“One billion, 300 million Muslims are ready to kill you”
Intellectuals are rallying around a philosophy teacher forced into hiding after he wrote an article describing the Prophet Muhammad as a ruthless warlord and mass murderer.
Robert Redeker, a writer who teaches at a lycée near Toulouse, has been under police protection, moving between secret addresses, since threats against him appeared on Islamist websites last week. His home address was published with calls to murder. “You will never feel secure on this earth. One billion, 300 million Muslims are ready to kill you,” one message said. One threat came from a contributor to al- Hesbah, an internet forum that is viewed as a channel for al-Qaeda. Despite the threats the Government has offered M Redeker, 52, only limited support.
Many French Intellectuals appealed to the government to offer Redeker greater aid. These included Bernard-Henri Lévy, Alain Finkielkraut and André Glucksmann.
Tariq Ramadan, paragon of moderate Islam, suggests, “The philosophy teacher is free to write what he likes in Le Figaro, but he must know what he wanted — he signed a stupidly provocative text.”
But of course! It’s always the author’s fault. And, according to Ramadan
, we already know what those intellectuals rallying to Redeker’s defense are “Jewish French intellectuals… biased toward the concerns of their community.” Their interests “as Jews or as nationalists or as defenders of Israel” come before equality and justice.