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05/25/2005 12:21 AM ID: 48299 Permalink   

Fallaci Faces Court over Islamic Insults


Journalist and writer Oriana Fallaci is once again facing court over alleged insults against the Islamic faith in new book 'The Force of Reason'.

Fallaci, who fought with the resistance in World War II and previously worked as a war correspondent, also faced accusations of anti-Islamic statements in her previous book 'The Rage and The Pride' which went to print shortly after the 9/11 attacks.

In 'The Force of Reason', Ms Fallaci argues that Europe is becoming an Islamic province or colony, and that to believe that a good and a bad Islam coexist goes against all reason.

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Looking at the source, it seems that she's being sued, rather than up on charges of spreading hate, though it sounds like the lawsuit is using the hate argument as its foundation. Shouldn't they go to the federal court for hate charges? Of course, I know nothing about the Italian legal system.

I find it interesting that she was a resistance fighter against the fascists, and is now turning around with things like (quoted from the full article) ...Western culture was superior to Islam and Muslim immigrants in the West had "multiplied like rats"... (end excerpt)

I guess people change over the years. That "rats" quotation is verbatim the attitude she fought against 60 years ago.
  by: Mister crank     05/25/2005 02:44 AM     
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'Italian preliminary investigative judge Armando Grasso ordered the formulation of charges against the author, saying the book had expressions which were "unequivocally offensive to Islam".'

I'm not sure what this really means - do the civil courts (do they have civil courts?) in Italy perform a preliminary investigation to determine if the case has merit, before allowing parties to be sued? That's what it sounds like to me.
  by: lauriesman     05/25/2005 03:11 AM     
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