Monday, November 28, 2005

The Islamist Assault on Free Speech

Three weeks ago, I linked to a terrific post by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross at the Counterterrorism Blog. The post provided a detailed overview of radical Islamists' literally murderous assault on intellectual freedom. Gartenstein-Ross has now expanded his work into a must read article for the Weekly Standard web site:

LAST MONTH, Islamic radicals threatened to kill actor and Muslim convert Omar Sharif. Sharif had recently played St. Peter in an Italian TV film and spoke highly of the role, saying that he "seemed to hear voices" during filming and that "it will be difficult for me to play other roles from now on." Although Sharif's comments seem innocuous, they prompted a death threat. According to the Adnkronos International news agency, a message on a web forum which has been used by al Qaeda in the past linked to another website that threatened Sharif's life. The website containing the threat said, "Omar Sharif has stated that he has embraced the crusader idolatry. He is a crusader who is offending Islam and Muslims and receiving applause from the Italian people. I give you this advice, brothers, you must kill him."

This incident is relatively minor in the grand scheme of the war against radical Islam, but telling. It provides another glimpse into the Islamists' single-minded fanaticism and their willingness to punish any type of ideological non-conformity.

The Freedoms We Fight For


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