Sunday, December 2, 2007

Member of the Dutch Parliament Plans a Provocative Film about Islam

"A member of the Dutch Parliament, and head of the small hard-right 'Party for Freedom' (PvV), Geert Wilders, is working on a television film on the Qur'an. This is the second step for Wilders in his fight against what he considers 'the danger of Islam.'

"Wilders recently called for the banning of what he called the 'fascist Qur'an,' comparing it to Hitler's manifesto 'Mein Kampf.'

"Radio Netherlands Worldwide quotes him as saying that his film may be compared to the film 'Submission' that was produced by Theo van Gogh and Ayaan Hirsi Ali in 2004.

"According to the newspaper 'De Telegraaf,' Wilders did not want to give further details about the new film at this time. It was able to say, however, that that Wilders said that he is negotiating with a television channel, but might, if necessary, show it in the slot allocated to his political party on public television, or on the internet.

"In its initial reaction the Dutch government expressed nervousness over Wilders's plans, and the ministries of the Interior and Justice have alerted him of the risks of his planned film. The official spokesman for the Ministry of Justice said that the Ministry has taken preemptive measures in anticipation of broad international controversy over the film, while affirming that Wilders is free to express his opinion. [...]"

Source:, December 1, 2007