More Middle East demonstrations in favour of religious freedom


by Rumbold
22nd February, 2011 at 10:45 am    

After this, and this, now Tunisia is seeing protests in favour of religious harmony between Christians, Jews and Muslims:

As many as 15,000 of the demonstrators on Saturday were protesting against Tunisia’s Islamist movement, calling for religious tolerance a day after the Interior Ministry announced a Polish priest had been assassinated by an extremist group and following verbal attacks on Jews.

“We need to live together and be tolerant of each other’s views,” said Ridha Ghozzi, 34, who was among the protesters carrying signs and chanting slogans including “Terrorism is not Tunisian,” “Religion is Personal” and “Muslims, Christians, and Jews – we’re all Tunisians.”


              Post to del.icio.us


Filed in: Current affairs,Middle East,Religion






30 Comments below   |  

Reactions: Twitter, blogs
  1. sunny hundal

    Blogged: : More Middle East demonstrations in favour of religious freedom http://bit.ly/h4civc


  2. Maajid Nawaz

    RT @sunny_hundal: Blogged: : More Middle East demonstrations in favour of religious freedom http://bit.ly/h4civc


  3. Indo-Pak Peace Media

    Blogged: : More Middle East demonstrations in favour of religious freedom http://bit.ly/h4civc via @MaajidNawaz by @sunny_hundal


  4. hermitsholiday

    RT @sunny_hundal: More Middle East demonstrations in favour of religious freedom http://bit.ly/h4civc


  5. habiba hamid

    RT @sunny_hundal: Blogged: : More Middle East demonstrations in favour of religious freedom http://bit.ly/h4civc


  6. Ammar Abdulhamid

    RT @sunny_hundal: Blogged: : More Middle East demonstrations in favour of religious freedom http://bit.ly/h4civc


  7. onebarefeet

    RT @sunny_hundal: Blogged: : More Middle East demonstrations in favour of religious freedom http://bit.ly/h4civc


  8. Vera F. Birkenbihl

    RT @sunny_hundal: Blogged: : More Middle East demonstrations in favour of religious freedom http://bit.ly/h4civc




  1. Shamit — on 22nd February, 2011 at 11:38 am  

    This is brilliant – I wonder what the resident religious nutters here (both PP and the UK) and abroad would have to say about this.

    Most people reject extremism and want to get on with life. They want security and opportunities and those who try to hijack that with fundamentalism of any kind do so at their own peril.

    But I am sure the message would be lost to both those who openly support fundamentalism and those who do it subtly.

  2. cjcjc — on 22nd February, 2011 at 11:46 am  

    Good.

    “But I am sure the message would be lost to both those who openly support fundamentalism and those who do it subtly.”

    Yes – some people are not happy that Cammo has the *audacity* not to be courting the MB in Egypt, eg the author of this:

    http://liberalconspiracy.org/2011/02/22/cameron-isnt-in-the-middle-east-to-promote-democracy-but-arms-trading/

  3. Pro Blogger News — on 22nd February, 2011 at 12:17 pm  

    Peace n prosperity Rumbold, I come to your website often but I am usually a lurker. I decided I’d finally post a comment for post saying how much I love visiting your blog as I think your writing is both exciting and helpful. Keep your blog up-to-date and you have a visitor for life, glad to meet you,thanks.

  4. cjcjc — on 22nd February, 2011 at 12:30 pm  
  5. Kismet Hardy — on 22nd February, 2011 at 12:39 pm  

    You know people, when not pumped up with propaganda to feel fear and hatred for others, are really rather lovely.

    My putrid hippy soul is happy once more x

  6. Nadeem — on 22nd February, 2011 at 1:19 pm  

    bleeuugh, pass the bucket Rumbold, I feel it coming on again…

  7. Rumbold — on 22nd February, 2011 at 1:52 pm  

    Heh Nadeem.

  8. KB Player — on 22nd February, 2011 at 2:00 pm  

    National identity (Tunisian) trumps religious identity (Muslim, Jew, Christian). Just what Cameron was speaking about in his anti-multiculturalism speech.

  9. Refresh — on 22nd February, 2011 at 2:38 pm  

    Lets hope these demonstrations accelerate, they dovetail very well with the essence of the revolution the middle east is undergoing right now. This is the ME going back to its roots.

    Those that have sought to create fear and division are to be reviled.

  10. Don — on 22nd February, 2011 at 3:41 pm  

    I can’t help but feel a bit optimistic about developments. The people of Tunisia and Egypt threw out the tyrants but continue to speak out about the kind of society they want to see replace them. There may be no political structure behind these voices but there is a momentum and, for me, that momentum is in a positive direction.

    Of course, it could all go badly wrong yet, as gloomy Nadeem seems to think, but something has changed across the region.

  11. The Queen of Fiddlesticks — on 22nd February, 2011 at 7:07 pm  
  12. leanne — on 22nd February, 2011 at 7:11 pm  
  13. Shamit — on 22nd February, 2011 at 7:48 pm  

    CJCJC -

    Spot on – and well done for challenging a warped view of the world. I guess Cambridge hasn’t helped him look beyond long held parochial views.

  14. Shamit — on 22nd February, 2011 at 7:51 pm  

    Rumbold – good find well done.

    The egyptian story about Muslims protecting Christians as human shields and this story show common bonds of humanity and nationality are far more powerful than divisive forces.

    Well done – and Tunisia started something which is going to change the world – so hats off to them.

  15. Rumbold — on 23rd February, 2011 at 8:28 am  

    Thanks Shamit. This stuff needs to be highlighted as much as possible.

  16. Wibble — on 23rd February, 2011 at 9:49 am  

    “I guess Cambridge hasn’t helped him look beyond long held parochial views.”

    These public school, Oxford-educated types… No mention of the Muslim Brotherhood here. Nice pics of Dave and Tone though.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1359316/Prime-Minister-David-Cameron-takes-arms-dealers-Egypt-promote-democracy.html

  17. joe90 — on 23rd February, 2011 at 11:33 pm  

    “the Interior Ministry announced a Polish priest had been assassinated by an extremist group”

    hmmm not what the catholics are saying

    http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=9366

    website is claiming 15,000 other websites are claiming hundreds demonstrated who are we to believe now?

    http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Hundreds+demonstrate+secular+Tunisia/4315666/story.html

    the propaganda machine is in full swing it seems, depending on which version of events you choose to believe!

  18. Shamit — on 23rd February, 2011 at 11:51 pm  

    Oi there’s nothing wrong with public school or for that matter Oxbridge. It matters what you take from them and what you make of yourself.

    ***********************

    Joe90

    Either way both articles show that there is a growing sense of unity in Tunisia which goes beyond religious divisions.

  19. jamal — on 24th February, 2011 at 11:47 am  

    this story on tunisia just shows how lies can be fed to the masses without finding the real truth first.

    rumbolds original piece was suggesting it was muslim extremists who killed the priest. Now it is found to be a petty criminal who committed the crime. Yet islam as a whole gets put under the microscope and gets the blame.

    Nothing new there then.

  20. Shamit — on 24th February, 2011 at 12:00 pm  

    “rumbolds original piece was suggesting it was muslim extremists who killed the priest.”

    Rumbold’s piece did no such thing. Could you please point it out where he said “muslim” extremists. he said extremists.

  21. cjcjc — on 24th February, 2011 at 12:31 pm  

    It would hardly have been a shock, would it?

    Though, as it is, even better news, right?

  22. Rumbold — on 24th February, 2011 at 2:10 pm  

    Thanks Shamit.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

Pickled Politics © Copyright 2005 - 2010. All rights reserved. Terms and conditions.
With the help of PHP and Wordpress.