Robert Redeker is a high school philosophy teacher in France. Recently he wrote an article for Le Figaro criticizing Islam and Muhammad. His article, below, basically states that Islam is intolerant and violent. Today Redeker and his family are in hiding in France to avoid being murdered by Muslims, thereby proving the truth of his article. Islam is violent, intolerant and seditious. The question that should be in the minds of all Westerners is this: How do we get rid of Islam? How do we extricate it from our midst before it seriously undermines our safety and our freedoms?
By Robert Redeker
What should the free world do while facing Islamist intimidation? The reactions caused by Benedict XVI’s analysis of Islam and violence highlight the underhanded maneuver carried out by Islam to stifle what the West values more than anything, and which does not exist in any Muslim country: freedom of thought and expression.
Islam tries to impose its rules on Europe: the opening of public swimming pools at certain hours reserved exclusively for women, a ban on caricaturing this religion, demands for special diets for Muslim children in school cafeterias, the struggle to impose the veil at school, accusations of Islamophobia against free spirits.
How can one explain the ban on wearing thongs on Paris-Beaches this summer? The reasoning put forth was bizarre: women wearing thong-bikinis would risk “disturbing the peace.” Did this mean that bands of frustrated youths would become violent while being offended by displays of beauty? Or were the authorities scared of Islamist demonstrations by virtue squads near Paris-Beaches? [Paris-Beaches refers to the use of the banks of the Seine as swimming beaches during the summer months.]
However, the authorization of the veil on the street is more disturbing to public peace than wearing a thong-bikini, because it invites complaints against upholding the oppression of women. This ban represents an Islamization of sensibilities in France, a more or less conscious submission to the dictates of Islam. At the very least it is the result of the insidious Muslim oppression of the spirit: even those who protested the introduction of a “Jean Paul II Square” in Paris would not be opposed to the construction of mosques. Islam is trying to force Europe to yield to its vision of humanity.
As in the past with Communism, the West finds itself under ideological watch. Islam presents itself, like defunct Communism, as an alternative to the Western world. In the way of Communism before it, Islam, to conquer the spirit, plays on a sensitive string. It prides itself on a legitimacy which troubles Western consciences, which is attentive to others: it claims to be the voice of the oppressed of the planet. Yesterday, the voice of the poor supposedly came from Moscow, today it originates in Mecca! Again, today, western intellectuals have become the eye of the Koran, as they were once the eye of Moscow. They now excommunicate people because of Islamophobia, as they did before because of anti-communism.
This opening to others, specific to the West, is a secularization of Christianity that can be summarized thus: the other person must come before myself. The Westerner, heir to Christianity, has his soul exposed bare. He runs the risk of being seen as weak. With the same ardor as Communism, Islam treats generosity, broadmindedness, tolerance, gentleness, freedom of women and of manners, democratic values, as marks of decadence. They are weaknesses that it seeks to exploit, by means of useful idiots, self-righteous consciences drowning in nice feelings, in order to impose the Koranic order on the Western world itself.
The Koran is a book of unparalleled violence. Maxime Rodinson states, in Encyclopedia Universalis, some truths in France are as significant as they are taboo. On one hand: “Mohammed revealed in Medina unsuspected qualities as political leader and military chief (…) He resorted to private war, by then a prevalent custom in Arabia (….) Mohammed soon sent small groups of partisans to attack the Meccan caravans, thus punishing his unbelieving compatriots and simultaneously acquiring the booty of a wealthy man.”
There is more: “Mohammed profited from this success by eradicating the Jewish tribe which resided in Medina, the Quarayza, whom he accused of suspect behaviour.” And: “After the death of Khadija, he married a widow, a good housewife, called Sawda, and in addition to the little Aisha, barely ten years old. His erotic predilections, held in check for a long time, led him to ten simultaneous marriages.”
A merciless war chief, plunderer, slaughterer of Jews and a polygamist, such is the man revealed through the Koran.
The Catholic church is not above reproach. Its history is strewn with dark pages, for which it has officially repented. The Inquisition, the hounding of witches, the execution of the philosophers Giordano Bruno and Vanini, those wrong-thinking Epicureans, in the 18th century the execution of the knight of La Barre for impiety, do not plead in the church’s favor. But what differentiates Christianity from Islam is obvious: it is always possible to go back to true evangelical values, the peaceful character of Jesus as opposed to the deviations of the Church.
None of the faults of the Church have their roots in the Gospel. Jesus is non-violent. Going back to Jesus is akin to forswearing the excesses of the Church. Going back to Muhammad, to the contrary, reinforces hate and violence. Jesus is a master of love, Muhammad is a master of hatred.
The stoning of Satan, each year in Mecca, is not only an obsolete superstition but one that sets the stage for a hysterical crowd flirting with barbarity. Its import is anthropological. Here is a rite, which each Muslim is invited to submit to, that emphasizes violence as a sacred duty in the very heart of the believer.
This stoning, accompanied each year by the accidental trampling to death of some of the believers, sometimes up to several hundred, is a rite that feeds archaic violence.
Instead of getting rid of this archaic violence, and thus imitating Judaism and Christianity (Judaism starts when it abandons human sacrifice, and enters civilization; Christianity transforms sacrifice through the Eucharist), Islam builds a nest for this violence, where it will incubate. Whereas Judaism and Christianity are religions whose rites spurn violence by delegitimizing it, Islam is a religion that exalts violence and hatred in its everyday rites and sacred book.
Hatred and violence dwell in the book with which every Muslim is brought up, the Koran. As in the Cold War, where violence and intimidation were the methods used by an ideology hell bent on hegemony, so today Islam tries to put its leaden mantel over all the world. Benedict XVI’s cruel experience is testimony to this. Nowadays, the West has to be called the “free world” in comparison to the Muslim world; likewise, the enemies of the “free world,” the zealous bureaucrats of the Koran’s vision, swarm in the very center of the free world.
Postscript: Asked to describe the sort of threats he had received, Mr. Redeker replied, “You will never feel secure on this earth. One billion, three hundred thousand Muslims are ready to kill you.”
Ain't it the truth baby.
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