Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Adel Darwish, A Brave Soul...

Here is a man, willing to stand up and speak some truth, daring to to tell it like it is, because it is necessary. It is necessary to speak up, to create awareness and to possibly save lives. There are only a few within the Egyptian, Syrian, Iranian, etc. population who are willing and, perhaps, able to do so. It may take guts, as we say here in America, and it seems that Adel Darwish has them.

Here is an excerpt of what he has to say in his latest article:

It is a battle between the culture of vibrant life which is a basic human instinct, and the culture of death, as summed up by Egyptian playwright, Ali Salem, in Asharq al Awsat last month.

Terrorists want to ram their sick culture down other people’s throats and force them to change their way of life. Why not? They have already succeeded in forcing people to change their dress-code, their ways of entertainment and their way of life in regions where democracy has retreated.

Just compare the high standard of performing arts in Egyptian movies in the 1930s and 1940s with the poor standard of Egyptian television drama today. Self-censorship has always been the death of creative art. Fearing the outcry of Islamists or even the threat of terrorism that they pose, Egyptian television bosses were cowed into cutting out scenes and performances that have always been part of Egyptian culture.

We must never permit the culture of death-mongers to change our way of life or force us to change the way we eat, drink, dress, or enjoy ourselves.

Hundreds of thousands of white Britons marched in the 1970s to denounce an ultra right-wing nationalist organisation condemning its racist slogans against immigrants. Where are the British Muslims today? Why don’t they march in their thousands to denounce terrorism?

Why don’t Islamic scholars and clerics rule that coercing people into a different way of life is un-Islamic and that one of basic Islamic teaching is that “there is no compulsion in religion”?

Go to The Bill T Blog for the rest of the story, thanks Bill...