Why are politicians, journalists and Jewish leaders now demonising Geert Wilders for warning against exactly the ideology of Islam as preached by many speakers at this conference?
Why do they pretend Wilders has misrepresented Islam when the very things he describes are preached openly?
Geert Wilders, the Dutch political leader now on a speaking tour of Australia, has not only had his speeches blockaded by violent demonstrators trying to stop Australians from hearing him.
He has not only been vilified in the media for trying to warn that Islam as an ideology is a menace to Western values and freedoms – from the freedom to speak to even identify as gay.
Depressingly, he has even been shunned by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott andÂ Jewish community leaders. It seems to me that political or community advantage is being put before principle – and fear is preventing a rational discussion of Wilders’ message.
It’s driven Abbott, even Abbott, to misrepresent what Wilders is in fact sayingÂ and play blind to the issue he actually raises – which is about the nature of Islam, not its followers:
Mr Abbott said Wilders’ was “substantially” wrong about Islam and the preparedness of Muslims living in Australia to integrate.
“He is entitled to his view but I think that the Muslims in this country see themselves rightly as fair dinkum, dinky-di Australians, just as the Catholics and the Jews and Protestants and the atheists, we see ourselves as Australians,” Mr Abbott told host Neil Mitchell.
This hypocrisy and fear is exposed best by what is misleadingly called a ”Peace Conference and Exhibition” being organised in Melbourne in March.
Read it all. And many thanks to Andrew Bolt for keeping the torch of freedom burning!Â If Wilders is wrong, explain this conference
Islam inspires fear in the West – and that fear turns into censorship.
The BBC has been accused of ‘extraordinary’ censorship by a leading playwright after dialogue was cut from her hard-hitting drama in case it offended Muslims.
Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, whose 2004 play Behzti was pulled from a Birmingham theatre after it sparked Sikh protests, says the Corporation tampered with her work because it involved an honour killing.
Ms Bhatti was commissioned by Radio 4 to write an episode of its police drama Stone…
At the centre of her story is the honour killing of a 16-year-old Asian girl, and DCI Stone is told by his bosses to treat the case ‘sensitively’ because she is Muslim.
Although they have admitted removing dialogue from the afternoon drama, the BBC claims they did it to avoid ‘potentially misrepresenting majority British Muslim attitudes to honour killing’.
Describing the play’s final line, Ms Bhatti told a conference …: ‘At the end, a character says: “There is so much pressure in our community to look right and to behave right.” The compliance department came back and said, “We don’t want to suggest the entire Muslim community condones honour killings”.
The BBC’s compliance department has an odd notion that a character in a radio play speaks for the BBC.