Right here in Tampa Bay, earlier this week, people met from across the globe to discuss reforming Islam, about bringing an enlightened version to those who suffer opression and brutality at the hands of Sharia, and cultural tyranny in the form of male dominance and violence.
Oddly, Atheists, lesbians, Christians and agnostics were represented at this summit, along with some actual Muslims. Seems a little odd that this group would meet to reform something they don’t adhere to in the first place, but whatever. Also, below is an excerpt from The Times Online and the chairperson for a portion of the event, herself formerly a slave bride to an Afghan Muslim, whom she lived with in Afghanistan.
The point of posting this is the interesting, contorted world view of a feminist, multicultural, anti-Israel, anti-Western culture college professor who meets third world Islamic barbarism and, lo and behold, she has an awakening. Her shock that her radical feminist, Jew hating, anti-American colleagues dumped her for seeing, and telling, the truth is almost laughable, except that her perceptions of the menace mirror my own.
I’m reminded that the Socialist lefts attempts to subvert Western civilization and culture are being made throughout the world. This person is, or was, in that camp, until her epiphany.
Maybe there’s some hope after all.
“Nevertheless, Western intellectual-ideologues, including feminists, have demonised me as a reactionary and racist “Islamophobe” for arguing that Islam, not Israel, is the largest practitioner of both sexual and religious apartheid in the world and that if Westerners do not stand up to this apartheid, morally, economically and militarily, we will not only have the blood of innocents on our hands; we will also be overrun by Sharia in the West. I have been heckled, menaced, never-invited, or disinvited for such heretical ideas — and for denouncing the epidemic of Muslim-on-Muslim violence for which tiny Israel is routinely, unbelievably scapegoated.
However, my views have found favour with the bravest and most enlightened people alive. Leading secular Muslim and ex-Muslim dissidents — from Egypt, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Pakistan, Syria and exiles from Europe and North America — assembled for the landmark Islamic Summit Conference in Florida and invited me to chair the opening panel on Monday.
According to the chair of the meeting, Ibn Warraq: “What we need now is an age of enlightenment in the Islamic world. Without critical examination of Islam, it will remain dogmatic, fanatical and intolerant and will continue to stifle thought, human rights, individuality, originality and truth.” The conference issued a declaration calling for such a new “Enlightenment”. The declaration views “Islamophobia” as a false allegation, sees a “noble future for Islam as a personal faith, not a political doctrine” and “demands the release of Islam from its captivity to the ambitions of power-hungry men”.
Now is the time for Western intellectuals who claim to be antiracists and committed to human rights to stand with these dissidents. To do so requires that we adopt a universal standard of human rights and abandon our loyalty to multicultural relativism, which justifies, even romanticises, indigenous Islamist barbarism, totalitarian terrorism and the persecution of women, religious minorities, homosexuals and intellectuals. Our abject refusal to judge between civilisation and barbarism, and between enlightened rationalism and theocratic fundamentalism, endangers and condemns the victims of Islamic tyranny.”
Read full artcle here.