Several months ago we posted a couple of interviews with Hamed Abdel-Samad, a German-Egyptian author and an apostate from Islam. He is harsh in his criticism of his former religion — he says “Fascism is rooted in Islam” — so it’s no surprise that he has been the subject of numerous death fatwas, and has to live under 24-hour police protection.
Now Mr. Abdel-Samad has decided to leave Germany. He hopes to be able to find a place where he can live like a normal person.
Many thanks to JLH for translating this brief article from Junge Freiheit:
Islam Critic Abdel-Samad is Leaving Germany
BERLIN. Islam critic, Hamed Abdel-Samad has announced that he is leaving Germany. Germany, he wrote in Facebook, is becoming increasingly uncomfortable for people like him. That was not meant as a reproach, but as a warning. “Yes, I have become tired and can no longer bear the pressure, but I am not bitter. It was, after all, my decision to step up the way I did. And I do not regret it!” It is time to seek out a new home, where he can find a little “normality” and rest, and move around without police protection.
Abdel-Samad is known for his sharp criticism of Islam, comparing it to, among other things, fascism. Because of that, he has received many death threats. For instance, last year, after Abdel-Samad’s lecture in Cairo, the Egyptian preacher, Assem Abdel-Maged, called for him to be killed because he had allegedly insulted the Prophet Mohammed. Since then, he has been under police protection.
Abdel-Samad accuses German Islam scholars of consciously deceiving the public, when they claim that Islam and democracy are compatible.
Hat tip: Fjordman.