March for Free Expression

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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Free Muslims endorse the March in March

Moderate Muslims in Denmark have formed the Demokratiske Muslimer (Democratic Muslims) organisation to disavow the extremists and to state in public that the hate-mongering imams who stirred up the Danish Cartoon controversy do NOT speak for them.

In taking this step, they are joining the ranks of Muslim organisations who disavow violence and extremism and who seek to place religious activity in the personal, rather than public, domain. One of the first to be established, the Free Muslims Coalition, has been among the first organisations to endorse the March for Free Expression. Kamal Nawash, the President of FMC, was succinct when I read him the statement of principle. "Exactly," he said.

The FMC website includes this statement of purpose:
The Free Muslims was created to eliminate broad base support for Islamic extremism and terrorism and to strengthen secular democratic institutions in the Middle East and the Muslim World by supporting Islamic reformation efforts.

The Free Muslims promotes a modern secular interpretation of Islam which is peace-loving, democracy-loving and compatible with other faiths and beliefs. The Free Muslims' efforts are unique; it is the only mainstream American-Muslim organization willing to attack extremism and terrorism unambiguously. Unfortunately most other Muslim leaders believe that in terrorist organizations, the end justifies the means.
All too true in the UK as well as the USA, I'm afraid.

We are very grateful for the support and good wishes of the American branch of FMC. We also we look forward to being joined by the just-opening UK chapter on March 25th. We invite any UK based Muslims visiting this site who want to disavow the extremist "community leaders" who give tacit support to intimidation, violence and terrorism to consider joining the FMC.

And join us on our march in March.


Blogger CarnackiUK said...


Voltaire, are you planning on handing out any 'official' signs and banners, or - more likely - encouraging people to bring their own?

One other point: It occurs to me that some people may be wary of coming along because they don't want to be filmed/photographed. Just want to remind people that wearing masks of cartoon characters would fit in very well with the theme of the protest as well as protecting anonymity.

Some friends and I are considering coming along as piggy cartoon characters like in Cox & Forkum's brilliant 'Toonophobia' cartoon -

11:59 am  
Blogger Papa Ray said...

I would advise any Free Muslim to cover his face.

Also to put mud or such on is lisense plates on his car.

The "true believers" are everywhere and they will get their revenge against these Apostates.

Oh, in case they don't look upon themselves as Apostates, that doesn't matter, as the "True Believers" of Islam do.

Papa Ray
West Texas

3:42 pm  
Blogger Juan Golblado said...

What a relief! I'm so glad to see someone doing something. I have been fidgeting about starting something myself but I'm not normally like that.

Let's roll.

I trust this will be compatible with whatever Oliver Kamm is getting together and what Christopher Hitchens in doing in Washington?

10:36 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent idea. I assume this march will give full support to the recent victims of the hostility to free speech, namely Mayor Ken Livingstone and crackpot David Irving.

Or is it just Ukraine Jews like "Fleming Rose", publisher of the caricatures in Danemark, whose free speech you'll be defending?

"Free Speech for Islamophobes only" wouldn't look so good on a banner, so perhaps not, eh?

1:00 pm  
Anonymous alison said...

Anonymous you mean Crackpot David Irving and *Tyrant* Ken Livingstone.

Great idea, spreading the word. we will be there and can garner a lot of good support.

4:11 pm  
Anonymous Steve said...

Well done folks. I have given you a link on my blog and I will be there on 25th.

6:21 pm  
Anonymous Paul said...

Mr/Miss/Mrs. Anonymous:

Have you actually had a look at the mission statement on the front page, or noticed the support given by the Free Muslims organisation (who are surely not 'islamophobes')?

Or are you just a troll?

1:41 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im not sure if wearing masks is legal so check it out - I'll tell you what would be ironic, wear religous clothing that covers your face, eg a burka or any other religion you can find. As far as I know religions are protected and allowed to cover their faces but cooperate with the police. It would be simply awesome to see a load of colorful Afgahn-esq burkas lining the streets holding up banners and it will certainly add a valid point to the debate.

Anyone know if burning a copy of all of the major religion's key books and maybe a copy of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, the Bill of Rights etc would be ok by the police? Throw in Irving and Rushdie's books too just to keep it fair, and keep it dignified - do it in total silence as if we were having a funeral, not as a crazy mob.

12:05 pm  

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