Political Islam has recently resorted
to a new tactic: it speaks of tolerance. It asks western society
to show tolerance vis-à-vis Islamic laws, customs and discriminations.
Their recent demonstration in Germany was an attempt to silence
the rightly angry voice of decent and freedom-loving human beings
who cannot tolerate the abuses, violence and intimidation carried
out by this movement.
This movement crushes any resistance, protest and disobedience
in countries where it has the upper hand. And in the west where
it is under attack by secularists, freethinkers and organisations
fighting for equality and freedom, it has changed tactics and resorts
to speaking about civil rights and more sophisticated socio-political
concepts as freedom of religion, tolerance and Islamophobia. It
has become savvy!
Asking the society to show tolerance vis-à-vis Islamic laws and
customs is hypocritical, to say the least. The most intolerant movement
is asking society to show tolerance for an ideology and set of principles,
which are most restrictive, harsh, cruel, misogynist and reactionary.
They are taking hostage the consciousness of those who respect freedom
of thought, belief and expression, and who despise racism. They
are playing a political game.
They want libertarians to be silent in the face of abuse, discrimination,
and violence. Because this is what Islamic laws and customs mean
in the real life of millions of people. How can one be silent and
show tolerance in the face of stoning, flogging, reducing women
to third class citizens, sexual apartheid, the execution of human
beings for being non-believers or homosexuals, and the veiling of
The fact of the matter is that the same movement that throws acid
at the faces of non-veiled women, knives them, and slashes their
bodies with razors for not observing the veil in Iran and the Middle
East, that flogs women for not being “good Moslems”, flogs a 14-year-old
to death for not fasting in Ramadan, is talking about tolerance.
They have definitely become sophisticated! They are not merely thugs
who incite hatred; provoke prejudice, superstition, and terrorize
all those who dare to question the law of Islam. They now enter
socio-political discourse about civil and individual rights.
This is the same movement, which stones women in Iran, murders
non-veiled, or “westernized” women and secular journalists in Algeria,
executes women in football stadiums in Afghanistan. The same movement
is defending the freedom of clothing, so it would be able to veil
girls. It talks about showing tolerance vis-à-vis Islam, so it can
establish Sharia courts in Canada. We know this movement and we
will expose it.
Showing tolerance vis-à-vis Islamic rule and laws is ridiculous.
It is absurd. They are trying to establish their small Islamic republics
here in the west, to turn Islamic communities into mini-Islamic
states. We will not let this happen. We will stop this reactionary
movement from making inroads in the west. We would push them back
in the Middle East as well.
The growing protest movement, the women’s liberation movement and
secular movement in Iran will push them back.
As a matter of fact, as freethinkers, as people who fight inequality,
we should not have any tolerance for Islamic rule, laws and customs.
We should criticize it radically. We should expose its inherent
reactionary and misogynist nature. We should expose the hypocrisy
behind the cry for tolerance coming from Islamists. We know this