Yesterday Theo van Gogh, a journalist
and a filmmaker, was brutally murdered in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
He was murdered because he cared and dared to expose the inherent
misogynism in and the brutal nature of Islam. An act, which sadly,
nowadays calls for great courage, due to advances of political Islam
and the rise in religion influence in the society.
He was murdered by political Islam, a reactionary movement that
resorts to intimidation and terror as its main tools for gaining
power and achieving its goals. This is not the first crime committed
by this movement as a way to silence the critics of Islam and Islamists,
and if we do not stand against it, it will not be the last.
Political Islam is not only making life a hell for millions of
living people in countries like Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan, it is
also taking lives in the heart of Europe. Political Islam is a threat
We need to take a firm stand against it. It is time to defend unconditional
freedom of speech and criticism. It is time to defend the principle
of universality of human rights and women’s rights. It is time to
end the so-called diplomatic relations with governments propagating
political Islam. It is time to take side with the aspirations of
people for secular and progressive governments in the birthplace
of Political Islam, countries like Iran and Iraq. Hundreds of people
are being killed, massacred everyday under the rule of political
Islam. Taking a progressive and human stand against this movement
is the way forward. Being silent about it is tatamount to supporting
We condemn this horrendous crime and call upon all freedom loving
and equality seeking human beings to unequivocally condemn this
atrocious murder and to take a firm and uncompromising position
against this movement.
Organisation for Women’s Liberation-Iran
November 3, 2004