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The New Fundamentalism

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Reading Hassan Butt's piece in the Observer, "My plea to fellow Muslims: you must renounce terror", I couldn't help but think of how much his likes have to do with the dire security conditions we all face today. Despite his claim to have repented, I would ask to be forgiven for being less than sympathetic and congratulatory in my tone, as it was probably he and his comrades who stood outside mosques, community centres and lecture halls, heckling and, at times, physically attacking me and my colleagues for talking about the need for dialogue, for reaching out to all human beings and about promoting universal human rights that include all people, regardless of faith, race or colour.

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Anas Altikriti

2 July 2007