Wednesday, March 01, 2006

A Testament to Bravery: Part 2

Salman Rushdie and nearly a dozen other writers have issued a statement warning against "Islamic totalitarianism". BBC News reports:
"After having overcome fascism, Nazism, and Stalinism, the world now faces a new global threat: Islamism," the manifesto says.
They also include a list of the writers that signed the document, and I believe every one of them deserves praise for their bravery. Every one of them will have a target on their back and a bounty from Islamic fascists with a hunger for revenge.
  • 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

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