Muslim Extremists Threaten Life of Lesbian Author
BY Neal Broverman
December 14 2011 7:25 PM ET
A discussion in Amsterdam on Islam featuring activist Irshad Manji was interrupted halfway through when about 20 boys and young men burst in, spit at people, threw eggs, and threatened to break Manji's neck.
Manji, the Canadian author of The Trouble With Islam and Allah, Liberty and Love, was joined by gay Dutch MP Tofik Dibi at the Thursday discussion. Both speakers were protected by the audience when the extremists burst in — though neither Manji or Dibi left the dais.
"I never felt afraid," Manji was reported to have said. "Not once. Neither did Tofik. In fact, all of us refused to leave, even when police asked. We wouldn’t play on Jihadi terms. Some things are simply more important than fear."
The extremists were members of the group Sharia4Belgium — two were arrested. Read more here. Watch Manji and Dibi discuss the incident below.
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