*Â SnifflingÂ cowards they are, indeed. The British Socialists have surely lost the plot… but what can you expect from a nation of giggling shop-keepers?
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) â€“ A DutchÂ member of parliamentÂ facing prosecution because of his anti-Islam remarks said on Tuesday thatÂ BritainÂ had refused him entry to the country as a threat toÂ public security.
Geert WildersÂ had wanted to show a short film, “Fitna,” which accuses the Koran of inciting violence, in the British parliament, but said the British authorities had told him he was excluded from the country.
* Actually, its not Fitna ‘accusing the Koran of inciting violence’- it is the verses in the Koran and the Islamic preachers that incite violence, and Fitna shows just that. More muddle-headed reporting…
“The secretary of state (minister) is satisfied that your statements about Muslims and their beliefs, as expressed in your film “Fitna” and elsewhere, would threatenÂ community harmonyÂ and therefore public security in theÂ United Kingdom,”Â WildersÂ told Dutch television a letter he had received from the British government said.
Wilders faces prosecution by an Amsterdam court for inciting hatred and discrimination.
Britain’s Home Office (interior ministry) declined to comment on Wilders’ exclusion, but a spokeswoman said the government opposed all forms of extremism.
“It will stop those who want to spread extremism, hatred and violent messages in our communities from coming to our country,” she said.
* Start with the Musulmanic hatepreachers then…
Wilders, whose film urged Muslims to tear out “hate-filled” verses from the Koran and who has compared Islam to Nazism, said on his party’s website Britain had sacrificedÂ freedom of speech.
“This is something you expect inÂ Saudi ArabiaÂ but not in Britain. I think this cowardly position of Britain is very bad,” he wrote.
The Netherlands has complained to Britain about Wilders’ exclusion on the ground thatÂ Dutch members of parliamentÂ should be able to travel freely in theÂ European Union, DutchÂ Foreign Affairs MinisterÂ Maxime VerhagenÂ said in a statement.
The Netherlands has condemned the film, which was aired over the Internet last March, and distanced itself from its content, saying the film served no other purpose than causing offence. (The Netherlands didn’t say that at all. Some misguided wankers in politics and the judiciary said that. That doesn’t make it so/ed)
* It appears that the UK will be the firstÂ EUÂ member to fall to Islam.
(Reporting by Gilbert Kreijger, additional reporting by Kate Kelland in London, editing by Tim Pearce)
* Wiki explanation:
A Nation of Shopkeepers”Â (“L’Angleterre est une nation de boutiquiers“) is a disparaging remark supposedly used byÂ NapoleonÂ to describe theUnited KingdomÂ as unfit for war againstÂ France. The phrase was not, however, original. Napoleon could have found it inÂ The Wealth of NationsÂ (1776) byÂ Adam Smith, who wrote:
- “To found a great empire for the sole purpose of raising up a people of customers may at first sight appear a project fit only for a nation of shopkeepers. It is, however, a project altogether unfit for a nation of shopkeepers; but extremely fit for a nation whose government is influenced by shopkeepers.”Â