A simple miss understanding, Hamid Rizvi, of Toronto, says is at the bottom of all this fuss over Robert Redeker, who recently fled for his life with wife and kiddies in tow after an Islamic Fan club published directions to and mug shots of the former philosophy teacher on their web site. And all for publishing his opinion that Islam practices intimitation upon freedom of thought and expression. And here we have Hamid Rizvi, in a letter to the National Post clearly stating that: quote " Muslims in the world are not against him because he is practising freedom of speech. Islam values the rights of every person and their right to express their opinion." unquote. There you are...knew it all along...a simple misunderstanding. Jack Burton is so relieved. For a moment there Jack acutally thought Muslims were looking for poor old Redeker to lop off his blooming head for no other reason than expressing his opinion. In fact Rizvi offers a simple solution that doubtless will soon appear in a new edition of Free Speech for Dhimmis for anyone dumb enough to trade the 21st century for the 7th:
There is a simple solution to these "violent" retaliations. Let's keep practising free speech, but eliminate the ignorant insulting of Muslim beliefs. The retaliations will stop. It is pretty hard to clap with just one hand.
National Post---Re: Professor Goes Into Hiding After Calling Koran 'A Book Of Violence,' Oct. 12.
What French philosophy professor Robert Redeker has to realize is that Muslims in the world are not against him because he is practising freedom of speech. Islam values the rights of every person and their right to express their opinion. Expressing their opinion is different, however, from openly denouncing or insulting the beliefs and religion of someone else. When Muslims in the world retaliate against such opinions -- or the Danish cartoons -- they are not trying to eliminate freedom of speech. Instead, we are trying to eliminate the unnecessary hatred against us that is based on completely false facts and analysis.
The fact that someone could call the Koran a "book of inherent violence" tells us how ignorant and uninformed that person is about our religion.
Secondly, what I found interesting was Prof. Redeker's comment, "We must distinguish between Islamists and those responsible Muslims out there who should without a doubt support me." I find it hard to understand what he is looking for. Does he want moderate Muslims to support him when he is insulting the basis of our religion without putting in the time and effort to understand it completely? Even though he will not face a violent backlash from moderate Muslims, Prof. Redeker will not gain any kind of support or encouragement either.
Muslim "reactions" and "retaliations" against supposed "free speech" are not coming out of thin air. In fact, authors such as Prof. Redeker are adding fuel to the fire and expecting it to extinguish itself. There is a simple solution to these "violent" retaliations. Let's keep practising free speech, but eliminate the ignorant insulting of Muslim beliefs. The retaliations will stop. It is pretty hard to clap with just one hand.
Hamid Rizvi, Toronto.