Update from Vlad:
Hugh FitzgeraldÂ said it back in 2008: “Irshad Manji has certainly created her own private Islam. She is the child of Asian refugees from Uganda. She has never lived in a Muslim society. She has always enjoyed the freedoms of the West. But she feels, out of filial piety, and perhaps for other reasons, that she will do best if she continues to identify as a Muslim and if, furthermore, she keeps claiming that Islam itself is or can be made into something perfectly acceptable to people such as herself. She’s wrong. And any apostate, who had been born into and grown up in a society suffused with Islam, would be able to set her right.”
Irshad Manji satisfies the endless hunger of the mainstream media for “moderate Muslims” that they can pretend are representative and mainstream, but in reality her Islam is eccentric, non-mainstream, non-traditional and entirely of her own making. She herself discovered just how much this was the case recently in Indonesia, where she was physically attacked by adherents of the real thing, causing her to reconsider her praise for that vaunted modern, moderate country in her latest book.
“Irshad Manji is having second thoughts on Indonesia,” fromÂ The Jakarta Post, May 10 thanks to JW
“Spread of Satanic Faith” prevented:
Priorities. “Indonesia Islamists threaten to stop Lady Gaga show,” by Presi Mandari forAFP, May 9 (thanks to JW):
A hardline Islamic group warned Wednesday it would not let Lady Gaga set foot in Indonesia, challenging an army of fans awaiting a concert in the nation with the world’s largest Muslim population.The Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) vowed to mobilise 30,000 demonstrators to protest the US artist’s June 3 performance in Jakarta and to intercept her at the airport.
“We will stop her from setting foot on our land. She had better not dare spread her satanic faith in this country,” FPI Jakarta chairman Salim Alatas told AFP.
“Her style is vulgar, her sexual and indecent clothes will destroy our children’s sense of morality. She’s very dangerous,” he said.
The US pop diva, famed for her outrageous outfits and provocative performances, has sparked opposition in other Asian countries with her “Born This Way Ball” global tour, which kicked off in Seoul last month amid protests.
But the FPI, notorious for making threats and often failing to follow through, will face opposition from 40,000 fans planning to attend the sold-out show in Indonesia.
Little Monsters — as Lady Gaga fans are called — tweeted their determination to see the pop idol perform in Indonesia, 90 percent of whose 240,000 million inhabitants identify themselves as Muslim.
“Little Monsters Indonesia vs FPI. I’m ready to fight,” Bentaniokevin tweeted to the LadyGagaIndo Twitter account.
“What?!! The FPI want to cancel Lady Gaga’s concert? They don’t know art!! She is the lady of art!! GAGA I’m waitin for you.. See u soon,” nataliahaman tweeted….
“Lady Gaga is not an ordinary human being. She uses her popularity to defend minority groups, especially gays and lesbians,” said Hartoyo, general secretary of gay rights group OurVoice, who goes by one name.
“I would die for her,” he said….
That could happen.