A Marxist Muslim in Defense of Free Speech?
When he was banned from Britain last year, the then Home Secretary Jacqui Smith claimed that his “statements about Muslims … would threaten community harmony and therefore public security in the UK”.
Daniel Hannan has just lost my respect:
Nigel Farage was extremely rude to the President of the European Council last week.Â But rudeness is not against the law. Geert Wilders has some asinine opinions; but being asinine is not a criminal offence. Yet Nigel Farage has been fined by the European Parliament for insulting the dignity of Herman Van Rompuy, and Geert Wilders finds himself facing a possible prison sentence of 16 months for saying unpleasant things about Muslims. More from the Telegraph/UK Grow a pair, Daniel!
Wilders is a threat to public security only insofar as some of his critics may be provoked to respond with violence. But then they, not Wilders, should be held responsible. What of the threat to “community harmony”? Wilder’s ideas have caused controversy because there is a real debate in Western societies about Islam and about the relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims. That is why his party, the PVV, made gains in Dutch elections last week. However deplorable we might find Wilders’ arguments we cannot wish them away. They have to be engaged with, openly and robustly. Go ahead make my day, Â Malik! Engage him, now!
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“Islam is not so much a religion, but more an ideology” â€“ Geert Wilders
Far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders told RT that Islam wants to rule and dominate not only all aspects of one’s life, but all aspects of society.
Islam should not be compared to other religions, like Christianity, Judaism or Buddhism, Wilders added.Â The highly controversial politician also said he wants to halt the immigration of Muslims, despite the fact he agrees that the majority of Muslims are peace-loving and law-abiding.