Elsevier is reporting that Wilders' legal counsel Abraham Moszkowicz today filed a request at the Supreme Council for the case to be dismissed in the name of justice itself. He's doing so on the grounds that the indictment lists statements that Wilders in fact never did, Wilders told De Telegraaf newspaper today. The principle transcends the case itself. Moszkowicz has compiled a list of fallacies in the indictment. Moreover, one of the plaintiffs has emigrated and on that basis, has no standing.
Mar 5, 2009
A series of posts following Geert Wilders' being declared Persona Non Grata by the UK Labor Government of Gordo Brown, including his tour of the United States from Feb. 22 - 27, 2009. Does not include Wilders best speech so far, at the Boston Synagogue:
- Wilders Wraps up US Tour: CPAC and Capitol
- Guess What? Wilders=Al Qaeda!
- Wilders Calls for World Wide First Amendment
- Wilders Hits US Talk Show Circuit
- Geert Goes to Washington DC ... and Stays Put
- Why Multiculturalism is Racist and Evil
- A Treasure Trove of Treason
- Liberty be Damned!
- Live Blogging "Geert Goes to London" and Back ...
- Geert Wilders: Let Them Eat Grits!
- Geert Wilders: Persona Non Grata in Britain
IFPS: "Bat Yeor: Geert Wilders and the fight for Europe - Does defending Western values constitute “inciting hatred”?"
(...) a Dutch appeals court had ordered prosecutors to begin criminal proceedings against Wilders for “inciting hatred and discrimination” and “insulting Muslim worshippers” through his public statements and his 2008 film, Fitna. The order to proceed with the criminal prosecution resulted from pressure put on European states and on the UN Human Rights Council by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). The OIC’s aim is to punish and suppress any alleged Islamophobia, around the world but particularly in Europe, and it has been a leader in creating the conditions that made the U.K.’s Wilders ban possible.
The OIC is one of the largest intergovernmental organizations in the world. It encompasses 56 Muslim states plus the Palestinian Authority. Spread over four continents, it claims to speak in the name of the ummah (the universal Muslim community), which numbers about 1.3 billion. The OIC’s mission is to unite all Muslims worldwide by rooting them in the Koran and the Sunnah - the core of traditional Islamic civilization and values. It aims at strengthening solidarity and cooperation among all its members, in order to protect the interests of Muslims everywhere and to galvanize the ummah into a unified body.
The OIC is a unique organization - one that has no equivalent in the world. It unites the religious, economic, military, and political strength of 56 states. By contrast, the European Union represents half as many states and is a secular body only, and the Vatican - which speaks for the world’s 1.1 billion Catholics - is devoid of any political power. Many Muslims in the West resist the OIC’s tutelage and oppose its efforts to supplant Western law with sharia. But the OIC’s resources are formidable.
(...) the OIC seeks to become the reincarnation of the Caliphate. (...) Geert Wilders is the latest victim of this enormous world machinery. His crime is maintaining that Europe’s civilization is rooted in the values of Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, and the Enlightenment - and not in Mecca, Baghdad, Andalusia, and al-Kods. (...) >>>
Int'l Free Press Society: "The Politicized Trial of Susanne Winter"
I reported last month on the conviction of Susanne Winter, an Austrian politician and member of Parliament for the FPÖ. Her crime was “incitement”, based on comments she made about Muslims and Islam. One of our readers has been researching Ms. Winter’s case, and sent us the following report. First, his explanation of what he found (...) "
The full-scale political argument of the public prosecutor was in my opinion misplaced, democratically dishonoring, and scandalous. Public prosecutors in Austria should keep their political opinions to themselves. Apart from that I find it unacceptable that the emotions of a certain religious group outweigh freedom of speech. To oppose this was the task of the defense. This was the reason for the importance of the trial.
Susanne Winter has in my opinion done a great disservice to the critical stance against religion in general and Islam in particular, Her stupid populist statements and her inability to argue them could have serious democratic consequences…>>>
Feb 16, 2009
WSJ has an excellent point, a measure of how confused the discussion really is ...
WSJ: "Held at Heathrow - Geert Wilders is banned in Britain"
(...) Nobody really thinks his presence will incite attacks on Muslims. Rather, the unspoken fear is that his visit will spark riots by Muslims. Either the government is exaggerating the dangers, in which case his detention will only reinforce whatever prejudices people may have about Muslims. Or the threat analysis is correct and the free expression of Mr. Wilders's views really could have led to Muslim violence. In that case, the question is what sort of community would so easily turn violent, and where is the "harmony" that supposedly needs to be preserved? Giving in to mob rule, real or imagined, is the abdication of democracy and the rule of law. >>>
Feb 15, 2009
Front Page: "A Chamberlain Moment", by Stephen Brown
(...) Many people in Britain, among them those who disagree with Fitna, are outraged that a democratically elected member of European parliament was refused admittance to their country after having been invited by the House of Lords. If free speech does not exist there, in Britain’s highest democratic institution, some have asked, then where does it exist in Great Britain? (...)
What disturbs Wilders supporters even more is the hypocrisy surrounding the Dutch filmmaker’s expulsion. In the past, Great Britain has allowed in true preachers of hate like Muslim Brotherhood personage Yusuf al-Qaradawi, invited by London mayor Ken Livingstone in 2004. Al-Qaradawi has justified suicide bombings and condoned the killing of Israeli women and children because they are “militarised.” A more recent example is Ibrahim Moussawi, who was allowed to enter England last November despite his describing suicide bombers as martyrs and his having broadcast a 30-part series on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion on the television station he heads. Those opposing the Labour government’s decision to ban Wilders also believe it is not the Dutch politician who represents a threat to “community harmony” and “public safety” in Great Britain. Wilders, after all, is a peaceful man who never has broken any laws but instead must have 24-hour protection himself due to death threats from Muslim radicals. Rather, the danger to “public safety” exists in the crowd(s) that would take to the streets in response to Wilders’ presence. As a result, the Dutch politician’s supporters regard his banning as rewarding the thugs and aggressors like Lord Ahmed and others of his ilk and punishing those who would stand up for free speech and democracy. (...)
Many in Britain are disheartened and angry at their government’s unwillingness to stand up to the Muslim extremists who threaten mass, anti-democratic intimidation. Rather than stare down that threat, the Labour government has tried to appease it, causing one British observer to comment he now knows what it was like in the mid-1930s when Nazism was on the rise. One reason for such disgraceful appeasement is that London is regarded as the headquarters for Europe’s jihadists. (...) there are so many Islamist terrorist plots in preparation in Great Britain, the security services are having difficulties in keeping tabs on them all. It is feared a Wilders visit would have provoked the extremists at a time the Labour government is trying to “reach out” to Muslims to the point where it is even running television ads in Pakistan, essentially asking young Muslims not to hate Britain and the West. Another is that Muslim voters now form large constituencies in Labour ridings. (...) it is believed the British government is also afraid of losing Muslim money. Great Britain now has five “sharia-compliant” banks that contain $18 billion in assets, more than Muslim states like Pakistan. Prime Minister Gordon Brown once said his goal was to make London the center of world Islamic banking. (...) the Labour government has sent a clear message that Islam cannot be criticized (...) appeasing a thuggish minority, it has set itself up for far worse consequences. (...) >>>
Feb 13, 2009
Roundup Wilders declared persona non grata by British Labour Government:
- Politeia: " Geert Wilders: Persona Non Grata in Britain"
- International Free Press Society
- Politeia: "Geert Wilders: Let Them Eat Grits!
- Politeia: Live Blogging "Geert Goes to London" and Back ...
- NRO/The Corner: "The Arrest of Geert Wilders", by Mark Steyn
- The Spectator: "Britain capitulates to terror", by Melanie Phillips
Politeia: "Of Anti-German Activities and Targeted Provocations"
Let me get this straight: the head of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution has aligned himself with members of an organization - Milli Görüs - that is said to be so radical, that it is being monitored by the Office of the Protection of the Constitution ... ... he is doing so by condemning counter-protesters for anti-German activities, calling it "a targeted provocation"? If the blog's conclusion is correct that the political objective of the 'anti-Germans' is seen as the support of Israel and America's protective power we're back in 1945, the old anti West knee-jerk alive and kicking despite two world wars! Gird your loins! Be sure not to miss out on the update. Switch off the lights on the way out please ... >>>
Feb 8, 2009
Politeia: "Sub Sea Level News for the Freedom of Expression"
Funnies draftsman Nekschot has spoken out about his Islam-critical drawings and the freedom of expression for the first time since his unceremoneous arrest last year. (...) Read all about that razzia in "Deeper Under the Eurofascist Jackboot", "Of Christian Ethics: Muzzles and Jackboots" and "The Postmodern Weimar Republic". Nekschot is in Denmark at the invitation of the International Free Press Society. He delivered a speech dressed in the top-to-bottom style black bag called a niqab, symbol for the 'prison' he's been living in since that time. You can read all about it on the site of the International Free Press Society. Danish blogger Snaphanen has the text of the speech, as well as video footage of the delivery. While certainly not flawless, Nekschot's analysis does reach a new level of understanding the ideological mess and hopefully contributes towards disentangling some of the confusion. >>>
Feb 4, 2009
Cranmer: "Lord Ahmed threatens Parliament into submission"
(...) It appears that a member of the House of Lords had invited the Dutch politician, Geert Wilders, to a private meeting in the Palace of Westminster. She had intended to invite her colleagues in the Lords to a private viewing of his ‘documentary’ Fitna, followed by discussion and debate in true parliamentary fashion. This is, after all, a liberal democracy, and their lordships enjoy the rights of freedom of expression and freedom of association, not to mention certain parliamentary privileges for the protection of their function in the legislature. But no sooner had the unsuspecting baroness sent out her invitations, Lord Ahmed raised hell. It is reported that he ‘threatened to mobilise 10,000 Muslims to prevent Mr Wilders from entering the House and threatened to take the colleague who was organising the event to court’. And so Fitna has been cancelled: it shall not now be screened in the House of Lords on 29th January. The Pakistani Press is jubliant, and Lord Ahmed is praising Allah for delivering ‘a victory for the Muslim community’. (...) >>>
Jan 29, 2009
Politeia: "More Fall-Out on the Dutch Prostration Before Obscurantism" (...) By the way, let's get something straight! Islam has nothing to do with race. That myth is pushed on the basis that children born to a Muslim father, are automatically absorbed into the collective Ummah. One could argue on that basis that - like race - to be a Muslim isn't a matter of choice: one cannot help it, as it were! But acting against the pernicious influence of Islamism, as a religion and as a total-ideology, has nothing to do with racism. (...) You can help and contribute towards Wilders' legal funds on this site, and ... or - and this is fun - you can order printed t-shirts from the Flaming Blog here--a wonderful American grassroots initiative by the way! SITAmnesty has more unorthodox tips how you can contribute towards the cause of liberty. (...) >>>
Jan 25, 2009
Politeia: "A Defining Moment For Our Generation"
21/1/09: Defend Geert Wilders
The International Free Press Society
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 22, 2009 - Washington, DC and Copenhagen, Denmark: A Dutch court yesterday ordered the criminal prosecution of Geert Wilders, Dutch parliamentarian and leader of the Freedom Party (PVV), for his statements - written, spoken and filmed -regarding Islam. The Amsterdam Court of Appeals has deemed such statements “insulting,” declaring that they “substantially harm the religious esteem” of Muslims. Clearly, the effect of this Dutch court order is to set new limits to public debate in Dutch society (...) We also urge defenders of free speech to sign this letter of protest against the Dutch Government: >>>
Jan 25, 2009
Jan 23, 2009
Politeia: "Politicians Under Fire by Loose Pomo Canons"
(...) Geert Wilders was in for a shock when a 33 page indictment landed on his desk this morning. It accuses as well as convicts him of disseminating hatred, by lumping the Koran with Corporal Hitler's war manual "Mein Kampf", and calling for an end to unbridled immigration from Islamic countries of origin, to the Netherlands. Think for a moment of the abomination of subordinating the freedom of speech - of an MP no less - to the' right' of a religious group not to be insulted; a minority we might add, who are outraged to the limits of their tolerance, at the drop of a hat. The subjective right not to be insulted is considered primary over the objective freedom of speech (...) Wilders raising the matter on the other hand - as is his duty as an MP - is "inciting hatred" on a par with Rwanda's Milles Collines hate radio. This statement was just made by one of the pomo lawyers who lodged the complaint against Wilders. (...) what the pomo sympathizers of Islam are doing on a moral level, is providing succor to fanatics while leaving potential moderate reformers out in the cold. (...) Suspiciously, the wording of the appellate court's ruling strongly echoes public criticism made by the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) when the earlier prosecution was dropped, where the OIC censured prosecutors for ignoring the "thin line separating freedom of speech and the instigation of hatred, animosity and discrimination." (...) >>>
Jan 22, 2009
Politeia: "The Moral Confusion in the West"
Jan 21, 2009
Velvet Hammer has made an inventory of what has been going on over the weekend in various locations around the globe in relation to Hamas being routed in Gaza; there have been pro Israel demos too, but these were on the whole less spectacular events (why would that be?) ...
Ironic Surrealism II: "While Israel Crushes Hamas –An Islamic Intifada Groundswell Rises In The West"
(..) Now with Israel taking a stand they have hit the streets again (for the umpteenth time) across Europe and the West rioting against Israel’s defensive actions in Gaza. Doing what they do so well. Creating havoc, engaging in violence and spewing venom. ACTS of TERROR in SOLIDARITY with TERRORISTS. - London - Athens - France - Norway - Denmark - Sweden - Canada - Ft Lauderdale - LA - NYK (...) >>>
Jan 12, 2009
Politeia: "Waking Up To Islamization: Two Islam Films Hitting Screen"
Is the liberation of Islam coming from America? Will the American ethos of self-government save the religion from itself. (...) it is up to Muslims to liberalize Islam, to turn it into a force for the good, instead of using it as an ideology and a vehicle for religious conquest. The hero of the day is the narrator of the film"The Third Jihad", Dr Zuhdi Jasser, an American and a devout Muslim. Watch his statements here (...) clips page, sign-up for the newsletter and watch a 30 minutes version (...) Facebook fan group (...)
In the Netherlands today a second movie, critical of Islam hits the screens. It's made by a young Dutch-Iranian Labour politician and Muslim apostate, Ehsan Jami. Like the other outspoken Islam critic, Geert Wilders, Jami is under constant threat by radical elements (...) Ehsan Jami doesn't consider the movie anti Islam though. In the documentary Jami 'interviews' an anonymous actor, who plays the role of the Prophet Mohammed. (..) It's up to Muslims how they will deal with the artistic critique: the first from within, the second by an apostate. Will almost certainly be continued ... >>>
Dec 9, 2008
... updating as more material becomes available (click to enlarge) ...
“Oh martyr. You are in the most wonderful place”
And the martyr answers: “Paradise? Denmark?”
By the way, the text “Ytringsfrihed” on the ink well means: Freedom of expression. The § sign above it refers to the provision in out constitution guaranteeing just that.
The kneeling man with the pipe is Denmark’s most notorious dhimmi, former foreign minister Uffe Ellemann-Jensen...
Atlas Shrugs: "HEDEGAARD & WESTERGAARD: DANISH CARTOONS, MO MOTOONS! UPDATE: EXCLUSIVE TO ATLAS: HEDEGAARD SAMPLE TRANSLATION!"
Our dear friend Lars Hedegaard and his brave partner in crime, Kurt Westergaard (of Danish cartoon fame) are daring to exercise their right to free speech ....again. (...) If you missed my video interview with Lars - part I, go here ansd part II here. (...)
Kurt Westergaard, the Danish caricaturist forced into hiding after the publication of his depiction of the Prophet Muhammad in the newspaper Jyllands-Posten in 2005, is set to return with a new set of potentially controversial drawings [ed. three specimens on the right--click to enlarge].
According to a report in the Copenhagen Post, Westergaard is expected to have 26 illustrations in a new book that compiles the sardonic columns by Danish writer Lars Hedegaard for the Berlingske Tidende newspaper (...) >>>
Right Truth: "Muslim "intellectuals" protest to EU"
Ok, refrain from laughing (and crying) when you read this:
Tehran: Hundreds of Muslim intellectuals released a statement here on Thursday condemning recent insults to Muslims and holy prophet by some western figures and governments.(...) signed by hundreds of poets, academics, intellectuals, writers, and journalists - calls on the European countries to quit their anti-Islamic efforts. “This culture of violence and vindictive procedures which are often covered under the ‘liberty of speech’, not only targets the holy prophet but also other divine characters like Christ, Mary, Moses and Abraham,” the statement reads. Denouncing German foreign minister’s support for these insults, the statement added, “The European Union’s support to Selman Rushdie and recent stupid caricatures and turning ‘freedom of speech’ into ‘freedom of insult’ is nothing but aggression and cultural terrorism.” “Muslims no longer expect pluralism from you but just some politeness and justice,” the statement explains (...) “The secular Europe should note it cannot compensate its Christian violence of the past centuries by secular and modern violence and in a prejudiced manner against Islam which played no role in Europe’s violence.” (...) (Europe News)
Keep the above in mind in light of the news that Britain has opened it's first Sharia-compliant insurance company (...) ... and statements by Egyptian Islamic Preacher 'Amr Khaled, who said "Within 20 Years, Muslims Will Be Majority in Europe; ... Muslims in Europe Should Be "Ambassadors for Islam." (MEMRI) (...) God save us from what's happening in Europe, because it doesn't look like our politicians will. >>>
Updated: 29th July 2008
ECHR Blog: "Hate Speech Case" - Hat Tip: Muslims Against Sharia
Restricting hate speech is often a contentious point from the perspective of human rights. Last week, the Court issued a judgment on such speech in the French case of Soulas and others. Soulas was the publisher of a book written by Guillaume Faye entitled 'La colonisation de l'Europe' (the colonisation of Europe; see picture). In the book, Faye argued that Europe was gradually being overtaken by Muslims and that they had already established control over some territories (certain banlieues of Paris for example). The skirmishes in these places with the authorities were indeed, according to the author, the start of a civil war which was a necessary step in the 'reconquista' by Europeans of territories lost to the enemy, Muslims. An ethnic war was thus a necessary solution, Faye argued. Soon after the publication of the book the author, the publisher and the publishing firm were prosecuted. The former two were ordered to pay fines of 7,500 euros each for violating a law which prohibited the incitement of hatred and violence against a specific group.In Strasbourg, the applicants complained (...) Again, the judgment is available only in French, but the press release in English can be found here.This Thursday a motherload of 44 judgments is coming up. I will try and address the most notable ones from next week Wednesday onwards. >>>
Updated: 20th July 2008
... But when you combine multicultural society with a dominant senseTownhall: "Geert Wilders: Prisoner of Islam," by Diana West
of cultural relativism, you are heading in the wrong direction. You are
committing suicide when it comes to your own culture." (...)
... a measure of confusion - Wilders doesn't get it either: as if multiculturalism and
cultural relativism are separate things, instead of one and the same principle -
multiculturalism has been presented as 'melting pot' in Europe: it isn't! It the exact opposite! Melting pot equalizes integration (assimilation), multiculturalism is the Balkan approach to ethnic coexistence: tribalism in cultural enclaves. Multiculturalism is part and parcel of the Postmodern dialectic as explained
yesterday in "The Dialectics: the Strategy Against the West" ...
Having run the polite-but-grim gauntlet of Dutch government security to gain access to Geert Wilders, I finally understood what the 24-hour security requirements of the man's continued existence really mean: To make the survival of Western-style liberty in the Netherlands his political cause, this Dutch parliamentarian has to live under high-tech lock and key.
This stunning paradox, with no end in sight, illustrates how far political freedom in the West has already eroded. Think of it (...) >>>
Updated: 3rd July 2008
Politeia: "Liberty for Sausages: boycott the cowards!"
Last Friday we reported here that Jordan is seeking the extradition and prosecution of Dutch Freedom Party politician Geert Wilders on three counts: - racism - incitement to hatred - insulting Muslims and Islam - An Amman Court last Monday accepted the charges against Wilders on account of the short film "Fitna" pressed by a Jordanian group called "The Messenger of Allah Unites Us." "Fitna" outlines the dangers of radical Islam for democratic society. (Link to "Fitna")
Today we know which Dutch companies have 'distanced themselves' from Fitna. Politeia proposes a ban of its own against these companies which sell out democratic principles for sausages (...) >>>
Updated: 23rd June 2008
The Spectator: "More madness in Londonistan," by Melanie Phillips
(...) She said it was right that more money and effort was spent on Islam than Christianity because of the threat from extremism and home-grown terrorism. (...) You really don’t know whether to laugh or cry. (...) For any Muslim to be truly moderate, he or she would need to subscribe to the principles set out by the Islam expert Sam Solomon in his Charter of Muslim Understanding, including the following:
· promoting the validity and the viability of the national domestic law to be fully adhered to and taking precedence over the Shari’ah...
· there will be no recriminations against any Muslim or non-Muslim who chooses to change, discard, or adopt another faith be it within the House of Islam, from any Islamic faction, or to a non-Islamic religion or faith.
· To discard all texts that discriminate with impunity against Christians and Jews by describing them as Kaffirs, apostates, polytheists, the children of apes, and swine, and prohibit any inciting, insulting, and all discriminatory references based on their religion
· To abandon the practice of takffir (infidel) against anybody, be that a Muslim or a non-Muslim. (Once a Muslim leader declares anyone as such, it is for the faithful ones to see that person eliminated.)
· To prohibit and abolish the practice of Takkiya (Islamic doctrine of legitimate lying and deception of others) to advance the cause of Muslims and Islam...
· Request all officially constituted Islamic bodies and institutions to revise and issue new interpretations of those Qur’anic verses that call for Jihad and violence against non-Muslims.
Now that’s counter-radicalisation. But you will not see that in Londonistan. >>>
Updated: 10th June 2008
The recent re-publication of a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad by the Danish press and release of Dutch MP Geert Wilders' film "Fitna" have precipitated a wave of Muslim protest, some of it violent, throughout the world. Following these developments, several Arab columnists wrote to condemn the violent reactions, arguing that the Muslims themselves had committed iniquity against both their co-religionists and everyone else, thereby harming the name of Islam. The following are excerpts from some of the articles: Islam's Biggest Enemy is the Muslims Themselves (...) >>>
Updated: 7th June 2008
Politeia: "Christian Ethics: of Muzzles and Jackboots"
In a last week's post "Deeper Under the Eurofascist Jackboot" we reported the plight of a Dutch cartoonist, Gregory Nekschot. The name is an uncannily apt pseudonym considering the circumstances. Nekschot means 'a shot in the neck', the tots' choice of execution for enemies of the state. Nekschot's home was searched and the artist had his means of living confiscated by the overwhelming power of a ten men police squad. He himself was arrested, interrogated and thrown in jail. A public discourse ensued. The intimidating circumstances were subject of a parliamentary debate yesterday (...) In the European Union of today the sovereign nation is a thing of the past. Thanks to political obscurantism and contempt of democratic principles in the face of Hegelian historical events, we have no way of knowing to what extent the unelected Commission is actually in power, by proxy of national governments. (...) national governments bear the brunt of the neotot policies without ever implicating the Brussels behemoth, because too much criticism might endanger 'the project,' which - as we know - foresees in expanding Europe into Turkey, the African Maghreb and the Middle Eastern Mashriq. The implications of such plans might be obvious to any realistic observer. >>>
Updated: 21st May 2008
Politeia: "Deeper Under the Eurofascist Jackboot"
In The Netherlands cartoonist Gregory Nekschot has been arrested and might well be prosecuted and convicted under the new Euro legislation covering 'hate crimes.' He(...) is fearing for his life after he was arrested by police at his house last Saturday. "Got you", he was told by arresting officers. (...) The cartoonist doesn't feel safe anymore. "What I do is not trivial, I know what the consequences might be. That is why I fear a conviction. In jail my life is at risk," he told the newspaper." (...) >>>
Updated: 16th May 2008
Politeia: "Cleave the Necks of the Infidels"
The following is a free translation from a column dated 2nd May last, "Cleave the necks of the Infidels," written by Dutch-Iranian Professor Afshin Ellian (41), a columnist at Elsevier Magazine.
"Not in the Netherlands, but in the Middle East rages a substantial debate over Dutch politician Geert Wilders' movie "Fitna."The Iranian-Islamic response to "Fitna" is a short film in which an Iranian imam responds to Wilders on the basis of different scenes from "Fitna." (...) >>>
Updated: 6th May 2008
Politeia: ""Fitna": a Word like Jihad"
"Every Muslim knows the Arabic word fitna (....) it concerns situations in which a Muslim's belief is put to the test: uncovered women, alcohol, infidels, resistance against the authority of Islam. (...) Fitna is a fascinating word. On an individual level it means 'seduction' and 'testing of the faith.' Remarkably also seduction by women is understood as fitna. Moreover, the concept is associated with disorder, civil war and chaos. In the classical Islamic history there have been three major occurrences of fitna.Between the years 656 and 661, after the assassination on the third caliph Uthman Ibn Affan, a power struggle ensued, during which Muslims fought each other for the first time. The second fitna took place between 683 and 685. This also concerned a political fight; for the control of the Islamic realm between the Ummayad and the Abbassyd dynasties. The third fitna refers to a fight between army leaders and authorities during the latter period of the Islamic domination of Cordoba, Spain. (...) >>>
Updated: 9th Apr 2008
Politeia: "Fitna: of Farce and Fall-out part IV"
Geert Wilders has today been acquitted of charges brought by the Dutch Islamic Federation (NIF) of disseminating hatred and calls for violence against Muslims. Wilders is delighted with the verdict. The judge has found Wilders "provocative from time to time" but ruled that a Member of Parliament must be able to express his point of view. (...) The importance of this verdict cannot be overestimated! It shatters Leftist Pavlovian propaganda that attacks every and any opponent as Fascist, whether appropriate or not! Take this commentary as an example (...)
N.very B. I don't care to know about the Czech (Rightist Socialist) Workers' Party, but again for the hard of hearing! WILDERS IS A LIBERTARIAN, his operative unit is the individual, not the collective, and he is pro CAPITALISM!!!! Fascism and National Socialism are Socialism too: collective and anti-capitalism. Ever heard of Mussolini's creation, the Socialist Republic of Italy? Read political philosophy! >>>
Updated: 7th Apr 2008
CNN: "Thousands protest anti-Quran film in Pakistan"
More than 25,000 people rallied in the largest protest in Pakistan so far against an anti-Quran film made by a Dutch lawmaker, urging their government to expel the Netherlands ambassador. (...) They also burned an effigy of Wilders as speakers said their government should sever diplomatic ties with Western countries supporting the publishers of cartoons defaming the Prophet Muhammad. "The Muslim world is on one side, but Muslim rulers like (President Pervez) Musharraf are toeing the Western agenda under the garb of secularism," Hasan said, referring to Musharraf's role in Washington's war on terrorism. Hasan said this rally, named "The glory of the prophet march," was not against the West in general, but was aimed at creating awareness among Muslims that they need to unite against a war against Islam. >>>
Updated: 7th Apr 2008
Politeia: "Fitna": of Farce and Fall-out Part III"
As outlined in part II of what turns out to be a series of posts on the fall-out of Geert Wilders' video "Fitna" (now taken to mean simply 'strife'), Wilders was threatened with a number of lawsuits, least of which not by Mo cartoon contributor Westergaard - the drafter of the 'turbomb' - now generally looked upon as a traitor to the Cause of Liberty. (...) For what it is worth, until it succumbs to the pressures of the pocket potentates, here the new, rectified version of "Fitna". (...) >>>
Updated: 6th Apr 2008
Atlas Shrugs: "The Koran and Mein Kampf: From Winston Churchill, to Geert Wilders ", by Andrew Bostom, author of the "Legacy of Jihad and the Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism"
Their Agreement on the Koranic Kampf
While we await the release of Dutch MP Geert Wilders 15 minute documentary on the Koran and Violence, it is worth recalling (hat tip Daniel Pipes) that Winston Churchill on p. 50 of From War to War, the first part of the first volume of his 6-part Second World War, proclaimed Hitler's Mein Kampf to be, "…the new Koran of faith and war: turgid, verbose, shapeless, but pregnant with its message." Here is a Parliamentary speech Wilders gave on the subject on the Koran, Islam, and violence this past September (...) >>>
Updated: 2nd Apr 2008
Muslims Against Sharia: "Fitna the Movie: Geert Wilders' film about the Quran"
Muslims Against Sharia Offer $10,000 Reward for Information Leading to the Arrest and Conviction of anyone who threatens any person associated with production or distribution if "Fitna". Fitna is available on YouTube & Google. How long before it is gone? (...) >>>
Joe added a relevant comment: This just in from the Financial Times: "Omar Bakri, the Libyan-based radical Muslim cleric who is barred from Britain, did not think the film was very offensive. "On the contrary, if we leave out the first images and the sound of the page being torn, it could be a film by the [Islamist] Mujahideen," he said."
Updated: 1st Apr 2008
Politeia: "Fitna": of Farce and Fall-out II"
(...) Following the E.U., NATO and the U.N., also Australia has now condemned "Fitna." "We believe in the right to freedom of expression but we don’t believe in abusing that right to incite racial hatred," Foreign Minister Stephen Smith is reported as saying. All the time we see this willful or false EQUIVOCATION of religion and race! (...) >>>
Updated: 31st Mar 2008
Jihad Watch: "One Muslim Leftist's time could have been better spent!", by Robert Spencer
The reaction of Muslim moderates to Geert Wilders's film Fitna is in many ways just as illuminating as that of their fiercer coreligionists. In "The Fitna Farce" in The Guardian's "Comment Is Free" blog, Ali Eteraz, with whom I've had several exchanges in the past, and whom I have not found to be a completely forthright or honest debater, yawns at the film, complains superciliously about "Islamophobia" and approvingly quotes a friend's conclusion that in the fifteen minutes it took to watch Fitna, he could have -- well, I've always thought that, at least in his interaction with me, Ali has been kind of a jerk, and now...this. (...) >>>
Update: Plenty of ugly threats from the Religion of Peace collected by La Geller on Atlas Shrugs >>>
Updated: 30th Mar 2008
Politeia: "Fitna II (Internecine Strife)"
Following threats to personnel - thereby proving the necessity of the document - LeaveLeak have removed the link ... we can now also add 'world president' Ban Ki-moon's comment to the list of commentators ... and 'fitna' means internecine strife - how does that fit conveniently into the dialectic?CNN: "Film critical of Islam dropped from Web site" (includes videos and links)
(...) U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the film, calling it "offensively anti-Islamic" while urging calm. "There is no justification for hate speech or incitement to violence," he said in a statement. "The right of free expression is not at stake here." (...) >>>
Update: oh, and by the way, Western liberal democracy is perfectly compatible with Islamocracy: "“We must also recognize that the real fault line is not between Muslim and Western societies, as some would have us believe, but between small minorities of extremists, on different sides, with a vested interest in stirring hostility and conflict,” Ban said" ... taking the Marxist line ...
Updated: 29th Mar 2008
EUX: "Fitna: Arab, EU countries agree joint media probe" (includes video)
Politicians from Arab countries and the European Union on Friday agreed to invite religious leaders and journalists to discuss the role of the media in distributing ideas that are offensive to muslims. The statement, adopted at the end of a two-day meeting here that included representatives from 37 parliaments, came only a day after Dutch politician Geert Wilders posted his controversial movie 'Fitna' on the Internet. The European Union on Friday joined the Dutch government in condemning 'Fitna'. Hans-Gert Poettering, the President of the European Parliament, condemned the publication of the movie and said he rejects the film's stance that Islam is a violent religion. (...) >>>
Updated: 28th Mar 2008
Politeia: "Wilders' Film "Fitna" (Seduction of Evil)" (includes video material)
(...) The PC Treason Brigade will no doubt opine that the Religion of Peace is here unfairly 'collated' with terrorism. Would retort that their failure to condemn terrorists, unfairly lumps the innocents with the Hirabahists. In these pages we're rather on the side of the freedom and justice. (...) >>>
Updated: 28th Mar 2008
Watch this space for the Wilders' video "Fitna" - the video is reported to be released before 1st April
- Related file: "The Propaganda Hirabah" -
As the Trotskite 'anti-racist' brigade is confusing religion with race shouting abuse in Amsterdam, Wilders himself is issuing warning that his video might well be the West's last wake up call. He writes that the goal of the Islamist ideology is to destroy what we love most: our freedom. If freedom is not defended, nothing stands in the way of a further Islamist expansion.
The present embarrassing 'counter' video made by the (possibly subsidized) Dutch World Broadcaster RNW is illustrative in many ways: 1. it is a Leftist view (the Trotskite 'anti-racist's'); 2. it equivalences and equivocates to its heart's content, 3. it confuses issues and definitions, 4. is an obvious attempt at manipulating opinion under the excuse of "clearing things up". In short, it is the usual propaganda that isn't even recognized any more as such. I fear that Wilders is right.
In the meantime a vast majority of the populus has completely lost it. A collection of socialights comprising the usual suspects has announced a demo in Amsterdam on Saturday "against the atmosphere of fear and hatred" - not on the part of the representatives of The Religion of Peace as one might correctly assume - but against Wilders (need I repeat the mechanism of psychological projection?).
In a dramatic act of false equivalence and moral inversion a Maoist of secular Jewish extraction is splashing ads all over the national Leftist rag in which he states that Muslims are the New Joos, while going on to accuse Wilders of this particular new form of antisemitism, thereby ignoring just about anything there is to know about the history and background of Jew hatred and antisemitism since the seventh century A.D.
At last some group of people have found the initiative to start supporting Wilders. A translation and how the petition can be signed, can be found here.
Postmodern German English language site Signandsite has a fairly rational analysis by Leiden University lecturer Gelijn Molier on the basis of Liberal relativist philosopher John Stuart Mill - the one who had his faults (and so has the article!), but who cleverly noticed that personal freedom is not an absolute, but stops where the liberties of others begin.
Updated: 18th March 2008
... as The Netherlands is riddled with 'Islamophobia', the OIC cries foul at Government's lack of political will to outlaw freedom of expression ... here's the OIC February Bulletin ...
DutchNews.nl: "Netherlands criticised in 'Islam phobia monitor'"
The Netherlands comes in for considerable criticism in the first ever ‘Islam phobia’ monitor drawn up by the influential Organisation of the Islamic Conference (...) the anti-Koran film by Dutch MP Geert Wilders – expected to be released shortly – will have ‘serious repercussions which could get out of hand and will be difficult to control’, says the paper. The OIC report calls Wilders’ film ‘an extremely provocative documentary’ and says its screening is an ‘alarming development’. The organisation also says that it has asked the European Union, the Council of Europe, the UN and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation to intervene and prevent the release of the film, reports the Volkskrant. The OIC report recognises the stance of the Dutch government – that the right to freedom of expression is not the same as the right to the freedom to insult others. But it concludes that the West lacks the political will to tackle ‘Islam phobics’ (...) >>>
Updated: Mar 13, 2008
... after the Dutch Government and NATO, today the EU is contributing to the promotion of a film which is still in production, let alone that anybody has viewed it (not that it matters) ... Wilders has opened a website "Fitna", which freely translated means "seduction of evil"; it is as yet ... empty ...
DutchNews: "Brussels prepares for Wilders film"
The European Commission has alerted staff at all its diplomatic missions in Islamic countries that Geert Wilders' anti-Koran film will soon be made public, the Volkskrant reports on Wednesday. The foreign minister of Slovenia, which currently chairs the EU, has also held talks with Dutch foreign minister Maxime Verhagen, the paper says. 'This is not just an issue for the Netherlands but for the entire EU,' one diplomat told the paper. Dutch Liberal (VVD) MEPs have urged the European parliament and the Commission to express their solidarity with the Netherlands over the 10-minute film which is due to be screened this month. >>>
Updated: 5th Mar 2008
BBC: "Nato fears over Dutch Islam film"
Nato's secretary general says he fears the airing of a Dutch film criticising Islam will have repercussions (...) >>>
Updated: 3rd March 2008
Diana West: "The Meaning of Words" - includes link to Fox interview
(...) I had neither seen nor read much from the Dutch parliamentarian. The interview reveals him to be serious, certainly forthright, and articulately non-apologetic in his defense of Dutch culture and identity (and by extension Western culture and identity) against the Islamization process well underway in his country and the wider West. (...) >>>
Updated: 30th Jan. 2008
Winds of Jihad: "Dutch government ready for fallout over planned anti-Islam film", by Sjheikh Yer'mami
The Dutch government is ready for any possible fallout of a planned film (...) >>>
Updated: 19th Jan. 2008
Stop Islamization of Europe: "The Europeans showed their respect for Theo van Gogh" (round-up)
On the 2nd of November (2007) SIOE remembered Theo Van Gogh , who died on the barricades of this new struggle between modern liberal values and a medieval doctrine opposing it. Theo wasn´t always diplomatic in his expressions, often he was rude and provoking , but always honest in venting what he felt was needed to be said. (...)
Mohammed Boyeri (Theo's butcher) is the fruit of a system created by the ones who decided to tolerate the intolerable, who even feed young Muslims who have trouble finding jobs or finding their place in Western society the idea that Western society itself is the cause for their failure, that “making the intolerant Western society more tolerant” will solve their problems. When people in an identity crisis, with a major inferiority complex hear the same song from our dear politicians that their imam and their Quran sings…
When none tells them that to understand the “other” one should first look within oneself, and that “Western society” can´t be the root of all evil when millions come from all over the world to take part in it and learn to love it…except if they are a part of the religion of peace… >>>
"Een volk dat voor tirannen zwicht
zal meer dan lijf en goed verliezen,
dan dooft het licht." *
H.M. van Randwijk (1909-1966)
* Free translation:
"A nation that bows before tyrants
loses more than just life and wealth,
the light is snuffed".
BBC: HardTalk interview with Geert Wilders - includes video link
Geert Wilders wants to see a return to the rights of Europe's dominant cultures. Stephen Sackur talks to Dutch Member of Parliament, Geert Wilders about his strong views on Islam in Europe. >>>
Dated: 22nd Mar 2006
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