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Islam 'defamation' trial delayed

Oriana Fallaci

Renowned Italian author Oriana Fallaci is facing charges of ‘defaming Islam’ after the publication of her book “The Force of Reason.”

The trial opened Monday in Bergamo, Italy, and quickly was adjourned, according to the Associated Press. It is set to resume June 26. The 75-year-old Fallaci, who also suffers from cancer, faces a possible three-year prison term. Italian law prohibits “outrage” toward religion.

Although not as well known in the U.S., Fallaci has been recognized as an illustrious journalist in Europe for decades. Known for her aggressive interviews of Henry Kissinger, Yasser Arafat and Ayatollah Khomeini, her books have sold millions.

Italian judge Armando Grasso agreed to hear the case after Adel Smith, president of the Muslim Union of Italy, charged the book is “offensive to Islam and Muslims.” Smith also wants the court to conclude the book incites religious hatred.

This is the first time a judge has ordered a trial for “defamation of Islam,” and some other judges are concerned.

On his website, Jihad Watch founder and researcher Robert Spencer lists quotes from the book that have angered Smith and his group:

“The Force of Reason” asserts that by not defending its identity, Europe is giving in to an invasion of Islam. Fallaci discusses how the political history of Europe has caused complacency toward the growing Muslim population. She believes leaders are making accommodations in the name of multi-culturalism, citing stunning accounts of officials looking the other way when Muslim men beat their wives and the allowance of Muslim women to take ID photographs with their heads covered.

Another Fallaci book, “The Rage and the Pride,” is a post-9/11 account of why Muslims are determined to conquer the West, with approval from Europe.

In response to Fallaci’s books, the Italian Islamic Party has put together a pamphlet, “Islam Punishes Oriana Fallaci,” with little outcry from the public.

Some intellectuals in her home country also have expressed contempt toward Fallaci. A Milan art gallery featured a portrait of a decapitated Fallaci in a recent exhibit of Giuseppe Veneziano’s “American Beauty,” a series of paintings designed to highlight the “weakness and perversity of the American way of life.”

Spencer calls the display an illustration of the “deep affinity between the Left and the forces of global jihad.”

Fallaci, who lives in the U.S., refuses to attend her trial.

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