Islamic extremists called for the death of a prolific lesbian
author after storming a conference in Amsterdam, recently.
Canadian author Irshad Manji suffered the threats during a
conference on modern Islam, earlier this month.
The author was speaking after the release of her latest
socio-political book entitled Allah: Liverty and Love when
extremists from Sharia4Belgium stormed the De Balie theater in
The extremists repeatedly declared "Takfir!", thereby ordering
the execution of Manji. After threatening to break her neck, they
demanded that the event, sponsored by the European Foundation for
Democracy, be stopped.
They quote that "group of about 20 men and boys arrived halfway
through the evening, chanted slogans and pelted the audience with
eggs. A police mobile unit had to be called to eject
the rioters, and two Belgian men aged 19 and 22 were arrested."
Manji was targeted because of her liberal, progressive stance on
"I never felt afraid. Not once," she said. "In fact, all of us
refused to leave, even when police asked. We wouldn't play on
Jihadi terms. Some things are simply more important than
Roberta Bonazzi, Executive Director of the European Foundation for
Democracy, added: "The voice of democratic Islam will not be
silenced by extremism. We are united and will continue to support
inspirational Muslim reformers across Europe."
Photo credit: European Foundation for Democracy.