Does Islam in fact have a “murderous contempt for women and homosexuals? Certainly there are many Muslim clerics and rank-and-file believers who believe that it does, approving of death sentences for gays, the honor killing of women, and the like. But for non-Muslims to point out that such views have a basis within Islamic texts and teachings is “Islamophobic.” Apologies must be issued.
“Politicians demand apology from Germany’s biggest-selling newspaper for editorial comment piece criticising Islam and accusing it of ‘murderous contempt for women and homosexuals,'” Daily Mail, July 28, 2014 (thanks to Blazing Cat Fur):
Germany’s biggest-selling newspaper has faced calls to apologise for an editorial comment piece criticising Islam which has sparked debate and controversy in the country.
Nicolaus Fest, the vice editor in chief of the newspaper Bild am Sonntag, was criticised after accusing Islam of a ‘murderous contempt for women and homosexuals’ in a comment piece yesterday.
Fest described the religion as ‘a barrier to integration’ saying: ‘I don’t believe in God, but at the same time Christianity, Judaism or Buddhism don’t bother me. Only Islam bothers me more and more.’
The newspaper has now responded to criticism after politicians described the piece as ‘racist’, The Local has reported.
What race is Sharia oppression of women and gays again? I keep forgetting.
According to the website, the comment piece had been shared more than 9,700 times on social media by this morning, with critics including Volker Beck, a member of the Green political party, calling for the paper to apologise.
Last night, Bild’s editor-in-chief Kai Diekmann wrote an editorial, which was posted online, saying there was an ‘unshakeable dividing line between Islam as a world religion and the degrading ideology of Islamism’.
He wrote: ‘That’s why in Bild and Axel Springer [publications] there is no room for generalized, depreciating comments against Islam and the people who believe in Allah.’
The comment piece was published in the wake of Germany’s condemnation of anti-Semitic chants and threats heard at some of the protests against Israel’s conflict with Hamas in Gaza….