Why can’t Wilders discuss the Qur’an? Why can’t he attack it if he wants? Does anyone in the Netherlands think twice when someone attacks the teachings of the Bible? Why should the Qur’an be different? Obviously, the Justice Minister’s response makes clear why: because Muslims will kill over this, and Christians won’t.
“Dutch Lawmaker Planning Film Criticizing the Koran,” from AP (thanks to all who sent this in):
THE HAGUE, Netherlands: “” A Dutch conservative lawmaker said Wednesday he is making a film to highlight what he describes as “fascist” passages in the Koran, his latest high profile criticism of Islam.
The interior and justice ministers said they were concerned, but believed they had no authority to prevent the lawmaker, Geert Wilders, from screening his film.
Wilders plans to depict parts of the Koran he says are used as inspiration “by bad people to do bad things.”
Less than 10 minutes long, the film is expected to air in late January. It will show “the intolerant and fascist character of the Koran,” said Wilders, whose anti-Islam campaign helped his Freedom Party win nine seats in parliament in last year’s election.
In the past, Wilders has said that half the Koran should be torn up and compared it with Adolf Hitler’s book “Mein Kampf.” He has claimed the Netherlands is being swamped by a “tsunami” of Islamic immigrants….
“Cabinet warns Wilders on anti-Koran film,” from Dutch News (thanks to Syla):
The cabinet is concerned about a “˜provocative” film about the Koran by anti-immigration party PVV leader Geert Wilders which he expects to be shown on tv at the end of January.
The justice, foreign and home affairs ministers, who are worried about a backlash from Islamic countries, have warned Wilders about the risks of screening such a film.
Justice minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin stressed that while Wilders is free to express his views about the Koran, he also has a responsibility towards society in general. “˜Think about the what the repercussions could be,” he said.
If the film is hard-hitting, it could evoke hard-hitting reactions against himself and others,” says the minister. Those who want a free debate must show respect for all religions and for things that are sacrosanct for others, he said.
Wilders says it is not the aim of his film to insult people but if they are insulted, that is “˜a pity but not my problem”. He says he wants Muslims to realise that the Koran is a “˜terrible and fascist” book which inspires people to commit “˜terrible” deeds.