From correspondents in Amsterdam
Instead of calling Wilders names and ridiculing this idea, its opponents should note that there is a precedent for such an initiative: the Calcutta Qur’an Petition. And more importantly, they should deal honestly with the fact that — as many Muslims plainly believe today — the Qur’an does call on Muslims to convert, kill, or subjugate unbelievers, and the fact that this is a religious belief should not place it out of bounds for rational discussion. Without such discussion, one thing is certain: many Muslims will continue to believe that the Qur’an commands them to convert, kill, or subjugate unbelievers, and to act on that belief.
DUTCH anti-immigration politician Geert Wilders has called for the Koran to be banned in the Netherlands, branding it a “fascist book” in the vein of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf which legitimises violence.
Writing in Dutch daily De Volkskrant today Wilders said: “Ban this wretched book just like Mein Kampf is banned. Send a signal … to Islamists that the Koran can never, ever be used in our country as an excuse or inspiration for violence.”
Hitler’s Mein Kampf, published in 1925, outlines the future Nazi dictator’s racist ideology. It has been banned from sale in the Netherlands since the end of World War Two.
Ayhan Tonca, chairman of the CMO umbrella group of Dutch Muslim organisations said Wilders’ comments were best ignored.
“This is typical Wilders. This is a ridiculous idea,” he said
“There is not much news at the moment so he is trying to create some.”
* Which is, at best, the arch-typical Muslim response. Ayhan Tonca ignores the fact that Wilders, like Ayaan Ali Hirsi, has to live under police protection 24/7
Mr Wilders, whose new party won nine seats out of the 150 in Parliament in last November’s elections, is well known for his firebrand remarks on Islam.
He has warned of a “tsunami of Islamisation” in a country home to 1 million Muslims, and has lived under heavy protection since receiving death threats from Islamist militants in 2004.
Mr Wilders said an attack over the weekend by two Moroccans and a Somali on a young Iranian-born politician who heads a Dutch group for “ex-Muslims” had spurred him to write.
The attack on Ehsan Jami, 22, caused an outcry in the Netherlands, where the November 2004 murder of Theo Van Gogh, a filmmaker critical of Islam, by a Dutch-Moroccan Muslim militant led to an anti-Muslim backlash and exposed social tensions.
Issues of immigration and integration no longer top the political agenda, despite the efforts of Mr Wilders and his allies.
* The reporting tart who wrote this article without putting his name under it seems to believe that feeding the crocodile will allow him to live a little longer…
“Allah sees the death penalty as fitting for those who no longer believe,” Mr Wilders wrote today, adding this view had fuelled the attack on Jami, now under police protection.
The Muslim holy book should be banned from sale, from use in mosques and private households, Mr Wilders added.
Earlier this year, Mr Wilders called for a vote of no-confidence in two Muslim Government ministers, questioning their loyalty to the country because of their dual nationality.
He has also campaigned to ban Muslim face veils, ban the building of new mosques and halt all Muslim immigration.
In April, Mr Wilders was warned by the Dutch anti-terrorism chief that his anti-Islam statements had stoked anger in the Middle East, and that he was going too far.
* The anti terrorism chief has not been sacked for cowardice and incompetence yet, unfortunately…
The wankers from Al Reuters cannot resist smearing Wilders as a ‘populist’…
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By Robert Spencer
FrontPageMagazine.com | 8/6/2007
After a police raid Friday at Your Black Muslim Bakery in Oakland, bakery employee Devaughndre Broussard admitted to murdering Chauncey Bailey, the editor of the Oakland Post. Bailey was writing a series of investigative articles about the Bakery â€“ and that’s why, according to police, Broussard killed him.
Your Black Muslim Bakery is an outpost of the Nation of Islam, not of any orthodox Islamic sect, but in this murder Devaughndre Broussard has followed a pattern that some orthodox Muslims have also followed. Violent reprisal has long been an occupational hazard of those who dare to question or investigate Islamic groups or criticize Islamic practices. Filmmaker Theo van Gogh was brutally murdered in November 2004 by a Muslim who took exception to his criticism of the oppression of women in Islamic societies. In 1947, the Iranian lawyer Ahmad Kasravi was murdered in court by Islamic jihadists; Kasravi was there to defend himself against charges that he had attacked Islam.
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