[Foundation-l] [Fwd: Re: [Otrs-en-l] Wikimania and the Muhammad pix (was: Re: speak of the devil)]

David Monniaux David.Monniaux at free.fr
Tue Feb 19 12:35:41 UTC 2008

On Feb 19, 2008 12:59 PM, David Monniaux <David.Monniaux at free.fr> wrote:
> Dan Rosenthal wrote:
> > We just got a death threat regarding the muhammed images. Just wanted
> > to let you guys know it's not a hypothetical any more. (And yes, I saw
> > Mike's message on what to do with them).
> Months ago, prior to the media attention on this issue, I pointed out
> that Wikimania in Alexandria might be suffering from this controversy.
> I think we should now reevaluate the possible repercussions of this
> media, political and religious agitation on Wikimania.
> I do not want to sound ominous, but Egypt was not so long ago marred by
> Islamist attacks. Some Egyptian politicians and clerics may also want to
> score points for denouncing Western imperialism and alleged contempt for
> Islam. Finally, even if we do not get high-profile problems, Wikimania
> might also suffer from undesirable agitation - remember that in the US,
> it happens that Christian fundamentalists picket geoscience meetings
> because geologists disagree with the Bible's literal chronology.
> (Political gesticulations have already happened in Iran about the
> Muhammad pictures on Wikipedia - I'm told they are preparing for an
> election, which in any country is a good period for political posturing.
> In Egypt, some legislators protested Nicolas Sarkozy coming with his
> then girlfriend, in violation of the Islamic prohibition of cohabitation
> and sex outside of marriage.)
> So: concretely, have the Foundation and the local organizers thought
> about this issue?

Guillaume Paumier
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you
have imagined." Henry David Thoreau

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