Saturday, March 06, 2010

Islamophobia on tour: Wilders comes to Britain.

The far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders came to Britain yesterday to preach his own particularly vile brand of Islamophobia.

Here, under the watchful eyes of his three earpiece-wearing bodyguards, the 46-year-old leader of the Freedom Party told a tense and sometimes heated press conference that Islam was a "fascist ideology" and that the Prophet Mohamed was "a mass murderer, a barbarian and a paedophile". He said: "I have nothing against Muslims, but I have a problem with the Islamic ideology, which I believe is a totalitarian ideology to be compared with other totalitarian ideologies like communism or fascism. I believe Islam is a violent and dangerous religion and even a retarded culture. I think we should stop the Islamisation of our society. Islamism and democracy are incompatible. The more Islamism we have, the more freedom we will lose and this is something worth fighting for."
Imagine someone saying that about any other culture or religion and think of what we would be saying.

For instance, picture someone standing in the British Parliament saying this about Judaism and the Jews. Or Catholicism and Catholics? Would we really be tutting and saying, "I really don't agree with the chap but free speech and all that, eh Monty?"

I honestly don't think we would. I think we might find that this borders on hate speech. For what exactly is it that he is asking us to do? Other than to fear and hate a section of our own population?

The Dutch Prime Minister once said that Wilder's movie, Fitna, served "no purpose other than to offend" and one got the same impression of his visit to Britain yesterday; which he celebrated by misquoting Orwell:
"Even if you don't subscribe to my views, I'm able to come here and to speak out my mind," he said. "Like George Orwell once said, the right of freedom is especially to listen to somebody who says something that you do not want to hear."
Oh, aren't we all terribly British letting the quasi fascist give us all a piece of his mind? And how many MP's flocked to hear this brilliant mind in action?

But the Ukip leader was forced to admit that only six MPs and peers had attended the screening, and that most of the audience had been made up of parliamentary staff.

Well, now that he's had his say let's hope the door hits his arse on the way out.

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