In a previous post I wrote about the strange logic of the Dutch decision to prosecute Geert Wilders for inciting racial hatred based on a film which criticised Islam. The furor surrounding Wilders and his film "Fitna" took another twist today when he was banned from entering the UK and attending a showing of his film in the UK House of Lords.
Follow this link to see the film Fitna at Wikileaks.
Fitna also available from Liveleaks
Warning: The film Fitna contains graphic scenes of the results of terrorist and Islamist actions.
The film itself juxtaposes footage of Islamic terrorist atrocities with excerpts from the Koran and shows how Islamic Militants use the Koran to justify hate crimes against the West. In a perverse twist of logic though Wilders finds himself banned from entering the UK because his presence might incite hatred. The reason for this? Well, seemingly because there were threats that thousands of Islamic militants would come out onto the streets to protest against his presence and against the screening.
The Dutch government have protested against the exclusion of Wilders and there have been many voices raised against what is being seen as a significant affront to freedom of speech in the UK. MP's have so far though been noticeably quite and absent from the debate and it's hard not to conclude that most of them are to put it bluntly political cowards.
Islamists have the political establishment in this country completely cowed. They are afraid to be seen to support or allow any criticism of Islam. They , like the Dutch, seem to confuse race and religion.
What is abundantly clear is that there is indeed among some sections of the Muslim community, both here and abroad, a current of hatred towards the west and all it stands for. Most of us know this already and the film "Fitna" merely illustrates this, albeit very graphically.
It is vital that this is subject to open and frank debate, not with the aim of demonising all Muslims but with the aim of showing how fundamentalists are using the Koranic texts to justify their evil hatred and the indoctrination of young muslims. If this is not exposed how can it be fought?
But our politicians are afraid of such open debate. They are afraid of allowing criticism of Islam to be aired in open debate in this country. They are cowards. They would rather surrender any defence of freedom of speech than be seen to support a challenge to Islamic fundamentalism.