Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Liberal Jihad

A number of public figure, mostly ex-Muslims it seems, are going on the offensive. A Jihad of Liberals!

"We reject « cultural relativism », which consists in accepting that men and women of Muslim culture should be deprived of the right to equality, freedom and secular values in the name of respect for cultures and traditions. We refuse to renounce our critical spirit out of fear of being accused of "Islamophobia", an unfortunate concept which confuses criticism of Islam as a religion with stigmatisation of its believers."

In order to win the respect of a Muslim, you stand up to him. Death or Victory!

On a side note: Snouck does not believe the equality nonsense...... but I like and commend the spirit of the signatories of this proud declaration.


Kleinverzet said...

Snouck does not believe the equality nonsense......

Well, there's equality (before the law) and egalitarianism. I'm for the first and deadset against the latter. also commented on the strong emphasis on secularism and (supposed) egalitarianism.

Everyone *should* be equal in the eyes of the state. But on the individual level there's a right to treat people unequal. If not, would you be forced to treat your boss the same you do your mother?

But I don't know that it's meant as strongly as that. The criticism holds merit, though. Freedom is the right to be different/unequal.

Möbius said...

I mostly agree with winn, but still, I am curious:
What exactly did you mean by "Snouck does not believe the equality nonsense"?

Charles Martel said...

the french revolution term of "egalitie" as in "libertie, egalitie, fraternitie", does not mean egalitarianism.

it means equality before the law.

the french revolution was against absolute monarchism, where the law was not equally applied - the lower your status, the more harsh the law was.

of course, we all know what happened after the revolution -shades of "animal farm" , and some people are more "equal" than others - but the principle of "egalitie" before the law is a good one. and an important factor in western democracy and free society.