ISLAM-CHRISTIAN DIALOGUE

262 other than the philosophy, could be sum- marized into a friendly voice to Moslem leaders to exchange opinion with full reci- procal respect about: freedom to express his opinion, Freedom of creed and reli- gious practice and adherence, bioethics and family values, Killing in the name of Allah no offence is being intended. Please feel free to circulate this message to whom you think useful and also to the writers mentioned in this message. As a conclusion I report what M.Salmawy has written: L’essentiel n’est pas de savoir si un fou ou non a commis les attentats d’Alexan- drie. Le fou est une personne qui laisse libre cours à ses pulsions déraisonnables. Mais malheureusement, les motifs ma- lades qui ont conduit le criminel à com- mettre son acte ne sont pas propres à lui. Ils sont répandus chez les membres de notre société, enracinés par l’ensei- gnement religieux vétuste, enseigné de longues années et cristallisé par la suite par nos médias ignorants. Tout ceci a été confirmé par l’actuel message religieux vétuste de notre institution religieuse. Agirons-nous différemment cette fois-ci, ou nous contenterons-nous, une fois de plus, d’arrêter le criminel et de dire qu’il est déséquilibré, pour finalement classer l’affaire ? Comme toujours IS THERE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN ITALY? FAX - 24/2/2007 Are we still in time to criticize the sharia and protest freely in Italy? I don't want to argue, but you haven't ad- dressed the underlying problem. I would like to point out that Sharia law is the source of all the constitutional sy- stems of Arab and Muslim countries, which explicitly considers non-Muslim citizens to be second or third category citizens and their rights. This is a discrimi- nation of the fascist Nazi type. In these situations one cannot speak of percentages or minorities when freedom of expression is not allowed. The case of the Alexandrian blogger with four years in prison is only one of the many examples. The basic problem must be raised and addressed in those countries where it can still be done without having to resort to escorts of Carabinieri (Italian Military Po- lice) or be judged by certain magistrates as defamatory of the Islamic religion. Are we still in time to criticize Sharia law and protest freely in Italy? 2012: Islamophobia: double standards The Organisation of Islamic Coopera- tion (OIC) which wants "laws against in- citement to religious hatred," says that "freedom of expression must be used responsibly," asks us "to take all measu- res including legislation against acts that lead to violence against Muslims and the denigration of their religion" because "Islamophobic acts violate the freedom of religion and belief. This is while Islamist propaganda is char- ged with every stereotype of Jews and Christians, while the most insane violence is used against members of different fai- ths and their co-religionists considered to be conniving with the enemy, while We- stern embassies, Christians during mass and Jews are attacked.

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