One thing you have to say for Andy Bostom: he doesn’t mince words. In a post today entitled “Geert Wilders and the Mendacious Very Little Green Craven One (and His Mindless Minions)”, he takes issue with what Charles Johnson says about the UK government’s decision to ban Geert Wilders.
Here’s the relevant text from the post at LGF:
Yes, it’s a disgrace. Geert Wilders has the same right to free speech as anyone else, and the government of Britain is demonstrating once again that they’ve completely lost their way in a maze of multicultural contradictions.
However, Wilders himself does not deserve to be called an icon of free speech, since he explicitly wants to ban the Koran and make Islam illegal in Europe; in other words, he wants to take away other people’s freedom of speech and freedom of religion, and that is simply wrong. Book banning is what totalitarians do, not believers in free speech.
Also note that Wilders has recently announced he plans to form an alliance with the neofascist Belgian party Vlaams Belang.
So while I denounce Britain’s decision, I can’t support Wilders either while he maintains these positions and associations. Britain is wrong, and Wilders is also wrong. It’s a bad situation all around.
There’s more on the same topic in the comments to the post.
It’s important to point out the context for this controversy: Geert Wilders does not simply want to ban the Koran, he believes that the Koran is no less dangerous than Mein Kampf, which is banned under Dutch law. To be consistent under the law, a book as full of incitement to violence as the Koran should be banned as well.
Mr. Bostom marshals all the facts to demonstrate his point:
Over in the Lost Land of the Mendacious Very Little Green Craven One, and His Mindless Minions, there is a predictably distorted “discussion” of yesterday’s banning of Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders from Britain, where Wilders was slated to show his film Fitna at the House of Lords.
Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer have informed discussions on the subject of Wilders’ banning.
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As I had noted in a blog on the subject of Wilders, Churchill and the Koran,
Wilders, like Churchill ( who wrote that Mein Kampf was “…the new Koran of faith and war: turgid, verbose, shapeless, but pregnant with its message”), compared the Koran to Mein Kampf, and called it hate speech according to the Dutch Penal Code. And as in the case of the Calcutta Koran Petition from the early 1980s in India, Wilders, like his Hindu predecessors was fed up with Muslim abuse of similar Indian laws…, and simply saying if one bans hate speech, in accord with existing Dutch Law, then the Koran is hate speech. But the Mendacious Little Green Craven One and His Mindless Minions, are too blind and stupid and agenda driven to see, let alone acknowledge this. Here is an extract from a speech Wilders gave last year on the subject…
Go over to Andy’s blog to read the excerpts and his additional material, including extracts from his discussion of the Calcutta Koran Petition, “which illustrate how it is the abuse of hate speech laws by Muslims seeking to impose Sharia mandates on non-Muslim majorities that is the source of the problem.”