From the courageous and insightful Ali Sina at Faithfreedom.org, with thanks to Ethelred Smith:
In an act of total insanity, the Council of Europe decided to ban criticism of Islam, equating it to anti-Semitism.
Selcuk Gultasli in zaman.com wrote: “Anti-Islamism has been included in the text as a “dangerous inclination” that has to be fought against upon the insistence of Turkey at the summit that 46 Council members attended. The conclusion draft of the summit included the notion of "Islamophobia". The inclusion of this notion in the European organizations' documents for the first time is described as the success of Turkey.
The 3rd Council of Europe summit has for the first time mentioned "Islamophobia" in the 9th paragraph of the Warsaw Declaration that was accepted on Tuesday, May 17. The Council has reached the following decisions regarding the issue: Condemnation of any kind of intolerance and discrimination based on gender, race and religious beliefs in particular, including Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, the fight against these within the framework of the Council of Europe and the use of effective mechanisms and rules to combat these problems.
Thus, anti-Islamism as well as anti-Semitism will be dealt with within the framework of legal proceedings. The Council reports will include anti-Islamist movements. The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) will closely monitor these movements. The Commission will record in which country anti-Islamism increases or how it is reflected.”
This is the beginning of the fall of Europe. Anti-Islamism is not the same as anti-Semitism. Islam is a belief system, Semites are a race. We can’t equate a race with a doctrine. Racism is sheer evil. Apart from the fact that no race is better or worse than other races, unless one is Michael Jackson, one can’t change his race. Instigating hate against a race is instigating hate against mankind. Doctrines that instigate racial hate must be condemned and those who engage in racial slurs must be brought to justice.
Islam advocates the hatred of the Jews in particular but also of Christians who according to the Quran have corrupted their Scripture and call Jesus the son of God. The Quran’s biggest condemnation is reserved for the people of other religions and of no religion. All these people, including Jews and Christians are considered to be najis and fuels of hellfire. This is hate. This is hate-mongering. There is no other way to put it. Why are we not banning the Quran? Why are we not condemning Islam for blatantly advocating hate?
The decision of the Council of Europe is oxymoronic. How can we condemn anti-Semitism if we are not allowed to criticize Islam that incites hate of the Jews and says God transformed them into swine and apes? Is this not insult?
There is a fundamental difference between religions and people. One is made of flesh and bones and the other is merely a doctrine. People must be protected, but doctrines don't need to be protected. They have to be scrutinized, questioned and if found dangerous or wrong, rejected. Doctrines that advocate the hatred of people must be criticized and banned, not protected. How can we protect the rights of people to life and to freedom if at the same time we protect doctrines that incite hatred against them? If someone calls Muslims filthy, untouchable, impure, he is inciting hate. He should be stopped. This is clearly a racial insult. But the Quran calls all of us who are not Muslims najis. Najis means filthy, untouchable, impure. Why criticizing this book of hate should be against the law? Is this not double standard? is this not hypocrisy? Is this not dhimitude? Why Muslims should be allowed to insult everyone else but criticizing this hateful doctrine should be against the law?
This decision simply makes no sense. It is a contradiction. You can’t ban anti-Semitism and anti-Islamism at the same time. Islam is anti-Jew and anti-Human. The two don’t go together. They are mutually exclusive.
Today May 25, 2005 an Italian judge ordered the best-selling writer and journalist Oriana Fallaci to stand trial in her native Italy on charges she defamed Islam in her book “La Forza della Ragione” (The Force of Reason)
In it, Ms Fallaci argues that Europe is turning into "an Islamic province, an Islamic colony" and that "to believe that a good Islam and a bad Islam exist goes against all reason".
Adel Smith, president of the Muslim Union of Italy, sued the writer, claiming that Ms Fallaci’s book is offensive to Muslims.
So what? The Quran is offensive to all Mankind. No one, including Ms. Fallaci, can go far enough to insult Muslims the way the Quran insults non-Muslims, calling them, kafir (blasphemers), najis, fuels for hellfire, enemies of God, etc. But the Quran does not stop there. It actually incites violence against the non-Muslims. Muhammad asked his followers to instill terror in the hearts of the unbelievers, to wage war against them, to smite their heads from above their necks, to deceive them, to kill them wherever they find them, even to rape their wives. Why such a book should be protected and why criticizing it should be banned?
Europe is threading a very dangerous path. Two things can happen in Europe:
1. Islam is left alone to grow unchecked, which means Europe will fall to Islamism before the end of this century. Or
2. The Europeans sense the danger too late, panic, and give birth to Eurofascism to counter Islamofascism.
In either case Europe will be destroyed.
Curtailing freedom of speech, specially banning criticism of a doctrine of hate is foolishly dangerous. Europe is playing with fire. The path that Europe has taken today will lead to its fall before the end of this century, but more likely it will auto disintegrate in a civil war in the next two or three decades.
Concerned Europeans must:
• Write to their Prime Ministers, Presidents and MPs and demand for freedom of speech and freedom to criticize doctrines of hate.
• Organize campaigns to defend freedom of speech and beat the resolution of the Council of Europe.
• Support candidates that are conscientious and are not willing to sell their souls and your country to Islamists for vote.
• Politicians are like prostitutes: one will do anything for your money, and the other will do anything for your vote. Threaten those politicians who pander to Muslims for their votes with withholding your vote.
• Support parties that have anti-Muslim immigration policies and are not afraid to call a spade a spade. At this moment, saving Europe is more important than your political ideology. Bite the bullet and vote for parties that you don’t like but have clearly the interest of saving your country from Islamofascism at mind.