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.
Former European Commissioner Frits Bolkestein, who is often cited by Geert Wilders as his biggest hero and mentor, has suddenly reappeared out of obscurity, only to feed the growing hatred towards Moroccans in The Netherlands and crank up the already heightened level of fear among Jews a few notches higher.
His outrageous statement calling on practicing Jews to migrate to Israel and the USA - citing the growing antisemitism among Dutch-Moroccans as the reason - has caused an uproar among his former colleagues in parliament and ticked off some prominent members of the Jewish community as well. Oddly enough even Geert Wilders disagreed with Bolkestein on this one, saying that it's Mococcans who are guilty of antisemitism who should migrate and not the Jews.
Meanwhile, Geert Wilders himself was busy making his own outrageous statements while on an official visit in Israel recently, saying that Jordan should absorb Palestinian refugees and rename itself Palestine. In addition to that, he urged Israel to build more settlements in "Judea and Samaria", aka the West Bank, as a strategic move towards self-defense, and it's not the first time he's said such either.
All I can say about this insanely fascist conduct by Dutch politicians, who seem to be going out of their way to cause strife...that it ultimately boils down to the Dutch government's need to grow a spine, enforce its existing laws against hate speech and discrimination and start putting national interest and domestic stability first and foremost. Enough already!
Hah you tell em Whoopi! Someone ought to set this dodo straight, so it might as well be you.
Truth is, we have a Bill O'Reilly problem in the world! Unfortunately there's seems to be a pandemic of ignorance like his going on around the world and the worst part about it is, it's intentional and by design. Can't get any worse than that.
To be honest, O'Reilly used to sound somewhat intelligent at one time....a long long time ago. Then he morphed into this arrogant, annoying, uncivilized talking head, who clearly enjoys his gift of blab as a professional bigot/agitator, with little or no substance at all.
It is unfair and a grave injustice to Muslims all over the world to attribute terror attacks committed in conflict zones due to political upheaval, such as Israel/Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and various other areas around the world as Islamic Terror, not to mention the fact that in those conflict zones, the overwhelming majority of the victims are Muslims themselves.
When terror attacks in the name of Islam are committed elsewhere in the world, then by all means yes, classify them as Islamic terror. But even then, when you look at the facts from various sources, Islamic terror hardly stacks up against various other extremist terror groups, which are often homegrown nonetheless.
Leave it to the media to shift blame. When a Muslim commits a crime they never fail to mention his religion and/or ethinc origin on the front page news. When others commit a crime, oh well, it's just another statistic, no ethnic or religious sterotyping, plus they'll be lucky to make the news, let alone the front page.
If we really want to solve the problem, let's concentrate on the bad guys and stop alienation of all Muslims based on the actions of the few.
Alright, now let's take a look at a sampling of how Islamic Terror stacks up against the rest here in the USA and in Europe. Click on the links for specifics.
(CNN) -- The terrorist threat posed by radicalized Muslim- Americans has been exaggerated, according to a study released Wednesday by researchers at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In an interview with Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad, Anti-Defamation
League spokesperson Oren Segal said:
"In our opinion it would be in very bad taste if someone with Wilders'
reputation comes to speak in New York to spread his message of intolerance and
hatred, especially on September 11.
Mr Segal also said that "it's a flagrant violation of freedom of religion,
which is one of the founding principles of this country, and the "Stop the
Islamization of America" organization that invited Wilders to speak is misusing
concerns about Muslim extremism to spread more intolerance".
Meanwhile, Geert Wilders still insists that his Gound Zero show must go on and has also added an interview with David Letterman to his NY 9/11 itinerary.
And in Dutch news today all the buzz is about "Wilders the Movie", a VPRO documentary about Geert Wilders' life, which originally included an anonymous source sharing rumors about Wilders' sex-life and frequent use of prostitutes, but the segment was forced to be edited out before the show airs in Holland on Sunday September 12th.
See YouTube trailer where said "rumors" remain unedited:
Also today, Geert Wilders was officially notified that he's expected to stand trial for incitement to hatred and hate speech charges on October 4, 6, 8, 12, 15 and 19, after which the verdict will be announced on November 2, which also happens to be the Anniversary of Theo van Gogh's murder by Muslim extremist Mohamed Bouyeri. Needless to say, Wilders is not too happy about this and he's already complaining about an "unfair trial", because he was only granted 3 witnesses by the court, instead of 18 witnesses and experts as he requested.
I'm afraid this is not going to end well, no matter how you look at it. It's going to get plain old ugly before it gets any better, simply because Geert Wilders serves a higher purpose (.....fill in the dots) that seems to be beyond the reach of any democratic process. But who knows, maybe the justice system will prevail.
The fact still remains that Geert Wilders is not only the fascist leader of the Dutch Freedom Party,
but also its sole member - who is bent on driving his self-made fascist apparatus on pure hatred
and chauvinistic intolerance towards immigrants, especially Moroccans and
Muslims. He insists on retaining absolute dictatorial control and continues to
call all the shots, despite persistent pressure from his following, asking
him to allow others to become members of his party as well, as it is standard practice
in the democratic process.
Yep, yet another dark page in the history of mankind.
What a painful reminder this must be!
My heart goes out to the German Jewish community, and many thanks for their amazing courage to speak up! This is so saddening. Clearly humanity is going backwards. If we haven't learned anything from our mistakes in the past and then look around us only to see our world in even more disarray and full of hatred, how can we really claim to be civilized?
Knobloch said the planned action by the
Dove World Outreach Center reminded her of the burning of "un-German"
literature organised by the Nazi party in 1933 that foreshadowed the
killing of some 6 million Jews during World War Two.
"Where people burn books, in the end
they burn people," she said in a statement, referring to a quotation
from 19th century German author Heinrich Heine inscribed on a plaque in
central Berlin where the Nazis burned books.
The Dutch ungoverment continues to fool around - 2-1/2 months after the elections - while being hopelessly indecisive about the formation of a new parliament that includes one of our time's biggest dictators.
People of the free world, is this what we really want?
They both use the same methods. They rile people up against each other
with fear-mongering and others will see this as a way to legitimize violence.
That was the case in Bosnia and can do the same with us. Civilization is but a
Bosnia was, just like The Netherlands, known for its tolerance for centuries. And Look What happened. No wonder all major European countries are
seriously concerned about the formation in the Netherlands.
Oostlander refers to an interview from 2004 where Wilders said that "racial
riots are not necessarily a bad thing, because they can be a wake-up call to The
That is such a sick thought.
Wilders latest appearance professing hate speech against Muslims on Australian TV:
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."
Dutch politician Geert Wilders says he doesn't care what anyone says, he will
do what he feels like and he feels pretty good about flying to New York to give
a speech at Ground Zero on September 11th, where a protest will be held against the planned
construction of the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque".
He says: "It's an important speech, no one can stop me. I'm the one who decides what I can
or can't do.....No mosque at Ground Zero! Everyone knows what the Party Of
Freedom stands for." Via Telegraaf.nl
I was talking to an American friend of mine about the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque", which is not about a mosque btw, but a community center (we're being told)...and he said he thinks that all it's intended to do is "provoke". He said he is against it, but he's also against those making so much noise with their hate propaganda trying to stop it.
He said that to him it's like someone making a stinky (<~actually he used a different word here) in a crowded space...he knows it's inappropriate and he knows all too well that it's going to bother the crowd, but he does it anyway and there is nothing you can do about it, because he has the right to do it.
He made me laugh, and I couldn't agree with him more.!