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* Hard to imagine the cowardice of this pathetic prime minister.
The movie threatens the nation, you see. Not the irrational rage and grievance culture found in Muslim populations at home and abroad. Not the texts and teachings of Islam that mandate violence against uppity dhimmis and other unbelievers. Therefore, Wilders is to blame for people who react to his film with said irrational rage and violence.
Question for Balkenende: Would Andres Serrano (of Piss- Christ infamy) be responsible for the actions of Christians who tried to kill him, or violently took out their anger on the U.S. government and its officials for the funding of Serrano’s work by the National Endowment for the Arts?
What? That didn’t happen? But aren’t all religions equally prone to violence?
“Dutch movie about Islam threatens nation,” from the Associated Press via DW:
Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende has warned a maverick lawmaker of the risks to Dutch national interests if he presses ahead with a film criticizing the Koran.
Balkenende’s appeal to Geert Wilders on Friday stopped short of demanding that he not release the film, which Wilders said was in the final stages of editing.
“Already we are having to take account of serious threats to Dutch people,” Balkenende said in a televised news conference.
“When you see how the reactions have been at home and abroad, what the risks could be of this film, then there’s one person who must answer for it, and that is Mr Wilders himself,” he said.
* What a despicable coward of a man.
Muslim groups in the Netherlands say they will file hate-speech charges against Wilders for previous statements, such as his description of Islam as a “retarded” religion.
The Grand Mufti of Syria has warned of “bloodshed” if the film is released.
The Dutch national antiterrorism coordinator has told Wilders he may have to go into hiding abroad once his film is released. He already lives under constant police protection.
Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reports that the Dutch government has researched how they can ban the Islam critical movie Fitna of parliamentary member Geert Wilders (PVV). The government thinks they have found lawful ways to invoke censorship rules in the Netherlands. But the Dutch government, a coalition of Christian Democrats (CDA), Socialist (PvdA) and the tiny Christian Union (CU) has not yet reached consensus on how to do it, say sources close to the government. The Christian parties support censorship of Muslim critical expressions, they want to invoke National Security articles for suppressing them. Although some socialist in the government agree with that approach others do not. Socialist vice premier Wouter Bos, does not want preventive measures, he wants to legally prosecute Wilders after the releases of his 15 minute Islam critical film. But that will not be possible, if the movie is censored preventively. He also points out that the Islamic governments have some responsibility to prevent anti Dutch violence.Â
Egypt reinstates film at festival after Netherlands ‘apology’
“The Dutch ‘apology’ appears to stem from a press conference given by Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende on Thursday, during which he called on Wilders to rethink releasing the film because of the potential fall-out.”
An update on this story. “Egypt reinstates film after Netherlands ‘apology’,” from Agence France-Presse:
CAIRO (AFP) â€” An Egyptian festival on Sunday went back on its decision to ban a Dutch film after what it said was a Dutch government apology for a short film attacking Islam directed by a far-right MP.
* Why would it a ‘CairoFilm Festival’ matter to anybody, or shape Dutch politics for that matter?
This is how the ‘ummah’ propaganda machine spins it:
Is this the Future for Amsterdam?
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a speech: “It is the zenith of honor for a man, a young person, boy or girl, to be prepared to sacrifice his life in order to serve the interests of his nation and his religion.”
How should Western democracies fight against an enemy whose leaders preach a preference for death?