Force of Reason not strong in Italy
Italian journalist and author Oriana Fallaci is being sued for causing “outrage to religion”. Her latest book, The Force of Reason (not yet available in English), contains strong criticism of Islam.
Adel Smith, president of the Muslim Union of Italy, has brought the charges, and the hearing will be held in a court in the northern town of Bergamo. (Bartholomew has more on the zany Mr Smith.)
The judge who allowed the case has highlighted 18 sentences in the book which he considered offensive. Among them are
- “to believe that a good Islam and a bad Islam exist goes against all reason”
- Islam is “a pool… that never purifies”
- Islam “sows hatred in the place of love and slavery in the place of freedom”
The Minister of Equal Opportunities is disquieted.
Similar trials would occur in the UK if the proposed Incitement to Religious Hatred laws are passed.
UPDATE: Those 18 sentences, along with some sensible commentary by CM Newman, can be found at Dagger in Hand.