“The freedom to write history without intimidation was no longer something that I took for granted.”


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The religion of peace strikes again! A scholar on Roman history and his family were threatened with death threats when he wrote a book, followed by a television documentary, about the fall of Rome in the Middle East and how his research raised questions about the life of Mohammed.

Just a few minutes into the broadcast, my Twitter stream was going up in smoke. By the time the show ended, the death threats were coming in thick and fast—and not just against me but against my family as well. Channel 4 was also deluged with protests. A private screening scheduled for assorted movers and shakers had to be canceled after the police warned that they couldn’t guarantee the security of those attending the event. Because many of the invitees had been journalists, this naturally gave the controversy a new lease of life.

Two weeks later, I was still fielding death threats from Muslims convinced that the only plausible explanation for my having made the film was that I was in the pay of Mossad or the CIA or both. The most chilling moment of all came when Press TV, a propaganda arm of the Iranian government, aired a documentary leveling pretty much that accusation. It was the one time that I seriously imagined I might end up as the new Salman Rushdie.

As I said, hate and violence appears to be a feature of Islam, not a bug.

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  • Cotour

    I had an animated conversation with a lady friend of mine this morning who had the notion that free speech some how was limited to not saying things that might piss people (Muslims) off to the degree that they might decide that they needed to kill you. I pointed out to her that free speech is not about agreeing with people but is about disagreeing with people. People can agree all day long, no challenge there.

    If a Muslim, or anyone for that matter, is not able to have a conversation about history or the interpretation of history in an objective manner than that just demonstrates another example of how the Western world perspective and this Eastern / Islamic mentality is incompatible, one of them must adjust itself.

    I will forward this article to her and ask for her comment.

  • Cotour

    Anonymous takes the action that governments need to take?

    http://youtu.be/oqbwqmb8P00

    The counter balance to the asymmetric / difficult to address use of the internet by the Islamic terror groups. Should our American president be making sounds like Anonymous? Again, its not what he says its what he refuses or fails to say that reveals what must be assumed is his agenda.

  • PeterF

    I feel bad for Tim Holland. For the rest of his life, he will need to look over his shoulder. I hope both he and his family are (allowed) to keep and bear arms. (concealed would be best. Perhaps he is wealthy enough to be able to afford armed security? Better security than what Charlie Hebdo thought sufficient? At the very least he should make an appointment with a local funeral director so that any survivors won’t have to deal with the hassle…

  • pzatchok

    I have now added two of his books to my reading list.

    I am trying to learn all I can about Islam under the idea that I can not make a valid argument without at least learning something.

    I haven’t found the peaceful parts yet.
    Unless you go with the Islamic definition of peace. There will only be peace when everyone submits to Allah and specifically Islam.

    I’m only through the Surahs but I am guessing they are the part that most Muslims read and learn the most.
    Next on the list, the Hideths.

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