Reason Magazine – limiting free speech in Holland:
A muddled piece from Ian Buruma in today’s The New York Times, arguing, as far as I can make out, that anti-Islam Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders, recently charged with incitement after comparing the Koran to Mein Kampf, should not be defended because he is a boorish racist who doesn’t himself believe in free speech. And while Buruma, a Dutch citizen, rightfully criticizes the hypocrisies of Wilders (as I did here and here), he spends little time debating the morality and efficacy of the statutes under which he is being charged. As Buruma points out, Dutch law forbids speech that “deliberately insults people on the grounds of their race, religion, beliefs or sexual orientation.” (The race, religion, and sexual orientation stuff is pretty standard in European hate crime law, but I was unaware that in the Netherlands it’s apparently against the law to “insult” someone’s “beliefs.”)
The Official Blog of Albert and Ingrid Howard Think Tank – Nog een advocaat bedreigd om zaak-Wilders – Anti-Islam Film Sparks Hate Speech Trial – Geert Wilders moet zuurstof – Threatened anti-Wilders lawyer granted bodyguards – Bloomberg supports Geert Wilders Video – Muslim fit over ‘Fitna’ – Pat Condell: Shame on the Netherlands – Geert Wilders – Bloomberg helpt Rutte en Wilders – Geert Wilders-Stop meddling Moroccan naming
Heavy-Handed Politics – the Islamization of Europe
InstaPundit – Leon De Winter on Geert Wilders
The Jawa Report – Tom Trento interviews Geert Wilders
Xanthippa’s Chamberpot – Geert Wilders: not a ‘perfect poster boy’…so?
Geert writes, via To The Point News – the Islamization of Europe:
I come to America with a mission. All is not well in the old world. There is a tremendous danger looming, and it is very difficult to be optimistic. We might be in the final stages of the Islamization of Europe. This not only is a clear and present danger to the future of Europe itself, it is a threat to America and the sheer survival of the West.
The danger I see looming is the scenario of America as the last man standing. The United States as the last bastion of Western civilization, facing an Islamic Europe.
The Europe you know is changing. You have probably seen the landmarks. The Eiffel Tower and Trafalgar Square and Rome‘s ancient buildings and maybe the canals of Amsterdam. They are still there. And they still look very much the same as they did a hundred years ago.
But in all of these cities, sometimes a few blocks away from your tourist destination, there is another world, a world very few visitors see – and one that does not appear in your tourist guidebook. It is the world of the parallel society created by Moslem mass-migration.
All throughout Europe a new reality is rising: entire Moslem neighborhoods where very few indigenous people reside or are even seen. And if they are, they might regret it. This goes for the police as well.
It’s the world of head scarves, where women walk around in figureless tents, with baby strollers and a group of children. Their husbands, or slaveholders if you prefer, walk three steps ahead. With mosques on many street corners. The shops have signs you and I cannot read. You will be hard-pressed to find any economic activity.
These are Moslem ghettos controlled by religious fanatics. These are Moslem neighborhoods, and they are mushrooming in every city across Europe. These are the building-blocks for territorial control of increasingly larger portions of Europe, street by street, neighborhood by neighborhood, city by city.
There are now thousands of mosques throughout Europe. With larger congregations than there are in churches. And in every European city there are plans to build super-mosques that will dwarf every church in the region.
Many European cities are already one-quarter Moslem: just take Amsterdam, Marseille, and Malmo in Sweden. In many cities over 50% of the under-18 population is Moslem.
Paris is now surrounded by a ring of Moslem neighborhoods. Mohammed is the most popular name among boys in many cities. Many state schools in Belgium and Denmark only serve halal (Moslem kosher) food to all pupils.
In once-tolerant Amsterdam gays are beaten up almost exclusively by Moslems. Non-Moslem women routinely hear “whore, whore.” Satellite dishes are not pointed to local TV stations, but to stations in their country of origin. In France school teachers are advised to avoid authors deemed offensive to Moslems, including Voltaire and Diderot; the same is increasingly true of Darwin.
The history of the Holocaust can in many cases no longer be taught because of Moslem sensitivity. In England sharia courts are now officially part of the British legal system. Many neighborhoods in France are no-go areas for women without head scarves. Last week a man almost died after being beaten up by Moslems in Brussels, because he was drinking during the Ramadan.
I could go on forever with stories like this. Stories about Islamization.
Atlas Shrugs – putting Islam on trial: the Wilders prosecution
Dispatches From The Culture Wars – Wilders to face hate speech charges:
This is nonsense. Hate speech laws have nothing to do with democracy. They can exist in democratic systems or non-democratic systems. In either case, however, they violate rightful liberty. Especially in the ironic circumstance where a man makes a film accusing radical Muslims of using violence to suppress criticism and now has to live under armed guard because those very people who object to the accusation are proving it to be true.
This is, after all, the same country where Theo Van Gogh was brutally murdered and a letter stuck to his body by a large knife saying that Ayaan Hirsi Ali would be next for helping him make a film about the mistreatment of women under Islam. And she should certainly know about such mistreatment, having been forced to undergo a clitorectomy at five years old.
“How dare you say we are violent? We will kill you for saying that!” There is plenty to criticize Wilders about. During her talk the other day, Hirsi Ali made clear that she disagrees with him on several things and thinks he tends to overgeneralize about Muslims too broadly. But to prosecute him is madness.
The Canada Free Press – Wilders prosecution is a welcome opportunity to expose Islam
Jihad Watch – Fitzgerald: Ian Buruma, Geert Wilders, hatred, and ignorance – Wilders is right: “The truth of the matter is ‘Fitna’ is simply reflecting how radical Muslims think and act, inspired and encouraged by the Koran.”
Anti-Jihad League Of America – defying Islamic supremacism – we are all Geert Wilders now
The Flaming Blog – Send a Post Card to the Dutch Minister for Justice – Muslims in the British House of Lords – Send a Post Card to the Dutch Minister for Justice (HA!) ( different post, I swear ) – 2009: A Year to Defend Free Speech or Lose It!