Monday, January 26, 2009

Stand Up For Geert Wilders!

Geert Wilders, an outspoken critic of Islam, is facing criminal charges by the Dutch government for expressing his opinion. We must come to the aid of this great patriot. We owe it to Geert, to Holland, and to ourselves.

Holland was once the home to liberty's founders and defenders. In the 17th century Hugo Grotius advocated religious tolerance and natural law. Holland gave haven to Spinoza’s family, after Holland gained its freedom from Spain and established a tolerant regime. In 1683, John Locke, fled to Holland where he found freedom and fellowship only to return to England in 1689 during the Glorious Revolution. Locke’s defense of England's new liberal order would inspire the Americans in 1776.

Holland had played a key role in the world’s struggle for liberty. Sadly she is leading Europe’s decay into darkness. It started with the death of Pym Fortuyn and Theo van Gogh. It continued with its betrayal of Ayaan Hirsi Ali. The pace of Holland’s suicide has accelerated with the outrageous attempt to silence one of Europe’s brave patriots.

It must not be allowed to succeed. Speak out! Donate! Boycott Holland until it secures Geert Wilder's freedom and safety.

I join with other freedom-loving writers on the 'net: Jihad Watch, AOW, Caroline Glick, Pamela Geller, New English Review, Grant Jones, Gates of Vienna, Mark Alexander, Bosch Fawstin, Gandalf, John Ray, Robert Spencer, Robert Spencer, and Pamela Geller … more to come.

Update: The UK refuses Wilders' entry because of his views are deemed unacceptable. Reports: Charles N. Steele, Robert Spencer, IFPS, Mary Jackson, Jerry Gordon, Gates of Vienna, Lawrence Auster, Pastorius, Mark Alexander, Opinionator, John Derbyshire, Glenn Reynolds, Andrew McCarthy, Stephen Brown, Bat Ye'or, Theodore Dalrymple, Mary Jackson, Andrew Ian Dodge, Mike McNally, and the MSM: UK Telegraph, Associate Press via the New York Times, BBC, National Post, Brussels Journal, the Spectator.

Update2: Esmerelda Weatherwax reports from London: Fitna is shown while filmaker is banned.

Update3: This is the speech that was banned in Britain.

Update4: WSJ - Britain's Surrender to Islamists: "What makes this surrender of free speech and fairness -- the most noble of British traditions -- particularly depressing is its totality. All main British parties support the Labour government's ban against Mr. Wilders -- the so-called Liberal Democrats just as eagerly as the Tories."

Liberalism flowed from Holland to England to America. It appears that liberalism's end will follow that same path if we do not act.

Update5: Mr. Wilders goes to Washington: Pam Geller, Robert Tracinski, Robert Spencer.

13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI:

http://townhall.com/Columnists/DianaWest/2009/02/05/be_like_mike_defend_free_expression

Weingarten

2/6/09, 10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Diana West link

2/6/09, 12:44 PM  
Blogger Grant Jones said...

Hey Jason, it's great to see you back to blogging.

2/8/09, 2:43 PM  
Blogger Jason_Pappas said...

Thanks, guys. This was too important. I had to speak out.

2/9/09, 6:32 AM  
Blogger Charles N. Steele said...

Listening to BBC this morning was terribly depressing...the commentators couldn't get it out of their heads that to criticise Islam is equivalent to violence, that it was so obviously beyond the pale that were incredulous when interviewing MPs who were defending his right to speak.

Freedom and sanity seem essentially gone in U.K., with the rest of the world following closely.

2/12/09, 5:40 PM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Jason,
I'm in a near frenzy over this matter of what's happening to Geert Wilders.

I've read that he plans to address the U.S. House of Representatives. I wonder if Pelosi will allow that to happen?

2/15/09, 12:49 PM  
Blogger kevin said...

"the commentators couldn't get it out of their heads that to criticise Islam is equivalent to violence"

Interesting, because that is exactly what Muslims believe.

Koran 2:191: "persecution is worse than slaughter"

I guess all that Saudi money and influence is paying off.

2/26/09, 8:17 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

Great to see you back blogging again.

Whatever happened to that award? I've kept checking your site, but have seen nothing.

2/27/09, 2:04 PM  
OpenID brianakira said...

Re: "The UK refuses Wilders' entry because of his views are deemed unacceptable"

To be clear, they didn't actually say anything abut his views. I mean, British politicians have argued against his views, statements, opinions, etc., but the actual reason given for denying him entry was because his PRESENCE would threaten SOCIAL COHESION.

In other words, they are treating him like a bug, or a virus, and implying that an "organ" of the host body's reaction to him would cause disease to spread.

That "organ" is, of course, the Muslim parasite, which is, in fact, the more seductive virus. The Wilders virus would infect the host with "excess" common sense and rationality. The problem is that that parasite set up residence in the host before Wilders attempted to visit, and the British host cannot tolerate two threats at the same time.

3/2/09, 2:46 AM  
Blogger The Venerable 1st Earl of Cromer said...

The banning of Wilders from Britain made me angry too - it was a travesty.

I'm glad he managed to strut his stuff in the US though, and if the polls are correct he might still come out on top.

Maybe if he becomes Dutch PM he can invite Jacqui Smith to his inauguration then have her detained at the airport?

3/7/09, 11:24 AM  
Blogger Charles N. Steele said...

Start posting again. We need as much analysis as we can get of this guy who has taken over the White House.

6/6/09, 11:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'In a generation or two, the US will ask itself: who lost Europe?'

Here is part of the speech of Geert Wilders, Chairman, Party for Freedom, the Netherlands, at the Four Seasons, New York

...
I support Israel. First, because it is the Jewish homeland after two thousand years of exile up to and including Auschwitz, second because it is a democracy, and third because Israel is our first line of defense.
This tiny country is situated on the fault line of jihad, frustrating Islam's territorial advance. Israel is facing the front lines of jihad, like Kashmir, Kosovo, the Philippines, Southern Thailand, Darfur in Sudan, Lebanon, and Aceh in Indonesia. Israel is simply in the way. The same way West-Berlin was during the Cold War.
The war against Israel is not a war against Israel. It is a war against the West. It is jihad. Israel is simply receiving the blows that are meant for all of us. If there would have been no Israel, Islamic imperialism would have found other venues to release its energy and its desire for conquest. Thanks to Israeli parents who send their children to the army and lay awake at night, parents in Europe and America can sleep well and dream, unaware of the dangers looming.
Many in Europe argue in favor of abandoning Israel in order to address the grievances of our Muslim minorities. But if Israel were, God forbid, to go down, it would not bring any solace to the West It would not mean our Muslim minorities would all of a sudden change their behavior, and accept our values. On the contrary, the end of Israel would give enormous encouragement to the forces of Islam. They would, and rightly so, see the demise of Israel as proof that the West is weak, and doomed. The end of Israel would not mean the end of our problems with Islam, but only the beginning. It would mean the start of the final battle for world domination. If they can get Israel, they can get everything. So-called journalists volunteer to label any and all critics of Islamization as a 'right-wing extremists' or 'racists'. In my country, the Netherlands, 60 percent of the population now sees the mass immigration of Muslims as the number one policy mistake since World War II. And another 60 percent sees Islam as the biggest threat. Yet there is a danger greater danger than terrorist attacks, the scenario of America as the last man standing. The lights may go out in Europe faster than you can imagine. An Islamic Europe means a Europe without freedom and democracy, an economic wasteland, an intellectual nightmare, and a loss of military might for America - as its allies will turn into enemies, enemies with atomic bombs. With an Islamic Europe, it would be up to America alone to preserve the heritage of Rome, Athens and Jerusalem.
Dear friends, liberty is the most precious of gifts. My generation never had to fight for this freedom, it was offered to us on a silver platter, by people who fought for it with their lives. All throughout Europe American cemeteries remind us of the young boys who never made it home, and whose memory we cherish. My generation does not own this freedom; we are merely its custodians. We can only hand over this hard won liberty to Europe's children in the same state in which it was offered to us. We cannot strike a deal with mullahs and imams. Future generations would never forgive us. We cannot squander our liberties. We simply do not have the right to do so.

Allen Weingarten

10/7/09, 4:39 AM  
Anonymous kepweng said...

Should not the Dutch Government prosecute those muslims featured in Fitna for hate crime instead of Geert Wilders. How stupid the leaders in the Dutch government are.

12/5/09, 10:10 AM  

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