September 29, 2006

HNN: 'French Teacher In Hiding For Criticizing Islam'

A post at the History News Network blog today details the goings-on regarding a French Philosophy teacher whose family went into hiding after recieving death threats. The professor's crime? Saying naughty things about Islam in an op-ed:

Under the heading "In the face of Islamist intimidation, what must the free world do?", Redeker described the Koran as a "book of extraordinary violence" and Islam as "a religion which ... exalts violence and hate".

Hundreds protest in Paris over Prophet cartoons Should this post with a picture of the Prophet Mohammed? Likening Islam to Communism, he said that "violence and intimidation are the methods used by an expansionist ideology ... to impose its leaden cloak on the world".

He also argued that Muslim response to Pope Benedict's academic exposition demonstrated that they wish to limit Western freedom of speech.

The horror of it all. Doesn't the irony of Islam proving and re-proving these rouge academics (and religious leaders) correct at every turn seem strangely absent from most "mainstream" discussions we see regarding the phenomenon of Islamic violence used to suppress speech?

By Good Lt. at 09:53 AM | Comments |