Although, as a firm believer in freedom of religion, I would not condone an outright ban on any religion's sacred writings, it's not surprising that the reaction to a Dutch lawmakers call to ban the Koran would be, what else.... a death threat, and just serves to confirm the reason he wants it banned in the first place.
Geert Wilders of the right-wing Freedom Party told Cybercast News Service that since calling for a ban -- in a letter published Wednesday in the newspaper De Volkskrant -- he had received death threats and criticism, "but fortunately also many positive responses from voters." In his letter, published under the headline "Enough is enough: Ban the Koran," Wilders called the Koran a "fascist" text that has "no place in our constitutional state." He said some verses instruct Muslims "to oppress, persecute or kill Christians, Jews, dissidents and non believers, to beat and rape women and to establish an Islamic state by force."He went on to say that
"The Koran, like Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf, should be banned in the Netherlands".
The Dutch government, of course, has condemned his proposal and 2 lawyers
have filed complaints against Wilders, accusing him of violating Dutch law with his statements.With approximately 1 million Muslims, out of 16 million people (6% of the pop.), the Netherlands has the 2nd largest Muslim population in western Europe, with France ranking number one. You can understand why some Dutch citizens might be running scared, particularly after what happened to filmmaker Theo Van Gogh and the threats against Ayaan Hirsi Ali. There have been others threatened with death, but most recently an Iranian-born Dutch politician was viciously attacked by 3 Muslims for establishing a support group for ex-Muslims. This was, apparently, the third occurrence. He is now under police protection, all because a bunch of religious wackos believe they have the right to punish those critical of their religion.
The problem is the Netherlands, itself, is enabling the Islamization of its country. You have Dutch Christian-Democrat (CDA) Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner declaring, last year, that
"It is a sure certainty for me: if two thirds of all Netherlanders tomorrow would want to introduce Sharia, then this possibility must exist. Could you block this legally? It would also be a scandal to say 'this isn't allowed! The majority counts. That is the essence of democracy."And integration minister Elle Vogelaar who recently said that
the Netherlands should in the future be home to a "Judeo-Christian-Islamic tradition."Maybe, if Islam was a more civilized, tolerant, inclusive religion. But it obviously isn't, and it never will be, as long as the 'so-called' moderate majority can't reign in the 'so-called' radical minority, and as long as they don't modernize their religion, which also obviously will never happen, considering the increasing trend towards conservatism.
Then you have the problem with integration. The country is headed for major trouble with its highly 'socially segregated' society
About two-thirds of Turks and Moroccans "associate predominantly with members of their own ethnic group," while a similar proportion of native Dutch "have little or no contact at all with immigrants." Moreover, contacts between the groups are decreasing, notably those between second generation Turks and Moroccans and native Dutch,"We should take heed, before it's too late for us.
Hat Tip: American Congress for Truth