All The More Reason

Robert Redeker
September 29, 2006, 6:43 pm
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I would’ve added this as a comment within the recent post on free speech but I don’t know how to add links within comments. It turns out that a French professor and teacher, Robert Redeker, has had a fatwa placed on him for a recent editorial he wrote within Le Figaro. I tried in vain to find the piece within Le Figaro itself but I think it has been removed. There is a piece though by Francis Morel condemning the fatwa. The original piece, assuming that it has not been altered, can be read here. Here’s a quote:

Comme jadis avec le communisme, l’Occident se retrouve sous surveillance idéologique. L’islam se présente, à l’image du défunt communisme, comme une alternative au monde occidental. À l’instar du communisme d’autrefois, l’islam, pour conquérir les esprits, joue sur une corde sensible. Il se targue d’une légitimité qui trouble la conscience occidentale, attentive à autrui : être la voix des pauvres de la planète. Hier, la voix des pauvres prétendait venir de Moscou, aujourd’hui elle viendrait de La Mecque ! Aujourd’hui à nouveau, des intellectuels incarnent cet oeil du Coran, comme ils incarnaient l’oeil de Moscou hier. Ils excommunient pour islamophobie, comme hier pour anticommunisme.

This article has some interesting details, including the reaction of Villepin as well as the fact that Redeker is now under guard 24 hours a day.

Jonathan Smith


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