On December 26th, in Amsterdam, two Muslim speakers who favor reforming and modernizing Islam were addressing a public roundtable on the subject when the meeting was disrupted by a gang of members of the Muslim fundamentalist group called Sharia4Holland. They attempted to shout down the speakers, demanded the event be stopped, threatened and spat at the speakers and accused them of apostasy, an offense punishable by death under Islamic law. Police were needed to deal with the assault.
The intruders were so proud of all this that they even posted a video of it at their group’s Youtube site. The name Sharia4Holland may sound like satire, but there’s also a group called Sharia4Belgium, and I can’t help wondering if the pro-Sharia groups also have organizations called “Death2TheInfidels” and “WeH8Apostates”.
The two Muslim speakers were Dutch parliamentarian Tofik Dibi, 31, and NYU Professor Irshad Manji. Manji was born in Uganda in 1968 and is lesbian. She is also the best-selling author of The Trouble With Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call For Reform In Her Faith.
Speaking about the experience with the intruders from Sharia4Holland, Manji had this to say:
“… all of us refused to leave, even when police asked. We wouldn’t play on jihadi terms. Some things are simply more important than fear.”
I guess we’ll be seeing some Hollywood movies praising her for her courage or a Lifetime Television biography of her … oh, wait. The American Left believes that only the anti-Western voices of the Muslim world are authentic. Any hint that many Muslims are brave enough to risk life and limb to speak out about the need for reform in the Islamic faith doesn’t work well with the American Left’s “narrative” so they ignore it.
Irshad heads New York University’s Moral Courage Project, which seeks to develop leaders who will challenge political correctness, intellectual conformity and self-censorship. This project is direly needed in the increasingly zombified atmosphere of American political discourse.
Well, since America’s Liberals are too cowardly to cover items like this and America’s Conservatives have a credibility problem since many of them are Christian kooks, Balladeer’s Blog will be happy to fill the vacuum and give this story some of the attention it deserves. Plus, I should probably send a few thousand T-shirts with Manji’s remark “Some things are simply more important than fear” to America’s gutless Liberal community.