Â It is a common notion that the right to free speech must be held in balance with the requirement to avoid needless offence. That is a mistake. The right to oppose, mock, deride and even insult people’s beliefs is essential to a society where bad ideas are superseded by better ones. There is no right to have one’s emotional sensibilities protected, for it is no business of government to legislate for people’s feelings.
Wilders’ exclusion caused a diplomatic spat between the Netherlands and Britain. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Excerpts from JW
“It is highly regrettable that a Dutch MP (member of parliament) should be denied entry to another EU country,” Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen said in a statement on the Dutch Embassy’s British web site.
It said Verhagen had telephoned David Miliband to “express his displeasure” that a Dutch member of parliament had been excluded.
Miliband defended the decision. “A hate-filled film designed to stir up religious and racial hatred (which race is Islam, Milliboy..?/ed) in this country is contrary to our laws,” he told the BBC….
Oh, yeah, Miliband? Not that there are any Islamic jihadists in the UK are trying to stir up religious hatred, eh wot? Oh no, only Wilders is doing that!
* Okay, lets check out where Miliband comes from, here is an example:
In an interviewÂ on BBC, 2009.02.12, regarding Geert Wilders: Â ”His film is hateful and racist. …Â I haven’t seen this film, no, but you and I we both know exactly what’s in it. We’re not stupid. … According to our law, we cannot allow such racial hatred.”
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â read more from Brian Akira’s blog
Â Â Â Â Â Moron Miliband hearts Holocaust-denier Mahmoud Abbas:
Â Â Â Â The World’s Dumbest Jew: DavidÂ Miliband?
A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly. But the traitor moves among those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the galleys, heard in the very hall of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitorâ€”he speaks in the accents familiar to his victims, and wears their face and their garment, and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men (The “Jews” are humiliating the Palestinians?). He rots the soul of a nationâ€”he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a cityâ€”he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared…….Cicero, 42 B.C.E.Â
Official: David Miliband’s family lied to enter UK:Â The Times, 2008.04.06
*Â Denmark: 50% of immigrants want to criminalize criticism of religion/80% of ethnic Danes reject a ban. We have to remember Â that when it says “criticizingÂ religion” it means “criticizing Islam” – Muslims rejoice in insulting Jews, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs et al.Â
As to the judgment of the British Home Office, they have no problem admitting to the United Kingdom the likes of Dr Ijaz Mian, who preached as follows at the Ahl-e-Hadith mosque in Derby:
You cannot accept the rule of the kaffir. We have to rule ourselves and we have to rule the others… King, Queen, House of Commons: if you accept it, you are a part of it. If you don’t accept it, you have to dismantle it. So you being a Muslim, you have to fix a target. From that White House to this Black House, we know we have to dismantle it. Muslims must grow in strength, then take over… You are in a situation in which you have to live like a state-within-a-state – until you take over.
And so it goes: Multiculti England will tolerate any intolerance, except the guy who points out the intolerance. We can’t tolerate that.
Be sure to check out (and bookmark)Â Wilders’s new English-language website.
Wilders Fever in Denmark
by Baron Bodissey
Our Danish correspondent TB just sent this link-fest for anyone who reads Danish:
Blackout in US news rooms, from Pamela:
UPDATE:Â I can’t help but notice how the media that is covering it – there has been a media blackout on this story in the US) – refer to Wilders as “ultra right” or “far right”. When did freedom of speech become a far right issue? Is this how these leftard journalists self medicate themselves while they aid and abet their own suicide?Â From the Times Online:
”It is easy to invite people you agree with, it is more difficult to invite people you disagree with and this is the proof of the pudding,”Â he said.
“I am going to Great Britain because I was invited by another politician (Lord Pearson of Rannoch).Â I am a democrat, I am serving freedom of speech. They are not only being nasty to me they are being nasty to freedom of speech.
He added: “They (the British government) are more Chamberlain than Churchill.”
At 2.20pm, Mr Wilders was escorted through UK immigration by two plain-clothed officers and into the offices of the UK border agency.
At one stage, during the long walk from the plane to immigration,Â one of Mr Wilders’ bodyguards asked border agency guards to relax their grip on the MP.
The guards kept a tight hold on both Mr Wilders’s arms as they walked him through the airport followed by a gaggle of journalists and cameramen.
As he approached passport control, Mr Wilders was asked if he was nervous. He replied:Â “I’m not nervous. I’m just anxious to find out what will happen to me. Is this how Great Britain welcomes a democrat?”
In the House of Lords today, Lord Pearson, the peer who invited Mr Wilders to Britain, mounted a staunch defence of Wilders’ right to show Fitna.
Lord Pearson said he disagreed with some of Mr Wilders’ views but believed he should be allowed to express them.
He asked Home Office minister Lord West of Spithead: “Do you think this situation would occur if Mr Wilders had said ban the Bible. If it would not have occurred, why would it not have occurred?”
“Surely the violence and the disturbance that may arise from showing this film in this country is not caused by the film which attempts to show merely how the violent Islamist uses the Koran to perpetrate his terrible acts.
“The violence is coming from the Jihadist, the violent Islamist, and surely the Government in doing what it has done is therefore guilty of appeasement.”
Lord West replied: “I certainly don’t think we are guilty of appeasement in any way whatsoever.I don’t want to go down the route of discussing a hypothetical case of what if he talked about this, what if he talked about that.”
He told peers: “Under European law a member state of the European Economic Area may refuse entry to a national of another EEA state if they constitute a threat to public policy, public security or public health.”
“Threat to society? I’m an elected member of Parliament; I have done nothing wrong,” “I’m a normal, law-abiding democrat. You might agree or disagree with my political point of view, but I’m no threat to anyone.”