How Much of our Culture Are We Surrendering to Islam?

by Giulio Meotti/Gatestone Institute

  • The same hatred as from Nazis is coming from Islamists and their politically correct allies. We do not even have a vague idea of how much Western culture we have surrendered to Islam.
  • Democracies are, or at least should be, custodians of a perishable treasury: freedom of expression. This is the biggest difference between Paris and Havana, London and Riyadh, Berlin and Tehran, Rome and Beirut. Freedom of expression is what gives us the best of the Western culture.
  • It is self-defeating to quibble about the beauty of cartoons, poems or paintings. In the West, we have paid a high price for the freedom to do so. We should all therefore protest when a German judge bans “offensive” verses of a poem, when a French publisher fires an “Islamophobic” editor or when a music festival bans a politically incorrect band.

It all occurred in the same week. A German judge banned a comedian, Jan Böhmermann, from repeating “obscene” verses of his famous poem about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. A Danish theater apparently cancelled “The Satanic Verses” from its season, due to fear of “reprisals.” Two French music festivals dropped Eagles of Death Metal — the U.S. band that was performing at the Bataclan theater in Paris when the attack by ISIS terrorists (89 people murdered), took place there — because of “Islamophobic” comments by Jesse Hughes, its lead singer. Hughes suggested that Muslims be subjected to greater scrutiny, saying “It’s okay to be discerning when it comes to Muslims in this day and age,” later adding:

“They know there’s a whole group of white kids out there who are stupid and blind. You have these affluent white kids who have grown up in a liberal curriculum from the time they were in kindergarten, inundated with these lofty notions that are just hot air.”

As Brendan O’Neill wrote, “Western liberals are doing their dirty work for them; they’re silencing the people Isis judged to be blasphemous; they’re completing Isis’s act of terror.”

A few weeks earlier, France’s most important publishing house, Gallimard, fired its most famous editor, Richard Millet, who had penned an essay in which he wrote:

“the decline of literature and the deep changes wrought in France and Europe by continuous and extensive immigration from outside Europe, with its intimidating elements of militant Salafism and of the political correctness at the heart of global capitalism; that is to say, the risk of the destruction of the Europe and its cultural humanism, or Christian humanism, in the name of ‘humanism’ in its ‘multicultural’ version.”

Kenneth Baker just published a new book, On the Burning of Books: How Flames Fail to Destroy the Written Word. It is a compendium of so called “bibliocaust,” the burning of books from Caliph Omar to Hitler, and includes the fatwa on Salman Rushdie. When Nazis incinerated books in Berlin they declared that from the ashes of these novels would “arise the phoenix of a new spirit.” The same hatred is coming from Islamists and their politically correct allies. We do not even have a vague idea of how much Western culture we have surrendered to Islam.

Theo Van Gogh’s movie, “Submission,” for which he was murdered, disappeared from many film festivalsCharlie Hebdo‘s drawings of the Islamic prophet Mohammed are concealed from the public sphere: after the massacre, very few media reprinted these cartoons. Raif Badawi’s blog posts, which cost him 1,000 lashes and ten years in prison in Saudi Arabia, have been deleted by the Saudi authorities and now circulate like forbidden Samizdat literature was in the Soviet Union.

After the massacre of Charlie Hebdo‘s staff, very few media reprinted their Mohammed cartoons. Pictured above, Stéphane Charbonnier, the editor and publisher of Charlie Hebdo, who was murdered on January 7, 2015 along with many of his colleagues, is shown in front of the magazine’s former offices, just after they were firebombed in November 2011.

Molly Norris, the American cartoonist who in 2010 drew Mohammed and proclaimed “Everyone Draw Muhammad Day,” is still in hiding and had to change her name and life. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York pulled images of Mohammed from an exhibition, while Yale Pressbanned images of Mohammed from a book about the cartoons. The Jewel of Medina, a novel about Mohammed’s wife, was also pulled.

In the Netherlands, an opera about Aisha, one of Mohammed’s wives, was cancelled in Rotterdam after the work was boycotted by the theater company’s Muslim actors, after it became evident that they would be a target for Islamists. The newspaper NRC Handelsbladheadlined its coverage “Tehran on the Meuse,” the river that passes through the Dutch city.

In England, the Victoria and Albert Museum took down Mohammed’s image. “British museums and libraries hold dozens of these images, mostly miniatures in manuscripts several centuries old, but they have been kept largely out of public view,” The Guardian explained. In Germany, the Deutsche Opera cancelled Mozart’s opera Idomeneo in Berlin, because it depicted the severed head of Mohammed.

Christopher Marlowe’s “Tamburlaine the Great,” which includes a reference to Mohammed being “not worthy to be worshipped,” was rewritten at London’s Barbican theater, while Cologne’s Carnival cancelled Charlie Hebdo‘s float.

In the Dutch town of Huizen, two nude paintings were removed from an exhibition after Muslims criticized them. The work of a Dutch Iranian artist, Sooreh Hera, was yanked from several Dutch museums because some of the photographs included the depictions of Mohammed and his son-in-law, Ali. According to this disposition, one day London’s National Gallery, Florence’s Uffizi, Paris’ Louvre or Madrid’s Prado might decide to censor Michelangelo, Raffaello, Bosch and Balthus because they offend the “sensibility” of Muslims.

The English playwright Richard Bean has been forced to censor an adaptation of Aristophanes’s comedy, “Lysistrata“, in which the Greek women hold a “sex strike” to stop their men from going to war (in Bean’s script, Muslim virgins go on strike to stop suicide bombers). Several Spanish villages stopped burning effigies of Mohammed in the commemoration ceremony celebrating the reconquest of the country in the Middle Ages.

There is a video filmed in 2006, when the death threats against Charlie Hebdo became worrisome. Journalists and cartoonists are gathered around a table to decide on the next cover for magazine. They speak about Islam. Jean Cabu, one of the cartoonists later murdered by Islamists, puts the issue this way: “No one in the Soviet Union had the right to do satire about Brezhnev.”

Then another future victim, Georges Wolinski, says, “Cuba is full of cartoonists, but they don’t make caricatures about Castro. So we are lucky. Yes, we are lucky, France is a paradise.”

Cabu and Wolinski were right. Democracies are, or at least should be, custodians of a perishable treasury: freedom of expression. This is the biggest difference between Paris and Havana, London and Riyadh, Berlin and Tehran, Rome and Beirut. Freedom of expression is what gives us the best of the Western culture.

Thanks to the Islamists’ campaign, and the fact that now only some “crazies” still venture in the exercise of freedom, are we now going to be just fearful? “Islamophobic” cartoonists, journalists and writers are the first Europeans since 1945 who have withdrawn from public life to protect their own lives. For the first time in Europe since Hitler ordered the burning of books in Berlin’s Bebelplatz, movies, paintings, poems, novels, cartoons, articles and plays are literally and figuratively being burned at stake.

The young French mathematician Jean Cavailles, to explain his fateful involvement in anti-Nazi Resistance, used to say: “We fight to read ‘Paris Soir’ rather than ‘Völkischer Beobachter’.” For this reason alone, it is self-defeating to quibble about the beauty of cartoons, poems or paintings. In the West, we have paid a high price for the freedom to do so. We should all therefore protest when a German judge bans “offensive” verses, when a French publisher fires an “Islamophobic” editor or when a music festival bans a politically incorrect band.

Or is it already too late?

Giulio Meotti, Cultural Editor for Il Foglio, is an Italian journalist and author.

Related Video: Giulio Meotti on “The Death of Free Speech in Europe “

 

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    MUSLIM/ISLAMIFICATION SUPPORTERS IN TWIN FALLS, IDAHO, USA

    http://www.drrichswier.com/2016/06/19/muslim-refugees-sexually-assault-5-year-old-in-idaho/

    THESE ARE THE MARXIST/LEFTIST SUPPORTERS OF THE ISLAMIFICATION OF TWIN FALLS, IDAHO, USA

    ALL OF THE PERSONS LISTED BELOW ARE DIRECTLY CONNECTED TO AND TAKE DIRECTION FROM, THE SENIOR MANAGEMENT OF THE CHOBANI FOOD SERVICE YOGURT PLANT IN TWIN FALLS, IDAHO, USA

    The Chobani Yogurt Plant in Twin Falls, Idaho is Muslim owned.

    The Chobani plant has applied considerable pressure on local government and police agencies to facilitate their multitude of Muslim friendly/Islamification requests immediately, and in some cases, completely circumventing city and county approval inspection/licencing/permitting processes. This preferential treatment supplies Chobani Food Services not only with cheap labour, but with the ignorance of a growing number of crimes committed by Muslims and the “refugees”.

    In many ways this corruption and criminality is a mirror image of the corruption displayed by the police officers, judges, bureaucrats and politicians of Rotherham, England who ignored the pleas for help of over 1400 young girls as they, over a span of 10 years, were raped, sodomized, tortured and enslaved by Pakistani Muslim men.

    Many of the politicians and bureaucrats in Twin Falls, Idaho are directly connected through business and financial dealings with the Chobani Food Service plant. It is corruption and criminality that is serving the furtherance of the Islamification of North America.

    Below is the contact information of some of the Twin Falls, Idaho, politicians, bureaucrats, and law enforcement/court officials who are in full support of the Islamification of Twin Falls. These are officials who routinely ignore the crimes of the “refugees’ and Muslims. Home addresses and additional personal information/relations/in-laws to be released shortly.

    Shawn Barigar (Islamification/Jihad Supporter/Promoter)
    (Husband of Camille Barigar)
    Mayor, Twin Falls, Idaho, USA
    Email: sbarigar (at) tfid.org
    PH – 1-208-735-7287
    President, Twin Falls Chamber of Commerce
    Email: shawn (at) twinfallschamber.com
    PH- 1-208-733-3974

    Camille Barigar (Islamification/Jihad Supporter/Promoter)
    (Wife, Twin Falls Mayor, Shawn Barigar)
    Occuption, Fine Arts Special Events Coord
    College of Southern Idaho, Idaho
    (This college hosts the “refugee” center)
    Office: Fine Arts 78
    Phone: 1-208-732-6288
    Email: cbarigar (at) csi.edu

    Suzanne Hawkins (Islamification/Jihad Supporter/Promoter)
    Vice-Mayor, Twin Falls, Idaho
    PH- 1-208-734-7742
    Email: shawkins (at) tfid.org
    Owner, Computer Connection (Computer Repairs)
    1180 Blue Lakes Boulevard North
    Twin Falls, ID 83301-3305
    PH- 1-208-734-7742
    Email: support (at) computerconnectiontf.com

    Nikki Boyd (Islamification/Jihad Supporter/Promoter)
    Councilwoman, Twin Falls, Idaho
    PH- 1-208-735-7287
    Email: nboyd (at) tfid.org
    Owner, Twin Falls Real Estate Co, Inc
    Twin Falls Id 83301
    PH- 1-208-308-1429
    Email: nikki (at) nikkiboyd.com
    Member, Association of Idaho Cities

    Greg Lanting (Islamification/Jihad Supporter/Promoter)
    Councilman, Twin Falls, Idaho
    PH- 1-208-735-7287
    Email: glanting (at) tfid.org
    Greg Lanting, a devout Marxist, was, for over 20 years, a social studies teacher and principal at the Filer Middle School in Twin Falls, Idaho.
    Greg Lanting is now the president of the Association of Idaho Cities.
    Association of Idaho Cities
    PH: 1-208-344-8594
    Email: glanting (at) idahocities.org

    THE “REFUGEE” CENTER
    COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN IDAHO

    (This is the center that is actively engaged in the flooding of the Twin Falls, Idaho area with what amounts to savage human-garbage from Africa and the Middle East.

    Director, Zeze Rawasama
    Email: zrwasama (at) spro.net
    Ph: 1-208-736-2166 (ex 119)

    CSI Refugee Center
    1526 Highland Ave. E.
    Twin Falls, Idaho 83301
    Phone: 1-208-736-2166
    Fax: 1-208-736-4711

    COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN IDAHO

    This is a community college located in Twin Falls, Idaho USA. This college and its faculty and staff are hardened Marxists. All of the usual suspects can be found here from the SJW’s, to the OWS, La Raza, New Black Panther and BLM movements. This college fully supports the dismantling of America’s immigrations system, the releasing of all terrorist/activists from US prisons and the eradication of all of the American borders. This college is particularly sympathetic to all Muslim political activity and views Islamic terrorism, domestically and internationally, as the justified reward of all non-Muslims. This college and its senior faculty are the driving force behind the flooding of Twin Falls Idaho with the very worst and criminal elements from the Middle East and Africa.

    The president of the College of Southern Idaho, Dr. Jeff Fox, is a devout supporter of global Jihad and is on record as welcoming mass immigration, without checks, to the USA from the Middle East and Africa.

    In short, the senior faculty and administration of the College of Sothern Idaho can be considered a clear and lethal threat to non-Muslims and the national security and sovereignty of the United States of America.

    All groups and individuals concerned about the United States of America and the preservation of its constitution, culture and freedoms should consider this college and its staff as extremely dangerous, seditious and treasonous.

    College of Southern Idaho
    315 Falls Avenue
    Twin Falls, ID, USA, 83301-3389
    PH: 1-208-732-6221

    Dr. Jeff Fox, President
    Email: jfox (at) csi.edu
    PH: 1-208-732-6220

    Dr. Todd Schwarz
    Executive Vice President/Chief Academic Officer
    Email: tschwarz (at) csi.edu
    PH: 1-208-732-6325

    Jeff Harmon
    Vice President of Administration
    Email: jharmon (at) csi.edu
    PH: 1-208-732-6210

    Curtis H. Eaton
    Special Assistant to the President
    Email: ceaton (at) csi.edu
    PH: 1-208-732-6242

    Dr. Michelle Schutt
    Associate Vice President of Student Services
    Email: mschutt (at) csi.edu
    PH: 1-208-732-6863

    Dr. Cindy Bond
    Instructional Dean
    Email: cbond (at) csi.edu
    PH: 1-208-732-6454

    ( others can be found at: w w w.csi.edu/aboutCSI/administration.asp )

    THE TWIN FALLS PROSECUTING ATTORNEY (D.A)

    This is the Marxist lawyer, elected as the Twin Falls, Idaho Prosecuting Attorney, who excuses and mitigates the crimes of the Muslim/Refugee filth (Sudanese) that savagely sexually assaulted a 5 year old child. Grant Loeb is a full supporter of Islamic cultural jihad and dismisses the rape of the 5 year old girl as “cultural diversity”. Grant Loeb has dragged his feet and refused to prosecute the 3 Muslims responsible for raping, assaulting and urinating on a 5 year old girl. Grant Loeb refers to those persons who object to Muslim acts of violence and murder as “extremists” and “ a disgruntled few”

    Grant P. Loebs, Prosecuting Attorney
    425 Shoshone St. North, 3rd Floor
    P. O. Box 126
    Twin Falls, ID 83303-0126
    Email: gloebs (at) co.twin-falls.id.us
    PH-Criminal 1-208-736-4020
    PH-Civil 1-208-736-4190
    FAX- 1- 208-736-4120

    TWIN FALLS POLICE CHIEF

    This police chief and his police officers, much like those in Dearbornistan, Michigan, are openly sympathetic to and in full support of the Obama Administration and of the flooding of the city of Twin Falls and greater Idaho area with jihadists and Islamic “refugees” from Africa and the Middle East. These police officers and their chief purposely dragged their feet and refused to properly investigate the Muslim rape of the 5 year old girl in Twin Falls, Idaho. Police Chief Craig Kingsbury and many of his senior police officers/detectives have direct links to the Muslim owned Chobani yoghurt manufacturing plant in Twin Falls and are indebted to its owners and management.

    Chief of Police, Craig Kingsbury
    Mailing Address: PO Box 3027
    Twin Falls, Idaho 83303
    Physical Address: 356 3rd Ave East
    Twin Falls, Idaho 83301
    PH: 1-208-735-7242
    PH: 1-208-735-7243
    Email: ckingsbury (at) tfid.org
    Email: abarnhart (at) tfid.org
    Email: bmittelstadt (at) tfid.org
    Email: cstotts (at) tfid.org
    Email: creynolds (at) tfid.org
    Email: dlewin (at) tfid.org

    Other addresses: w w w.tfid.org/Directory.aspx?did=16

    TWIN FALLS COUNTY SHERIFF (ISLAMIFICATION/JIHAD SUPPORTERS)

    These sheriffs, like the Twin Falls police department, are openly sympathetic to and in full support of the Obama Administration and of the flooding of the city of Twin Falls and greater Idaho area with jihadists and Islamic “refugees” from Africa and the Middle East. This sheriffs office purposely dragged their feet and refused to properly investigate the Muslim rape of the 5 year old girl in Twin Falls, Idaho. Sheriff Tom Carter has direct links to the Muslim owned Chobani yoghurt manufacturing plant in Twin Falls.

    Sheriff Tom Carter
    Deputy Sheriff
    PH- 1-208-736-4177
    Email: twinfallscoso (at) co.twin-falls.id.us
    Email: mcase (at) co.twin-falls.id.us
    Email: tcarter (at) co.twin-falls.id.us
    Email: dbrown (at) co.twin-falls.id.us

    TWIN FALLS, IDAHO, MAGIC VALLEY NEWS

    Alex Riggins has written several stories on the Muslim/Sudanese rape of the 5 year old girl in Twin Falls, Idaho

    Perhaps you can contact Mr. Riggins and point out the differences between unbiased journalism and propaganda.

    Alex Riggins,
    Crime Reporter
    1-208-735-3237
    Email: ariggins (at) magicvalley.com

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