Sunday 22 February 2009

UK bans Dutch anti-Muslim MP

David at KiwiBlog makes a strong case about the disgraceful act for the UK to ban a Dutch MP entering their country, because he is seen as anti-Muslim.
  • "Would they ban someone who is anti-Christian?

    Many western countries slowly but surely are imposing self censorship. We saw this with the Dutch cartoons. There is no right not to be offended by criticism of your religion.

    Mr Wilders is under 24-hour police protection because of his anti-Muslim stance.

    He has been receiving death threats from Muslim groups outside Holland since the anti-Koran film appeared on the internet earlier this year.

    The film features verses from the Koran alongside images of the terrorist attacks in the US on 11 September 2001, Madrid in March 2004 and London in July 2005.

    The film equates Islam’s holy text with violence and ends with a call to Muslims to remove ‘hate-preaching’ verses from the Koran.

    So Wilders says the Koran encourages violence, and to prove him wrong, he receives death threats. And now to really prove him wrong the UK Government bans him from entering the UK, because they fear the violence that may erupt. Anyone see the irony?

    I opposed David Irving being banned from NZ. He may be a anti-semitic Holocaust denier, but the correct response is to let him attend and speak, and allow those who disagree with him, protest, mock and ridicule him. This is not hard with Irving.

    Now Wilders is no Irving. Yes he is anti-Islam, but that is no excuse for the death threats he receives and the UK banning him.
Hat Tip: KiwiBlog

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