February 12, 2009

British Cowards Turn Geert Wilders Away at Airport (UPDATED)

It's official, the British Labour government is afraid of its own Muslim citizens.

It reminds me of the Indian government banning The Jawa Report after the first Mumbai attacks. The very act of saying that Islam is violent is enough to send some Muslims into an indignant and violent rage.

And we can't have that now, can we?

Anyway, David Thompson did a more thorough critique of Westminister's cowtowing to the Muslim fringe yesterday.

Cowards. Churchill is rolling over in his grave.

Daily Mail:

Geert Wilders was presented with a letter that refused him entry to Britain after arriving at immigration.

After leaving the aircraft, Mr Wilders was taken into a side room to be interviewed, witnesses said....

Mr Wilders, a member of Holland's Freedom Party, condemned the British Government as 'weak and cowardly' and vowed he to make the trip anyway.

Here's the irony:
Mr Wilders has urged the Dutch government to ban the Koran and warned of a 'tsunami' of Islam swamping the Netherlands....

He told the BBC: 'I was very surprised and very saddened that the freedom of speech that I believe was a very strong point in UK society is being harassed today.'

Freedom of speech for me, but not for thee.

Just to make it clear, I think Wilders makes a good point in Fitna that violent jihad is as part and parcel to Islam as turning the cheek is to Christianity. Can there be an Islam without violent jihad? Sure, just as there is a Christianity that isn't pacifistic.

But even so, if freedom of religion and of speech mean anything it is that you cannot ban books like the Quran just because they promote violent and crazy ideas.

And the freedom to worship as you see fit also must mean the freedom to criticize religion in any way that you see fit.

Thanks to Captain Zero.

UPDATE: Allah has some thoughts on the hypocrisy of some on the Right wanting to do stupid things like "ban the Quran" or "ban Islam".

But someone in the comments (sorry, forgot who) says that when Geert Wilders says we should ban the Quran, that he is being sarcastic and that the media have deliberately taken his words out of context. That is, he's just pointing out the hypocrisy of the European Left in banning "hate speech". If hate speech should be banned, and the Quran is filled with hate, then shouldn't it be banned too?

So, the question I have is whether or not the commenter's assertion is true? Does any one know if Wilders really wants to ban the Quran, or is he, as was suggested, just being facetious? It makes a difference, because if he was just joking then the criticisms Charles and myself have made about him were based on a misunderstanding of his position based on false reports.

If not, though, then he's just another statist out to use the reigns of government power to forcibly enact his preferred position on the public.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:00 AM | Comments |