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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Writers issue cartoon row warning

Salman Rushdie is among a dozen writers to have put their names to a statement in a French weekly paper warning against Islamic "totalitarianism".

The writers say the violence sparked by the publication of cartoons satirising the Prophet Muhammad shows the need to fight for secular values and freedom.

I do agree with the statement regardless of who wrote it. I do agree that we need to fight for secular values and freedom no matter what. However, I just hate to use the word "Islamism" because it still connects Islam with the totalitarian ideology we should be fighting. What is needed is to sever Islam from this ideology and this could only be done by Muslims themselves.


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