Today’s Wilders Round-Up

12 02 2009

Apologies for seemingly dropping off the map. Yesterday was not a particularly productive one for me. Many links to update with, so here goes:

Fox News – not so free speech

Gates of Vienna – Wilders in Wonderland :

Wilders in Wonderland
by Paul Weston

When Alice fell down a rabbit hole and embarked on her adventures in Wonderland, she discovered a thoroughly surreal environment in which the White Queen was able to advise the Mad Hatter that… “quite often subjects are punished before they commit a crime, rather than after, and sometimes they do not even commit it at all.”

Humpty DumptyWelcome to Wonderland, Mr Wilders, where Holland’s sober lawmakers appear intent on out-fantasizing Lewis Carroll on acid. The fact that they are hell-bent on subjecting Geert Wilders to a criminal prosecution is more than just absurd. It is insane. Totally, utterly and mind-bendingly insane.

Take a look at a criminal photo-file log book. The faces glowering out at you are uniformly suited to violence and mayhem; the close set eyes, the curious haircuts and the ubiquitous facial tattoos sympathetically framing the studded visage.

Mr Wilders does not look like such a criminal to me. I suppose he could possibly be a white-collar embezzler but he lacks the lean and hungry look of the rapacious city banker, (many of whom, I understand, are still at large).

If one uses one’s imagination it is not entirely impossible to picture an ancestral Wilders doppelganger storming up a Kent beach with his fellow Vikings, blond mane flowing over his animal-skinned jerkin, battle-axe at the ready, his mind aflame with rape, pillage and destruction.

Read the rest here.

Akatra – Pat Condell and the Dutch prosecution of Wilders.

Bill On International Issues – Netherlands may sentence filmmaker for “insulting” Islam (for short film “Fitna”)

Snouck Hurgronje –  Labour hardly bigger than Freedom Party:

Last week this blog featured a post about the diminishing centre of Dutch politics. Today polling institute peil.nl polled the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) even lower than last week. They lost two seats and are now polling at 24 seats. That is only one more than Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party (PVV).

Reuters – Dutch anti-Islam MP says Britain refuses him entry

The Telegraph – controversial anti-Muslim MP banned from UK because of public order fears [ By Joan Clements and Christopher Hope ]:

Geert Wilders had been refused entry to the United Kingdom to broadcast his controversial anti-Muslim film Fitna in the House of Lords.

Mr Wilders said he had been told that in the interests of public order he will not be allowed to come to Britain.

He responded to the decision in fighting mood, telling reporters that he still intended to travel to London.

He said: “I shall probably go to Britain anyway on Thursday. Let us see if they put me in chains on arrival. It is an unbelievable decision made by a group of cowards.”

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.

It provoked protests in Muslim-majority countries including Indonesia and Pakistan.

Last night, Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen said he had called British foreign secretary David Miliband to protest against the decision.

He said: “It is disgraceful that a Dutch parliamentarian should be refused entrance to an EU country.”

A spokesman for the Lords said that the invitation to show his film remained open.

Home Office sources confirmed Mr Wilders had been refused entry to the UK.

A Home Office spokesman told The Daily Telegraph: “The Government opposes extremism in all its forms.

“It will stop those who want to spread extremism, hatred and violent messages in our communities from coming to our country.

“That was the driving force behind tighter rules on exclusions for unacceptable behaviour that the Home Secretary announced on in October last year.”

The International Herald Tribune – Dutch protest Britain’s ban of right-wing lawmaker:

In a telephone interview Wilders called the British government’s decision “cowardly” and vowed to defy it.

“Let them try to detain me,” he told The Associated Press, adding that he had lunch in the British House of Lords in December.

Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen said the Dutch government would press Britain to reverse the ban and said he “deeply regretted” that a Dutch lawmaker had been barred access.

The American Free Press – Britain denying entry to far-right Dutch MP

Taiwan News Online – Dutch protest Britain’s Wilders ban

Daniel Hannan, in the Telegraph – Geert Wilders, anti-Islamic politician, banned from Britain :

Can this really be true? An elected representative, the leader of a legitimate political party, banned from entering the United Kingdom? On what possible grounds?

It’s true that Geert Wilders is a controversialist, who takes pleasure in causing offence. He needs 24-hour protection, so serious are the death-threats he has attracted from jihadis. He revels in offending liberals as well as Muslims: his call for the Koran to be banned struck me as rather inconsistent with his stated commitment to civic freedoms. I wouldn’t vote for him if I were Dutch.

But what I think of him is neither here nor there. Freedom means the freedom to express any opinion, however eccentric, however offensive. The Dutch foreign minister, a political opponent of Mr Wilders, has complained to David Miliband. Good for him. Whether our government is actuated by cowardice or authoritarianism, it’s equally ugly. We are a meaner country than we were this morning.

Hot Air – Disgrace: Britain bans Geert Wilders for being a security risk

NIS News Bulletin – UK denies entry to MP Wilders; Dutch government protesting

John Derbyshire, in The Corner – Brits ban Wilders

Dale Hurd, via CBN News – will the British arrest Geert Wilders?

If you havent seen my interview with Wilders last year, you can watch it here:

 

 

And no, I don’t think the British will arrest Wilders, but it certainly looks as if they may block his entry.

IT News – UK parliament to show controversial film Fitna

The Mercury – defend free expression

The Galesburg Register-Mail – Hentoff: UN attacks individual right of conscience

EuropeNews – Europe’s war on free speech – and Wilders in wonderland

DutchNews.nl – Britain refuses entry to ‘extremist’ Wilders

Covenant Zone – The British letter to Geert Wilders

Kathryn Jean Lopez, in The Corner – Geert Wilders

Israpundit – “will Geert Wilders be arrested at Heathrow airport?”

Religious Intelligence – little support for Wilders trial

Bad News From The Netherlands – Second Lawyer Threatened Due to Complaints against Wilders –  Amsterdam Judges Threatened after Decision on Prosecution of Wilders –  Wilders: Protect Lawyer who wants to Prosecute me –  Fifty Percent of Dutchmen Oppose Trial of Wilders

Diana West – Wilders update:

 

The UK ban-on-Wilders debacle has morphed into diplomatic “row” coverage of the ministerial back-and-forth between the Netherlands and the UK. Thankfully, the Netherlands government is strongly backing Wilders. (And, in order to think positive, I won’t even add “so far.”) On the side of the British angels (there still seem to be some) still upholding their invitation to Wilders, we have Lord Pearson and Baronness Cox, both Independence Party peers in the House of Lords. But look who’s vocally supporting the British government ban? Dear old Lord Ahmed–the same Lord Ahmed, who, as the London Sun reports today, recently invited an al-Qaeda-linked former detainee into Parliament.

United Against Islamic Supremacism – A Geert Wilders Defense Journal Entry

Andrew Bostom – Geert Wilders and the mendacious very little green craven one ( and his mindless minions )

Narcissistic Views on News/Politics – Pathetic coward UK bans Geert Wilders

Pajamas Media – Geert Wilders barred from entering Britain 

WorldNetDaily – ‘Fitna’ maker Geert Wilders banned from UK

Reason mag’s Hit and Run – rules for radicals: UK edition

The Muslim News – UK: Britain refuses entry to ‘extremist’ Geert Wilders

World Threats – Geert Wilders banned from the UK

Small Dead Animals – Tony Blair’s Britain

Winds of Jihad – Wilders to Brit’s: “Cowards…”

Radio Free Netherlands Worldwide – Dutch MP Wilders refused entry to UK:

Handcuffs
Mr Wilders responded to the decision in fighting mood, telling Dutch media that he still intended to travel to London: “I’ll see what happens at the border. Let them put me in handcuffs.”

Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen’s response was also firm. He contacted his UK counterpart, David Miliband, by telephone and voiced his dissatisfaction that a member of the Dutch parliament – Geert Wilders is in fact also the leader of a political grouping, the Freedom Party – has been prohibited from entering a fellow European Union member state.

Vlad Tepes – links for February 11th – and Geert Wilders persona non grata in England?

Little Green Footballs – Dutch MP barred from entering Britain

The Flaming Blog – Fitna – and Crusader Tees!

Tundra Tabloids – Geert Wilders Heads to Jolly Ol’ England……! –  Andrew Bostom: Geert Wilders and the Mendacious Very Little Green Craven One (and His Mindless Minions) – Britain Unraveled: Home Secretary Jacqui Smith Allows Hezbollah Journalist in But Keeps Dutch Politician Out – and Wilders Refused Entry to the UK

The Brussels Journal – Will Geert Wilders be arrested at Heathrow?:

This morning Lord Malcolm Pearson, a member of the British House of Lords, announced that he has invited Geert Wilders, a member of the Dutch Parliament, to show the movie Fitna (see it here) in a committee room of the House of Lords next Thursday (12 February). Mr. Wilders has been asked to address a private meeting with members of the British Parliament, explaining to the Peers and MPs why he made Fitna and to engage in an open and frank discussion with them.

This afternoon Mr. Wilders received a letter from the British Embassy in The Hague [see below] saying that he is a “persona non grata” in the United Kingdom. The ambassador told Mr. Wilders that he is a threat to public security and public harmony because of the controversy created by Fitna. Mr. Wilders intends to go to London anyway. “Let them arrest me in Heathrow,” he says.

If Mr. Wilders is denied entry to the United Kingdom, it will be the first time that Britain refuses entry to an elected politician from another member state of the European Union. The Dutch government has protested to the British government over the unprecedented barring of an EU parliamentarian by another EU country.

The meeting of Mr. Wilders and members of the British Parliament had originally been planned for 29 January, but was postponed. Lord Nazir Ahmed, a Muslim member of the House of Lords (Labour), had threatened to mobilize 10,000 Muslims to prevent Mr. Wilders from entering the British Parliament. Lord Ahmed boasted in the Pakistani press that the cancellation of Mr. Wilders’ visit was “a victory for the Muslim community.”

Lord Pearson could not bear the thought that the “mother of all parliaments” might be perceived as giving in to threats. Hence he decided to reinvite Mr. Wilders. Black Rod, the head of security at the House of Lords, has ordered extra security for the event.

The House of Lords event is hosted by Lord Malcolm Pearson of Rannoch, a UKIP Peer with a special interest in the European Union, Islamism and education. It will be chaired by Baroness Caroline Cox of Queensbury, a crossbench Peer and a human rights campaigner with a strong commitment to humanitarian aid and education; she is the founder of The International Islamic Christian Organisation for Reconciliation and Reconstruction.

In the press release issued this morning, Lord Pearson writes:

Depite threats of demonstration from a British Peer and Muslim community leaders, the meeting will go ahead. Wilders’ film Fitna features verses from the Quran 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 Quran. It provoked protests in Muslim-majority countries including Indonesia and Pakistan.
 
The leader of the Dutch Freedom Party, Wilders has lived under 24 hour police protection since 2004. Following Fitna’s release online in March 2008 al-Qaeda issued a fatwa calling for Wilders’ murder.
 
Wilders currently faces prosecution in Holland for incitement to hatred and discrimination. The charges are based on his film Fitna and comments in the Dutch press last year in which he argued that as Mein Kampf has been banned in Holland, the Quran should similarly be banned under Dutch incitement laws.
 
Wilders called the Dutch Court of Appeal’s decision to prosecute an attack on freedom of expression. “Participation in the public debate has become a dangerous activity. If you give your opinion, you risk being prosecuted,” he said.

It seems that in Britain the public debate has already been smothered to the extent that a democratically elected politician from another EU country is not allowed to come to Britain to adress a private meeting with British politicians in the Palace of Westminster.

 

The British letter to Geert Wilders:

Dear Mr Wilders

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that 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.

You are advised that should you travel to the UK and seek admission an Immigration Officer will take into account the Secretary of State’s view. If, in accordance with regulation 21 of the immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006, the Immigration Officer is statisfied that your exclusion is justified on grounds of public policy and/or public security, you will be refused admission to the UK under regulation 19. You would have a right of appeal against any refusal of admission, exercisable from outside the UK.

Yours sincerely,

Irving N. Jones

On behalf of the Secretary of State for the Home Department

Jihad Watch – Defiant Wilders to travel to Britain despite ban – Is Geert Wilders inconsistent in calling for banning the Qur’an and defending free speech? – Wilders barred from UK: “would threaten community harmony and therefore public security” – and The cost of criticizing jihadists

Weasel Zippers – British government informs Wilders he’s not welcome in the country, Fitna being shown in House of Lords this week

Mark Steyn, in The Corner – Re: Brits ban Wilders:

Derb, the government decision to prevent Geert Wilders from entering the United Kingdom is the first time an elected legislator in a fellow European Union parliament has been banned from entering a member state. Minheer Wilders has not been convicted of any crime, and has to have 24-hour protection from people who openly express their desire to kill him. Now the dead husk of the multicultural state joins with his would-be murderers in restricting his freedom of movement.

On Monday, I testified before a parliamentary committee in Ontario. What was striking to me was that the default position of “liberal” members is that the citizenry are knuckledragging neanderthals whose worst instincts can only be restrained by ever more government regulation. I regret to say that, even in the land of the First Amendment, one detects the same barely veiled instincts under the fluffy paternalism of Commissar Barney Frank and others.

Some of the oldest, free-est constitutional societies are retreating into illiberal darkness. “Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom,” said Pitt the Younger. “It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.” Shame his heirs in Her Majesty’s Government no longer get it.

The Lone Voice – Islam control the House of Lords. – Geert Wilders post – Geert Wilders persona non grata in the UK – and Geert Wilders banned from the UK

MediaWatchWatch – Wilders ‘Not Welcome” in UK

Islam controls the House of Lords?:

SITAmnesty – I support democrat Geert “Winston” Wilders against islamic fascism and its dhimmis. – and I support democrat Geert “Charlie” Wilders against islamic fascism and its dhimmis. [Different post]

Atlas Shrugs – Wilders: “Threat to society? Moi? “ –  little green liars – “weak and useless” invite Al Qaeda to House of Lords but Wilders isn’t? – and Breaking: Wilders denied entrance to UK. “Let them arrest me at Heathrow”

 

Gates of Vienna – Those Pale Thick Gay Tea-Drinkers:

I won’t be able to live-blog it tomorrow (at approximately 6 a.m. EST), so everyone should watch GeenStijl for live coverage of Geert Wilders’ arrival in London. Those who can read Dutch, please spread the word in English and help those poor old pasty gay tea-drinkers learn the truth.

Gates of Vienna – “The Mendacious Very Little Green Craven One” – Wilders Will Visit the UK – Interview With Lord Pearson – Lord Ahmed Agrees… –  Threatening Community Harmony Update on Wilders: Translations from the Dutch – Geert Wilders: Persona Non Grata in the UK It’s All About Opinions

The International Free Press Society – UK home secretary Jacqui Smit behind ban; defiant Wilders says ‘let them arrest me’ – will Geert Wilders be arrested at Heathrow? – people and places in the UK to contact about Geert Wilders’ statusDutch MP Wilders refused entry to the UK – UK parliament to show Fitna – it’s all about opinions – Wilders in wonderland – Lord Pearson vows to screen “Fitna” in UK parliament with or without Wilders – “yes, Wilders is highly controversial, but…” – United American Committee interviews Geert Wildersthe cost of critisizing jihadists – and  to invite or not to invite

The Daily Mail – “Let them arrest me”: Dutch MP vows to defy Home Office ban and fly to Britian to show anti-Islam film

The Lambeth Walk – Geert Wilders to be Banned from Britain?:

If you are against this purely political, cowardly act, I would respectfully urge you to do any or all of the following:

You can write to Irving Jones, the flunky who sent the letter to Mr Wilders on behalf of the Secretary of State, at:

UK Border Agency,
Border Control CSU,
2nd Floor, Green Park House,
Wellesley Road,
Croydon,
CRO 2AJ
[UNITED KINGDOM]

You can write to Foreign Secretary David Miliband, the minister behind this decision, at:

The Rt. Hon. David Miliband MP
Ede House
143 Westoe Road
South Shields
NE33 3PD

or

The Rt. Hon. David Miliband MP
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
King Charles Street
London
SW1A 2AH

email

You might also consider:

The Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown PM
10 Downing Street,
London,
SW1A 2AA

If enough people protest, it might give them an idea of the strength of feeling over this, and they might prevent the British people and nation being embarrassed even further than they have been already.

For once in my life, I find myself crossing my fingers that someone will invoke the protection of the ubiquitous European Human Rights Act. However, as Mr Wilders is not a convicted criminal, an illegal immigrant or an Imam, I don’t hold out much hope for his cause.

Perhaps he should compromise and agree to stick to actions which are slightly less controversial whilst here, like attacking the police or screaming for the next Holocaust. It works for some people.

***UPDATE***
It seems Home Secretary Jacqui Smith had a role to play in this decision. It’s best that foreign nationals write to Mr Miliband, as he is the representative of Her Majesty’s Government abroad, but if you would like to write to Ms. Smith her address is:

The Rt. Hon. Jacqui Smith MP
Home Office
Direct Communications Unit
2 Marsham Street
London
SW1P 4DF

Melanie Phillips, in the Daily Mail – Yes, Wilders is higly controversial but freedom dies if we ban him from addressing our Parliament:

So let’s get this straight. The British government allows people to march through British streets screaming support for Hamas, it allows Hizb ut Tahrir to recruit on campus for the jihad against Britain and the west, it takes no action against a Muslim peer who threatens mass intimidation of Parliament, but it bans from the country a member of parliament of a European democracy who wishes to address the British Parliament on the threat to life and liberty in the west from religious fascism.

It is he, not them, who is considered a ‘serious threat to one of the fundamental interests of society’. Why? Because the result of this stand for life and liberty against those who would destroy them might be an attack by violent thugs.

The response is not to face down such a threat of violence but to capitulate to it instead.

It was the same reasoning that led the police on those pro-Hamas marches to confiscate the Israeli flag, on the grounds that it would provoke violence, while those screaming support for genocide and incitement against the Jews were allowed to do so.

The reasoning was that the Israeli flag might provoke thuggery while the genocidal incitement would not. So those actually promoting aggression were allowed to do so while those who threatened no-one at all were repressed.

And now a Dutch politician who doesn’t threaten anyone is banned for telling unpalatable truths about those who do; while those who threaten life and liberty find that the more they do so, the more the British government will do exactly what they want, in the interests of ‘community harmony’.

A United American Committee interview with Geert Wilders:

 

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