Fred Litwin, the Jewish Canadian president of the Free Thinking Film Society – a man whose accomplishments to date include having brought Geert Wilders himself to speak at the National Arts Centre – has gone mad.
Today in the local lib rag, the Ottawa Citizen, Fred posted an insane diatribe co-sponsored by one of his pet moslems, Salim Mansur, the author of Delectable Lie: A Liberal Repudiation of Multiculturalism.
Here, refuted in its entirety, is his confession of insanity and public, mental obituary:
Mistaking Islamism for Islam
Too many who oppose fanaticism end up supporting the Islamist view that Muslims cannot be moderate, write Fred Litwin and Salim Mansur.
By Fred Litwin and Salim Mansur, Ottawa January 28, 2013
Unfortunately, there are non-Muslim organizations in the West that believe they are opposing Islamists but who have misguidedly turned to making all Muslims and Islam their enemies.
Photograph by: Jean Levac , Ottawa Citizen
We are daily inundated with news of horrors from the Arab-Muslim world to the extent that for many in the West Islam as a venerable faith-tradition can no longer be distinguished from the organized terror and violence of radical Muslims, or Islamists.
There is something gone terribly wrong in the world of Islam, and setting aside political correctness there is the urgent need to publicly identify and discuss the evil of Islamism masquerading as a religion.
But what is this ideology, Islamism, for which we must not make any allowance, as we would not for Nazism?
From leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in Arab countries, the Iran of Khomeini, fundamentalist parties in Pakistan, and affiliated groups — Hamas, Hezbollah, the al-Qaida network, al-Shabaab and the Taliban — we hear their politics is the genuine expression of Islam as practised by “Salafis” or the first generation of Muslims in seventh-century Arabia. In this view Muslims who disagree with Islamists are heretics or, even worse, apostates deserving to be killed.
Much has been written since 9/11 about Islamists, yet there remains widespread confusion of how their politics in appropriating Islam for gaining power is triumphantly sweeping across the Arab-Muslim world, while making strategic inroads in the West.
Bassam Tibi’s recent book, Islamism and Islam, is a vital contribution in sorting out the difference between ideology and religion, and arms us to assist effectively anti-Islamist Muslims as much as ourselves to defeat Islamism for the evil that it is.
Tibi is a distinguished professor emeritus of political science at the University of Göttingen in Germany, and has taught in several American universities including Harvard and Stanford. Tibi is an Arab Muslim from Damascus settled in Germany, and he has written extensively on Islam and Arab politics despite threats from Islamists.
Tibi provides a richly detailed, but easily accessible, analysis of Islamism as a modern invention. He writes about Islamism as an “invented tradition” that calls for “an imagined system of divine governance that has never existed in Islamic history.”
The first exponents of Islamism — Egypt’s Hasan al-Banna and Syed Qutb, Iran’s Ruhollah Khomeini and Pakistan’s Maulana Mawdudi — were born in the early years of the 20th century and were greatly influenced by the rise of European fascism in the period between the two world wars. They absorbed fascist ideology into their thinking, and organized political movements for defeating efforts of fellow Muslims to advance their societies into the modern world by embracing liberalism and democracy.
Sure, Fred – because liberal moslems have always advanced their societies by embracing liberalism and democracy. Happens all the time, except, of course when and where those evil fascist “islamists” always seem so-easily able to manage to stop them in their tracks first!
Islamism is totalitarian politics. It is also, as Tibi discusses, soaked in anti-Semitism, rejecting any compromise with Israel as Islamists call for destruction of the Jewish state.
Islamism must be fought against by Muslims and non-Muslims together.
Unfortunately, there are non-Muslim organizations in the West believing they are opposing Islamists but who have misguidedly turned to making all Muslims and Islam their enemies.
Fred’s whole argument is based on one, anecdotal, unsourced book by one moslem “scholar:” that islam is not totalitarian politics, is not soaked in anti-Semitism, and does not call for the destruction of any state which has escaped from the Ummah (such as Israel and Spain). Instead, he claims, “islamism” alone is all these things, but it was only invented by modern proponents such as al-Banna, Qutb, Khomeini, and Mawdudi. He claims they were influenced by European fascism (so it’s really the White Man’s Burden to bear, as usual – all our fault) and not even remotely possible that Hitler himself was influenced by islam, through the inauspices of his best buddy, the Grand Mufti of Palestine, Haj-Amin al-Husseini (Arafat’s uncle). Nope! It’s not like the nazis “borrowed” those so-cute yellow armbands with the Magen David on them from islam, to better identify, discriminate against, and humiliate the jews with – all as commanded for dhimmis under the Jizya (extortion/”protection”) tax provisions in the Qur’an itself!
There’s no way islam is only an ancient, ongoing extortion-racket CRIME-syndicate, where the only “religious” part in it is where they say:
“God told us to commit these crimes – Capisce?!”
Because …. er, well, because… OK, Fred & Salim don’t actually give any references to any facts which would refute that observation, nor to counter the very clear and copious assertions to the contrary made by Muhammad himself in his Qur’an itself … but hey they don’t have to prove a negative to defend islam, it’s up to us in accusing it to use its own words against it – right?
To Fred and his bum-buddy Salim, “Islam is a Great Religion of Peace!” and don’t you forget it!!!
However, Fred does open himself up by accusing the EDL of being Hater/Racist Bigots – and that’s where his lack of evidence proves him to be lying; voicing slanderous opinion in public as fact:
One such group is the English Defence League (EDL), founded in 2009, devoted to fighting the “Islamization” of Britain. But by failing to distinguish between Islamists and non- or anti-Islamist Muslims, EDL’s activism has inflamed community relations, while being counter-productive in actually helping ordinary Muslims resist Islamists in their midst.
Another person in this anti-Islamist struggle is Gavin Boby, a British lawyer, and his Law and Freedom Foundation. Boby’s organization is linked to the EDL and it goes about encouraging communities stop mosque construction by using existing zoning laws in municipalities across Britain. He will be in Canada for a speaking tour in early February.
(But will he begin his Canadian speaking tour at the Free-Thinking Film Society of Ottawa? Doubtful)!
On the surface, the efforts of these anti-Islamist organizations appear courageous, even noble. But they end up ironically supporting the Islamist view there is no Islam other than what Islamists insist it is.
When anti-Islamist Muslims are denied the space and legitimacy to oppose Islamism then the inescapable paradox is that non-Muslim opponents of Islamists have conceded the Islamist propaganda that Islamists are Islam’s only legitimate representatives.
Ah, so all those until-now silent “moderate” moslems haven’t been able to speak out, because we evil free-speech-denying Westerners haven’t given them the space to do so. Gotcha, Fred & Co!
And so the only reason we non-Moslem opponents of islam don’t realize that islam is nice and cuddly, and that only the “islamists” are in the wrong, is that the moderate moslems haven’t been allowed to tell us so! It’s not like we’re capable of researching islam all on our own, is it?!
It then becomes easier for mainstream politicians and their allies in the West to appease and accommodate Islamists as once their predecessors sought to placate Communists.
Hence, our concern is with those in Canada foolishly or mistakenly inviting Gavin Boby, or EDL members, to build support for anti-Islamist activism.
Ah, yes, Fred – we Canadians are mistaken fools, to believe the lies of the EDL & Gavin Boby!
Thank Hashem we have such Jewish experts and kappos of the moslem propaganda industry here among us to correct our wayward thoughts for us! Yes, master: Islam is a great religion of peace!
We confront a hugely important struggle against Islamists.
We cannot afford to get this wrong.
Too fucking late, Brain-Dead Fred. A typical libtard, Free-Thinking Fred’s become so bloody open-minded that his brains fell out, and this despite the impressive roster of anti-islam speakers he’s hosted here over the years.
Obviously, Fred Nitwit wasn’t listening to a single word they said at his own events – ever.
Fred Litwin is president of the Free Thinking Film Society and Salim Mansur is the author of Delectable Lie: A Liberal Repudiation of Multiculturalism.
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