The House of Lords recovers its spine.
(not so sure about that one, but lets see! If they had a spine they would take “Lord Ahmed’ by the short and curlies and throw him back in the sewers he crawled out of)
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â If you gave “Lord Ahmed” an enema, you could fit him in a matchbox…
“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”Â ~~ George Washington (1732-1799)Â
Wilders had been invited to screenÂ FitnaÂ before the House of Lords, but was then disinvited. In “The intimidation of the House of Lords,” February 3, the incomparable Melanie Phillips (thanks toÂ Pamela, who has more on Lord Ahmed) explains why, and what happened next:
But various representatives of the British Muslim community protested; and Lord Ahmed issued a threat that he would personally mobilise 10,000 Muslims to prevent Wilders from entering the Upper House and would take the peer organising the event to court. In the face of such threats, the meeting was cancelled.Â Lord Ahmed then boasted of his victory in the Pakistani media. TheÂ Associated Press of PakistanÂ reported him exulting in Â
“a victory for the Muslim community.”
* No more ‘Crusaders’- Â because “it offends Muslims”Â (to cover up for their PC-cowardice the excuse is Â “Muslims & Jews”- but hey: when was the last time you saw Jews run amok over a cricket team that called itself the ‘Crusaders?’ ..)
It was of course a major defeat for Parliament’s sovereign right and duty to protect free speech, the right to issue an invitation to a democratically elected member of a European parliament, and the right of British citizens to live without intimidation. It was an appalling development.
Now, however, it is fighting back.Â Wilders has been re-invited to speak and screen his film in the Lords later this month.Â Parliament now has a second chance to show that jihadi thuggery will not be allowed to prevail within the cradle of democracy. But if it is really to demonstrate this, it should also surely take action against Lord Ahmed, who abused his position as a peer of the realm to threaten mass intimidation of the House in which he sits. If it fails to do so, it will be another notch on the ratchet of Britain’s slide into submission.
Wilders appeals prosecution on free speech grounds
The battle to defend free speech against Islamic attempts to snuff it out is joined in the Netherlands. The outcome of this case will affect the whole world. “Anti-Islam lawmaker appeals hate speech charges,” fromÂ The Associated Press, February 3 (thanks to JW):
AMSTERDAM: A right-wing lawmaker says he has asked the Dutch Supreme Court to halt his prosecution on hate speech charges for anti-Islamic remarks.
“Right-wing”: AP thus semaphores to its readers that Wilders is evil, not to be trusted, not to be supported.
In fact, there is nothing “right wing” about supporting the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience, and the equality of rights of all people before the law against Islamic supremacism.
Geert Wilders says the remarks â€” including labeling the Quran a “fascist” work and calling for it to be banned â€” fall within the realm of normal discourse and his prosecution threatens his right to freedom of speech.In March 2008, Wilders released the film “Fitna,” which juxtaposes Quranic verses with violent film clips and images of terrorism by Islamic radicals….
Those “Islamic radicals,” of course, are the ones who actually connected the Qur’an with violence. But it isn’t they who have aroused the anger of the Islamic world. It is only Wilders, because he is an Infidel who has dared to speak out against this religiously sanctioned violence.