“Satan” Geert Wilders
*Â Strange enough: these protestors don’t have a problem with the hate-speeches and the terrorist attacks depicted in the film ‘Fitna’, they have a problem with Wilders connecting the dots between Islam and terrorism…
Members of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) youth carry posters outside the Netherlands Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, April 1, 2008, to condemn the production and the broadcast of the anti-Islam film “Fitna” by a right-wing Dutch lawmaker. The signs read, “Slander (Fitna) is slander” (C) and “Don’t create religious tension. (R) REUTERS/Zainal Abd Halim (MALAYSIA)
Geert Wilders’ film could very, very easily get him killed. (He’s already guarded around the clock.) It essentially picks up the work of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, who was murdered in 2004 by a jihadi for criticizing Islam.
“Fitna” is certainly provocative, yet it has good reason to provoke. A cancer of violence, bigotry and cruelty is metastasizing within the Islamic world.
It’s fine for Muslim moderates to say they aren’t part of the cancer; and that some have, in response to the film, is a positive sign. But more often, diagnosing or even observing this cancer — in film, book or cartoon — is dubbed “intolerant” while calls for violence, censorship and even murder are treated as understandable, if regrettable, expressions of well-deserved anger.
It’s not that secular progressives support Muslim religious fanatics, but they reserve their passion and scorn for religious Christians who are neither fanatical nor inclined to use violence.
Islam, the religion of peace and tolerance:Â
The government of the world’s most populous Islamic state says YouTube has two days to take down a Dutch lawmaker’s provocative film on the Koran or it will block access to the popular video-sharing Web site.
* Well, without the usual death-treats who would take them seriously..?Â