The Star Opinion: Extremists Must Be Taken To Task Too (Not Just Fitna and Geert Wilders)


If you have no idea what this is all about:

Watch: Michelle Malkin or Moonbattery or The Jawa Report

Read: Wikipedia on Fitna

Related to this letter to Malaysia Today and this comment on Haris Ibrahim’s blog.

And as for Dr. Chandra’s hope that Muslims will react peacefully, sorry to burst your bubble (but as if you don’t already know what’s gonna happen)…

 

How do these protests all the way over in Malaysia and Indonesia even have any impact on a far-away Dutchman?

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From The Star Opinion 3 April 2008:

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Extremists must be taken to task too

HAVING read Dr Chandra Muzaffar’s letter “Film is fitnah indeed” (The Star, April 1), I agree with his conclusion that Geert Wilders’ film intentionally misrepresents Islam as a religion that discriminates against non-Muslims, although I do not see why Dr Chandra considers Wilders’ views as racist when Islam is a religion, not an ethnicity.

Joining him in protest are Muslim groups and leaders worldwide, including former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Barisan Nasional Youth, the National Fatwa Council and the Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia. They are all saddened by the film’s wrong portrayal of Islam as inherently violent and intolerant.

But I am also saddened to note that even as the Muslim leaders are outraged at Westerners deemed to be mocking Islam, not a peep is uttered about the extremists who call for hatred and death against non-Muslims – as captured on video in the Dutch film.

The only reason Wilders’ film is considered to be smearing Islam is because it repeatedly juxtaposes verses from the Quran with videos of terrorist attacks and extremist imams preaching hatred of non-Muslims.

If so, then why aren’t moderate Muslim leaders and groups condemning the extremists who interpret those verses as justification for their hate-mongering? Without their antics, Wilders’ film would have little material to cause provocation with.

These extremists are the ones who cause some Westerners to view Islam as a violent religion. These extremists are the ones hijacking and re-branding Islam as a religion of war and intolerance in the public eye.

In my opinion, such extremists are far more to blame for giving Islam a negative image than lone individuals such as Wilders. Who is more likely to give a religion a bad name – some mocking “outsider” who has an ulterior political motive or violent “insiders” who actually claim to follow that religion?

Yet, none of the moderate Muslim leaders denounce or reject the violent, hateful extremists even as they protest against a film prominently featuring them.

Instead, more calls for boycotts and more protests are made against Wilders – a man whose image of Islam is undoubtedly coloured by those very extremists. What image does this portray when every time, Muslim leaders attack the messenger (Wilders or newspaper cartoons), but not the message that they are noisily proclaiming – about extremists who are successfully using Islam as a rallying cry for violence and hatred?

In fact, I am certain that Wilders is counting on such a knee-jerk reaction from Muslims, with maybe some riots and spontaneous murders of innocent bystanders thrown in (such as what happened with the Jyllands-Posten controversy), in order to prove his point to the world.

If his aim is to influence public opinion into seeing all Muslims as hate-filled extremists, then I’m afraid that the prominent Muslim moderates are unwittingly aiding his agenda with their very selective denouncements.

SCOTT THONG YU YUEN,

Ipoh.

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Here is Dr. Chandra’s letter that I used as an excuse to send in mine:

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From The Star Opinion 2 April 2008:

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Film is ‘fitnah’ indeed

ANOTHER European has done it again. Anti-immigration right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders has made a15-minute film called Fitna (defamation) that features violent imagery of terrorist attacks in New York and Madrid set against passages from the Quran that are taken out of context. The film has been posted on Internet sites.

The film is indeed a fitnah against Islam and the truth. It deliberately attempts to project the Quran as a scripture that justifies and legitimises terrorism and violence perpetrated against innocent civilians.

This is a calumny against the Quran that warns against wanton violence and prohibits aggression.

While Fitna is being posted on the Internet, a theatre in Potsdam, Germany is planning to stage a play based on Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses that also misrepresents the Quran and Muslim history and had provoked Muslim reactions almost 20 years ago.

In 2006, a Danish newspaper published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad linking him to bombs and terror. Earlier this year, some Danish newspapers republished the offensive cartoons.

Is it just Islam that is under attack? Isn’t it true that Jesus has also been vilified through films and books? In fact, damning and defaming religion in general is the pastime of a segment of secular Europe. Among religions, the targeting of Islam appears to be more systematic and consistent.

There is a reason for this. It is part of the drive by the centres of power in the West to impose their hegemony over the Muslim world. As we have pointed out so often in the past, control over oil and strategic sea-lanes, the majority of which border Muslim countries, is the motivating force.

However, to establish this control and dominance, the centres of power also have to target Islam and its followers. Islam has often served as the ideological inspiration for resistance to Western hegemony. This is why hegemonic forces have invariably sought to malign the religion in order to destroy resistance and dominance.

Predictably, a number of Muslim governments and religious leaders have issued statements condemning the film. The secretary-general of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu,has described the film as “incitement for hatred and an act of defamation of religions, solely intended to provoke unrest and intolerance among people of different religious beliefs.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also condemned the airing of Fitna “ in the strongest terms” and added “ there is no justification for hate speech or incitement to violence.”

The Dutch government, it should also be emphasised, has distanced itself from the Wilders’ film.

Muslims in different parts of the world have been holding demonstrations to protest against the film.

It is important that protests remain peaceful. Otherwise, Muslims would be playing into the hands of those who are hell-bent on portraying Islam and Muslims as violence prone.

More than organising protests, the substantial Muslim population in the Netherlands should mobilise resources and produce films that tell the truth about the Quran, the Prophet, and Muslim history. These films should be shown in cinemas and posted on the Internet.

The Dutch people should be made aware that there are references to violence in most scriptures – the Torah and the Talmud; the old and new Testaments; the Quran and the Hadiths; the Ramayana and the Mahabharatha. What one should not do is to take them out of context, distort and misinterpret them.

There has been a proposal to boycott Dutch products in Malaysia. It is worth considering. Middle and high-income Muslim countries import a lot of foodstuff from the Netherlands.

As an immediate measure, it may be more feasible for Muslim governments to subject to a thorough review all current projects and contracts with Dutch companies.

Both a consumer boycott and a review would serve to persuade Dutch citizens that it is in their own interest to isolate of racists like Geert Wilders.

DR CHANDRA MUZAFFAR,

President,

International Movement for a Just World (JUST).


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16 Responses to “The Star Opinion: Extremists Must Be Taken To Task Too (Not Just Fitna and Geert Wilders)”

  1. hutchrun Says:

    This piece of shit should use his influence to shut down Lever Brothers for starters. Also stop all export of palmoil to Rotterdam. He talks thru his handicapped brains. I know more about Islam than this monkey. Remember how he threw the file at Wan Azizah (his boss) when he was in keadilan, and she started crying.
    This is a rascal using his infirmity to project himself, like that `holy man` monkey Bakri with a claw for a hand. Playing victimhood to gain superiority that`s what it is.

  2. wits0 Says:

    We’ll never see a Chandra rebuking the likes of Anjem Choudary. A man with unbridled temper, doubtful understanding and skewered worldview wanna talk about things holy holy.

  3. Scott Thong Says:

    wits0 refers to this hate speech:

    Rape and kill all non-Muslims (and lawyer agrees it’s all good)

  4. hutchrun Says:

    Whatever the faults of “Fitna,” it ain’t no Darwin fish.

    Geert Wilders’ film could very, very easily get him killed. (He’s already guarded around the clock.) It essentially picks up the work of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, who was murdered in 2004 by a jihadi for criticizing Islam.

    “Fitna” is certainly provocative, yet it has good reason to provoke. A cancer of violence, bigotry and cruelty is metastasizing within the Islamic world.
    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/printpage/?url=http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/04/evolution_of_religious_bigotry.html

  5. hutchrun Says:

    Open Letter dated 13th January, 2000 from Marina Yusoff, then Vice President Parti KeADILan Nasional to Chandra Muzaffar, the Deputy President.

    12) Stop making a laughing stock of yourself and bringing the name of the party down by your irresponsible actions.

    In future kindly stop the lies and mud slinging against me otherwise I shall be forced to take legal action against you.
    http://malaysianunplug.blogspot.com/2008/04/chandra-muzaffars-two-face-hypocrisy.html

  6. kesava Says:

    The fact that such proposals could have been made at all speaks volumes about the state of Muslim thinking in Malaysia today. Worse still is the total disconnect between reality and ideals, and the fact that some of these Muslim thinkers fail to see just how unjust, inhuman and dehumanising these proposed punishments are in the eyes of millions of other Malaysians and foreigners alike. Whipping? In this day and age? And what would happen to the image of Malaysia as the so-called bastion of moderate Islam when the international media gets a glimpse of this non-so-moderate Islam at work? Is Islam Hadari to be enforced by the whip today?
    http://www.malaysia-today.net/2008/content/view/5449/1/

  7. kweky@ipoh boy Says:

    dear all,

    why did Wilder have such perception towards Islam and Muslims?????
    what is his purpose??
    what is he trying to show??

    everybody is asking almost the same questions. the malay workers in the factory that i am working in, have been discussing this opic for the past two days, critisising wilders and all other ‘silly’ dutchmen in the world. talking about how they will slit his throat at the first sight of him… bla bla bla and bla!!

    the questions above, they are not important at all. what is important now is, how Wilders or any other westerners get the kind of picture or perception towards Islam.

    well, the answer is very obvious. just like advertisements, it is the muslims themselves who gave him and all the rest of the westeners the idea of what Islam is all about.

    misinterpretations or misperceptions are caused by the muslims themselves. so, i think muslims might need to repackage themselves. and show the world the true meaning of the religion. set a good example and as time passes by, the perceptions will be made right.

    we all agree that there are some who are fanatical. like what scott said, instead of threatening Wilders, why not just use the time to tackle the fanatical muslims. the way muslims are demonstrating now, with death threats and all. it will only deteoriates further the perceptions.

    think about it people..

  8. SkepticalAboutIslam Says:

    Nah, Muslims are doing a perfectly fine job of showing the world the true meaning of religion by rioting, chanting for death to people and blowing others up. I’m sure you’ll agree with me once you actually read the Quran and discover the many calls to violence and war inside it. Not just for those in the past, but for all Muslims present and future.

    Islam is a religion of peace, but only for believers. Non-believers are all judged to be guilty and deserving of death.

  9. wits0 Says:

    Scott: I do not see why Dr Chandra considers Wilders’ views as racist when Islam is a religion, not an ethnicity.”

    Aha, Scott, you have shown here that he is just another commonly gilded “intellectual” without objective discernment.

  10. hutchrun Says:

    Dr. Chandra Muzaffar is himself a racist.

  11. kweky@ipoh boy Says:

    well, what i really mean is that, no matter how cruel and irrelevant islam maybe, all the imans and the super high priests of islam will need to attend business courses to enhance their marketing skills.

    just like how advertisements will promote to the audiences how tasty a certain dish maybe,.. people will be interested and perceive differently. eventhough later they will find out how shitty it really is in real life…

  12. hutchrun Says:

    A must read by Amil Imani:
    [ ]
    The most descriptive term for Mullah is parasite. A Mullah begins his career as a parasite, lives as a parasite and dies as a parasite, simply because he contributes absolutely nothing to the necessities of life, yet gobbles disproportionately more of whatever resources he can divour.

    As a true parasite, a Mullah’s very survival depends on others. It is critical for a Mullah to procure and maintain docile obedient hosts. A flock of gullible ignorant fanatics make excellent hosts and the Mullahs’ main task is to keep the sheep in their pen by hook or crook. They scare the flock by horror stories of hell and entice them by the promise of unimaginable glorious paradise if and only if they behave and keep on supplying them with milk, wool and meat.

    http://www.amilimani.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=43&Itemid=2

  13. peterp Says:

    Alas, only one rational response to the clip :

    “Ait-hamad on March 31st, 2008 3:49 pm
    It is up to the muslims to make sure poeple understand the difference between the bad and the good islam and not Wilder. Instead of complaining about the wilder’s clip, the muslim film makers should get on their real “jihad” and produce a clip or two presenting something “objective”. Up until now, no muslim film makers has ever put forth a documentory attacking these fundamentalists and presenting the problematic of context regarding Islam.
    What does it take to make a clip? There is plenty of money and talent out there. But they prefer complaining and wining about their sorry state of inertia while the other muslims (the bad) wreck avoc on the perception of islam in the eyes of the world. Or do they seem incapable of critizining the bad fellow muslims for fear of being labelled apostats?”

    Please read more of Ait-hamad’scomments at :

    http://www.sudanesethinker.com/2008/03/29/open-letter-to-fitna-maker/#comments

  14. peterp Says:

    Alas, only one rational response to the clip :

    “Ait-hamad on March 31st, 2008 3:49 pm
    It is up to the muslims to make sure poeple understand the difference between the bad and the good islam and not Wilder. Instead of complaining about the wilder’s clip, the muslim film makers should get on their real “jihad” and produce a clip or two presenting something “objective”. Up until now, no muslim film makers has ever put forth a documentory attacking these fundamentalists and presenting the problematic of context regarding Islam.
    What does it take to make a clip? There is plenty of money and talent out there. But they prefer complaining and wining about their sorry state of inertia while the other muslims (the bad) wreck avoc on the perception of islam in the eyes of the world. Or do they seem incapable of critizining the bad fellow muslims for fear of being labelled apostats?”
    Please read more of Ait-hamad’scomments at :
    http://www.sudanesethinker.com/2008/03/29/open-letter-to-fitna-maker/#comments

  15. peterp Says:

    Alas, only one rational response to the clip :

    “Ait-hamad on March 31st, 2008 3:49 pm
    It is up to the muslims to make sure poeple understand the difference between the bad and the good islam and not Wilder. Instead of complaining about the wilder’s clip, the muslim film makers should get on their real “jihad” and produce a clip or two presenting something “objective”. Up until now, no muslim film makers has ever put forth a documentory attacking these fundamentalists and presenting the problematic of context regarding Islam.
    What does it take to make a clip? There is plenty of money and talent out there. But they prefer complaining and wining about their sorry state of inertia while the other muslims (the bad) wreck avoc on the perception of islam in the eyes of the world. Or do they seem incapable of critizining the bad fellow muslims for fear of being labelled apostats?”

    Please read more of Ait-hamad’s comments at :

    http://www.sudanesethinker.com/2008/03/29/open-letter-to-fitna-maker/#comments

  16. Ron Says:

    Other signs that Holland is slowly going to the dogs.

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