Thursday, May 26, 2005

Oriana Fallaci, infidel

The CNN headline is Author accused of defaming Islam. A judge has ordered that the author stand trial on charges of public defamation against Islam in her recent book. So the judge must be from Iran, right? No. Saudi Arabia? No. Pakistan? No. Turkey? No.

The author in question is Oriana Fallaci, and the judge is Italian. So Italian law now apparently grants a special status to Islam. Italians are free to decry, criticize, and ridicule Christianity. In fact, Fallaci has done her share of that (in the very books currently cited in charges), but no one is talking about bringing her before a judge because of that.

Fallaci, now a New Yorker, writes in her latest book that Europe is turning into "an Islamic province, an Islamic colony." The Italian court system is doing their best to prove that she got at least that right.
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