2 novembre 2014

Arrêtons de marcher sur des oeufs lorsqu'il faut critiquer l'Islam

J'ai déjà parlé de cet échange entre Sam Harris et Ben Affleck qui a eu lieu pendant l'émission de Bill Maher. Essentiellement, Harris et Maher se sont montrés très critiques de l'Islam et la réaction d'Affleck a été de les traiter de racistes et de dire que leurs propos étaient répugnants. C'est souvent la réaction des gens de la gauche lorsque quiconque OSE critiquer la religion musulmane.

Or, voici une extraordinaire lettre qui a été adressée à Ben Affleck par une auteure et blogueuse musulmane suite à son intervention et ce n'est pas pour le remercier:

Your heart was in the right place, of course, and it was lovely of you to step up and defend ‘my people’.

What you really did though, perhaps inadvertently, was silence a conversation that never gets started. Two people attempted to begin a dialogue and you wouldn’t even listen. Why should any set of ideas be above criticism, Ben?

Why are Muslims being ‘preserved’ in some time capsule of centuries gone by? 

Why is it okay that we continue to live in a world where our women are compared to candy waiting to be consumed? Why is it okay for women of the rest of the world to fight for freedom and equality while we are told to cover our shameful bodies? Can’t you see that we are being held back from joining this elite club known as the 21st century?

(...) Noble liberals like yourself always stand up for the misrepresented Muslims and stand against the Islamophobes, which is great but who stands in my corner and for the others who feel oppressed by the religion? Every time we raise our voices, one of us is killed or threatened. I am a blogger and illustrator, no threat to anyone, Ben, except for those afraid of words and drawings.

I want the freedom to express myself without the very real fear that I might be killed for it. Is that too much to ask?

When I wrote a children’s book that carried a message of diversity and inclusivity for everyone, my life changed. My book, My Chacha (uncle) is Gay has the innocent anti-homophobia message, ‘Love belongs to everyone’. This was not palatable to many of my Muslim brothers and sisters.

Since that project I have been declared an ‘enemy of God’ and deemed worthy of death.

(...) In the interest of being politically correct and ‘liberal’, we silence the voices of millions. I am turning to you because you were instrumental in starting this conversation. Those of us who want reform are muted by extremists, as well as the liberals who betray us in the name of multiculturalism.

(...) In your culture you have the luxury of calling such literalists “crazies”, like the Westboro Baptist Church, for example. In my culture, such values are upheld by more people than we realise. Many will try to deny it, but please hear me when I say that these are not fringe values. It is apparent in the lacking numbers of Muslims willing to speak out against the archaic Shariah law.

The punishment for blasphemy and apostasy, etc, are tools of oppression. Why are they not addressed even by the peaceful folk who “aren’t fanatical, who just want to have some sandwiches and pray five times a day?

Where are the Muslim protestors against blasphemy laws/apostasy? Where are the Muslims who take a stand against harsh interpretation of Shariah? These sandwich-eating peaceful folk do not defend those suffering in the name of Islam, Ben, and therein lies our problem.


1 commentaire:

fylouz a dit…

Une entrevue fort intéressante d'un auteur (arabe) hélas décédé :

http://www.liberation.fr/monde/2006/09/23/l-islamisme-est-la-maladie-de-l-islam-mais-les-germes-sont-dans-le-texte_52174