Geert Wilders, Dutch Parliamentarian and outspoken critic of radical Islam, is coming to the U.S. this week. He's speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Friday, and luckily for us eastern Massachusetts folks, he's speaking in Stoughton this Wednesday and showing the film Fitna. Details:
Ahavath Torah Congregation
1179 Central St
Stoughton, MA 02072
February 25, 2009
More on the presentation here. Jill at The Business of Life wrote about Wilders being "banned in Britain" last week. He was denied entry to England where he had been invited to a showing of Fitna at the House of Lords. She's got beaucoup links to other commentators on Wilders and Engand's pathetic treatment of the Dutch Parliamentarian.
Wilders has said some wild things, including saying that the Koran should be banned. It's caused quite a brou-haha in the anti-jihadi blogosphere, some bloggers condemning Wilders and others defending either his views or his right to freedom of speech. Andrew Bostum has a great column at American Thinker on this "controversy," where Bostum points out that Wilders is a staunch supporter of free speech and he's against any hate speech laws. But Wilders maintains that if there is a hate speech policy in Europe that bans criticism of Islam as hateful, then the same policy should ban the Koran as it is negative towards other religions. Hate speech laws are applied inconsistently in Europe, largely against Christians and opponents of gay marriage, but not against radical Islamists. (England is awfully confused and weakened these days. )
Here's the Fitna video (17 minutes long). Judge for yourself.