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Geert Wilders

Posted in freedom of speech, politicians on liberty by ukliberty on February 16, 2009

It seems par for the course that ‘banning’ him has led to more publicity for him, his views and his film, than he otherwise might have achieved in the UK.  

It’s somewhat funny that he came here in November and there was no fuss at all.

It also seems par for the course that a number of people have commented on the film without having seen it.  Keith Vaz, for example, who amply demonstrates in this Newsnight debate that he is an illiberal, self-satisfied idiot.

There are people who are saying we should ban Wilders because he is offensive.  Wrong!  We should only ban him if it is necessary and proportionate.  HeadofLegal sets out why he thinks the ban is unlawful: part one, part two, and a podcast with Charon QC.

No doubt the pending legal action by Wilders will gain him even more publicity.

(I haven’t seen Fitna but then I haven’t commented on it.)

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  1. Pelena said, on February 17, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    I’ve seen Fitna a few times – I think all muslims should see it too – it shows radical islamists interpreting pats of the Koran in a very violent way.
    Luckily christians and Jews don’t follow EVERYTHING it says in the bile. There are some very strange texts there too…

  2. Pelena said, on February 17, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    I’ve seen Fitna a few times – I think all muslims should see it too – it shows radical islamists interpreting pats of the Koran in a very violent way.
    Luckily christians and Jews don’t follow EVERYTHING it says in the bible. There are some very strange texts there too…

  3. digitaltoast said, on February 19, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Talking of Wilders and Liberty…

    I just got off the phone with Liberty, allegedly the defenders of free speech, them having not answered any emails. The reason I called was that I heard someone on The World At One saying how terrible it was that we were all being so nasty to poor Abu Qatada. As this story was only from this morning and they were so quick off the mark, I thought “Hmmm, I must have missed something here regarding Wilders”.

    I have just been told on the phone by a New Zealand sounding lady that they are “really busy this week and there won’t be any statement coming as the whole Geert Wilders thing has been and gone now”. When I asked “Why wasn’t a statement issued at the time, and would you be prepared to let me know Liberty’s stand on this?” I was told “Sorry, I really have to go now”. The whole call took under a minute.

    PLEASE call, write or email Liberty and keep the pressure on, and politely but firmly re-assure them that the story has not “been and gone”!
    http://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/contact/index.shtml

    This is really really important – a strong test of what Liberty really means and where their allegiance lies.


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