BloguesRichard Martineau

"Ne vous excusez pas!"


"J'ai trouvé un excellent texte d'Ibn Warraq, auteur du célèbre livre "Pourquoi je ne suis pas musulman?, au sujet des caricatures de Mahomet et des réactions violentes qu'elles ont suscitées (et continuent toujours de susciter) dans le monde musulman.

«The cartoons in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten raise the most important question of our times: freedom of expression.

Are we in the west going to cave into pressure from societies with a medieval mindset, or are we going to defend our most precious freedom — freedom of expression, a freedom for which thousands of people sacrificed their lives?

A democracy cannot survive long without freedom of expression, the freedom to argue, to dissent, even to insult and offend. It is a freedom sorely lacking in the Islamic world, and without it, Islam will remain unassailed in its dogmatic, fanatical, medieval fortress; ossified, totalitarian and intolerant.

Without this fundamental freedom, Islam will continue to stifle thought, human rights, individuality, originality and truth.

Unless, we show some solidarity, unashamed, noisy, public solidarity with the Danish cartoonists, then the forces that are trying to impose on the Free West a totalitarian ideology will have won; the Islamization of Europe will have begun in earnest.

Do not apologize.»