Islamism, The New Face of Totalitarianism?

March 1, 2006

The Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten republished a manifesto on Tuesday entitled, ‘Together Facing the New Totalitarianism’, with 12 signatories that include the likes of Salman Rushdie. Likening ‘Islamism’ to the major totalitarian movements of the 20th century, the manifesto points to “fears and frustrations” within the populace that embraces this ideology as the source of the movement, a source that is capitalized upon by “hate preachers” who intend to “impose a liberticidal and unegalitarian world”. The manifesto ends with a plea for freedom lovers around the world to join the resistance against such totalitarian ideologies that oppress and divide. The full text of the manifesto is republished below.

Links of Interest:
Zombietimes’ Mohammed Image Archive which shows depictions of Mohammed throughout history. The site includes the original cartoons that were published by Jyllands-Posten which incited the recent events that led to this publication.

The full text of the manifesto follows:

Manifesto: Together Facing the New Totalitarianism

“After having overcome fascism, Nazism, and Stalinism, the world now faces a new totalitarian global threat: Islamism.

We, writers, journalists, intellectuals, call for resistance to religious totalitarianism and for the promotion of freedom, equal opportunity and secular values for all.

The recent events, which occurred after the publication of drawings of Muhammed in European newspapers, have revealed the necessity of the struggle for these universal values. This struggle will not be won by arms, but in the ideological field. It is not a clash of civilisations nor an antagonism of West and East that we are witnessing, but a global struggle that confronts democrats and theocrats.

Like all totalitarianisms, Islamism is nurtured by fears and frustrations. The hate preachers bet on these feelings in order to form battalions destined to impose a liberticidal and unegalitarian world. But we clearly and firmly state: nothing, not even despair, justifies the choice of obscurantism, totalitarianism and hatred. Islamism is a reactionary ideology which kills equality, freedom and secularism wherever it is present. Its success can only lead to a world of domination: man’s domination of woman, the Islamists’ domination of all the others. To counter this, we must assure universal rights to oppressed or discriminated people.

We reject « cultural relativism », which consists in accepting that men and women of Muslim culture should be deprived of the right to equality, freedom and secular values in the name of respect for cultures and traditions. We refuse to renounce our critical spirit out of fear of being accused of “Islamophobia”, an unfortunate concept which confuses criticism of Islam as a religion with stigmatisation of its believers.

We plead for the universality of freedom of expression, so that a critical spirit may be exercised on all continents, against all abuses and all dogmas.

We appeal to democrats and free spirits of all countries that our century should be one of Enlightenment, not of obscurantism.

12 signatures

Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Chahla Chafiq
Caroline Fourest
Bernard-Henri Lévy
Irshad Manji
Mehdi Mozaffari
Maryam Namazie
Taslima Nasreen
Salman Rushdie
Antoine Sfeir
Philippe Val
Ibn Warraq”

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Hat tip: Michelle Malkin / Agora


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    Solidarity. The 12 people who wrote and signed this document know very well the risk they take. We must stand up to them. We need to send a clear message that they don’t stand alone.


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