First Pim Fortuyn and now Theo van Gogh: both were assassinated for their perceived offenses against Islam. Van Gogh, who was regarded as a blasphemer by those who assailed him, has now received the blasphemer’s penalty: this is another large step for Europe in its inexorable progression into the darkness of dhimmitude and Sharia.
In free societies, religions are attacked rhetorically all the time. Their adherents fight back with reasoned arguments, not with bullets. How much longer will Holland be in any significant way a free society?
From the BBC, with thanks to all those who notified me of this:
Dutch film maker Theo van Gogh, who made a controversial film about Islamic culture recently, has been shot dead in Amsterdam, Dutch media report.
Police said they had arrested a man at the scene after an exchange of gunfire.
Van Gogh, 47, had received death threats after his film Submission, on violence against women in Islamic societies, was shown on Dutch TV.
The film was made with liberal Dutch politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali refugee who fled an arranged marriage.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been under police protection since the film was aired. She has also received death threats and has renounced the Islamic faith….
Van Gogh – who was related to the famous Dutch painter – had also been making a film about Pim Fortuyn, the populist right-wing, anti-immigration politician assassinated in May 2002.
The AFP news agency says his film Submission triggered an outcry from Dutch Muslims because it featured four abused women in see-through robes showing their breasts with Koranic text painted on their bodies.