Facing Down the Bullies

Horrible news: the twelve signatories of the anti-Islamist manifesto, "Together facing the new totalitarianism," have now been put under a very credible death threat by a thread on the British Islamist site, Ummah.net. They've had random indidivual death threats in the past, but this one has "authority." In response, the twelve are asking for more of us to put our own names to a second manifesto, supporting them against the Islamist brownshirts. The text to be signed is:

"We support the signatories of the Manifesto 'Together facing the new totalitarianism'  On Saturday, March 11, a thread on the British Islamist site, www.ummah.net, issued a death threat against the 12 signatories. The text of the threat is very clear:

'Excellent - makes killing the kuffar [apostate] all the bit easier... Now we have a hit list of a 'Who's Who' guide to slam into. Take your time but make sure their gone soon - oh and don't hold out for a fatwah it isn't really required here.'

We, the undersigned, wish to express our unequivocal support for and solidarity with the twelve signatories and our outrage at the Islamist movement's attack on them. We stand firm with the 12 against this reactionary movement and join in their call for resistance to religious totalitarianism and for the promotion of freedom, equal opportunity and secular values for all."

To sign it, simply email your name to prochoix@prochoix.org. Very soon, they'll post the manifesto with the names attached. Stand up for those whose freedom and very life is threatened because of their free speech. If our governments and our own media will not stand up for free speech, we can.

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