Why we don’t see more Muslim reformers, part 578. And these aren’t real reformers in any case, as you can see from their reference below to “Islamophobes.” “Islamophobia” is a manipulative coinage invented by the Muslim Brotherhood to silence criticism of Islamic supremacism and jihad; that Manji and Dibi would buy into it casts doubts upon their interest in genuine Islamic reform. Manji, for her part, touts recovery of a fantasy Islam of her own making that she claims existed in the mythic past. Self-delusion and deception are not reform. But the fact that she dares criticize Islam in its present form in any way brought out the Allahu-akbaring thugs.
“Salafists disrupt liberal Islam debate in Amsterdam,” by Heleen Sittig for Radio Netherlands, December 8 (thanks to David):
Radical Belgian Muslims disrupted a debate on Wednesday evening about a liberal approach to Islam. The leading debaters were Canadian writer and Muslim activist Irshad Manji and Green Left Party MP Tofik Dibi. Both describe themselves as liberal Muslims.
The debate at the Balie venue in Amsterdam consisted of a dialogue between Manji and Dibi about “how reformist Muslims can prevent the Islam debate from being hijacked by extremists, be they Islamophobes or radical Muslims”. Irshad Manji, a known critic of Islam, is the author of The Islam Dilemma.
A group of 30 Islamists waving the Salafist flag entered the hall and began shouting “Sharia for Holland”. They threatened and spat on Ms Manji. The Islamists, who also threw raw eggs, demanded that the debate participants leave the stage; the debaters refused. Mr Dibi later tweeted that the debate “about a promising new generation of Muslims” was later continued at the request of Ms Manji.
Eventually, the police were called in to remove the protestors. A police spokesperson later said that two of the 22 men involved were arrested, one for making threats, and one for insulting Ms Manji. Tofik Dibi accompanied her to the police station where she filed a report.
Tofik Dibi, speaking later the same evening on public TV talkshow Pauw & Witteman, said that “the disruption of the debate shows that it is necessary to continue the debate on a free and moderate Islam.” Ms Manji added that she had experienced her share of fierce opposition but that she had never before seen anything like this….
Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders tweeted: “Dibi does not deserve eggs from radical Muslims or disruption of the meeting. He must be able to say what he wants.”