Who is the racist? Who is the fascist? Who is trying to shut down debate and dissent by force — attacking police and pro-Wilders demonstrators, and prosecuting Wilders in his own country — and who is standing for free speech and human rights?
“Dutch anti-Islam politician creates stir in UK,” by Raphael G. Satter and Arthur Max for AP, March 5 (thanks to Nelson):
LONDON (AP) – Dutch anti-Islam maverick Geert Wilders took his cinematic assault on the Quran to Britain’s House of Lords on Friday, sparking heated debate inside the building and angry protests outside….
Wilders screened his 15-minute film “Fitna” to about 60 people, including a half-dozen peers, in a wood-paneled committee room in Parliament. The film associates the Quran with terrorism, homophobia and repression of women.
No. As the film itself makes clear, it is Islamic clerics who associate the Qur’an with “terrorism, homophobia and repression of women.” Wilders merely reports on how they do so.
Outside, about 200 protesters jeered and chanted “Fascist thugs off our streets.” Police scuffled with several demonstrators who tried to block a street to prevent a demonstration of pro-Wilders activists from the English Defense League from approaching Parliament….
Nota bene: The police scuffled with the people shouting, “Fascists thugs off our streets,” not with the putative fascists themselves. The ones trying to shut down their opposition with violence were the self-proclaimed anti-fascists. Huey Long is supposed to have said: “When fascism comes to America it will be called anti-fascism.” And it looks as if it is already happening that way in London.
The English Defense League – a newly formed, self-described “counter-jihad” movement with reported links to the U.K. far-right – has mimicked Wielder’s relentless focus on Islam….
Outside the British Parliament, protesters calling themselves antifascists denounced Wilders and his backers of the English League as racists.
Jack Kavanagh, one of the people wrestled out of the crowd by police, expressed scorn for Wilders, calling his movie “racist tripe.”
Across the way, 70-year-old retiree Ian Birchall said the English League was composed of “a particularly unpleasant bunch of racists” intent on setting Britons against the country’s approximately 2 million strong Muslim community….
Since everyone who stands up for human rights and freedom against Islamic supremacism and violence is branded a racist nowadays, it’s useful to look at the evidence. Here is a group that is so racist that it has featured a Sikh speaker, has a youth group that bears the slogan, “Black, White and Brown Unite,” and says: “We welcome members from all over the political spectrum, and with varying views on foreign policy, united against Islamic extremism and its influence on British life. Everyone from those whose ancestral roots are in pre-Roman Britain to immigrants just arrived yesterday will be welcomed into the EDL with open arms as long as they are willing to stand up with us for English values and against Islamist hate.”
Many people conflate the EDL with the genuinely racist and antisemitic BNP, which I repudiate utterly, but there seems to be a good deal of evidence to suggest that the EDL is not itself racist, white supremacist, antisemitic, neo-fascist, etc. At very least, they bear watching. In any case, these charges are invariably and inevitably trotted out by Leftists and their jihadist allies whenever anyone stands up against the Islamic supremacism that would deny our freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and equality of rights before the law. After awhile, the wolf-crying becomes obvious.