Robert Redeker, a 52 year-old French philosophy teacher in Tolouse, is now in hiding. Why? Because after publishing an article describing the Koran as a "book of extraordinary violence" and Islam as "a religion which … exalts violence and hate", he and his family have recieved death threats, and his family is now under police protection.
In an interview with i-TV he said that he had received several e-mail threats targeting himself and his wife and three children and that his photograph and address were available on several Islamist internet sites.
"There is a very clear map of how to get to my home, with the words: ’This pig must have his head cut off’," he said.
Another e-mail says: "You will never again be safe on this earth. One billion, 300 million Muslims are ready to kill you."
The entire article has been translated and is available at MichelleMalkin.com. In the article, he starts off with the question that we should all be thinking about answering, because sooner or later, we will be forced to:
What should the free world do while facing Islamist intimidation?
Redeker discusses how Western egalitarianism is blinded my its own generosity, and is easily exploited by Islamists who want to take over culture with their violent and oppressive ideology. He provides examples of how the liberal French culture is already being Islamified, including such legislation of the banning of thongs on Paris beaches this past summer.
Unfortunately, while providing excellent examples of how Islam is taking the French culture captive, and how Islam is much different in content than Judaism or Christianity, the author failed to answer the question he began with. But perhaps we should take a cue from the Dutch, who have also had headaches with Muslim intimidation and murder. In response to the murder of a Dutch filmmaker, and the subsequent death threats against Parliament members who criticized Islam, which forced the legislators into hiding, the Dutch have legislated or suggested these reforms, which I think we should consider:
- Strip Islamic radicals with dual nationality of their Dutch (American) passports
- Imams will be required to teach about Dutch (American) values in mosques
- Halt immigration from all Islamic countries
- Have the Federal Government monitor and close down all Mosques that promote Jihad, even if only in printed materials
- Refuse to make allowances in public institutions (e.g. schools, government buildings) for Sharia law (e.g. if a school has a rule of no hats, that means no head coverings for Jews or Muslims or anyone else). France, of course, has already tried this.
We all need to consider this – what will we do when speaking out against Islam in our own country puts us at risk of being killed? What will we do if someone’s property or person is harmed by radical Islamists in our own town?
If legislation is not proactive (like the examples above), I can tell you what will happen. People will take matters into their own hands, because if it’s one thing Americans hate, it’s living in fear and intimidation in their own homes. "Live free or die" is more than a pithy saying to Americans. We have a history of resiting tyranny, esp. the tyranny of fear. Braveheart wasn’t a smash success here just because we like Mel Gibson.
If the law does not prosecute offenders AND the organizations that promote Islamic intimidation, we will have blood on our own soil from private reprisals, and it will be hard to blame the rednecks who burn down Mosques when the government was too "multi-culturally inclined" to prevent or resist the threats of Islam by taking common sense, pro-active legal steps.
Just watch France and the Netherlands to see what happens when Islam comes to roost – it brings all sorts of violence and oppression with it. And contrary to the
whinings opinings of the liberal left, it is much more oppressive and dangerous than our own religions right. As Redeker says:
None of the faults of the Church have their roots in the Gospel. Jesus is non-violent. Going back to Jesus is akin to forswear the excesses of the Church. Going back to Mahomet, to the conbtrary, reinforces hate and violence. Jesus is a master of love, Mahomet is a master of hatred.
The problem we must grapple with is not just Islamic extremists, it’s the teachings of its violent, war-mongering, pedophile prophet – or as Redeker described him:
A merciless war chief, plunderer, slaughterer of Jews and a polygamist, such is the man revealed through the Koran.
I fear we are headed for darker days no matter what, unless we have a revival of Christian faith. Secularism, which has it’s benefits, is not strong enough to fight Islam alone because it’s faith in mankind is misplaced, and plainly can not answer man’s need for God. I don’t want a theocracy, but a nation where we live without the fear of death from crazy religionists of all sorts.