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The UK Allows Wilders To Speak

Britain (finally) defended free speech, yet the reaction to Wilders — and a Muslim mob's death threats — showed how much trouble the UK has gotten itself into.

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Aaron Elias

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October 28, 2009 - 12:05 am
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On October 16, Dutch MP Geert Wilders — well-known for his unadulterated opinions on Islamic ideology — was granted permission to speak in the UK at a press conference about what he termed the “Islamization of our societies.” Wilders has been under round-the-clock protection for the past five years after receiving many death threats over his provocative opinions. The controversial figure’s press conference was to take place on College Green opposite the Houses of Parliament, but it was hastily moved inside a nearby building when a crowd of Muslim protesters emerged. I was not surprised to see them bearing signs with sentiments such as “Freedom go to Hell” and “Islam is Superior.”

Many of the Muslim protesters found creative ways to get away with making death threats against Wilders while being interviewed by reporters for public television:

“He [Wilders] knows that the Islamic punishment [for insulting Mohammed] is capital punishment,” one Muslim protestor explained. “He would do well to take lessons from Theodore Van Gogh and others who faced the punishment.”

Theo Van Gogh, a filmmaker, was brutally murdered by an outraged Muslim on the streets of Amsterdam in broad daylight for the crime of making the short film Submission — a critical look at the treatment of women under Islam.

“If this were an Islamic state today, his [Wilders’] head would be on a stake,” another Muslim protester explained.

One protester — with the aid of a microphone and speakers — blared his message in front of the building containing Wilders, which was surrounded by a perimeter of police:

“Islam will conquer the UK. It will conquer Holland. It will conquer the world,” he declared, and had to pause to allow the mob surrounding him to cry chants of “Takbir!” and “Allahu Akbar!” before continuing. “We will see Israel destroyed. We will see the European crusaders destroyed, and we will see Islam dominate.”

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