Sunday, January 17, 2010

Another attack

Two Arabic-speaking men poured gasoline over Rayhana, an Algerian actress and playwright, and tried to set her afire outside a theater in Paris. Presumably they were unhappy with her play, which focuses on the treatment of women in Algeria. She nevertheless appeared on stage that night. French police are treating the attack as an act of terrorism. (Thanks to Jihad Watch.)

Defending Muslim women is a dangerous pastime, as Norwegian Hege Storhaug well knows. The first step to fix this is for society to support those who do speak out. In Rayhana's case, the French Minister of Culture and the Secretary for Urban Affairs have done so, as well as a Muslim association, Foi et Pratique (Faith and Practice) and the French Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers.

The next step is to for the authorities to take the problem seriously. Again, the French appear to be doing so, as they have classified this as a terrorist act.

The third step is to arrest and punish the perpetrators - I wonder if the French could deport them, as they do imams who preach violence?

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