Today’s Wilders Round-Up

26 02 2009

21st Century British Nationalism – Churchill, Geert Wilders and Islam

Riz Khan – Banning Geert Wilders – Feb 19 – Part 2:

Atlas Shrugs – Wilders is coming to America an evening with Geert WildersGeert Wilders New York speechLord Achmed jailedGeert in New York calls for an international first amendmentSenator Kyl under pressure for hosting FitnaGeert Wilders on Glenn Beck – Wilders in WashingtonWilders and the ‘Koran ban’ – and Wilders recieves the Oriana Fallaci award

Geert in NY calls for an international first amendment:

The Halifax Courier – Ban is not the way to win debate

Arkansas Online – COLUMN ONE: Always be an England?

American Thinker – Geert Wilders and the ‘Koran Ban’

The Winnipeg Sun – Getting a read on the Qur’an

Israpundit – Freedom of Speech: Wilders, Orwell, and the “Koran Ban”

Mob rule in the United Kingdom causes Geert Wilder to be thrown out of the UK:

Andrew Bostom – Freedom of Speech: Wilders, Orwell, and the “Koran Ban”

The Lone Voice – Jacqui Smith: the best of – and justice for Lord Achmed

Labourhome – GEERT WILDERS – Rome speech, ( What we cannot hear )

The Weekly Standard – No Speech, Please

Johnblakey’s Weblog – Steam trains

The Belfast Telegraph – Why we need a new Churchill to stand against Islamic extremists

Congenial Times – Dustin Black and Geert Wilders

The Impudent Observer – Dutch Parliament Furious At UK Ban On Wilders

Geert Wilders on BBC Hardtalk, part 1:

Gates of Vienna – Geert Wilders: The American Tour Temporary Peace Trumps Freedom of Speech Geert Wilders on Bill O’Reilly  – Geert Wilders on Fox News  – and IFPS and Geert Wilders Call for an International First Amendment

Vlad Tepes – Geert Wilders on FOX news – and Phyllis Chesler on Geert Wilders in New York

Five Feet of Fury – Geert Wilders coming to the US – and An evening with Geert Wilders: CPAC, Feb 27

EuropeNews – Geert Wilders’ Speech in Rome – and Wilders is coming to America an evening with Geert Wilders

the Index on Censorship – The principle stands

Political Crossfire – Geert Wilders banned from entering the UK

Geert Wilders on BBC Hardtalk, part 2:

The Ungilty Geert Wilders Blog – The Unguilty Geert Wilders

Radio Netherlands Worldwide – Wilders takes Fitna to US – and Wilders files appeal against UK ban

Chesler Chronicles ( Pajamas Media ) – A Dutch Hero Comes to Warn Us, Seek Our Support. The Incomparable Geert Wilders, MP, in New York City.

The Washington Times – PRUDEN: A Flying Dutchman in pursuit of speech

PR Newswire – Arizona senator asked to invite Muslim reps to balance anti-Islam film:

PHOENIX, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ) today called on one of that state’s senators to invite Muslim representatives to offer a balancing perspective to a screening of an anti-Islam film he is hosting in Congress.

On Thursday, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) will host a closed-door screening of a 15-minute film by Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders. Wilders was recently denied entry to Britain because of his extreme anti-Muslim views, including urging that the Quran, Islam’s revealed text, should be banned. One of the event’s co-sponsors, the Center for Security Policy headed by Frank Gaffney, is linked to an anti-Islam group that has advocated prison terms in the U.S. for “adherence to Islam.”

Geert Wilders on BBC Hardtalk, part 3:

Aukmuntr Bizzarre – Geert Wilders, reprised!

Covenant Zone –  Geert Wilders Interviewed On American TV

Exposing Liberal Lies – Senator Kyl Under Pressure for Inviting Geert Wilders to Speak

The Daily Aztec –  FAIR AND BALANCED: UK should let Wilders speak

NIS News Bulletin – Wilders a prominent Guest in United States:

THE HAGUE, 25/02/09 – MP Geert Wilders expects to show his anti-Islam film Fitna in the Senate of the United States on Thursday. In the runup to this event, he has given interviews to well-known TV programmes in recent days.

Wilders was interviewed twice by the conservative Fox News on Monday during his visit to the US. The Party for Freedom (PVV) leader was a guest on The O’Reilly Factor show of Bill O’Reilly and on the Glenn Beck show of the eponymous presenter.

In the interview with Beck, Wilders proposed the introduction of a ‘First Amendment’ in Europe. This part of the US Bill of Rights guarantees free speech. “I am here in America to learn from the freedom of speech that you have here,” said Wilders. All European laws against incitement to hatred should be abolished, he added, “because they are only being used against us.”

Dakota Voice – Fitna Filmmaker Fires Back on American Television

Gateway Pundit –  Geert Wilders: “The Europeans Are Dhimmis… They Are Big Fat Cowards”

Fox News – Geert Wilders Faces Jail Time for His Stance on Islam

The Jawa Report – Geert Wilders in DC Friday

ButAsForMe – Geert Wilders to Glenn Beck: Europe needs a First Amendment

Personal Liberty Digest – Glenn Beck interviews Geert Wilders on Islam and the Koran

O’Reilly – Geert Wilders (2/23/09):

The International Free Press Society – IFPS and Geert Wilders Call for an International First Amendment:

Washington DC — On Friday, February 27, 2009, Dutch Member of Parliament Geert Wilders, founder and floor leader of the Freedom Party (PVV), and the International Free Press Society (IFPS), in conjunction with the Center for Security Policy, will discuss recent attacks on free speech worldwide, especially the recent legal actions against Wilders and other political leaders and journalists.

The International Free Press Society will announce a global initiative to protect free speech from laws that criminalize any criticisms of Islam or the doctrines of Shariah.

The event will include a screening of Fitna, the controversial film which includes quotations from the Koran, documentary footage of Islamic leaders inciting violence (jihad) based on those quotations, and documentary footage of jihadist violence. The film can be viewed on the Internet here.

Mr. Wilders will discuss his efforts to show Fitna and to rally support for free speech and the right to criticize Islam.

The International Free Press Society – Video: Geert Wilders on The O’Reilly Factor – Video: Geert Wilders calls for an International First Amendment in NYC – Video: Glenn Beck interviews Geert Wilders on Fox News – and Geert Wilders’ Speech in Rome

Islamaphobia Watch – Ban this preacher of hate

Leslie S. Lebl –  Geert Wilders and the OIC

Pundit and Pundette – Video: Geert Wilders on O’Reilly and Beck

Ynetnews.com – US lawmaker hosts screening of Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam film

The Boston Herald – US lawmaker hosts anti-Islamic Dutch lawmaker

The Denver Post – The right not to be offended?

Right Pundits – Senator Jon Kyl is Geert Wilders Fitna Host (Videos)

The Huffington Post – Sen. Kyl to Host Controversial Anti-Islamic Dutch Politician

Narcissistic Views on News/Politics – Geert Wilders to show Fitna in US Congress.

geert wilders on Beck:

Jihad Watch – Geert Wilders is coming to America! – Wilders: “Our enemies should know: we will never apologize for being free men, we will never bow for the combined forces of Mecca and the left” – Kyl under pressure for hosting Fitna – Wilders on Beck and O’Reilly – and Wilders to screen Fitna at the Capitol!





Today’s Wilders Round-up

22 02 2009

I’ve decided to make the round-up a twice-weekly segment. It’s just way easier to keep up on, and besides, the story is sort of starting to die down, update-wise. Perhaps eventually I’ll even be able to make it into a weekly segment. If there are any really breaking updates, then maybe I’ll just post about that individually, and then I can do a blanket round-up once or twice a week in the future.

Anywho.

Here’re the links:

Mark Steyn, in NRO’s The Corner – Made for Each Other 

The Lone Voice – Jacqui Smith – Reported by the neighbours.

Atlas Shrugs – degrees of surrender

Beer ‘n’ Sandwiches – Geert Wilders to Receive Award in Rome at “Islam & Libertà di espressione” Conference :

At a freedom of expression conference in Rome on 19 February Geet Wilders will receive the “Premio Oriana Fallaci” (Oriana Fallaci Prize). Mr Wilders will show his film Fitna at the conference and it is expected that members of the Chamber of Deputies and members of the Senate of the Republic will be present to view the film.

Monsters and Critics – Dutch lawmaker to appeal British entry ban

Exposing Liberal Lies – Newsweek Reacts to Wilders’ Visit to America – and Geert Wilders on Glenn Beck

Laigle’s Forum – Euro-Left creates martyr, boosts Wilders in polls

sparkindarkness – foreign hatemongers entering the country

Jock’s Place – Milliband on Wilders

Vlad Tepes – Geert Wilders speech. Rome February 19 2009:

I feel very honoured to have been invited to speak here in Rome, to speak here in this splendid city, the cradle of our Western civilization.

As you perhaps know, Oriana Fallaci is one of my heroes. She definitely was one of the greatest examples of bravery and honesty. Her brilliant books ‘The Rage and the Pride’ and ‘The Force of Reason’ are my guidelines that inspire me day after day. Mr. Manocchia, Una via per Oriana, thank you very much for remembering the great Oriana Fallaci. The world should remember her forever.

Ladies and gentlemen, following in the footsteps of Oriana Fallaci, I want to warn you for a great threat. This great threat is called Islam.

Read the rest here.

Beer ‘n’ Sandwiches –  Presentation of Oriana Fallaci Award to Geert Wilders – Video Footage

The Guardian –  Liberty in Britain is facing death by a thousand cuts. We can fight back

Verum Serum – Newsweek’s Peculiar View of Religious Intolerance

EuropeNews – Geert Wilders Shows Fitna in Rome

The Belfast Telegraph – Why we need a new Churchill to stand against Islamic extremists

Radio Netherlands Worldwide – Freek show

The American Free Press – Britain bans members of anti-gay US church

FOCUS Information Agency – EU Observer: Geert Wilders will fight to reverse the accession of Bulgaria and Romania – and Wilders against Bulgaria and Romania

The Sofia Echo  – The English Angle: Screen and be damned

The Christ in Prophecy Journal – Wilders Prophetic Warning – to Israel

American Thinker –  The hatred that never dies

The Guardian – WBC, do your worst

The Financial Times – Utilitarianism and freedom of expression

Geert Wilders’s revelations:

Radio Netherlands Worldwide – Wilders files appeal against UK ban – and Wilders to appeal against UK ban

EuropeNews – Wilders test of West

CBN News – VIDEO: Can Christians Support Geert Wilders?

FrontPage Mag – Wilders Coming to America

Andrew Bostom – Updated: Geert Wilders, Islamic Law in Britain, and Zaki Badawi, The Late Lionized “Moderate” Muslim Leader – and Bat Ye’or: Geert Wilders and the Fight for Europe

American Chronicle – Support Wilders’ Culturist Campaign

The Telegraph – Geert Wilders to sue Jacqui Smith over decision to deport controversial film-maker:

The legal action would have the backing of the Dutch Government, in a move which could aggravate the diplomatic row over the ban between London and Amsterdam.
Mr Wilders said he was looking to take legal action against the Home Secretary for “blatant discrimination” in the High Court or International Court in the Hague.

 

The Dutch Politician and film maker was sent back to Holland on Thursday night after trying to enter Britain to show his anti Muslim film Fitna in the House of Lords.

 

Mr Wilders had been invited to Westminster by Ukip peer Lord Pearson to show is 17 minute film Fitna, which criticise the Koran as a “facist book”.

Mr Wilders is being encouraged to sue the Government by Maxime Verhagen, the Dutch foreign minister who is still furious with the Home Office’s decision.

He said he would back Wilders in a possible decision to bring a case against the British Government’s “disgraceful decision”.

Mr Verhagen said: “Everybody, but especially a Parliamentarian from an European Union member country, has the right to freedom of speech.”

 

 

 

The Independent – Anti-gay preachers banned from UK

The Times Online – Anti-gay preachers Fred Phelps and Shirley Phelps-Roper banned from Britain

Athiest Media Blog – MEP Gerard Batten on the Geert Wilders Ban:

Vlad Tepes – New Geert Wilders interview

The Flaming Blog – Remove Lord Ahmed from the UK House of Lords Facebook Group – The Flaming Blog is looking for Contributors – and Crusader Tees!

Bad News From the Netherlands – Opinion Poll: Wilders PVV Second Largest Party – and  Liberal Party Asks EU for Clarification about Wilders’ Rights

Tundra Tabloids –  Geert Wilders’ Fitna Tour Continues: Speech in Rome – and Bat Ye’or Defends Geert Wilders: “Does Defending Western Values Constitute ‘Inciting Hatred’…..?”

Gates of Vienna –  The Snark is at Hand Geert Wilders’ Speech in Rome – and When in Rome…

Beer ‘N’ Sandwiches – Geert Wilders Shows Fitna in Rome :

Fitna was shown in Rome and Wilders was present proving that Italy is a much more free society than Great Britain which constrains and cajoles in the name of the intolerant New Labour creed that tolerates no dissent from its worldview. It is good to see that the cultural heart of Western Civilisation stands firm against the tide of Islamist intimidation that says that no one can speak out against or question Islam. The Italian’s have shown the metal of their imperial Roman roots and stood firm against the bullies who want to transform their society into an Islamic state under sharia.

The Huddersfield Daily Examiner – Extremism under a cloak of free speech
 
 
 
 
 
The Infidel Bloggers Alliance – Help Wilders’ Culturist Crusade
 
Mosquewatch.blogspot.com – Geert Wilders to Receive Award in Rome
 





Today’s Wilders Round-Up

19 02 2009

I’m thinking of doing this every two days, as opposed to every day, as the storm has started to die down a little bit since the Brits turned Geert back at their border.

Hell Patrol – Geert Wilders should be admitted but we must not lose sight of the fact that he is a cunt

Celestial Junk –  Isn’t Strange the Way the World Turns

Back Towards The Locus – Wilders’s Film Isn’t Very Geert (Ho Ho Ho)…

Radio Netherlands Worldwide – Wilders to appeal against UK ban :

During a debate in the Dutch Lower House, Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders has announced he will appeal against the British government’s decision not to allow him into the country.

Last week Mr Wilders was refused entry into the United Kingdom to attend a viewing of his anti-Islam film Fitna, because of fears that his views could lead to public order disturbances.

The leader of the Green Left party Femke Halsema is insisting that Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen take the matter to the European Court. She says London’s decision prevented the free movement of persons.

Weasel Zippers – Geert Wilders on his way to America, Possible CPAC Appearance……

Geert Wilders’s latest revelations on Islam:

FaithFreedom.org – The speech Geert Wilders would have given in the House of Lords, had he not been banned from entering the United Kingdom

The Scotsman – Islam and nationhood

NewsWeek – The Flying Dutchman:

A member of the Dutch Parliament who was banned last week from entering the United Kingdom because of his inflammatory anti-Islamic views is about to be welcomed to the United States by some notable conservatives.

Geert Wilders—who has publicly compared the Koran to “Mein Kampf”—is scheduled to make public appearances in Washington next week, including a Feb. 27 press conference at the National Press Club. Wilders is seeking to promote his movie “Fitna,” an incendiary short documentary film that depicts Islam as a religion of terrorists.

The chief sponsor of Wilders’s National Press Club event is Frank Gaffney, a former Reagan administration Pentagon official who now runs the Center for Security Policy, a prominent neoconservative think tank. Others who hope to meet with Wilders include David Horowitz, a well-known conservative activist who promotes campaigns to fight Islamic extremism.

CBN News – Geert Wilders’ Party Explodes after Expulsion

Politics On Video – Geert wilders

Family Security Matters – Scary Court Cases Have Grave Implications for Freedom and Security

DutchNews – Community service for Wilders threat boys

Hot Air – British libraries to put Koran on top shelf, at Muslims’ request

PoliGazette – Britain’s Surrender to Islamists

Entangled Alliances – Banning Geert Wilders: An Unintended Benefit?

The Guardian – Offensive views can energise us ( podcast )

Natch Greyes For Senate 2020, and Heartless and BrainlessToday’s No Nonsense (Un)Approach to Freedom

Civilusdefendus’s Blog – The Speech that Never Was (Geert to Parliament)

The Wall Street Journal – Geert Wilders Is a Test for Western Civilization :

Twenty years ago, Andres Serrano put a plastic crucifix in a glass of urine, photographed it and called it art. Conservatives in particular weren’t pleased: not with Mr. Serrano, not with his picture, and not with the National Endowment for the Arts, which had forked over $15,000 in taxpayer money to support this uretic gesture.

Also 20 years ago: On Valentine’s Day, 1989, the Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against Salman Rushdie, condemning him to death for supposedly blaspheming Islam in his novel, “The Satanic Verses.” Iran later upped the ante by severing diplomatic ties with Britain and putting a bounty on Mr. Rushdie’s head. The fatwa remains in effect today by order of Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei.

[Global View] AP

Geert Wilders.

These twin anniversaries come to mind following the British government’s decision last week to ban Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders from British soil as an “undesirable person.” Mr. Wilders is also being prosecuted for hate speech in his native Holland, where he faces up to 16 months in prison if convicted. His alleged crime involves making a short film called “Fitna,” which draws a straight line between Quranic verses and acts of Islamist terror. Mr. Wilders has also called for banning the Quran, which he labels a “fascist book” on a par with Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.”

Whatever else might be said about Mr. Wilders’s travel ban and prosecution, it helps put into context the events of 1989. In the case of Mr. Serrano, liberal Americans went into a lather about defending his rights to artistic expression and freedom of speech against the parochial leaders of the religious right, men like Jesse Helms and Pat Robertson. Never mind that the worst of their threats involved withholding public funding; fundamental things were said to be at stake.

The Two Malcontents – Britain Surrenders To Radical Islam, Can America Be Far Behind?

The Philadelphia Bulletin – Britain Surrenders To Radical Islam, Can America Be Far Behind?

Colonel Robert Neville – General Patton’s Speech on Global Jihad and Iraq Redux.

The National Post – Britain re-visits appeasement

The Scotsman – Islam more than a religion

The Financial Times – The Dutch MP and the retreat of British liberalism

Radio Netherlands Worldwide – Freedom party to take part in European elections

Ripples Across The Pond – Geert Wilders

WorldNetDaily – Here’s ‘change’: end of free speech

The National Post – The new British appeasement

Jonah Goldberg, in the LA Times – The ‘truth to power’ gap

EuropeNews – Wilders to recieve Oriana Fallaci free speech award for Fitna in Italy

Bat Yeor, in the National Review – Geert Wilders and the Fight for Europe

DutchNews – Geert Wilders’ party second biggest in polls

Pajamas Media – Geert Wilders Respects Muslims, British Government Doesn’t

Not a Sheep – Geert Wilders on Radio 4’s The Choice

2 Blowhards – Pat Condell on the Geert Wilders Affair

International Religious Freedom Blog – Geert Wilders –Some freedom of expression is more free than others, apparently

Atlas Shrugs – hosing on Wilders – Wilders! Fallaci! Wilders test of the West – and Bat Yeor on Geert Wilders

Jihad Watch – Wilders coming to U.S., Newsweek in a snit

Vlad Tepes – Bat Yeor on Geert Wilders

Gates of Vienna – A Thorn in Their Side – and Geert Wilders and the Fight for Europe

The International Free Press Society – Bat Yeor: Geert Wilders and the fight for Europe – and The Politicized Trial of Susanne Winter

Tundra Tabloids – Bat Ye’or Defends Geert Wilders: “Does Defending Western Values Constitute ‘Inciting Hatred’…..?”

The Flaming Blog – Remove Lord Ahmed from the UK House of Lords Facebook Group – The Flaming Blog is looking for Contributors – and Crusader Tees!

Bad News From The Netherlands – Opinion Poll: Wilders PVV Second Largest Party

Klein Verzet – Wilders UK visit wrap-up





Today’s Wilders Round-Up

17 02 2009

The Trumpet – Fiery Jihad

Independent.ie – free speech – for those we like

The Times Online – Free speech, a Dutch MP and the threat to public order – and In praise of the heroic unsung pedant

Spero News – Silencing Islam’s critics doesn’t promote dialogue

A Maggid’s Musings  – Geert Update

“The World is a Dangerous Place, Not Because of Those Who Do Evil, but Because of Those Who Look On and Do Nothing ” –  Speech by Geert Wilders during the Parliamentary session

A Thinking Man – Costly Silencing

Amused Cynicism – Britblog Roundup #209 ( many links there )

Islamophobia Watch Watch – Salma Yaqoob not sure about Wilders ban

The Australian – Wilders shore of free speech endangered

Gates of Vienna – Geert Wilders and the Fight for Europe  – The Politicized Trial of Susanne Winter – I Support Banning the Koran – Peace in Our Time – and Is Westminster the New Mecca?

Bat Yeor in the National Review – Geert Wilders and the Fight for Europe:

Britain has just witnessed the spectacle of a duly elected parliamentarian from another EU country, Geert Wilders of the Netherlands, being denied entry to the country because he constituted “a threat to public policy.” Wilders, after being detained briefly at Heathrow, was sent back to Holland — where he has further legal troubles. Three weeks earlier, 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.

Read the rest here.

Atlas Shrugs – Bat Yeor weighs in on Wilders – and barring Wilders: killing the messenger

The Lone Voice – Geert Wilders speech to the House of Lords

The Flaming Blog – The Flaming Blog is looking for Contributors – and Crusader Tees!

Bad News From the Netherlands – Liberal Party Asks EU for Clarification about Wilders’ Rights

Vlad Tepes –  Bat Yeor on Geert Wilders – and Why am I sure this guy would get to speak to the house of lords?

Jihad Watch – Bat Ye’or on Geert Wilders: Does defending Western values constitute “inciting hatred”?

The International Free Press Society – Bat Yeor: Geert Wilders and the fight for Europe – Pat Condell: Freedom Go To Hell, Indeed – The Politicized Trial of Susanne Winter – The House of Lords Speech: What Wilders Would Have Said If the UK Allowed Free Speech – and Debate in UK House of Lords on banning of Geert Wilders





Today’s Wilders Round-Up

15 02 2009

The Personal Universe of Cesar Tort – Nuking Mecca: a truly fascinating exchange

Celestial Junk – Progressive Eunuchs are Destroying the UK

Ghost of a Flea – This is no ordinary place. This is not just one of England’s tourist attractions. This is a sacred place.

Five Feet of Fury  – Geert Wilders has landed Open Letter to UK about the persecution of Geert Wilders

Creeping Sharia – Allen West on Geert Wilders – Geert Wilders speech to House of Lords, had Islam not won – Intimidating critics of Islam – Rick Santorum on Wilders – A day of infamy in the UK, video report on Geert Wilders – and Jihad is victorious – Geert Wilders denied entry to UK

Andrew Stuttaford, in NRO’s The Corner – Wilders

Melanie Phillips –  Britain capitulates to terror

Instapundit – February 11, 2009 – and February 14, 2009

Centre Right – Government bans Dutch MP Geert Wilders from entering Britain after Muslim leaders threaten to organise mob protest

Covenant Zone – All swell that tell swell.

Digital Journal – Opinion: UK are ‘spineless pussies’ says video-blogger Pat Condell

Jihad Watch – Double standard: LePen is welcome in Britain, Wilders is not Britain’s Muslim peer crows over barring of Wilders from country:

The chief foe of freedom of speech and resistance to the jihad in Britain exults in his victory. “Wilders’ ban is in Britain’s best interests,” by Lord Nazir Ahmed in The Guardian, February 13 (thanks to all who sent this in):

When I found out that Geert Wilders was planning to come to Britain and that Baroness Cox and Lord Pearson wanted to show his film, I wrote to the Home Office, the leader of the House of Lords and Black Rod to say that his presence would lead to the incitement of religious and racial hatred, which constitutes a public order offence.

The question is: who would have been inciting that religious and racial hatred? Wilders, or Muslim protesters calling for his head, burning flags, etc.?

What has Lord Ahmed done about the Muslim preachers who are busy inciting religious hatred within Britain, and have been doing so for years?

The Telegraph – Banned politician Geert Wilders brands Gordon Brown a coward

Tundra Tabloids – Breaking: Fitna Shown in the House of Lords – News Sweep – Paul West: Rotund Ahmed, Lord of What……?

News of the World –  PC cowards need to Geert a grip!

Our Founding Truth – Geert Wilders; the Hero!

Citizen Warrior – Update On Geert Wilders :

IN SEVERAL recent posts on Citizen Warrior, we talked about Geert Wilders (see the previous posts here, here, and here). We’ve got an update on the situation.

Geert was recently invited by Britain’s Lord Pearson to show his film, Fitna at the UK’s House of Lords, but when Geert arrived in Britain, he was denied entrance into the country and sent back to the Netherlands! Listen to an interview with him about it here (the link goes to a BBC article, but at the top of the page is an 11-minute interview with Geert).

He makes a good point in the interview: This is a simple freedom of speech issue. The UK government says it does not want Geert to come to the UK because he might “disrupt security.” Which means they are afraid his presence will cause Muslims to riot, which means the threat of Muslim violence is silencing a legitimate European politician from speaking his mind or even coming into the country.

The Media Line – Dreyfus in Britain?

Atlas Shrugs – Dutch PM spanks Brits – Fitna: watch it here –

The Lone Voice – Geert Wilders speech to the House of Lords.

Pajamas Media – Why Britain Should Never Have Banned Geert Wilders

The Independent – Joan Smith: Free speech has to be for all, Home Secretary:

Let’s start by getting a couple of things clear: Jacqui Smith is an idiot for banning Geert Wilders, and even more of an idiot to do it after the Government was lobbied to ban him by Lord Ahmed. The Home Secretary’s argument for refusing to admit Mr Wilders again (he was here in December) is feeble; the only way his presence might threaten public security is if there was an intemperate reaction by people who don’t like his views. Demands for a ban are based on the same perverse reasoning that led to Salman Rushdie’s being accused of having “blood on his hands” – by Lord Ahmed – because some idiots chose to respond violently to his novel The Satanic Verses. According to this sophistry, it isn’t someone’s fault if he loses his temper and hits me; it’s mine for upsetting him in the first place.

It’s got so bad that when Channel 4’s documentary Undercover Mosque showed imams preaching hate in British mosques, the Crown Prosecution Service and the West Midlands Police began investigating the film-makers, coming to their senses only when they found themselves on the wrong end of a libel action. I don’t like Mr Wilders’ politics, but he doesn’t advocate killing people, unlike Sheikh Qaradawi, who was allowed into this country until someone belatedly noticed that he supports suicide-bombing. Nor does Mr Wilders have criminal convictions, unlike the boxer Mike Tyson who was allowed in despite his conviction for rape.

Until last week, Mr Wilders was a little-known Dutch MP who had placed himself in the illogical position of championing free expression while calling for the Koran to be banned. Now, thanks to Ms Smith, he is a free-speech martyr whose cause has been taken up by the BNP leader Nick Griffin. Additionally, Ms Smith stands accused of giving in to pressure from Lord Ahmed and the Muslim Council of Britain, an organisation whose leader refuses to condemn the practice of stoning. For a measured Muslim response to Mr Wilders’ proposed visit, I recommend listening to Ed Husain, co-director of the Quilliam Foundation, who condemned Mr Wilders’ politics and the Home Secretary’s refusal to allow him into the country. “Drop the ban and start the debate,” Mr Husain wrote last week.

Klein Verzet – Breaking: Wilders not allowed into the UK – update: Going anyway – and On his way – UPDATE: And back again

The Times Online – Labour bares its appeaser’s teeth to unbending Muslims

Bad News From The Netherlands – Minister Verhagen Deeply Disappointed about British Behavior

The Sunday Sun –  MP Geert Wilders victim of extremist prejudice





Today’s Wilders Round-Up

15 02 2009

What are you doing reading this on Valentines Day, you bitter, lonely people? Go outside!

The Daily Mail – Analysis: Geert Wilders, the bouffant-haired Dutch liberal who turned hardliner

The Telegraph – Banning Wilders plays into the hands of our Islamist enemies

Archbishop Cranmer – Geert Wilders’ House of Lords speech

Radio Netherlands Worldwide –  Dutch ambassador to support Wilders in London

Haaretz.com – Dutch lawmaker banned from U.K. to take anti-Koran film on ‘world tour’

Scotsman.com – Dutch MP’s ban a blow to freedom of speech

Radio Netherlands Worldwide – PM lodges protest over UK’s MP ban :

Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende has lodged a protest with his British counterpart Gordon Brown about Britain’s refusal to allow Dutch MP Geert Wilders to enter the country. Mr Wilders had been invited by the British House of Lords to attend a screening of his anti-Islam film Fitna but was banned from entering the country as a threat to public security.

Mr Balkenende called the state of affairs “disappointing” but said it is up to Mr Wilders himself to take legal action against the British decision should he wish to do so. The right-wing MP says he is not considering a court case at present, although he has not yet ruled out the possibility. He criticised Mr Balkenende for not going further than simply expressing his displeasure to Gordon Brown.

NRC Handelsblad  – Dutch Protest Muted in Latest Wilders Scandal:

Dutch politicians are indignant about the fact that Britain refused to allow a member of their country’s parliament from entering into England. With tight Dutch-Anglo business and political ties, though, the Netherlands is unlikely to allow the brouhaha over anti-Muslim politician Geert Wilders to escalate into a real diplomatic conflict.

EuropeNews – Geert Wilders detained at Heathrow Airport

Crunchy Con – Geert Wilders vs. Her Majesty’s government

Bruno Waterfield – Geert Wilders, freedom of speech and its enemies

Solomania –  Hudson: Geert Wilders Speech in House of Lords if He Would Not Have Been Banned from the United Kingdom

The Telegraph – If Geert Wilders is denied entry to Britain, what of those who oppress Christians?

The Infidel Bloggers Alliance – Interview With Geert Wilders After His Arrest

Klein Verzet – On his way – UPDATE: And back again – Breaking: Wilders not allowed into the UK – update: Going anyway – and Wilders and the State

ShrinkWrapped – Terror and Societal Regression III

The Lone Voice – Geert Wilders speech to the House of Lords. – and Some Geert Wilders photo’s

Alex Massie – Geert Wilders is Not a Hero

Atlas Shrugs – Dutch PM spanks Brits – Wilders to recieve Oriana Fallaci free speech award for Fitna in ItalyBrit’s double standardAtlas and Wilders – and Brit cowards ban Wilders, have never even seen Fitna

Jihad Watch – Double standard: LePen is welcome in Britain, Wilders is not – Wilders considering suing the dhimmi Brits for barring him from the country – and “Freedom go to hell”: Condell on the Wilders banning in Britain

The Flaming Blog – The Flaming Blog is looking for Contributors – Radical Islam Taking Over Europe and the West? – Great Speech by Geert Wilders in Copenhagen – and Crusader Tees!

Gates of Vienna – Is Westminster the New Mecca? Londonistan is the Real Threat Freedom go to Hell – Shouting Fire in a Theatre Questions for the Lords

Gates of Vienna – Who Is Lord Ahmed? :

In the 321 years since then, despite the best efforts of the Napoleons and Hitlers of this world, Britain has remained free, enabling its great triumvirate of the House of Commons, the House of Lords and the Monarchy to preside over and mould one of the greatest democracies the world has ever seen.

Until February 2009 that is, when the ancient and venerable House of Lords was put to the test by a middle-aged rotund individual with a beard, after which the edifice of British sovereignty came crashing to the ground in a woeful display of liberal appeasement.

Who is this single-handed slayer of British democracy? How can he cause such destruction? What power does he wield that can force the submission of a core component of Britain’s constitution?

Step forward, Lord Ahmed, the aforementioned rotund individual with a beard, albeit a beard of such straggling inconsequence that one suspects he could never have risen to such unlikely heights of power in his native Muslim lands, where the serious power brokers have an unspoken yet mandatory requirement to sport beards of astonishing length and luxuriance.

But enough of his follicular failing. It is time for a brief look at Ahmed’s résumé.
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Born in Mirpur, Pakistan, in 1958, the young Nazir Ahmed emigrated to Britain where he took successful advantage of a free education provided by the taxpaying British public, and was subsequently accepted at Sheffield’s internationally recognised Hallam University where he studied Public Administration in between his duties as a Labour Party member.

In 1992 he founded the Muslim Councillors Forum, and was active in local politics in the north of England where he championed various Muslim causes.

In 1998 he was appointed to the House of Lords, swearing his oath of allegiance to Queen and Country on the Koran, as one does in such a vibrant, modern, multicultural and mulitfaithed country that Britain is now privileged to be. Ahmed was both the first Muslim to be appointed to the Lords, and the first Lord to lead delegations on behalf of the British government to Saudi Arabia for the Haj, or Muslim pilgrimage.

In February 2005 he hosted a book launch for the infamous anti-Semite Jöran Jermas at — wait for it — the House of Lords, where Mr Jermas launched into fundamentalist Islam’s standard tirade against those pesky imperialist Zionists.

When picked up on this by Stephen Pollard of The Times, Lord Ahmed refused to even speak about it, let alone distance himself from the contents of Jermas’s Jew-hating monologue, which is ironic given the MSM’s blanket whitewash of Lord Ahmed’s historic behaviour after Jermas accused the British Newspapers of being owned and run by Zionists!

According to the Times, Jermas’s depth of anti-Semitism runs so deep he has felt compelled to work for Zavtra, Russia’s extreme anti-Semitic publication, and is allied with the Vanguard News Network (motto: “No Jews. Just Right.”) set up by an American, Alex Linder — a man so extreme that he was even ostracised by the US neo-Nazi National Alliance.

But such affiliations hold no fear, it would seem, for Lord Ahmed, which is unsurprising as he is a man with the usual trappings associated with less-than-moderate Islam, affiliated as he also is with Dr Abdul Bari of The Muslim Council Of Britain who, like Ahmed, has very dubious friends of the anti-Semitic variety.

Read the rest here.

The Brussels Journal – Shouting Fire in the Lords – Reaction to Wilders’ Deportation  – The House of Lords Speech: What Wilders Would Have Said If Britain Allowed Free Speech – and Islamism, “Hate Speech,” and Jihad

Vlad Tepes – Pat Condell on Britain’s new dhimitude – Video montage about Geert Wilders and freedom of speech. Very good. – and The speech Geert Wilders was intending to give in London

The Iconoclast – Geert Wilders to Show “Fitna” and Receive Italian Anti-Jihad Award in Rome:

As Geert Wilders said yesterday, the British government was ‘cowardly’ for suppressing his freedom of speech by ejecting him from the U.K. virtually upon arrival at Heathrow.  We posted yesterday that Wilders is going on to Rome, where, on February 19th, he will present his film “Fitna” at an invitation-only event. In addition to the screening, a news release issued today from the International Free Press Society notes:

The February 19 event will also include an address by Mr. Wilders, a press conference, and a ceremony during which “A Way for Oriana” will award Mr. Wilders with the Orianna Fallaci Free Speech Award, an honor that will recognize the parliamentarian, like the late Italian author and journalist, as a “symbol of the fight against Islamic fascism and a knight of the freedom of humankind.”

The event will be held at the Grand Palatino Hotel in Via Cavour 213, Rome, Italy. For security reasons, the conference is being restricted to those who have received invitations only.

Fitna will next be screened in smaller gatherings in the United States later this month, including assemblies in the New York and Washington, DC areas.

Wilders noted what are the objectives of his Facing Jihad World tour:
“This event is part of the ‘Facing Jihad’ world tour for Fitna that will serve to expose Islam for what it is, an ideology that preaches terrorism, anti-Semitism and the oppression of women, homosexuals and non-Muslims” said Mr. Wilders.
“Educating the public about the harsh realities of Islamization is the first step to effectively combating and ultimately defeating Global Jihad,” said Mr. Wilders.
Wilders leader of the Freedom Party in the Dutch parliament is facing criminal prosecution for effectively insulting a religion, Islam, in Holland arising from a controversial Amsterdam appeals court decision last month.  
Notwithstanding the decision to bar entry of Wilders yesterday by the Gordon Brown government in Whitehall, “Fitna” was shown to a private gathering at the House of Lords sponsored by Lord Pearson and Baroness Cox. The U.K. Home office letter and actions by immigration officials at Heathrow airport is a reflection of deepening intimidation by the British Muslim community led by Lord Ahmed who had threatened to bring 10,000 Muslims to the Westminster parliament to protest Wilders and the showing of “Fitna”.





Today’s Wilders Round-Up

14 02 2009

It just keeps coming, man. Oy.

The International Free Press Society – An Open Letter to the Government of the UK:

On Tuesday, February 10, 2009, Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders, leader of the Partij voor de Vrijheid (Party for Freedom), received a letter written on behalf of British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith. It informed Mr. Wilders that on traveling to the UK at the invitation of UK Independence Party peer Lord Pearson to screen the film Fitna and hold a Q&A in the Parliament on Thursday, February 12, 2009, Mr. Wilders should expect to be barred from entry into the UK for the following stated reason:

“The Secretary of State is of the view that your presence in the UK would pose a genuine, present and sufficiently serious threat to one of the fundamental interests of society. The Secretary of State is satisfied that your statements about Muslims and their beliefs, as expressed in your film Fitna and elsewhere, would threaten community harmony and therefore public security in the UK.”

With this edict, the government of the UK has broken faith with its own glorious tradition of enshrining freedom of speech, and embarked on an authoritarian course of setting the boundaries of political debate. With this action, the government of the UK has also broken faith with its neighbors in the European Union by taking the unprecedented measure of barring entry to a democratically elected representative, and, in Mr. Wilders’ case, party leader from another EU member state. In so doing, the government of the UK has additionally given lie to the organizing EU principle of “open borders” among member states, demonstrating a capricious will to close its borders against ideas of which it disapproves.

The British Home Office has further stated that in barring Geert Wilders from the UK it is stopping “extremism, hatred and violent messages” from coming to its country. The British Home Office is wrong. These things are already there. With this crude rebuff of Mr. Wilders, the Netherlands, and freedom of speech, the British government has all but ensured that such extremism, hatred and violent messages will continue to flourish in British soil, taking root and taking over.

And there is something else. Ideas know no boundaries, at least in what we continue to think of as the Free World. Fitna, Wilders’ writings, news of his political progress in the Dutch parliament: All remain available inside the UK via the Internet and other media. This means that the Home Office’s stated reasons for barring Wilders–to prevent the spread of what it calls “extremism” into UK communities of presumed “harmony”–is not at all what this action is about. In declaring Wilders the man persona non grata, the British government has declared his ideas and his political program to be anathema. In another alarming sign of authoritarianism, the British government has also canceled by fiat the House of Lords’ right to hear these ideas and political program. It is impossible to gauge the chilling effect that this deplorable decision will have on free speech and debate in England but it is no exaggeration to say that it will be colossal. If this decision to bar from the UK an elected representative from the Netherlands is not rescinded, it will stand in history as a shameful marker of the UK’s descent into what tragically augurs an anti-liberal, anti-Western and authoritarian spiral.

Therefore, the International Free Press Society calls on the British government to rescind immediately the Home Secretary’s decision to bar Geert Wilders of the Netherlands entry into the UK.

Signed,

Lars Hedegaard, President

Diana West, Vice President

Paul Belien, Vice President

Christine Brim, Secretary

Bjorn Larsen, Treasurer

Ned May, Outreach Coordinator

Mark Steyn in NRO’s The Corner: Droning Cliches in a Burning Theater  – and The Sun Sets

World Challenges in the XXIst Century – Indian Editor and Publisher Arrested for Criticism of Islam – and Geert Wilders not allowed into the UK (UPDATED)

Spanish Pundit – Última hora: se impide a Wilders entrar en Inglaterra (Act.)

Vlad Tepes – Video of Geert Wilders after his arrest in London today  –

Sky News item on Geert Wilders ban:

Pickled Politics – Geert Wilder’s freedom of speech hypocrisy

Always on Watch: Semper Vigilans – Geert Wilders Arrested At Heathrow Airport

Chris Whiteside’s Blog – Voltaire and Geert Wilders

Power Line –  The United Kingdom turns its back on freedom of speech and freedom of travel

Metamagician and the Hellfire Club – Geert Wilders refused entry to UK:

From the little I know of Wilders, I don’t think I’d like him. He strikes me as an arrogant bigot. He despises Islam, and likely despises Muslims (which is not the same thing, of course). If he had the power, he would very likely adopt extreme policies in the Netherlands.

But should he be prevented from entering a country such as the UK, or Australia if he ever wanted to come here, for the purpose of presenting his views? Should he be prosecuted for religious vilification or something similar as is currently happening to him in the Netherlands?

We need to look closely at the facts, more closely than I am going to attempt here, but I think that public authorities bear a very heavy burden of proof before they interfere with the liberties of individuals on the ground of things that the individuals have said. I realise that entry into a foreign country can be considered a privilege, rather than a right, but that is simplistic. Generally speaking, we all have the legitimate expectation that we will be allowed to travel to other countries for peaceful purposes such as putting our views on a range of issues, and provided we have complied with such formalities as having a valid passport.

The Guardian – Maverick who loves the limelight

Fox News – Unwelcome Mat

Hit and Run – Walesa Banned, Wilders Detained

The Sun – Geert lost

Teletext National News – Dutch MP slams ‘coward’ Brown

The Brussels Journal – The British Authorities Surrendering to Extremism:

A letter signed Irving N. Jones, on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Home Department, declares that the Dutch politician’s “[…] presence in the UK would pose a genuine, present and sufficiently serious threat to one of the fundamental interests of society.” It is of course what Jones calls Wilders’ “statements about Muslims and their beliefs” in Fitna and elsewhere that has the authorities so afraid that they have barred Wilders from entering the country.  
 
As we are no doubt aware, Wilders does not attack Muslims, but rightly attacks the ideology of jihad, that is on the rise around the world, and that fuels terrorism, so-called “honor killing” and “honor violence,” ritual beheading, and other acts of barbarity. And it is clear from Jones’ letter that the government also fears Muslims will act out in such a way as to “threaten community harmony and therefore public security” (i.e., violently), because Wilders has criticized, and, yes, condemned, some “beliefs.”  
 
But imagine if Churchill, and all those who opposed Nazism in the 1930s, had been silenced due to threats of violence from Britain’s black shirts, and authorities that conspired against those who spoke for freedom, claiming that they were against “Germans.” Fascism, we should have no doubt, would have prevailed.  
 
Then consider this: a few days ago, The Telegraph
revealed that nearly half of all CIA operations – aimed at protecting the US from another 9/11 – are now conducted inside Britain. The CIA has informed president Obama that the most likely source of a terrorist attack on the US is “British-born Pakistani extremist[s]” traveling to the US from the UK.  
 
So you see why the Home department is afraid that the mere presence of Wilders “pose[s] a genuine, present and sufficiently serious threat” to Britain’s “public security.”  

Digital Journal – Dutch MP Wilders back home after refused entry to UK

The Telegraph – Dutch anti-Muslim politician turned away from Britain at Heathrow – and Whatever happened to free speech?

ABC News – Dutch anti-Islam filmmaker sent home

Radio Netherlands Worldwide – Wilders back in the Netherlands :

Geert Wilders, the leader of the populist Freedom Party, has returned to the Netherlands after being refused entry by the British authorities. He had travelled to London despite being informed he would be would not be allowed to enter the UK.

DutchNews.nl – Wilders diplomatic row rumbles on

Bloomberg.com – Dutch Lawmaker Who Linked Koran to Violence Denied U.K. Entry

Nick Greene – British Eye on America 4

Iain Martin – Banning Dutch film-maker Geert Wilders gives him what he wants – attention

Sky News –  Banned Dutch MP Thrown Out Of UK

MUSLIM MP Keith Vaz has not seen FITNA:

The Times Online – Banned Dutch MP Geert Wilders hits out at ‘cowards’ after being sent back

The Associated Press – Britain bars entry by anti-Islamic Dutch lawmaker

The Scotsman News – ‘Anti-Islamic’ film is shown in Lords after Dutch MP deported – and Islamic arrogance

The Independent – Leading article: A ban that only helps the extremists – on both sides – and A red carpet premiere missing its star [ by Ben Russell ]:

 

As film premieres go it was hardly the Odeon Leicester Square. Lord Pearson of Rannoch had a red carpet for his screening of the anti-Islamic film Fitna yesterday but then again, crimson is the standard colour for all the flooring in the House of Lords.

What the UK Independence Party lacked for its 4pm debate was a star, after the far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders was turned back at Heathrow.

Two doorkeepers, resplendent in tailcoats and brass heraldic badges, were stationed outside the door to Committee Room 4 in their Lordships’ house for the event deemed so controversial that Mr Wilders was banned from entry to Britain by the Home Office. Black Rod, the most senior of the “men in tights” in the Lords, even made an appearance in the corridor.

It was preceded by a decade-old Dispatches documentary chronicling the radical Islamic activities of preachers such as Abu Hamza, who proposed a flying net laced with explosives to bring down aircraft.

A small ripple of applause broke out from the front row of red leather chairs after the end of Mr Wilders’ film. A small panel discussed the images before the whole event was repeated at a press conference outside the Palace.

Fitna juxtaposes verses from the Koran with gruesome images of the 9/11 attacks on the twin towers, blood spattered corpses after the Madrid train bombings and the severed head of a victim of hooded kidnappers. To a brooding classical soundtrack, the film shows a graph of the increasing numbers of Muslims in the Netherlands and shows bloodied children and veiled women under the title “Netherlands of the Future?”

Baroness Cox, the peer who hosted the event, said she was “ashamed” Mr Wilders had been barred from Britain.

In the Lords Chamber, Lord West of Spithead, the Home Office minister, faced a stream of questions about the decision of his boss, the Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, to bar Mr Wilders. Lord Pearson accused the Government of “appeasement,” challenging the minister: “Do you think this situation would occur if Mr Wilders had said ban the Bible? If it would not have occurred, why would it not have occurred?”

Lord West, the former First Sea Lord, said: “I certainly don’t think we are guilty of appeasement in any way whatsoever.”

 

 

Ceri Radford –  Geert Wilders, martyr

Christopher Hope –  Why is Jacqui Smith making a martyr out of Geert Wilders and the film no one wants to see?

The Independent – Ed Husain: Geert Wilders should not have been banned – and Chris Huhne: Geert Wilders should have been banned

The Independent – How the flying Dutchman was stopped in his tracks:

Three days ago, few people in Britain, other than those of the far right, knew of the Dutch politician Geert Wilders.

Yesterday though, in an own goal by the British Government, the anti-Islamist was handed a stunning PR opportunity when he was turned away from Britain.

Apart from two empty rows at the front – reserved for Mr Wilders and his two giant, shaven-headed bodyguards – there wasn’t a spare seat on flight BD104 from Amsterdam to London.

Mr Wilders, 45, had been due to show his film Fitna, which equates Islam with fascism, in the House of Lords last night. He never arrived – but did garner much helpful publicity. At the front of the plane, Mr Wilders held court. “I am no champion of anything,” he said. “I’m just trying to exercise my right to free speech.

“My message to the British Government is that I am sad that the ghost of Chamberlain still resides in Britain instead of the ghost of Churchill. I would say to [Britain], even if you don’t like me, even if you don’t like my thoughts, be brave and defend freedom of speech. If you don’t then you are weak and you are cowards.”

When the plane landed at Heathrow at 2pm, the circus continued. Two plainclothes immigration officers walked on to the plane and escorted Mr Wilders off for questioning – pursued by the media pack and bodyguards. “Is this how Great Britain meets a democrat?” the blond populist demanded.

He was sent back to Amsterdam on the next flight at 4.30pm. It is thought to be the first time Britain has refused entry to an elected European politician since the creation of the EU in 1993.

Mr Wilders seemed happy to have used the one-hour flight to rail against the British Government, which he accused of appeasing “Islamofascists” and stifling free speech. He repeated some of the criticisms of Islam that have made him so reviled.

 

Deutsche Welle –  Dutch Anti-Islam Politician Refused Entry into UK – and  Dutch politician refused entry to UK

DAWN.com – UK entry ban on producer of film against Islam

The Internationa Herald Tribune –  Britain deports Dutch ‘provocateur’

BBC News – UK’s ban of Dutch MP criticised Who does the UK want to keep out? – and Papers criticise ban on Dutch MP

Radio Netherlands Worldwide –  Few attend UK screening of Wilders’ film:

The film Fitna was shown in the British upper house of parliament on Thursday despite the British authorities’ refusal to allow its maker, Dutch rightwing populist MP Geert Wilders, into the United Kingdom.

Only around 30 people attended the screening, five of them members of the upper house.

All 743 members of the upper house were invited, as were the 646 members of the lower house, none of whom attended.

 

ITV News – ‘Ban Koran’ Dutch MP raps Brown

Andrew McCarthy in the National Review – preserving ‘harmony’ for radicals

Reuters – Geert Wilders – martyr for free speech or public safety threat?

Bruno Waterfield – Geert Wilders, freedom of speech and its enemies

Radio Netherlands Worldwide –  Should Geert Wilders be free to enter Britain?

The Times Online – World Agenda: Geert Wilders allowed to escape scrutiny

The Telegraph – Geert Wilders to sue Jacqui Smith over decision to deport controversial film-maker:

The legal action would have the backing of the Dutch Government, in a move which could aggravate the diplomatic row over the ban between London and Amsterdam.

Mr Wilders said he was looking to take legal action against the Home Secretary for “blatant discrimination” in the High Court or International Court in the Hague.

The Dutch Politician and film maker was sent back to Holland on Thursday night after trying to enter Britain to show his anti Muslim film Fitna in the House of Lords.

Mr Wilders had been invited to Westminster by Ukip peer Lord Pearson to show is 17 minute film Fitna, which criticise the Koran as a “facist book”.

Mr Wilders is being encouraged to sue the Government by Maxime Verhagen, the Dutch foreign minister who is still furious with the Home Office’s decision.

He said he would back Wilders in a possible decision to bring a case against the British Government’s “disgraceful decision”.

New Statesman – Lords taking liberties?

Haaretz.com – Dutch lawmaker banned from U.K. to take anti-Koran film on ‘world tour’

Atlas Shrugs – **new video** debate for debate sake, the survival of the nation: The House of LordsGeert Wilders: the speech he didn’t give – whining Brit cowards cave, and they’ve never even seen Fitna – and Wilders: Gordon Brown is “the biggest coward in Europe”

 

The Washington Post – Britain Bars Anti-Islamic Lawmaker

02/13/09 House of Lords Debate on Geert Wilders (part 1 of 2):

02/13/09 House of Lords Debate on Geert Wilders (part 2 of 2):

Jihad Watch – Debate in House of Lords on the UK government’s justification for barring Wilders from the country – Geert Wilders’ speech in the House of Lords — if he had not been barred from entering the UK – Wilders banning in Britain illustrates “the depths of capitulation to which the West has sunk in its half-hearted bid for cultural survival” – Wilders detained, barred from entering Britain: “It is a very sad day, not only for me, but for freedom of speech” –  “Freedom go to hell”: Condell on the Wilders banning in Britain – and Santorum: “The gathering storm I have been warning of for years has now formed over the West”

Pat Condell: Freedom go to hell:

Citizens and Neighbors – DEFENCE OF THE REALM –  FREEDOM OF SPEECH –  INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS – and  CHURCH AND STATE

Coffee House –  Banning Wilders is bad for social cohesion

The Flaming Blog – Radical Islam Taking Over Europe and the West? – Great Speech by Geert Wilders in Copenhagen – and Crusader Tees!

Geert Wilders visits Copenhagen:

Bad News From the Netherlands – Wilders: Gordon Brown Biggest Coward in Europe – and  Second Lawyer Threatened Due to Complaints against Wilders

Tundra Tabloids –  Breaking: Fitna Shown in the House of Lords – and Wilders Arrested

Vlad Tepes – Mark Steyn on the UK and Geert Wilders – Danish newspaper slams England. Shame day for the UK –  Canada’s ‘human rights commissions’ seek more power – and The speech Geert Wilders was intending to give in London

Gates of Vienna – Questions for the Lords  – What Geert Wilders Would Have Said An Open Letter to the Government of the UK Lord Ahmed on Dutch TV  – “Your Prime Minister Brown is Really the Biggest Coward in Europe”  – Wilders Fever in Denmark  – “Never to be Your Obedient Servant”  – UK Sends Wilders Home –  Back From Sabbatical “Day of Shame”  – and He’s Leaving on a Jet Plane…or Is He?

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

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.”
 
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.
 
This is no ordinary place. This is not just one of England’s tourist attractions. This is a sacred place. This is the mother of all Parliaments, and I am deeply humbled to speak before you.

The Houses of Parliament is where Winston Churchill stood firm, and warned – all throughout the 1930’s – for the dangers looming. Most of the time he stood alone.

In 1982 President Reagan came to the House of Commons, where he did a speech very few people liked. Reagan called upon the West to reject communism and defend freedom. He introduced a phrase: ‘evil empire’. Reagan’s speech stands out as a clarion call to preserve our liberties. I quote: If history teaches anything, it teaches self-delusion in the face of unpleasant facts is folly.

What Reagan meant is that you cannot run away from history, you cannot escape the dangers of ideologies that are out to destroy you. Denial is no option.

Communism was indeed left on the ash heap of history, just as Reagan predicted in his speech in the House of Commons. He lived to see the Berlin Wall coming down, just as Churchill witnessed the implosion of national-socialism.

Today, I come before you to warn of another great threat. It is called Islam. It poses as a religion, but its goals are very worldly: world domination, holy war, sharia law, the end of the separation of church and state, the end of democracy. It is not a religion, it is a political ideology. It demands your respect, but has no respect for you.

There might be moderate Muslims, but there is no moderate Islam. Islam will never change, because it is built on two rocks that are forever, two fundamental beliefs that will never change, and will never go away. First, there is Quran, Allah’s personal word, uncreated, forever, with orders that need to be fulfilled regardless of place or time. And second, there is al-insal al-kamil, the perfect man, Muhammad the role model, whose deeds are to be imitated by all Muslims. And since Muhammad was a warlord and a conqueror we know what to expect.

Islam means submission, so there cannot be any mistake about it’s goal. That’s a given. The question is whether the British people, with its glorious past, is longing for that submission.

We see Islam taking off in the West at an incredible speed. The United Kingdom has seen a rapid growth of the number of Muslims. Over the last ten years, the Muslim population has grown ten times as fast as the rest of society. This has put an enormous pressure on society. Thanks to British politicians who have forgotten about Winston Churchill, the English now have taken the path of least resistance. They give up. They give in.

Thank you very much for letting me into the country. I received a letter from the Secretary of State for the Home Department, kindly disinviting me. I would threaten community relations, and therefore public security in the UK, the letter stated.

For a moment I feared that I would be refused entrance. But I was confident the British government would never sacrifice free speech because of fear of Islam. Britannia rules the waves, and Islam will never rule Britain, so I was confident the Border Agency would let me through. And after all, you have invited stranger creatures than me. Two years ago the House of Commons welcomed Mahmoud Suliman Ahmed Abu Rideh, linked to Al Qaeda. He was invited to Westminster by Lord Ahmed, who met him at Regent’s Park mosque three weeks before. Mr. Rideh, suspected of being a money man for terror groups, was given a SECURITY sticker for his Parliamentary visit.

Well, if you let in this man, than an elected politician from a fellow EU country surely is welcome here too. By letting me speak today you show that Mr Churchill’s spirit is still very much alive. And you prove that the European Union truly is working; the free movement of persons is still one of the pillars of the European project.

But there is still much work to be done. Britain seems to have become a country ruled by fear. A country where civil servants cancel Christmas celebrations to please Muslims. A country where Sharia Courts are part of the legal system. A country where Islamic organizations asked to stop the commemoration of the Holocaust. A country where a primary school cancels a Christmas nativity play because it interfered with an Islamic festival. A country where a school removes the words Christmas and Easter from their calendar so as not to offend Muslims. A country where a teacher punishes two students for refusing to pray to Allah as part of their religious education class. A country where elected members of a town council are told not to eat during daylight hours in town hall meetings during the Ramadan. A country that excels in its hatred of Israel, still the only democracy in the Middle-East. A country whose capitol is becoming ‘Londonistan.’

I would not qualify myself as a free man. Four and a half years ago I lost my freedom. I am under guard permanently, courtesy to those who prefer violence to debate. But for the leftist fan club of Islam, that is not enough. They started a legal procedure against me. Three weeks ago the Amsterdam Court of Appeals ordered my criminal prosecution for making Fitna and for my views on Islam. I committed what George Orwell called a ‘thought crime.’

You might have seen my name on Fitna’s credit role, but I am not really responsible for that movie. It was made for me. It was actually produced by Muslim extremists, the Quran and Islam itself. If Fitna is considered ‘hate speech,’ then how would the Court qualify the Quran, with all it’s calls for violence, and hatred against women and Jews?

Mr. Churchill himself compared the Quran to Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf. Well, I did exactly the same, and that is what they are prosecuting me for.

I wonder if the UK ever put Mr. Churchill on trail.

The Court’s decision and the letter I received form the Secretary of State for the Home Department are two major victories for all those who detest freedom of speech. They are doing Islam’s dirty work. Sharia by proxy. The differences between Saudi Arabia and Jordan on one hand, and Holland and Britain are blurring. Europe is now on the fast track of becoming Eurabia. That is apparently the price we have to pay for the project of mass immigration, and the multicultural project.

Ladies and gentlemen, the dearest of our many freedoms is under attack. In Europe, freedom of speech is no longer a given. What we once considered a natural component of our existence is now something we again have to fight for. That is what is at stake. Whether or not I end up in jail is not the most pressing issue. The question is: Will free speech be put behind bars?

We have to defend freedom of speech.

For the generation of my parents the word ‘London’ is synonymous with hope and freedom. When my country was occupied by the national-socialists the BBC offered a daily glimpse of hope, in the darkness of Nazi tyranny. Millions of my country men listened to it, illegally. The words ‘This Is London’ were a symbol for a better world coming soon. If only the British and Canadian and American soldiers were here.

What will be transmitted forty years from now? Will it still be ‘This Is London’? Or will it be ‘this is Londonistan’? Will it bring us hope, or will it signal the values of Mecca and Medina? Will Britain offer submission or perseverance? Freedom or slavery?

The choice is ours.

Ladies and gentlemen,

We will never apologize for being free. We will never give in. We will never surrender.

Freedom must prevail, and freedom will prevail.

Thank you very much.

Geert Wilders MP
Chairman, Party for Freedom (PVV)
The Netherlands

The Lone Voice – some Geert Wilders photos – and Nazir Ahmed, Baron Ahmed/Baron Vladimir Harkonnen

Covenant Zone –  Geert Wilders’ House Of Lords Speech – POLICESTATE BRITAIN – and  Geert Wilders denied entry into a country of cowards and fools

Andy McCarthy in NRO’s The Corner – The speech Geert Wilders would have given 

Diana West – The Speech: What Wilders Would Have Said in the House of Lords If the UK Allowed Freedom of Speech – and  The Eagle Has Landed

Shouting fire in a theatre: