Islam vs Freedom of Speech

A quote from Prof. Hans Jansen at the IFPS website, 28 March 2009

The advance of Islam can still go much further than is the case in Western Europe at the moment, and can only be stopped when we ensure that future victims of the jihad (i.e., the population of the Netherlands and the rest of Europe) retain their freedom of expression. Muhammad, the founder of Islam, always took special care to silence his possible critics first, usually by assassination, just like his namesake Mohammed Bouyeri who carried out the assassination of Theo van Gogh. The Islamic tradition itself teaches that only after Muhammad had silenced his opponents with violence could the process of Islamization begin. It is therefore of the utmost importance that we in the Netherlands (and anywhere else in the Free World) do not go any further towards the prohibition of criticism of Islam, because Islamic ideology is not resistant to the free word.

Europe’s Future: Riots

A quote from Theodore Dalrymple in The American Conservative, 23 March 2009

But it is in Britain that the potential for violent social unrest is the greatest, for thanks to the corrupt improvidence of prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, Britain is not only the hardest hit of any of the major European countries by the crisis, but its social conditions are the worst. If the government had actually wanted social unrest and violence in the event of a severe economic downturn, it could hardly have arranged things better.

EU Parliament: Do Not Call a Miss a Miss

A quote from The Daily Telegraph, 15 March 2009

The European Parliament has banned the terms 'Miss' and 'Mrs' in case they offend female MEPs. Guidance issued in a new 'Gender-Neutral Language' pamphlet instead orders politicians to address female members by their full name only. Officials have also ordered that 'sportsmen' be called 'athletes', 'statesmen' be referred to as 'political leaders' and even that 'synthetic' or 'artificial' be used instead of 'man-made'.

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British Citizens Want Islamic Extremist Arrested

A quote from The Daily Telegraph, 7 March 2009

Campaigners from the Centre for Social Cohesion have pledged to seek an arrest warrant for Dr Ibrahim Moussawi, an Islamic extremist, who is due to visit Britain this March. The think-tank said the Home Office would be "beyond hypocrisy" if it allowed Dr Ibrahim Moussawi into Britain just weeks after barring Geert Wilders, the Dutch politician, because of his alleged anti-Muslim views.

The House of Lords Speech: What Wilders Would Have Said If Britain Allowed Free Speech

From the International Free Press Society website:

Below is the text of the address that Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders was invited to deliver at the House of Lords on Thursday, February 12, 2009. Instead of making this address and showing his film Fitna, he was detained by UK immigration officials on his arrival at London Heathrow airport and sent back to the Netherlands as a risk to “public security
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Ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much.
 
Thank you for inviting me. Thank you Lord Pearson and Lady Cox for showing Fitna [see it here], and for your gracious invitation. While others look away, you seem to understand the true tradition of your country, and a flag that still stands for freedom.

British Disgrace

A quote from Lars Hedegaard, president of the International Free Press Society, 10 February 2009

Is it scandalous for a member state in the European Union to bar an elected parliamentarian and party leader from another member state from entry. For many years, the European populations have been told that the EU is all about "open borders". Now the British Government has demonstrated that it is prepared to close its borders to other Europeans whose opinions it doesn't like. This is a very bad omen for the future of free speech in Europe, and I hope that the other EU member states will protest against this decision in the strongest terms.

Dutch Disgrace

A quote from the press release of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal, 21 January 2009

The Court of Appeal has considered that the contested views of Wilders (also as shown in his movie Fitna) constitute a criminal offence according to Dutch law as seen in connection with each other, both because of their contents and the method of presentation. This method of presentation is characterized by biased, strongly generalizing phrasings with a radical meaning, ongoing reiteration and an increasing intensity, as a result of which hate is created. According to the Court of Appeal most statements are insulting as well since these statements substantially harm the religious esteem of the Islamic worshippers. According to the Court of Appeal Wilders has indeed insulted the Islamic worshippers themselves by affecting the symbols of the Islamic belief as well.

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