Britain’s politicians care so much about constitutional protections for human rights that they have two sets of them–the centuries-old traditions laid out by parliament and precedent and the newfangled European Convention on Human Rights, written into British law in 1998. Neither of these stopped Britain from becoming the first European Union country to bar an elected European legislator from its territory for his political opinions on February 12.
The Dutch MP Geert Wilders heads the Freedom party, which holds 9 of the 150 seats in the Second Chamber in The Hague. He has been preoccupied with militant Islam at least since November 2004, when the filmmaker Theo van Gogh was murdered by a Muslim fanatic in Amsterdam, and Wilders’s own name turned up on a jihadist hit list. In March 2008, Wilders released Fitna, a 15-minute film, on the Internet. It details contemporary Islamist outrages and locates their inspiration not in any perversion of Islam but in specific suras of the Koran itself, which Wilders likens to Mein Kampf and urges authorities to ban.” via The Weekly Standard.
- Dutch court orders anti-Islam MP to face race hatred prosecution (guardian.co.uk)
- Dutch antiMuslim politician Geert Wilders to screen Fitna film in Washington (telegraph.co.uk)
- Anti-Islam film’s director goes to Washington (cnn.com)
- Geert Wilders should not be banned from Britain (guardian.co.uk)
- Geert Wilders leads Dutch polls (telegraph.co.uk)