- Published on Sunday, 07 March 2010 19:40
- Written by John Draper
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When Geert Wilders came to Britain last Friday (March 5) and showed his film Fitna at the House of Lords, he caused quite a stir. Exercising their right to free speech, groups demonstrated outside both for and against his views. Since he might well have a major role in the next Dutch Government, what he has to say is of interest and he also verbalizes what many others in the Western World think. I think his words are inflammatory but have some truth to them. The Qu’ran does in fact compare with the Bible’s Old Testament and does preach violent solutions. I wonder to what extent we can rely on moderate Muslims to “interpret” these teachings so they conform with western values of equal rights for women plus tolerance for other religions and apostasy. Although I would not ban the Qu’ran as he advocates, I would ban Sharia law and insist that immigrants follow local laws and adapt their culture so they fit in and don’t try to change the ways of their host. For example, head scarves are OK, niqabs are not.
A recent debate at Intelligence Squared talked about how Europe is coping with Muslims and although Muslim commenters in the audience talked of loving Britain, the majority of the audience seemed to agree that the problem was with Muslims and not with Europe. Because of the visit by Wilders, British news reports are giving him a chance to speak – although with little sympathy.
This video from the BBC is a good example.