[Foundation-l] Wikimania and the Muhammad pix

Yann Forget yann at forget-me.net
Tue Feb 19 16:33:38 UTC 2008


On the same issue:



David Monniaux wrote:
> 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?

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