|Speech made at 8th September protest meeting
against Sharia courts in Paris
I am pleased to witness this vibrant global movement against establishment
of Islamic courts and laws. We are gathered here today to voice
our deep concerns against the interference of religion in social
and political life, in state and judicial system. Religion poses
a great danger to the important principles of freedom and equality,
to civil rights and human rights and to the rights of women.
The introduction of Sharia courts is being justified as respect
for different cultures and ethnic minorities. It is said by leaving
every ethnic group to settle their disputes according to “their
culture and religion” we have a better, more egalitarian society,
and less racist society. This is totally false. By creating different
laws and judicial systems for each ethnic group we are not fighting
racism, in fact we are institutionalising racism. We are creating
different class of citizens, putting them in different ethnic boxes.
By allowing sharia courts to rule, we are allowing some antiquated
laws to govern our modern society, and thereby disregarding all
those laws and principles humankind has fought for in the past 2
centuries, principles of equality; women’s rights, rights of children,
freedom, and the principle of citizenship and secularism.
This is going back to the middle ages, to the dark ages under the
fancy façade of multiculturalism, cultural relativism, and respect
for rights of minorities. We should expose this reactionary practice
as it really is. Establishment of sharia courts is nothing but to
leave the members of these so-called Moslem communities to the mercy
of the Imams and so-called leaders of the communities. By doing
this, we allow a great injustice to take place, total disregard
for women’s rights, children’s rights, the interference of religion
in people’s lives, and we create an insurmountable gap between these
communities and the larger society. This act must be stopped.
The fact that we are gathered here today in Paris to oppose the
establishment of Islamic courts or the so-called Sharia courts,
in Canada, is historically significant. It shows that the threat
of political Islam has been felt deeply across the globe, and therefore
this international movement and solidarity, which is very exciting.
I am very pleased to be part of this movement.
It is a pity that we needed 3 decades of brutality, killing, maiming,
torture and reduction of women to less than 2nd class citizens by
Islamic states such as Islamic Republic of Iran, Taleban and Islamic
state in Afghanistan, and now Iraq and the reign of Islamic terrorism
in order to awaken to the threats of political Islam and its inroads
into society. Whatever the circumstances, it is important that a
strong secular movement is taking shape internationally.
September 11th brought a terrible reality home to many who had chosen
to see political Islam as something belonging to those strange so-called
Islamic countries. With the aid of a self-serving theory of cultural
relativism minds could be set at ease while brutality, torture,
stoning and terrorism were taking place in those “exotic” places.
By saying that, it is “their culture” and “their religion”, heads
could be turned the other way. As though some masochists inhabited
those countries, who like to practice “their culture” and “their
religion” by being stoned, flogged, maimed, executed and terrorized.
“It is not our business,” was the response to all these horrendous
acts. However, I am happy to see that our 27 years of struggle is
paying off. We are now able to mobilize a great force against political
Islam, we are able to organise a great force to defend secularism
and universal laws for all citizens.
Here I like to thank anyone who is adding their voice to this movement,
to stop Islamic courts, to defend secularism, freedom and equality.
I like to thank my old friend and comrade Homa Arjmand for her untiring
efforts to stop the formation of these courts. We are only 3 days
away from September 11th, I like to remember all those who fell
in the face of terrorism and send my sympathies to all who lost
a loved one.
I like to take this opportunity to remind you all that our fight
is not going to end by stopping the Sharia courts in Canada. This
is an important achievement, but we, as the conscious humanity have
the duty to stop all religious states and political Islam all together.
I like to remind you of the plot of Iraqi people, an Islamic state
is being established in Iraq, much worse than the establishment
of Islamic courts in Canada. People of Iran are fighting to rid
themselves of the horrendous Islamic Republic, they need your support
and solidarity. I call upon you to come to the aid of people of
Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan to free themselves from the Islamic states
and laws governing their lives and depriving them of a humane existence.
We should all call for a no to Sharia courts, No to political Islam,
Long live freedom and equality; long live secularism