Gasoline, Burqas & Universities in EUrabia

France: Female Algerian playwright attacked by men who “insulted her in Arabic” and tried to burn her with gasoline

Algerian-born actress, comedienne and feminist Rayhana

“The French Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers says it is worried that freedom of expression is under threat in France.”

There’s more where that came from. “Playwright petrol attack handed to terrorist police,” from RFI, January 15:

An investigation into an attack in Paris on the Algerian actress and playwright Rayhana has been handed over to anti-terrorist police. The investigators suspect the attack was linked to Rayhana’s play, A mon âge, je me cache encore pour fumer, which focuses on the treatment of women in Algeria.

The 45-year-old was attacked on Tuesday night outside the theatre in Paris where her play is showing. Two men insulted her in Arabic and poured petrol over her. They then threw a cigarette at her, which failed to ignite. JW has more>>

“Following the attack, the playwright staggered into an upmarket restaurant but was refused help.” Pity this restaurant wasn’t named and shamed in the report.

Hugh Fitzgerald:  Jihad of the Pen and Tongue from Within the West @ The London School of Economics (LSE)

An Islamist radical whose teaching role at a leading university was exposed yesterday by The Times led a secretive “Brothers’ Circle” at which he espoused his hardline views.

Reza Pankhurst, a senior figure in the hardline group Hizb ut-Tahrir, gathered a group of male members of the London School of Economics (LSE) Islamic Society for private talks.

Mr Pankhurst, whose party advocates the creation of an Islamic state governed by Sharia, is a research student employed as a teacher in the LSE’s government department.

He is due to teach undergraduate classes this term in three topics covering nationalism and revolution in the Arab world.

Mr Pankhurst retained his position in the Islamic Society and the college despite a number of students raising concerns last year about the overt political content of his sermons at Friday prayers.

The Students’ Union confirmed that it had reported those concerns to the Islamic Society and raised them “informally” with academics.

Hizb ut-Tahrir is banned in Germany for anti-Semitism and covered by the National Union of Students’ policy of “no platform” for racist and fascist views….” – from a story in the Times of London, January 16, 2010, here  / Read it all>>

British universities: seats of learning – and loathing

Many British universities are breeding grounds for Muslim extremism. Islamic specialist Ruth Dudley Edwards explains why financial need and government interference have rendered academics oblivious to this threat to democratic society. More from Telegraph UK

British political party calls for ban on burqas

Nullabor caves in to the Muslim Council of Britain- can’t get enough votes without the Muzz

Paul Goodman, who was until the end of this year the Tory spokesman on these issues, has slammed the decision as “appeasement of extremists by a bunch of politicians scared witless of losing their seats.”

Multiple press reports seem eager to pigeonhole this decision as a racial issue, and a move to cater to a constituency that is described narrowly and somewhat patronizingly as the “white working class.” But it is not a racial matter, nor is it about socioeconomic classes; it is a matter of principle for the sake of a free and open society. “British party calls for ban on burkas,” from UPI, January 16:

LONDON, Jan. 16 (UPI) — The United Kingdom Independence Party says burkas, the Islamic cloak that covers women from head to toe, should be banned in Britain.

The conservative group, which advocates withdrawing from the European Union, issued a call Friday to ban the garments in what was seen as an attempt by theUKIP to expand its appeal to disaffected white, working class voters, The Times of London reported Saturday.

“We are taking expert advice on how we could do it,” UKIP leader Malcolm Pearson told the newspaper. “It makes sense to ban the burka — or anything which conceals a woman’s face — in public buildings. But we want to make it possible to ban them in private buildings. It isn’t right that you can’t see someone’s face in an airport.”

The Times said the UKIP is the first British party to call for an all-out ban on burkas although the far-right British National Party believes advocates banning them from schools.

“We are not Muslim bashing, but this is incompatible with Britain’s values of freedom and democracy,” Pearson said.

5 thoughts on “Gasoline, Burqas & Universities in EUrabia”

  1. Which is why UKIP will get on and other political parties won’t. Political correctness was always wierd; what politicain has the right to correct someone politically? It’s the notion of a meglomaniac = Tony Blair – stupid pratt.

  2. Sarkozy’s veil climbdown

    The president’s admission that a burqa ban will not be possible is another sign of how he’s failed to get to grips with the issue

    Nabila Ramdani,

    Has Nicolas Sarkozy lost face in his battle against the burqa? One might think so considering his latest compromise on the issue. While the French president firmly believes that these allegedly Islamic veils are “a sign of subservience, a sign of debasement” which are “not welcome” anywhere in the Fifth Republic, he now thinks the only workable ban would be on public transport or in civic buildings.

    In a country which is meant to champion secularism and gender equality, it really is quite a climbdown. The vast majority of French people, including most Muslims, believe that face coverings should be banned completely. They’re not only intimidating and divisive, but actually have very little to do with Islam, and far more to do with central Asian and Middle Eastern traditions. They certainly engender more than a sneaking suspicion that they’ve been imposed by men intent on keeping their spouses or daughters away from the common gaze.

    Sarkozy clearly laid out the popular view with the words: “The full veil is not welcome in France because it is contrary to our values and contrary to the ideals we have of a woman’s dignity.” A ban would be an entirely democratic one which would not stigmatise anyone, least of all members of France’s six millon-strong Muslim community, Sarkozy argued.

    Despite this, Sarkozy left us in little doubt that all those who wear face coverings – whether burqa or niqab – are Muslims living in a country which increasingly expects everyone to “adapt” to the Gallic way. It was certainly no coincidence that the clampdown on religious symbols in state schools which began in 1994 centred on Muslim headscarves. Sixteen years on, the only reason Sarkozy has stopped short of a full burqa ban is because he thinks it would be thrown out by appeal courts under European human rights legislation.

    Such legal challenges would be a huge embarrassment to Sarkozy, especially during his rightwing government’s ill-conceived national identity debate which is allowing racist and Islamophobic views to masquerade as 21st-century patriotism. Even anti-terrorism judges have captured the increasingly hostile nature of the arguments by saying that a full ban on the veil would lead to an increase in Islamic extremism.

    Under such circumstances the real issue raised by Sarkozy’s burqa ban – and especially the watered down version – is not the freedom of the handful of few women who wear full veils (less than 2000 and most of them confined to isolated housing estates, according to all reliable estimates), but the very place of Islam in modern France. By targeting his tokenistic policies and soundbites at a harmless minority, Sarkozy and his cronies succeed in linking Islam with everything from sexism to national security threats. If these associations are genuine, then they should be dealt with in a manner which is honest and unambiguous. Anything less results in weak compromises engendering nothing but fear and suspicion, often without anybody really understanding why.

  3. From complete aquiessence to anything islamic to BANNING THE BURQA is a small step to irradicate them BUT A HUGE FIRST ONE.
    If there is majority support in France even among Muslims, just give them time to inch forward. It’s their laws we are hoping they change.

  4. “allegedly Islamic veils” (??)

    “allegedly Islamic koran”

    “allegedly Islamic mosques”

    “allegedly Islamic halal”

    “allegedly Islamic madrassas”

    “alleged newspaper” (al-Guardian)

  5. Kolaid,t’as bu toi-même trop de Koolaid,tu devrais allé en Désintox Maintenant,ça presse.

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