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Liberty’s Last Breath

Posted by Ender on February 16, 2009

Earlier this week Geert Wilders was denied access to England where he was invited to speak before the UK House of Lords. He was preparing to give a speech after the viewing of a sixteen minute documentary on radical Islam. The movie is called Fitna and can be found here.  (Please be advised that it is graphic and is not for weaker stomachs.)

Wilders was arrested on the tarmac in Heathrow airport and immediately returned to the Netherlands. The UK had this to say of the documentary “[it contains] extreme anti-Muslim hate and we have very clear laws in this country.”

If you did not watch Fitna it contains quotes from the Quran, speeches from Muslim leaders, pictures from protests, videos of terrorist attacks and pictures of victims. It attempts to visibly show the clear link between radical Islam and terror. Now, as is the case here, some people are doing everything in their power to bury their heads in the sand in order to ignore this link. The actions by the UK government are a deliberate attempt to silence the debate on this issue. Please keep in mind this is the same government that allowed Ibrahim Moussawi, the spokesman for the terrorist group Hezbollah to speak before them. This is how an extremely liberal government shows its “tolerance.” By silencing the free speech of one side and giving a bull horn to the other.

How can no one see the insane hypocrisy here?

If they can see it, why aren’t they outraged by it?

What a joke.  What a perverse, sick, disgusting joke.  When a society is ready to classify the truth as a hate crime, it is ready to die.

The would be Wilders speech can be found here. I strongly urge you to read the whole thing.

One quote,

“Ladies and gentlemen, the dearest of our many freedoms is under attack. In Europe, freedom of speech is no longer a given. What we once considered a natural component of our existence is now something we again have to fight for. That is what is at stake. Whether or not I end up in jail is not the most pressing issue. The question is: Will free speech be put behind bars? We have to defend freedom of speech.”

I am saddened to say that the moment the UK banned Wilders from speaking was the exact moment free speech died in Britain.

I pray that there are some left in Britain who agree with Wilders when he said,

“We will never apologize for being free. We will never give in. We will never surrender. Freedom must prevail, and freedom will prevail.”

I pray that Liberty did not breath its last breath in Britain this week. I pray that I’ll never say the same about America.

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4 Responses to “Liberty’s Last Breath”

  1. Muslim cleric Dr Yusuf al-Qaradawi was refused entry. He has described suicide bombers as “martyrs” and homosexuality as “a disease”.
    Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan barred on the grounds that his racist and anti-Semitic views could threaten public order

    It works both ways. You just chose to ignore it. Islamaphobia strikes again.

  2. Andrew said

    You seem a little quick on the trigger finger with the Islamophobia comment. Who is the Islamaphobe?

    I don’t see the correlation between the two people that were also barred from speaking.

    I think they dissallowed Wilders from speaking because they were afraid of a violent reaction. This is exactly the type of speech that can’t give in to violent threats. If this becomes a trend it will be very scary.

  3. Ender said

    You aren’t comparing apples to apples here. Wilders has never called anyone to violence. You cannot say the same for the “Theologian of Terror” who supports suicide bombers in Iraq and Israel, or Farrakhan who threatened violence if Obama did not win the election.

    For those interested read a good article on the subject <here.

    The author writes,”Britain is punishing Mr. Wilders not for his own actions but for the hypothetical actions of his adversaries.” The author is spot on with his analysis. If this type of censorship continues it will lead to a self imposed censorship because everyone will be afraid to rightly criticize the extremists.

    Last time I checked, Wilders has never issued a fatwa on a critic. The comparison makes no sense.

  4. maker said

    The thing that futiledemocracy (I assume this name is a rail against such liberal political movements as EFCA and the corruption of the census) seems so eager to ignore himself is the vast gulf that separates those that threaten, encourage, teach and praise violence and those that say ‘hey those guys are threatening, encouraging, teaching and even praising violence’. To some of us, this difference may seem obvious. However, when you spend so much time and energy blurring the lines between right and wrong, good and evil in an effort to never exclude or offend, these things get tricky. Unfortunately their numbers are growing, and as they do our freedoms seem to shink proportionately.

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