Quisling England *UPDATED*

The Brits turned Geert Wilders back at the border for daring to try to enter the country to show an anti-Islamic film.  Wilders isn’t too pure himself, since he advocates muzzling Islam, which just goes to show that Europeans fundamentally fail to understand free speech. (England once understood it, but a combination of leftism and fear seems to have wiped clean its memory banks.)

Free speech means you get to advance your view.  It also means that, if others don’t like your view, they get to challenge it with more speech.  What’s happening all over Europe, though, is that the only speech that is finding freedom is radical Islamic speech, with everything else collapsing in a craven heap before it.

UPDATE:  Power Line gives a little context on Wilders’ own demand for book banning:

Much has been made of Wilders view that the Quran should be banned in the Netherlands. But, as Diana West has explained, Wilders’ position must be understood in the context of existing hate speech laws in that country, which ban Mein Kampf for its incitement to violence and hatred of Jews. Since the Quran contains incitements to violence and hatred of non-Muslims, Wilders contends that, under the same hate speech laws, the Quran should be banned as well. This seems like a reasonable interpreration of an unreasonable law.

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  • 11B40


    A bit of folk wisdom I retained from my time in the federal bureaucracy: “In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed is dead meat.”

  • highlander

    Here’s what the British Secretary of State wrote to Geert Wilders (courtesy of Melanie Phillips’ blog (http://www.spectator.co.uk/melaniephillips/3344161/britain-capitulates-to-terror.thtml):

    …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.

    Whoa! Wait a minute! Say again, who is threatening “community harmony”? It’s not Mr. Wilders. It’s the Islamic militants who are doing all the threatening.

    If Muslims riot in England, it’s not because Mr. Wilders drove them to it. It’s because their Muslim leaders told them to.

    The Brits have got their foot in the wrong shoe.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    The one eyed needs to get nuclear weapons and auto mines.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    The Brits have got their foot in the wrong shoe.

    Muslim politicians need the Muslim vote. Why wouldn’t they arrest Geert and deport him for causing domestic strife? It is not like they are going into the Muslim enclaves and deporting anyone.

  • http://photoncourier.blogspot.com David Foster

    In the late 1930s, Winston Churchill spoke of the “unendurable..sense of our country falling into the power, into the orbit and influence of Nazi Germany, and of our existence becoming dependent upon their good will or pleasure…In a very few years, perhaps in a very few months, we shall be confronted with demands” which “may affect the surrender of territory or the surrender of liberty.” A “policy of submission” would entail “restrictions” upon freedom of speech and the press. “Indeed, I hear it said sometimes now that we cannot allow the Nazi system of dictatorship to be criticized by ordinary, common English politicians.” (excerpt is from The Last Lion: Alone, by William Manchester.)

    Churchill’s concern was not just a theoretical one. Following the German takeover of Czechoslovakia, photographs were available showing the plight of Czech Jews, dispossessed by the Nazis and wandering the roads of eastern Europe. Dawson, editor of The Times, refused to run any of them: it wouldn’t help the victims, he told his staff, and if they were published, Hitler would be offended. (same source as above.)

  • Michael

    Here the speech Geert Wilders wanted to give in the Britisch Parliament:


  • Michael

    And here also a videoblog from Pat Condell: