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Saturday, March 11, 2006
  Simplistic discourse around 'free expression'
Don't be silenced by extremists
A plea from 11 Canadian Muslim academics and activists:
Feb. 28, 2006. 10:37 AM


-- For too long the media have created an image that portrays
communities from the Muslim world as a monolith entity, best
represented by extremists.

The media have created a false dichotomy that pits these Muslim
extremists against the West. The fact is that in all Muslim
countries, progressive citizens are trying to break loose from the
tyranny of the autocrats and clerics and wish to develop a civil
society where citizenship is based not on inherited race or religion,
but the equality of all, irrespective of faith, race, sexuality or
gender.

In Tehran today, the city's bus drivers are on strike. Thousands have
been arrested; entire families have disappeared. Yet, this has not
made a blip in the western media.

If the same bus drivers were burning books or embassies, this would
certainly be on the evening news. This is an appalling example that
only outrageous, violent expressions of faith by Muslim extremists
are taken as the aspirations of people from Islamic societies. --

-- at Nettime --

 
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