Meanwhile, in his response to complaints from Indonesian authorities, Dutch Prime Minister, Jan Peter Balkenende, admitted that the Amsterdam pornography industry shares a good part of the blame for youth in Indonesian mosques being tempted by internet pornography.
Balkenende called on Dutch film makers to end the continuing cultural imperialism that the Dutch impose on their former "East Indian" colony, and to show respect and avoid internet publication of pornography. This has led to promises from the Pornography Actors' Guild, and leaders of Dutch cultural and industry associations to fill the streets May 1 with tens of thousands of people to demonstrate in defense of freedom of expression on the internet.
[The whole is good-time reading: http://covenantzone.blogspot
Geert Wilders' Fitna Movie: Bill O'Reilly Declares Jihad
|Tuesday, April 1, 2008|
|Amsterdam, The Netherlands -- Controversial far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders' provocative dissertation Fitna hit the Internet March 27. Even before the seventeen minute film's release, protests erupted due to the incendiary subject matter contained within.|
The movie is a documentary-style exposé of American trash-journalist Bill O'Reilly's militant calls for violent demonstrations and reprisals against "unbelievers" who dare to oppose his dogma.
"Bill O'Reilly is one of modern society's greatest threats to personal safety, individual's rights, and freedom of thought," Mr. Wilders told reporters outside the Binnenhof government offices in Amsterdam. "He has taken a benign doctrine and corrupted it to serve his own petty agenda. O'Reilly can, how do they say in America, dish it out but he cannot take it."
"I don't have anything against Fox News viewers," the maverick legislator continued. "They are people just like you and me. My concern is with O'Reilly's fascist message of intolerance and hate. If you slam the guy, he comes after you."
Socially liberal Holland, normally known for easily available prostitution, pot smoking, and money laundering, officially denounced Mr. Wilders' assertions.
"As a nation, we Dutch are pretty laid back," said Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, "but this has gone too far. Geert Wilders' self-aggrandizing extremism, as exemplified by his funny facial expressions and poofy blonde hair, brings shame to the Netherlands."
[Check out the rest. Very cool.]
Ayatollah Khomeini, 1979
"Allah did not create man so that he could have fun. The aim of creation was for mankind to be put to the test through hardship and prayer. An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam. There can be no fun and joy in whatever is serious."
Looks like some of us will never make it as good Muslims. You'll find me laughing on the way out.