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Fund the Truth About Islam or Lose the War of Ideas

Posted on April 28 2011 12:50 pm
Phyllis Chesler is an Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at City University of New York. For extended biography visit The Phyllis Chesler Organization.

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“His crime has been to point to the great number of family rapes in areas dominated by Muslim culture. This well documented fact has brought him an indictment under the Danish penal code’s ‘racism’ clause…”

According to Mohamud and Winkel Holm, both MP Langballe and Lars Hedegaard long ago “emphasised that they did not intend to accuse all Muslims or even the majority of Muslims of such crimes. This made no impression on the public prosecutor. We fear that the public prosecutor intends to stifle open debate on Islam and Muslim culture. And we fear that he is doing so with the tacit approval of the governing parties, which first signalled their intention to remove the racism clause from the penal code but have recently recanted.”

This new initiative by Westergaard and Jensen joins the precious handful of individual philanthropists and anti-Islamist/pro-Israel think tanks and website which are attempting to support truth-tellers. If we do not fund the truth in the war of ideas we will lose the war. Thus far, those who believe in such Enlightenment values as universal human rights, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, separation of religion and state, human rights, women’s rights, gay rights, have lost this war because the warriors have not only not been funded, they have also been economically and socially penalized. Some have been impoverished. The enemies of truth are powerful, organized, and wealthy and have been funding disinformation campaigns on every continent.

If we do not tell the truth and if we do not recognize those who are truth-tellers, we will lose the ability to distinguish between the truth and a lie, and between good and evil.

But there is more good news. For the longest time, my work (2003-2010) appeared in Scandinavia, mainly in Norway, in English, at the online website Human Rights Service. In 2010, the American author, Bruce Bawer and his Norwegian colleagues, Hege Storhaug and Rita Karlsen, were accused of “racism” and “Islamophobia” by Norwegian leftists and Islamists; in June, 2010, the Norwegian government de-funded their excellent online website which publishes work about Islam and women’s rights. Their online publication is still going strong, but their ability to pay their writers has been fatefully compromised for the moment. Hege Storhaug has been tracking the Islamification of Europe in general, and most specifically, the plight of Muslim women immigrants and the epidemic of honor killings in Europe. Storhaug has published an important book, just translated into English, But The Greatest of These Is Freedom: The Consequences of Immigration in Europe. Of course, I plan to read and review it.

Now, in our conversation this week, Hans Erling Jensen told me that Lars Hedegaard has just published a new book, Muhammad’s Girls: Violence, Murder and Rape in the House of Islam, in which he mentions my work “quite a lot.” Well, I am pleased and honored—indeed thrilled to have my work acknowledged in Denmark by such major heroes.

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