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Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | 01/03/2006

Twelve intellectuals opposed to 'Islamic totalitarianism'

The Danish daily at the origin of the controversy over the Prophet Muhammad cartoons has decided to reprint the "Manifesto against Islamic totalitarianism" published by the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in its March 1st issue. Prominent among the text's twelve signatories are Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Taslima Nasreen, Salman Rushdie and Bernard-Henri Lévy. "After having overcome fascism, Nazism, and Stalinism, the world now faces a new totalitarian global threat: Islamism. We, writers, journalists, intellectuals, call for resistance to religious totalitarianism and for the promotion of freedom, equal opportunity and secular values for all. The recent events, which occurred after the publication of drawings of Muhammed in European newspapers, have revealed the necessity of the struggle for these universal values. This struggle will not be won by arms, but in the ideological field."

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