The film has been condemned in advance, sight unseen. Just for a moment of clarity, think back to the riots that greeted the work of the nineteenth-century European Biblical higher critics, or the Jesus Seminar, or the many skeptical/critical examinations of the Bible. What riots? Exactly.
And ask yourself: if someone reacts to something I say by going mad, breaking things, and targeting innocent people, is that my responsibility or his? When you are insulted, do you consider it a license to destroy things and hurt people, or do you consider it incumbent upon yourself to exercise some self-control?
“Dutch Islam film ‘nearly ready,'” from the BBC (thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist):
Far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders has said that this week he will finish a film about Islam which has already triggered Muslim outrage.
Mr Wilders said he was determined to release the film despite government warnings that this would damage Dutch political and economic interests.
Good for him. What they’re saying here is, “People will react to this with violent irrationality. Therefore you must kowtow to them.”
Mr Wilders says the film is about the Koran, without giving details.
In the past, he has called for the Koran to be banned and likened it to Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf.
The project has already been condemned by several Muslim countries, including Iran and Pakistan.
“It is very good news. the film will definitely be finished this week, that is to say before 1 March,” Mr Wilders told Reuters.
Well, that makes it today or tomorrow. Watch for updates.