"A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property‹either as a child, a wife, or a concubine must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen; all know how to die; but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it.
"No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.
"Far from being moribund, Islam is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science -the science against which it had vainly struggled -the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.”
~~ Sir Winston Churchill~~
Now Gert Wilders, the creator of Fitna, is to be prosecuted in the Netherlands for saying the same things about Islam as Winston Churchill. (As an historical aside it should be noted that a direct ancestor of Winston Churchill, John Churchill - Duke of Marlborough, advised Prince Eugene of Savoy at the Battle of Zenta on 11 September 1697 where the Ottoman Turks were decisively defeated.) In the Netherlands, like Canada, it is possible for the Imams of Islam to presue religious Fatwas through the courts and like Canada freedom of speech is a dying concept. Freedom from being offended trumps freedom to express the truth.
- Dutch authorities will file charges against a lawmaker for inciting religious hatred in speeches and a film he made about Islam last year, an Amsterdam district prosecutor told CNN Wednesday.Prosecutors had originally decided not to press charges against Geert Wilders, 43, a member of parliament for the right-wing Party for Freedom.
"We thought a conviction would not be possible," prosecutor Otto Van Der Bijl told CNN. But nine people filed complaints with the Court of Appeal, he said. The court found there was a "reasonable suspicion that Mr. Wilders is guilty of the charges and the prosecution should in fact proceed."
Wilders blasted the court decision as "an all-out assault on freedom of speech," in a statement posted on his party's Web site.
"Apparently this is the Netherlands today. If you speak out you might be prosecuted. To participate in public debate has become a dangerous activity," he said in the statement, which also called for donations to the party to help him fight the charges in court.
In other news
Chamberlain wants to talk to Herr Hitler "without preconditions" -- no, wait...
From The Guardian
"The new Obama administration is willing to talk to Iran "without preconditions" and will work towards the abolition of nuclear weapons, the White House said today.
The Obama foreign policy agenda that appeared on the White House website said: "Barack Obama supports tough and direct diplomacy with Iran without preconditions," the policy outline said."