The latest on Geert Wilders’ wild and wooly ride, from tipster VH.The link provided is in Dutch, but he translates the key information:
Robbert de Witt of Elsevier reports that the Dutch Ambassador will go to Heathrow to see if he can assist Wilders when necessary [emphasis in original email].
VH also included a link to a Daily Mail report, ‘Let them arrest me’: Dutch MP vows to defy Home Office ban and fly to Britain to show anti-Islam film.
The newspaper’s take on the story is carefully even-handed, at least until it gets to the precedents set by Britain. They list some of the reprobates let into the country in the past, undesirables that the politicians didn’t seem to find problematic at all:
And just look at those we HAVE let in…
Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, 82
Visited London in 2004 at the invitation of Ken Livingstone, then the city’s mayor, who considered him a ‘progressive force for change’.
Egyptian-born spiritual leader of Muslim Brotherhood, which embraces the Hamas organisation that controls Gaza.
Has justified suicide bombing…
Bounty Killer, real name Rodney Price, 36
Performed in East London in November despite appeals to the Home Secretary from gay activists who wanted him banned from the country.
One song, translated from the Jamaican patois, calls on listeners to ‘burn a fire on poofs and faggots’. Another claims: ‘We need no promo to rub out dem homo’.
BILLIONAIRE CULT LEADER
Reverend Sun Myung Moon, 89
Labour Home Secretary Charles Clarke overturned a 27-year ban against the cult leader and allowed him 24 hours in Britain to address a rally in London, in 2005.
The Korean-born billionaire declares himself to be the Messiah.
His movement, famous for its mass weddings …
..has been a failure in Britain since 1981, when the Moonies lost a milestone libel case against the Daily Mail. The Mail had called Moon’s Unification Church ‘the church that breaks up families’.
Raymond Horne, 62
A serial paedophile with a long jail history in Australia for offences against boys from 13.
Horne, who emigrated to Australia with his parents in 1952, when he was five, has a criminal record in Queensland stretching back 43 years.
British ministers made no objection when Australian authorities deported him to this country after he finished his sentence…
Ibrahim Moussawi, 43
Propagandist for Hezbollah cleared to enter the country by Jacqui Smith in November, despite fierce Tory objections.
He is the head of a TV station that routinely describes suicide bombers as ‘martyrs’ and which has broadcast a 30-part series on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion…
Moussawi is alleged to have said that Jews are ‘a lesion on the forehead of history’.
Apparently they had no problems with these scum de la scum, but a Dutch politician who takes freedom of speech to its limits is deemed an undesirable. These UK dhimmi politicians are so afraid of their home-grown Muslims that they want Wilders anywhere but there.
I don’t agree with Geert Wilders that the Koran should be banned. I don’t think Mein Kampf should be verboten, either. Nor do I think Holocaust deniers should be silenced. They may be lying or they may be delusional, but even deluded prevaricators with a loose grip on reality are entitled to speak.
Book banning is a slippery slope, as the Catholic Church can tell you…
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Beginning in the 4th century, when the book bans started in order to quell heresies, the process decayed into rigorous bannings and burnings of both books and their authors. Finally, what had started with good intentions ended in an ignominious swamp of cultural irrelevance. The Index was finally put out of our misery in 1966 by Paul VI, and not one century too soon, if you ask me.
So although I agree with Wilders’ sentiments about the murderous intentions found within the covers of the Koran, I demur when it comes to banning the thing. Human nature being what it is, forbidding ideas can make them more attractive.
However, I stand behind his God-given right of free speech to say he wants it banned.
What is so difficult to understand about the categorical differences between speech and behavior? Beyond the classic “you can’t yell ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theatre”, and the common sense rules on slander and defamation of character, free speech ought to remain untouched.
It’s quite another matter when the mobs move from yelling epithets to throwing projectiles or otherwise physically assaulting people – or defacing buildings for that matter. Graffiti is not free speech, it is criminal behavior. Someone has to follow behind cleaning the messes of the graffiti “artistes” so admired on the left.
Melanie Phillips gets it right:
If anyone had doubted the extent to which Britain has capitulated to Islamic terror, the banning of Geert Wilders should surely open their eyes.
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.
If British MPs do not raise hell about this banning order, if they go along with this spinelessness, if they fail to stand up for the principle that the British Parliament of all places must be free to hear what a fellow democratically elected politician has to say about one of the most difficult and urgent issues of our time, if they fail to hold the line against the threat of violence but capitulate to it instead, they will be signalling that Britain is no longer the cradle of freedom and democracy but its graveyard.
Our mother country is dying in a most unseemly way. Her passing is beyond sad or tragic. This unspeakable loss cannot be conveyed in words anymore.
Would the last one out please lower the Union Jack and read a short passage from the Book of Common Prayer?