Geert Wilders to the Prime Minister: “Close the Borders! Tackle Islam!”

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via Gates of Vienna.

Geert Wilders and the PVV (Party for Freedom) released the following open letter today addressed to Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands:

Open letter to the Dutch Prime Minister

Prime Minister,

Yesterday’s joint statement by the cabinet and the Jewish organizations about the growing anti-Semitism in the Netherlands is worthless. There is an elephant in the room, but you refuse to see it.

Such lax behavior is unworthy of a Prime Minister.

You are afraid of Islam and therefore refuse to say what everyone knows: the more Islam in the Netherlands, the more anti-Semitism one will get.

“Together we are responsible for ensuring that conflicts that occur elsewhere in the world do not lead to tensions and conflicts between groups in our Dutch society,” you state.

What nonsense!

We are not responsible together; you are responsible!

That “conflicts that occur elsewhere in the world” lead to tensions in the Netherlands is due to the fact that you do not close our borders to people from Muslim countries. As a consequence, you allow the hatred of Jews, Christians, atheists, and non-Muslims in general, which characterizes the Islamic world, to spread throughout the Netherlands.

Do something about it, Prime Minister: Close the borders! Tackle Islam! Lock Jew-haters and Isis-supporters up and expel them. Do your duty, and reduce anti-Semitism in the Netherlands by reducing Islam.

Yours sincerely,
Geert Wilders

Wilders: Freedom is Worth It (video)

Is there a Geert Wilders in the U.S.?

Is there anyone in America who will stand up not only to the increasing Islamic influence in the U.S. but more importantly to the tyranny of a corrupt, dictator-like government now imposing its will on Americans? 

Geert Wilders: “It is our duty to expose Muhammad”

Religion of Peace?

Excerpt from Geert Wilders, Speech to Swedish Free Press Society, Malmö, October 27, 2012.

Because Sweden has the same problem as the Netherlands, Denmark and the rest of the Western world. We are all in the same boat. Our freedoms are in danger. Our political and often leftist media establishment turns a blind eye to the largest threat to liberty in our present age. This threat is called Islam.

Islam commands its followers to establish a worldwide Islamic state, where everyone has to live according to the Sharia, the barbaric law of Islam. And where Islam’s opponents are being marked for death.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn used to say that the truth is “seldom sweet; it is almost invariably bitter.” But the truth should be heard. The bitter truth that Islam is the largest threat to freedom today. And the unpleasant truth that Islam is already all around us.

The sign of Islam’s presence is visible in all our European cities.

Also in Malmö. Especially in Malmö.

25% of the population here originates from Islamic countries – the highest rate in the whole of Scandinavia. That is why it is good to be here. In this great city, which deserves better than it currently gets.

Even the international media have written stories about the outbursts of violence, the gang warfare, the shootings and bombing of police stations in Malmö. In a city like this our message needs to be heard: Malmö should not succumb to Islam. Malmö should remain what it was throughout its history. A decent, peaceful and safe place for people to live, work and raise a family. A free city.

In Malmö we must turn the tide. And show the world that the Islamization process can be stopped. That is why I am here. It is a coincidence that today marks the final day of this year’s hadj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. This is a symbolic moment to tell you that it is time to turn the tide. And to tell you that it can be done. But in order to turn the tide, we must first stop pretending that there is no problem as so many journalists and politicians tell you. We must first face the truth. We must first speak the truth. So that others will know it too.

Before I continue, however, let me make one thing absolutely clear. Whenever I criticize Islam I am falsely accused by some people with false intentions of hating people. In order to avoid any misunderstandings, let me state clearly that I criticize an ideology, not people. I do not hate nor do I want to harm any human being. I totally reject the use of violence.

In fact, the most important reason why I reject Islam is its violent nature and the fact that it is harmful to people, including its own adherents, whom we should pity rather than hate, and whom we should help to liberate themselves from the evil monster which is Islam.

I have travelled the Islamic world extensively. I have visited countries such as Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Indonesia. In my book “Marked for Death” you can read how I was overwhelmed by the kindness, friendliness and helpfulness of many people there. They are often good people, but they are captives of Islam.

I always make a distinction between Muslims and Islam. Most Muslims are moderate, most Muslims are non-violent, but the ideology of Islam is dangerous. The moderates are the captives of the barbaric system of Islamofascism. There is no moderate Islam. Islam is only a religion to a very limited extent. It is predominantly a dangerous ideology. Islam is political rather than religious: It aims for an Islamic state. Islam is totalitarian. Islam is not voluntary. It orders that people who leave Islam must be killed. Contrary to real religions, it also lays obligations on non-members.

Islam is dangerous because it calls on its followers to imitate Muhammad, the so-called prophet, as closely as possible. The life and deeds of Muhammad are well known from contemporary sources.

Islam’s own sources tell us how evil Muhammad was. They show us that he was a liar, a rapist, a paedophile, a torturer, a mass murderer.

Because Muhammad abused women, some followers of Islam believe they are entitled to treat women in the same way.

Because Muhammad lied and cheated in order to advance Islam, some followers feel entitled to do the same. Islam even has a word for this kind of lying. It is called taqqiya.

Because Muhammad killed his opponents, some of his followers feel entitled to do the same.

Because Muhammad robbed non-Muslims, some of his followers feel they have the right to do the same. This is called jihad.

A few years ago, one of your Swedish newspapers interviewed the sociologist Petra Akesson after she had conducted a study of Islamic youths here in Malmö. Akesson pointed out that these youths have been raised in a culture that extols Islamic supremacy. As a consequence, a significant number of them regard their criminal activities against non-Muslim infidels as right, justified and permitted.

It is our duty to expose Muhammad, this 7th century barbarian who wrote a book which he said had been dictated to him by an angel from a book written by Allah in heaven. The people from his own hometown of Mecca knew Muhammad. They said he was crazy. An angry Muhammad emigrated to Medina which he conquered through taqqiya and jihad. Later he returned to Mecca and conquered it with his troops, eradicating its tradition of openness and religious tolerance.

Everywhere where Islam has gained a foothold, it has brought tremendous human suffering. Not all Islam’s followers behave like Muhammad would have done. But some of them do. The more Islam you get into your country, the more violent and intolerant it becomes, and the less freedom you will get.

Read it all and check out the Jihad in Malmo website that has been on our international blogroll for several years to see the real horrors that go on there every day.

Also check out this account of the event, Anti-Wilders Mob Goes Mad.

 

Sharia4Belgium leader to speak at Amsterdam Sharia Conference

Ain’t diversity and immigration grand? via Gemeente: ‘Leider Sharia4Belgium spreekt misschien niet live’ [update] and Google Translate.

AMSTERDAM – [Updated 16.02 pm] The leader of the radical movement Sharia4Belgium, Fouad “Abu Imran ‘Belkacem, has been invited Saturday at the Shariah Global Conference in Amsterdam to attend as a speaker. Both the municipality and the police will play everything closely monitor.

Yet it is not yet certain whether the controversial speaker Saturday at the present conference. The municipality managed to close opposite leaves have read about speaking of Belkacem, but that is not yet certain whether he will attend personally or through an Internet connection will do his speech.

The Freedom Party has now pledged to parliamentary questions to establish Opstelten Minister of Security and Justice and Minister Gerd Leers of Immigration, Integration and Asylum. That report Parool . The party wants more information about the location and time of the meeting and wondered whether Belkacem may be refused at the border of the Netherlands.

The underlying idea of the concerns of the PVV is that the radical has previously been convicted for the calls of hatred and violence against non-Muslims. That punishment must still serve Belkacem.
Another reason for the municipality and police all around the debate in the monitor that Sharia4Belgium already caused a stir. For example, last December a debate at De Balie shattered.

To date, the municipality has not yet contacted the Dutch Sharia4Holland received about the exact location of the conference.

Previously: Three members of Sharia4Belgium arrested

Muslims take Dutch state to UN human rights commission over Wilders

Muslims continue to attempt to silence non-Muslims who speak about and expose Islam. Now running to the UN where the OIC has been trying for years to establish a worldwide Islamic blasphemy law. via DutchNews.nl – Dutch state taken to UN human rights commission over Wilders.

Three Dutch Moroccans have made a complaint against the Netherlands to the UN commission for human rights, claiming the Dutch state has not protected them from incitement to hatred instigated by Geert Wilders, Nos television reports.

The three, who are not named in the court filing, say the ‘systematic incitement to hatred and discrimination against Muslims and other migrants’ committed by Wilders has left them feeling ‘discriminated against, humiliated and threatened’.

‘They are of the opinion that Wilders by his continued hate speech has poisoned the social climate in the Netherlands that has become more and more anti-migrant and anti-Muslim,’ the statement says.

Wilders was taken to court for discrimination and inciting hatred last year but found not guilty this spring after the public prosecution department called for all charges to be dropped.

One-sided

The reluctance of the public prosecutor to take action against Wilders meant the ‘judge [at that trial] was only provided with one side of the legal argument due to the almost perfect harmony between the prosecution and defence,’ the UN filing states.

The three say international human rights treaties should protect them against discrimination and the UN commission should ensure those treaties are upheld.

A UN human rights commission ruling, which can take years, is not legally binding, Nos says.

The full text of the filing (in English) can be read here

Islam can never define American values (video)

h/t Ray

On May 12, 2011, Bill Warner spoke at the Cornerstone Church in Nashville, TN. His speech was part of Geert Wilders’ event, “A Warning to America”, sponsored by the Tennessee Freedom Coalition.

Geert Wilders’ latest warning to America speech in full here.

My friends, we will stand together.
We will stand firm.
We will not submit. Never. Not in Israel, not in Europe, not in America. Nowhere.
We will survive.
We will stop islam.
We will defend our freedoms.
We will remain free.

Geert Wilders Trial To Restart After Biased Judges Dismissed

Can Wilders ever receive a fair trial when every media outlet that comments on him describes him in a biased, guilty manner?

(RTTNews) – An appeals panel at the Amsterdam District Court on Friday ordered judges in the hate speech trial of controversial anti-Muslim Dutch MP Geert Wilders to step down and ruled that the trial must be restarted with a new panel of judges.

Friday’s ruling follows Wilders’ demand that the present judges panel at Amsterdam District Court presiding over his trial be dismissed as they created “an impression of partiality” by their decision to reject a defense request to recall a witness.

Wilders’ lawyer Bram Moszkowicz had insisted at an earlier hearing that the court decision to reject the request for recalling the witness would “make it impossible for the defense to substantiate a crucial part of its case.”

In its ruling made Friday, the independent appeals panel said it found the trial judges’ decision to be “incomprehensible in the absence of any motivation,” and added that the fear of bias due to the judges’ decision result was “understandable”.

“Under the circumstances, the request (for the judges’ removal) is granted,” the panel said in a statement. “Another chamber will handle the rest of the case.”

The ruling implies that Wilders’ trial will now restart from scratch with a new panel of judges. The trial had opened on October 4 at the Amsterdam District Court after a lengthy legal process that began in January.

via Dutch MP’s Hate Speech Trial To Restart With New Judges.

Meanwhile, when will the Muslims who threaten and call for Wilders death ever appear in court?



Future of Western civilization at stake as Geert Wilders goes to court

From Forbes, Democracy on Trial: Geert Wilders Goes To Court:

It may well become the trial of the century: this week, Dutch MP Geert Wilders stands before the judge on charges of “sowing hate” through his speeches and writings about Islam.

But it is not Geert Wilders who really is on trial here: it is, rather, that sacred principle of free speech on which democracy and the Enlightenment are born.

This, of course, is what makes the Wilders case so ironic – and so tragic: in speaking out to defend the free democracy of the Netherlands from the incursion of oppressive, Islamist influences and attempts to exercise power, he has been silenced by the very government he is struggling to protect.

Go figure.

The trial has been repeatedly postponed since it first opened in Amsterdam last January, after an earlier high court ruling dismissing the charges was appealed in the lower Amsterdam courts.   For Wilders, however, its timing could not come at a more strategic moment. As the founder and leader of Holland’s far-right Freedom Party (PVV), Wilders is not only Holland’s most controversial politician, but also its most-favored, ranking higher in the polls now than it did after a sweeping victory in parliamentary elections this past June.  Moreover, just last week, after months of debate, the Dutch parliament finally settled on a new coalition government that will include support from the PVV under Wilders’ leadership.

The lawsuit itself centers around Wilders’ statements comparing of the Koran to Mein Kampf , as well as other anti-Islam remarks he has made in recent years. Also at issue is his film, “Fitna,” which includes newsreel footage of terrorist attacks perpetrated by Muslim extremists.  The charge – that he is inciting hate and has insulted Muslims – carries no small cost: if he loses, the 47-year-old Wilders could face a prison term of up to two years.

Yet the whole case bespeaks, in fact, the very viability of Wilders’ accusations; for not since the founding of the Third Reich have the principles of our democracy been so at risk as they have been during the nine years since 9/11, challenged at every turn by followers of Salafism and other strains of fundamentalist Islam – and by the West’s efforts at responding to radical Islam within its borders.  Hence the threats against cartoonists who draw images of Mohammed; hence the censorship of television shows and theater productions; hence the brutal murder of filmmaker and commentator Theo van Gogh by a Muslim extremist on the streets of Amsterdam, not far from the courthouse where Geert Wilders is being tried.  Now, it is speech itself we stand to lose. It is our ideas that may be stifled and suppressed.
And so it is not just Wilders whose future is as stake, but that of Western civilization, of the ideals which are our guiding light. Agree with Mr. Wilders’ views or not, one can only hope, then, that the judges whom he faces will uphold his right to speak them; and from the courthouse steps out onto the streets, across the canals of Amsterdam and beyond, that they will defy those who try to silence him, with the sound of freedom ringing.

PS: The author of the piece left a comment below, asking people to comment on the original piece at Forbes, please do so if you have a chance.

Geert Wilders Speech in Berlin

Today, another specter is haunting Europe. It is the specter of Islam.

via Weblog Geertwilders – Speech Geert Wilders in Berlin.

Dear Friends,

I am very happy to be here in Berlin today. As you know, the invitation which my friend René Stadtkewitz extended to me, has cost him his membership of the CDU group in the Berlin Parliament. René, however, did not give in to the pressure. He did not betray his convictions. His dismissal prompted René to start a new political party. I wish him all the best. As you may have heard, the past weeks were extremely busy for me. Earlier this week we succeeded in forging a minority government of the Liberals and the Christian-Democrats which will be supported by my party. This is an historic event for the Netherlands. I am very proud of having helped to achieve this. At this very moment the Christian-Democrat Party conference is deciding whether or not to approves this coalition. If they do, we will be able to rebuild our country, preserve our national identity and offer our children a better future.

Despite my busy schedule at home, however, I insisted on coming to Berlin, because Germany, too, needs a political movement to defend German identity and to oppose the Islamization of Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel says that the Islamization of Germany is inevitable. She conveys the message that citizens have to be prepared for more changes as a result of immigration. She wants the Germans to adapt to this situation. The Christian-Democrat leader said: “More than before mosques will be an integral part of our cities.”

My friends, we should not accept the unacceptable as inevitable without trying to turn the tide. It is our duty as politicians to preserve our nations for our children. I hope that René’s movement will be as successful as my own Partij voor de Vrijheid, as Oskar Freysinger’s Schweizerische Volkspartei in Switzerland, as Pia Kjaersgaard’s Dansk Folkeparti in Denmark, and similar movements elsewhere.

My good friend Pia recently spoke in Sweden at the invitation of the Sverigedemokraterna. She said: “I have not come to mingle in Swedish domestic politics because that is for the Swedish people to be concerned with. No, I have come because in spite of certain differences the Swedish debate in many ways reminds me of the Danish debate 10-15 years ago. And I have come to Sweden because it is also a concern to Denmark. We cannot sit with our hands in our lap and be silent witnesses to the political development in Sweden.”

The same applies for me as a Dutchman with respect to Germany. I am here because Germany matters to the Netherlands and the rest of the world, and because we cannot establish an International Freedom Alliance without a strong German partner.

Dear friends, tomorrow is the Day of German Unity. Tomorrow exactly twenty years ago, your great nation was reunified after the collapse of the totalitarian Communist ideology. The Day of German Unity is an important day for the whole of Europe. Germany is the largest democracy in Europe. Germany is Europe’s economic powerhouse. The wellbeing and prosperity of Germany is a benefit to all of us, because the wellbeing and prosperity of Germany is a prerequisite for the wellbeing and prosperity of Europe.

Today I am here, however, to warn you for looming disunity. Germany’s national identity, its democracy and economic prosperity, is being threatened by the political ideology of Islam. In 1848, Karl Marx began his Communist Manifesto with the famous words: “A specter is haunting Europe – the specter of communism.” Today, another specter is haunting Europe. It is the specter of Islam. This danger, too, is political. Islam is not merely a religion, as many people seem to think: Islam is mainly a political ideology.

This insight is not new.

I quote from the bestselling book and BBC television series The Triumph of the West which the renowned Oxford historian J.M. Roberts wrote in 1985: “Although we carelessly speak of Islam as a ‘religion’; that word carries many overtones of the special history of western Europe. The Muslim is primarily a member of a community, the follower of a certain way, an adherent to a system of law, rather than someone holding particular theological views.” The Flemish Professor Urbain Vermeulen, the former president of the European Union of Arabists and Islamicists, too, points out that “Islam is primarily a legal system, a law,” rather than a religion.

The American political scientist Mark Alexander writes that “One of our greatest mistakes is to think of Islam as just another one of the world’s great religions. We shouldn’t. Islam is politics or it is nothing at all, but, of course, it is politics with a spiritual dimension, … which will stop at nothing until the West is no more, until the West has … been well and truly Islamized.” Continue reading

Netherlands law school launches annual conference on Islam: Sharia Incorporated

Geert Wilders – where are you?

via Sharia Incorporated: 1st Annual International LUCIS conference.

The Leiden University Centre For The Study Of Islam And Society & The Van Vollenhoven Institute For Law And Governance In Developing Countries organise at 22 & 23 June 2010 a conference: Sharia Incorporated: Legal Systems in the Muslim World – Recent Developments.

Keynote speakers

  • The Dutch Minister of Justice and Home Affairs Ernst Hirsch Ballin
  • Prof. Abdullahi An-Na’im
  • Prof. Ian Buruma
  • Dr. Baudouin Dupret
  • Prof. Graham Fuller
  • Prof. John Bowen

Provisional Conference Programme

In order to grant sufficient time to a discussion of each individual country, the following – admittedly rough and contestable – subdivision
has been made:

Hard-line countries:

- Afghanistan
– Iran
– Saudi Arabia
– Sudan
Moderate countries:
– Egypt
– Morocco
– Nigeria
– Pakistan
Secular oriented countries:
– Indonesia
– Mali
– Malaysia
– Turkey

An indication the discussion will be misguided at best.

Wilders: “The more Islamism we have, the more freedom we will lose and this is something worth fighting for”

via The Press Association: Islam and democracy incompatible – Wilders.

Islam and democracy are “incompatible”, Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders has said on a visit to London.

The 46-year-old Freedom Party leader spoke at a press conference in central London after showing his anti-Islamic film Fitna at the House of Lords.

He said: “Islamism and democracy are incompatible. The more Islamism we have, the more freedom we will lose and this is something worth fighting for.

More from Wilders speech at the House of Lords from Atlas Shrugs:

Ladies and gentlemen, make no mistake: The left is facilitating Islamization. Leftists, liberals, are cheering for every new shariah bank being created, for every new shariah mortgage, for every new islamic school, for every new shariah court. Leftists consider Islam as being equal to our own culture. Shariah law or democracy? Islam or freedom? It doesn’t really matter to them. But it does matter to us. The entire leftist elite is guilty of practising cultural relativism. Universities, churches, trade unions, the media, politicians. They are all betraying our hard-won liberties.

Ladies and gentlemen, we should defend the right to freedom of speech. With all our strength. With all our might. Free speech is the most important of our many liberties. Free speech is the cornerstone of our modern societies. Freedom of speech is the breath of our democracy, without freedom of speech our way of life our freedom will be gone.

I believe it is our obligation to preserve the inheritance of the brave young soldiers that stormed the beaches of Normandy. That liberated Europe from tyranny. These heroes cannot have died for nothing. It is our obligation to defend freedom of speech. As George Orwell said: “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear”.

Ladies and gentlemen, we will never apologize for being free. We will and should never give in. And, indeed, as one of your former leaders said: We will never surrender.

Freedom must prevail, and freedom will prevail.

Read it all here.

Watch Geert Wilders movie Fitna, here, which he showed at the House of Lords today. See Wilders victory speech below the fold. Continue reading

Geert Wilders’ speech to the court; trial to resume in February

They came for Geert Wilders. Who will they come for next? Whatcha’ gonna do when they come for you?

Above, Kurt Westergaard’s drawing of Geert Wilders – now added to our homepage in support of Wilders and the freedoms of speech and expression, and against those who wish to force their intolerant ideologies on the world and suppress such freedoms.

From DutchNews.nl:

The trial of MP Geert Wilders on inciting hatred and discrimination charges will resume on February 3, judges in Amsterdam said on Wednesday.

Following yesterday’s initial hearing, judges will now decide who will be called as witnesses and on other procedural motions from both the prosecution and defence.

Wilders’ ended Wednesday’s session by stating that his defence rested not only on freedom of expression laws but the fact he is telling the truth. ‘Something that is true can’t be a criminal offence,’ he was quoted by Nos tv as saying. ‘This is why I ask [the court] to allow my expert witnesses to give testimony. I have to be able to defend myself. I have to be able to show I have spoken the truth.’

Wilders’ witness list includes university professors, radical imams and Mohammed Bouyeri, the man who murdered film maker Theo van Gogh.

Earlier, public prosecutor Birgit van Roessel told the court Wilders’ own testimony will take so long to be heard that he should be first questioned in private by an investigating judge.

Initial extensive questioning about all Wilders’ statements would place ‘a major burden’ on the court, she said. In addition, the hearing will take place in front of a large audience who may react to his statements, she said. So it must be asked if the hearing can take place ‘in the desired order and calm’, she told the court.

The prosecution is not planning to bring any witnesses to the trial, she said.

Yesterday in a pre-trial hearing, Geert Wilders made this statement, from the Geert Wilders weblog (also on our Int’l Blogroll):

Mister Speaker, judges of the court,

I would like to make use of my right to speak for a few minutes.

Freedom is the most precious of all our attainments and the most vulnerable. People have devoted their lives to it and given their lives for it. Our freedom in this country is the outcome of centuries. It is the consequence of a history that knows no equal and has brought us to where we are now.

I believe with all my heart and soul that the freedom in the Netherlands is threatened. That what our heritage is, what generations could only dream about, that this freedom is no longer a given, no longer self-evident.

I devote my life to the defence of our freedom. I know what the risks are and I pay a price for it every day. I do not complain about it; it is my own decision. I see that as my duty and it is why I am standing here. Continue reading

Geert Wilders receives summons: a sledgehammer blow to the freedom of speech

From Wilders’ site, the title says it all, but Wilders is not rolling over.

The 20th of January 2010 will be a crucial day for defending our freedom. This is the day when the political trial against Geert Wilders will start. Yesterday, Geert Wilders was summoned by the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) on behalf of the Court of Justice of Amsterdam. The indictment reads: group insult of Muslims, incitement to hatred and discrimination against Muslims due to their religion and incitement to hatred and discrimination against non-western immigrants and / or Moroccans due to their race.

Geert Wilders: “On the 20th of January 2010, a political trial will start. I am being prosecuted for my political convictions. The freedom of speech is on the verge of collapsing. If a politician is not allowed to criticise an ideology anymore, this means that we are lost, and it will lead to the end of our freedom. However I remain combative: I am convinced that I will be acquitted.”

In earlier stages, the PPS did not see any reason to prosecute Mr. Wilders.

Bram Moszkowicz, the lawyer on the case at hand, will submit a notice of objection to the summons on the point of group insult on behalf of Geert Wilders. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands ruled that even though it is indeed punishable to insult a group of people, it is not punishable to insult a religion as such. Due to this the order of the Court of Amsterdam on this point is deemed incorrect.

Read the Summons against Wilders. Previous Wilders speeches here (video), his Speech to America here, the speech he would have given to the House of Lords had he not been banned from the UK here, and a two-part video of a speech again warning America (which was scheduled to take place at a Florida Marriot but was canceled due to Islamist pressure resulting in a lawsuit).

Wilders’ Freedom Party will seek minaret ban in Netherlands

Creeping anti-dhimmitude?

Amsterdam – The rightist Freedom Party PVV said Monday it would ask the Dutch government to hold a referendum on banning the construction of minarets, following a similar vote in Switzerland. On Sunday, a large majority of Swiss voters cast ballots in favour of banning construction of the slender towers attached to mosques, despite opposition to such a move by the government.

“We will call upon the government to make a similar referendum possible in the Netherlands,” PVV leader Geert Wilders told Dutch daily Volkskrant.

Congratulating Switzerland on what he called the “great result of the minaret referendum,” Wilders said: “If the government is unwilling to hold a referendum, the PVV will present its own bill to parliament. What is possible in Switzerland should also be possible here.”

The PVV, known for its criticism on Islam and migrants, currently holds nine seats in the 150-member legislature. Opinion polls show that if elections were held today, the party would win 27 seats, making it the second largest after the Christian Democrats on 35 seats.

via Weblog Geertwilders – Dutch Freedom Party wants minaret ban in Netherlands.

Muslims silence those who know too much about Islam (updated)

More and more frequently, Islamists and the useful idiots who help usher in, if not enforce, sharia are silencing those who have studied Islamic history, understand the requirement of jihad in Islam, and some who’ve lived as Muslims under sharia and have chosen to alert others to the threat posed to Western ideals of freedom.

Muslims, frequently the Muslim Student Association (MSA) on college campuses and CAIR elsewhere, simply enforce sharia the only way they know how, by force. Forcing any attempt to discuss, critique or expose Islamic sharia law and jihad to be unheard. Some recent examples:

Geert Wilders: canceled at the Marriot in Florida, at Loews in Tennessee, disrupted at Temple University, banned from UK, banned to appear in Czech parliament; (added) how could we forget Network Solutions despicable act of preemptively shutting down the Fitna movie website before the movie had even been seen or released

Nonie Darwish: disrupted at Seattle University (we were told to remove our report of this event), prevented from speaking at Princeton and Columbia, harassed at Purdue (video)

Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch: uninvited from American Library Association discussion on Islam free speech after CAIR spreads hysteria to panelists; Spencer attacked at NYU debate

Douglas Murray: sharia law debate shut down by jihadists at Conway Hall in UK; (added) banned from speaking about Islam at the London School of Economics

Ehud Olmert, former Israeli PM: disrupted at the University of Chicago, video here and here

David Horowitz: prevented from speaking at St. Louis University

Michael Savage: banned from UK for his opinion on Islam

Rifqa Bary: held without access to phone, internet or visitation rights (i.e., jailed) for converting to Christianity and reporting fear of becoming a victim of honor killing

This list is a sampling in 2009. There are many more, and then there are the books that are going unpublished due to fears of Islamic violence. Stephen Norwood described the rash of censorship this way in a NY Daily News piece titled, ‘Shades of 1938: Colleges quiet a critic of Islam‘:

Those who do not understand this history – and the shameful way our institutions of higher learning welcomed Nazis, while turning away many of their strongest opponents – are doomed to repeat it with respect to the radical Islamist threat today.

It is chilling that prominent American universities in our day and age provide platforms for virulently anti-Semitic speakers like Iran’s leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a Holocaust denier who threatens to wipe Israel off the map, while they shut down lectures by opponents of Islamic jihadists.

Meanwhile, Muslim student groups shut down and disrupt any and all critics of Islamic jihad and sharia on campus, they continue pushing the Muslim Brotherhood’s kind of grand jihad by inviting pro-jihad imams and terrorists to speak on campuses across the United States. At USC, Muslim students cried foul when the university forced them to remove verses from an online Qur’an that called for killing the Jews. There is also a steady stream of dhimmitude flowing from college newspapers defending terrorists and denouncing those who dare equate, rightfully, jihad and Islam.

As Nonie Darwish was planning to say at her canceled Princeton speech:

“…No religion or ideology can be beyond questioning when human rights are at stake. Religious or secular, we all must question obstacles to freedom and peace. The rights of any one religion must never supersede human rights or the rights of other religions to flourish. Tolerating intolerance is not a virtue; it is gross negligence.”

By stifling free speech, shaming speakers of the truth and calling them names, we allow tyranny to win. Fear tactics has worked for centuries in the Muslim world; now it is spreading like cancer in U.S. institutions of higher learning.

Updates: Some examples added above, and an incomplete list of books silenced by Muslims (thanks to commenters below):

The Cartoons That Shook the World: Yale Univ Press Bans Images of Muhammad in Book about Images of Muhammad

Muslim Women and the Challenge of Islamic Extremism: banned in Malaysia

My friend the Fanatic: Travels with an Indonesian Islamist: banned in Malaysia

Hamas:  American author Matthew Levitt and his publisher Yale Press sued by KinderUSA – described as a charitable front for terror financing

Funding Evil: Rachel Ehrenfeld, author of the book, sued for defamation by now dead serial libel tourist

To Whom Honor is Due: German publisher killed book about honor killing fearing Muslim backlash

Jewel of Medina: Canceled by Random House

* Also see the excellent supplement to ‘Muhammad The “Banned” Images’, a PDF file, titled “Murder, Mayhem & Self-Censorship A timeline of reactions to images and descriptions of Muhammad.” It covers censorship from Rushdie’s Satanic Verses onward.

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