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Taguieff, Pierre-André


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Le Monde - France | 04/10/2006

Defending freedom of expression

The daily has published an appeal in support of Robert Redeker signed by a score of public figures. "A handful of fanatics is currently brandishing so-called religious laws in order to call into question our country's most fundamental freedoms. This threat comes in addition to the mutterings here and there in Europe that provocation should be avoided to spare supposed foreign sensibilities ... Times are once again hard in Europe. This is no time for cowardice. We therefore solemnly appeal to the authorities not only to continue to protect, as they already are doing, Robert Redeker and his family, but, in a strong political gesture, to pledge to meet his material needs as long as he is danger, just as the British authorities did throughout the duration of the Rushdie affair."

La Libre Belgique - Belgium | 24/05/2006

Iran's disturbing participation in football's World Cup

A group of French and Belgian academics and intellectuals contests Iran's participation in the football World Cup in Germany, asserting that "the Iranian theocracy is a tyranny that has no place in an athletic competition at the heart of democratic Europe." They are worried about "a retreat of a universal culture to the benefit of a populist football pseudo-culture. Isn't football a propitious vehicle for all sorts of hysterical religious outpourings given its own status as the tribal religion of postmodern times? ... Might not an Islamicism that is gaining strength throughout the world find in football a pulpit for imposing its propaganda on hundreds of millions of TV viewers? Will football be used to promote a Coran as seen through the eyes of antidemocratic and antisemitic proselytizers? Will Germany allow crazed hordes of fans to bay for the blood of the 'ungodly' or 'apostate' opponent?"

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