Dutch Brace For Riots Over Film

The Duch government is awaiting possible violent protests this week after a provocative anti-Muslim film by a radic al right-wing politician is shown. Geert Wilders intends to show a Koran being torn up and desecrated. He has ensured followers the film will be shown on TV and the Internet regardless of what the government does to attempt suppressing his material. A group, “Stop Islamisation of Europe” is planning to travel to Amsterdam in order to show support for the politician who is now under guard due to fears opponents will make attempts on his life. Wilders announced last fall his desire to make a film depicting fascist elements of the Muslim faith.

Many of those who disagree with Wilders believe he has been able to thrive in the absence of intelligent dialogue regarding issues raised concerning Muslim immigration. Ahmad Badr al-Din Hassoun, the Grant Mufti of Syria, said if Wilders was seen to tear up or burn a Koran, “this will simply mean he is inciting wars and bloodshed.” I disagree with the cleric. The act of tearing up any book, holy or not, is an individual one, and it is not a criminal action. Muslims are entitled to respect and dignity, they are an integral part of the Netherlands community, but they cannot dictate behavior of each person in the nation. Nor, can the government of the Netherlands. At some point, those Muslims who become upset at the Wilders of this world must come to the realization they thrive when you trnasform into martyrs. The most effective anti-Wilders action is to ignore his behavior. He can not thrive in the silence of anonymity.

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  • Walter77777

    Why must we have such unnecessary provocations? I am Jewish, and I might be moved to violence if a Torah Scroll was desecrated, and I can understand why Muslims might be similarly offended.

    Since one of the rules of Islams that one should not offend others’ religions lest one insult Allah in the process one might give a bit of respect to Islam.

  • http://abbink.blogspot.com Erik

    “The most effective anti-Wilders action is to ignore his behavior. ”

    Well said. The point that Wilders tries to make is that so many Muslims do not seem to tolerate his views.

    Given the outcry already about a movie that hasn’t even been screened yet, we can conclude he’s probably right about that.

  • http://www.theimpudentobserver.com Fred Stopsky

    Condemn Wilders to the dustbin of obscruity. Muslims have to get away from becoming upset at the actions of an obscure individual. The more they react with anger, the more recruits he obtains. Ignore the ignoramus.

  • Eric

    It was obvious it would come to this and that is exactly why Geert is correct in releasing this film.

    Now we will have the “moderate” muslims saying that this invites hatred against islam and pointing out that the radical muslims are not representative of islam.

    The “moderates” will be supported by all sorts of liberal/left loonies in the government and beyond.

    The outspoken supporters of free speech will support Kurt as will the silent majority of the Dutch, Danes, English etc etc.

    The “radical” muslims all over the world will start rioting and blowing things and people up.
    However this does not matter much, as these fascists will always find an excuse to feel aggrieved and that is exactly why Kurt is right to publish this film.

  • http://www.theimpudentobserver.com Fred Stopsky

    I suspect your cynicism is probably well placed

  • Eric

    Fred,

    suggest you try Dhimmiwatch