Melanie Phillips, The Spectator
Thursday, 22nd January 2009
So the inevitable has now come about in the teetering civilisation of Europe, and it has happened first in the Netherlands . One of the supposedly most liberal societies on the planet wants to criminalise someone for telling the truth. The BBC reports that Dutch Freedom Party MP Geert Wilders is to be put on trial
"˜...for for inciting hatred and discrimination, based on comments by him in various media on Muslims and their beliefs'...In March 2008, Mr Wilders posted a film about the Koran on the internet, prompting angry protests across the Muslim World. The opening scenes of Fitna - a Koranic term sometimes translated as "˜strife' - show a copy of the holy book followed by footage of the bomb attacks on the US on 11 September 2001, London in July 2005 and Madrid in March 2004. Pictures appearing to show Muslim demonstrators holding up placards saying "˜God bless Hitler' and "˜Freedom go to hell' also feature. The film ends with the statement: "˜Stop Islamisation. Defend our freedom.' Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said at the time that the film wrongly equated Islam with violence and served "˜no purpose other than to offend'. A year earlier, Mr Wilders described the Koran as a "˜fascist book' and called for it to be banned in "˜the same way we ban Mein Kampf', in a letter published in the De Volkskrant newspaper.
by Baron Bodissey
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If any one person personifies the resistance against the Islamization of Europe, that person is Geert Wilders. His message is simple, honest, and straightforward: the people of the Netherlands (and other nations) have a right to protect the traditional character of their native countries and demand a halt to mass immigration.
But the forces of Multiculturalism are arrayed against him. The Powers That Be recognize how dangerous he is, and are determined to stop him.
Robert Shuller's protege, Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Church, has imitated his mentor Shuller by having a Moslem cleric preaching to Christians from his pulpit in the aftermath of September 11th Islamic attack in which moslems murdered 3,000 people on American soil.
Sunday, December 21 11:33 am
The youngster was married off by her father in exchange for a Ã‚ £4,000 dowry.
Relatives of the girl said the groom had agreed not to consummate the marriage for 10 years and to allow the youngster to live with her mother.
The girl's mother, who is separated from her husband, had filed a petition for divorce with a court in Unayzah, 135 miles north of Riyadh.
Nov 6 11:25 AM US/Eastern
By VICTOR L. SIMPSON
Associated Press Writer
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Benedict XVI raised concerns about restrictions on Christian worship in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in the first meeting ever between a pope and a reigning Saudi king.
Benedict and other Vatican officials have often protested that Christians are unable to worship openly in Saudi Arabia and are barred from opening churches in the desert kingdom where Islam's holiest sites, Mecca and Medina, are located.
King Abdullah, the protector of the holy sites, requested the audience during his European tour, the Vatican said. Benedict warmly greeted the king, grasping both his hands before heading into 30 minutes of private talks in his library.
World Net Daily
August 15, 2007
Catholic churches in the Netherlands should use the name Allah for God to ease tensions between Muslims and Christians, says a Dutch bishop.
Tiny Muskens, the bishop of Breda, told the Dutch TV program "Network" Monday night he believes God doesn't mind what he is called, Radio Netherlands Worldwide reported.
The Almighty is above such "discussion and bickering," he insisted.
16 March 2007
Cologne, Germany (dpa) - When the Rev. Franz Meurer stands at the altar this Sunday in his priestly vestments, he'll say to the congregation: "Today's collection is for the construction of the big new mosque in Ehrenfeld."
Meurer, 55, is not expecting protests. Both the board of Cologne's St. Theodore Catholic Church and the parish council have unanimously approved the action.
"It's only natural that we're helping them," he said of the Muslims living in a city that is one of the main centres of Catholicism in Germany.
By Jonathan Wynne-Jones
Last Updated: 12:39am GMTÃ‚ 06/01/2008
Islamic extremists have created "no-go" areas across Britain where it is too dangerous for non-Muslims to enter, one of the Church of England's most senior bishops warns today.
The open letter from 138 Muslim scholars to the Pope and the leaders of other Christian churches on the subject of peace between the faiths has got the British establishment purring with pleasure. The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of London have fallen on their knees and given thanks. The Times raved:
Rarely, indeed, has the Muslim world spoken out so clearly on the need for global peace or addressed Christianity in such terms of respect and acceptance of common beliefs" ¦ it will make it harder for those who thrive on a narrow, militant interpretation of Islam to pose as the true guardians of the faith.