I am a Muslim, a Christian, a Jew and a Buddhist too. If you don't like it, then this place is not for you, but as long as you don't force your beliefs on anyone, you're welcome to join in, it doesn't matter if you're a liberal, a republican or just simply you.
A DEFENSE OF FREE SPEECH BY AMERICAN AND CANADIAN MUSLIMS
We, the undersigned, unconditionally condemn any intimidation or threats
of violence directed against any individual or group exercising the
rights of freedom of religion and speech; even when that speech may be
perceived as hurtful or reprehensible.
We are concerned and saddened by the recent wave of vitriolic
anti-Muslim and anti-Islamic sentiment that is being expressed across
We are even more concerned and saddened by threats that have been made
against individual writers, cartoonists, and others by a minority of
Muslims. We see these as a greater offense against Islam than any
cartoon, Qur’an burning, or other speech could ever be deemed.
We affirm the right of free speech for Molly Norris, Matt Stone, Trey
Parker, and all others including ourselves.
As Muslims, we must set an example of justice, patience, tolerance,
respect, and forgiveness.
The Qur’an enjoins Muslims to:
* bear witness to Islam through our good example (2:143);
* restrain anger and pardon people (3:133-134 and 24:22);
* remain patient in adversity (3186);
* stand firmly for justice (4:135);
* not let the hatred of others swerve us from justice (5:8);
* respect the sanctity of life (5:32);
* turn away from those who mock Islam (6:68 and 28:55);
* hold to forgiveness, command what is right, and turn away from the
* restrain ourselves from rash responses (16:125-128);
* pass by worthless talk with dignity (25:72); and
* repel evil with what is better (41:34).
Is it because he suddenly realizes that the anti-Islamist hate train left the station without him and now that the vile hate fest on that train is getting all the media attention since it arrived at Ground Zero, he wants to whine about it?
Yes, I definitely think so!
He doesn't deny that he's still an Islam hater though, just not as bad as the really bad ones, that's all.
Mr Pipes says he shares "the same enemies" with people like Wilders and the
crop of bloggers.
The only difference is that back then, Mr Pipes himself was one of those few anti-Islamists leading their pack and enjoying much the limelight as one of the most "senior" anti-Islamist "scholars" (whatever that means).
Mr Pipes goes on to explain that he's merely helping raise funds for Geert Wilders' defense against hate speech charges (in the Netherlands), because for him it's a matter of freedom of speech.
OK fine, I can almost understand his reasoning with this one...if Wilders' court case was actually in the United States, where the right to freedom of speech (almost always) trumps all, but does he not realize that he's merely wasting his funds on meddling with the laws that are clearly fundamental in the Netherlands as well as in many other countries around the world? The Dutch Penal code prohibits hate speech and Mr Wilders has to face the judge to defend his criminal actions, simple as that. American style freedom of speech has nothing to do with that, all it does is slow down the process because of Daniel Pipes and his ilk, and populist politicians love that.
It's also worth mentioning that according to Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, "freedom of speech in the
Netherlands is not only limited by law, but also by moral standards and
"This anti-Islamic agitation has been growing over time. It's much stronger
than in 2001," he said. "The two sides are shooting at each other and don't
notice me anymore."
Pipes says while he shares a concern about radical Islam with today's crop of
bloggers, he considers them "anti-Islam" because in his view they see the faith
and it scripture as fundamentally problematic for a pluralistic, democratic
society like the United States and unchangeable.
Pipes said the bloggers have brought an unsophisticated tone to the debate,
"which I think is unfortunate."
That said, Pipes was clear that he shares some goals with even people he
calls the most "anti-Islam" - such as far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders,
who has advocated banning Muslim immigration to his country and the Quran. Pipes
said he's raising money for the defense of Wilders, who faces trial for inciting
hate and discrimination against Muslims. The issue, says Pipes, is one of
protecting free speech.
Pipes says he shares "the same enemies" with people like Wilders and the new
crop of bloggers.
"We're in the same trench but we have different views of what the problem is.
We both see an attempt to impose Islamic law, sharia, in the West. We are both
against it, and want to maintain Western civilization. But we understand the
nature of the problem differently."
I know it sounds awful (I love people all the same), but please hear me out for a minute...
When I say "undesirable immigrants" what's the first thing that comes to mind?
If you think about it on a global scale there are quite a few minority groups around the world that are treated as "undesirable" or "unwanted" for whatever reason. In some countries it might be "Muslims", to some it's "Mexicans", to others it it might be "Jews", to others it's "Blacks" or "infidels" or "Moroccans" or "Rohingyas" or "Roma gypsies" or "Palestinians" or "unskilled laborers" or...or...whatever garden variety human with an accent on "different" and "poor" that happens to annoy the heck out of nativist bigots.
To Geert Wilders, as everyone knows by now, it's "Muslims, Moroccans and (poor) immigrants". You might have heard about his latest maneuver in his conquest against these undesirable immigrants. You see, the man thinks big - I mean HUGE, now that he got a big chunk of the votes in the last national election. So now he's working on expanding his territory and wants to rile up haters in other countries, where anger against Muslims and immigrants already festers and always ready to wreak havoc at the drop of a hat.
So why is this all happening you think?
Money? Power? Heroics? The bad economy? Politics?
Please don't me give that "freedom of speech" nonsense, because I'm not buying it.
So why really? Why is such a terribly bigoted politician, who says some of the craziest things and makes a fool out of Dutch parliament daily, actually allowed to have free reign to incite hatred against people in a democracy that's supposedly world famous for its tolerance?
Is it maybe because he's carrying out the will of the people who feel threatened by these "undesirables" or is he simply trying to enforce the laws of the land by pursuing the Dutch government's very own agenda to get rid of unskilled laborers, while applying pressure with tremendous help from the Dutch press and leveraging hate groups in the US and Europe?
Well, in case you didn't know, Holland actually pays certain immigrants to leave the country as long as they agree to be stripped of their rights to return, as set forth in the Dutch Remigration Act.
I remember vaguely hearing about this a while back, but I didn't know the exact details till I started looking into it after my friend Xoussef asked me if it's true that Holland pays immigrants a monthly salary if they agree to leave the country - he told me he had read about this in a Moroccan newspaper and questioned the veracity of the article because it just sounded too weird.
If you are going to leave the Netherlands to move to another country, you may
be able to get a one-off relocation grant and a monthly benefit to help cover
your living expenses in your new country of residence. This is provided for
under the Remigration Act.
Two types of benefits are paid under the Remigration Act:
a remigration grant
a remigration benefit
The remigration grant is a one-off payment towards moving expenses. It is
made up of various components. Which components you are entitled to depends on
your personal situation.
You can get a contribution towards the cost of:
the journey to the country where you are going to live;
the transportation of your luggage;
settling in your new country of residence;
storage of your property in your new country;
the transportation of aids for a disabled person;
the transportation of business inventory and equipment.
These contributions are fixed amounts.
The remigration benefit is a monthly payment to help cover your living
expenses. It is only payable if you are 45 or over. If you are no longer covered
under the Dutch health insurance system after you have moved abroad, you will
also get a contribution towards health insurance.
If you are awarded a remigration benefit, you will also get a remigration
grant. The grant will not include a contribution towards resettlement expenses
because this will already be included in the remigration benefit.
When are you eligible for these payments?
You can get these payments if you leave the Netherlands to return to:
the country where you were born, or
the country of which you are, or were, a national, or
the country where one of your parents was born or of which he or she is, or
was, a national.
You can also get financial help if you are a refugee or if you have been
granted asylum in the Netherlands, and you are moving to another country.
The fact that the Dutch Remigration Act singles out only immigrants from specific countries who can apply for this deal has "discrimination" written all over it if you ask me. Smart move by the Dutch government though in terms of saving money in the long run. They encourage these immigrants to leave the country, sending them off into early retirement at age 45 along with the rest of their families, with a minimum wage that's tailored to the cost of living in their country of origin, instead of having to pay them significantly higher pension benefits when they're actually due for retirement in Holland. And as we all know, governments tend to change rules and laws whenever they see fit.
Are these wages guaranteed for life?:
The amount of your remigration grant or remigration benefit
The amount of your remigration grant or remigration benefit depends on:
the country where you are going to live;
the number of people moving with you;
whether you live on your own or with family members;
the ages of the people who live with you.
For more information about the amount you will receive, you can contact us.
The contest was launched today by Dutch satirical website "Stemhok", which translates to "voting booth" in English and as you probably guessed, is all about politics and of course the upcoming parliamentary elections in The Netherlands.
Inspired by the success of Everybody Draw Mohammed Day, Dutch
satirical website Stemhok.nl launches a new initiative: Everybod Draw
Geert Wilders day. Whether you are a fan and want to honour your
crusading hero with a portrait, or whether you just want to vent your
irritations about Blonde Dolly from Venlo, from today you can place your
artwork on our special facebook page.
You could use oils or water colours, pencil or charcoal, create a
collage of newspaper clippings or experiment with goat dung and other
animal excrement: anything goes, providing you can digitally upload it
to our facebook page.
Let your imagination run riot! Wilders has lost weight, so why not
consider a nude? It could be abstract: think Guernica, but with Geert
Wilders. Geert is a big fan of the ‘right to insult’, so feel free to
stretch the limits of propriety. However, we do not tolerate threats of
any kind, so we will not publish any still lifes.
We offer a fantastic prize for the winner: a one year free
subscription to Stemhok! Send your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org or
upload them here.
Well, you might find some inspiration in Geert Wilders' hilarious proposal for the Netherlands to start implementing a "headscarf tax" or, as Mr Wilders himself calls it, "raghead tax"...with the intent to eliminate the "pollution" of the Dutch street caused specifically by the "Muslim headscarf". (teeeheehee.....I'm telling you, the dude is funny as hell!)
Watch this....and remember, "he who laughs last, laughs best".
Don't worry, be happy!
Hey remember that old tune? Ever wonder what happened to the guy who sang it?
Well, apparently he got so tired of hearing that tune, he actually couldn't stand it anymore after hearing about it so much and even started hating it so much that he disappeared into the sunset, not to be heard of for a long long time.
Yes, the hate page is back on Facebook after
being banished for a while, but it's funny how they'd rather lie about what
really happened than admit the simple truth.
Here is the big fat lie:
Well, I just tried to recover a one of my Facebook
pages, which I had deleted recently and found that there is no way you can recover
a page on Facebook after deletion. So unless there is some super secret way to
do so or these people have some mad skills nobody else has, they are
just a bunch of liars and everybody who takes them serious and joins their
petulant games, are a bunch of fools themselves, besides being utterly indecent.
I'm glad the page is back though, because it
serves as a true testament on how it really doesn't take much to intentionally
malign and marginalize certain segments of the population and how ridiculously
easy it is to fool the ignorant masses with a horde mentality.