Geert Wilders arrested at UK, then banned.
The Dutch MP Geert Wilders had been invited to the United Kingdom by a member of the House of Lords.
“I still believed and hoped that they would change their tune,” he told CNN by telephone, saying he was speaking from a detention room at London’s Heathrow Airport.
He said he was met by customs officers as soon as he left the plane.
“They took me to a detention center,” Wilders said, and there he was interviewed “for 45 seconds” before they took his passport and left.
He called it a “very sad day” for “freedom of speech in the European Union.”
Wilders had been invited to screen his film, “Fitna,” at the House of Lords on Thursday evening. The 15-minute film features disturbing images of terrorist acts superimposed over verses from Islam’s holy book, the Quran, to paint Islam as a threat to Western society.
The British ambassador to the Netherlands told him Wednesday that he would be refused entry into Britain because the beliefs expressed in the film would threaten public security.
The 45-year-old lawmaker said he was bewildered by the ban.
“Threat to society? I’m an elected member of Parliament; I have done nothing wrong,” he told Dutch radio. “I’m a normal, law-abiding democrat. You might agree or disagree with my political point of view, but I’m no threat to anyone.”
The state of Jordan has requested his extradition to face charges of blasphemy, and at home he is being prosecuted for hate speech — a charge he is appealing to his country’s Supreme Court. (Source)
Wilders’ “arrest” is the proverbial canary in a coal mine. Here’s another comparison: you know about the frog and the boiling water analogy, don’t you? It goes something like this: If you throw a frog into a pot of boiling water, he’ll jump out quickly. But if you throw a frog into a pot of water and slowly turn up the heat until it boils, the frog won’t know the difference from one moment to the next and when the boiling point hits, he’ll be dead. That’s kind of what’s happening in the West right now. Little by little, our freedoms are being stripped away. The fact that Wilders is a democratically elected politician is even more significant. It’s one thing to deny access to some insignificant Joe; it’s quite another to do so to someone who actually represents a geographic region of a democratic state.
I’m sure all the Leftists out there will cheer. I’m not sure why, of course. I doubt Wilders is a social conservative. He’s probably a social libertarian, and so the attack on him really is attacking a lot more than just his rejection of Islamism. Rather it is attacking much of what the “Sexual Left” stands for. I guess there is a silver lining in every cloud.
I’m a social conservative. When the mullahs take over, I’ll grow my beard a little fuller, get a couple of extra wives, and keep my head down. It’s the feminists and gays who’ll have a tougher time. If, say, three of the five judges on the Massachusetts Supreme Court are Muslim, what are the chances of them approving “gay marriage”? (Mark Steyn, America Alone, p. xxvii )
Appeasement is a vote to live in the present tense, to hold the comforts of the moment. To fight for king and country is to fight for the future. But a barren society has no future, and so what’s to fight for?” (Mark Steyn, America Alone, p.37)