The Fitna news just keeps on keeping on.
More Sad news for lovers of Free Speech: LGF is reporting that Michael van der Galien's European blog "Poligazette" posted Fitna and has now been suspended. I don't think it's because he didn't pay his bills.
Wilders is saying that the PM Jan Balkenende must be terribly embarrassed about everything he has said about Fitna in the past.
I don't know. If I were a member of the Dhutch Government I'd be more embarrassed about this: Dutch Cabinet: Muslim and Non-Muslim stand side by side. If this isn't dhimmitude, I don't know what is, folks.
On a clearly pre-arranged scenario, the government Friday held a series of meetings with Islamic groups. Hours after MP Geert Wilders released his Koran film Fitna, the cabinet's message was clear: Muslims and non-Muslims stand side by side.And remember how I told you that I thought that there was a Moslem backdown in the works. There was, and it appears to have been a coordinated effort.
At her ministry on Friday morning, Integration Minister Ella Vogelaar held dialogues with various religious, ideological and minority organisations to speak about the content of Fitna, the anti-Koran film released on Thursday evening by Party for Freedom (PVV) leader Geert Wilders. Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin was also present.
All Muslim organisations were restrained in their reaction to the film. They confirmed that they had mutually agreed on this strategy. There was also close consultation with the ministers, according to Fouad Sidali, chairperson of the Alliance of Moroccans in the Netherlands.
And I found this observation interesting. The Moslems completely blow off the Mohammed cartoon with the exploding turban and then say the linkage of horrific terrorist events to the Koran isn't blasphemy. So, in other words, it's true. And there you go.
The film links horrific events to Koran verses. But virtually all Islam experts agreed it is never blasphemous.And this insight into the real situation on the ground there is worth the price of admission.
Three of the mosques known as the most radical apparently instructed their visitors Friday not to react to the film. "We are furious, but we will stay clam. (sic) Do not utilise your emotions but your reason. Otherwise we will lose," said the imam of the Al Fourqaan mosque in Eindhoven. If asked for a reaction to the film, "you shall send (the person asking the question) to the mosque".-end-
Apparently, a similar message went out to visitors of the El Tawheed mosque in Amsterdam, who did not wish to answer journalists' questions Friday. And Sheikh Fawaz Jneid, the imam of the As Sunnah mosque in Hague, said: "Wilders has not succeeded in offending Muslims. (...) All have remained calm. That proves the film has not affected us."
Fawaz Jneid, a Syrian, cursed filmmaker Theo van Gogh in a sermon two weeks before Van Gogh was ritually assassinated. The killer, Mohammed Bouyeri, attended that sermon, a terrorist suspect earlier declared in court. Last November, The Hague city council however announced it had issued a permit allowing the As-Sunnah mosque to expand.
Like As Sunnah, Al Fourqaan and El Tawheed are Salafist mosques. According to the secret service AIVD, Bouyeri's terrorist group 'Hofstad' was formed in El Tawheed from 2002 onwards. And in Al Fourqaan, three imams allowed Jihad-recruitment to take place, say open AIVD sources.