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Geert Wilders Barred from Entering Britain

The Dutch lawmaker is banned from entering the country to show his controversial film Fitna.

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Andrew Ian Dodge

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February 10, 2009 - 4:12 pm
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Lord Pearson’s press release has this to say on the potential arrest of Wilders if he tries to enter the UK:

Despite threats of demonstration from a British Peer and Muslim community leaders, the meeting will go ahead. Wilders’ film Fitna features verses from the Quran alongside images of the terrorist attacks in the U.S. on September 11, 2001, Madrid in March 2004 and London in July 2005. The film equates Islam’s holy text with violence and ends with a call to Muslims to remove “hate preaching” verses from the Quran. It provoked protests in Muslim-majority countries including Indonesia and Pakistan.

The entire event has become a tug of war between members of the House of Lords who believe in freedom of speech and those who don’t. Lord Pearson has called the bluff of the British establishment, which seeks to avoid controversy and any possible offense to the Islamic minority.

The following is from the letter banning Wilders:

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that the Secretary of State is of the view that your presence in the UK would pose a genuine, present and sufficiently serious threat to one of the fundamental interests of society. The Secretary of State is satisfied that your statements about Muslims and their beliefs, as expressed in your film Fitna and elsewhere, would threaten community harmony and therefore public security in the UK.

This incident not only demonstrates the depth to which Muslims will go to quell any criticism of their faith. It also reveals the farcical nature of the free society that once was Britain. We have been reading reports of the subsuming of majority rights all over the continent, and we now see that the UK is under the same grip of fear of offending Islam.

Needless to say, Wilders, not afraid of arrest, will fly to Heathrow as planned, daring them to detain him when he lands in the UK.

Do yourself a favor and view Fitna. Then judge for yourself if its such a great threat that the man behind it needs to have his freedom of expression curtailed and his life threatened.

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Andrew Ian Dodge blogs at Dodgeblogium.
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