despise racism. They are playing
a political game. They want libertarians to be silent in the face of
abuse, discrimination, and violence. Because this is what Islamic laws
and customs mean in the real life of millions of people. How can one be
silent and show tolerance in the face of stoning, flogging, reducing
women to third class citizens, sexual apartheid, the execution of human
beings for being non-believers or homosexuals, and the veiling of girls?
The fact of the
matter is that the same movement that throws acid at the faces of
non-veiled women, knives them, and slashes their bodies with razors for
not observing the veil in Iran and the Middle East, that flogs women for
not being “good Moslems”, flogs a 14-year-old to death for not
fasting in Ramadan, is talking about tolerance. They have definitely
become sophisticated! They are not merely thugs who incite hatred;
provoke prejudice, superstition, and terrorize all those who dare to
question the law of Islam. They now enter socio-political discourse
about civil and individual rights. This is the same movement, which
stones women in
, murders non-veiled, or “westernized” women and secular journalists
, executes women in football stadiums in
. The same movement is defending the freedom of clothing, so it would be
able to veil girls. It talks about showing tolerance vis-à-vis Islam,
so it can establish Sharia courts in
. We know this movement and we will expose it.
tolerance vis-à-vis Islamic rule and laws is ridiculous. It is absurd.
They are trying to establish their small Islamic republics here in the
west, to turn Islamic communities into mini-Islamic states. We will not
let this happen. We will stop this reactionary movement from making
inroads in the west. We would push them back in the
protest movement, the women’s liberation movement and secular movement
will push them back.
As a matter of
fact, as freethinkers, as people who fight inequality, we should not
have any tolerance for Islamic rule, laws and customs. We should
criticize it radically. We should expose its inherent reactionary and
misogynist nature. We should expose the hypocrisy behind the cry for
tolerance coming from Islamists. We know this movement.