Monday, March 03, 2008

Anti-Quran Film to Air in Netherlands

This is interesting. If the Muslims react in the usual fashion, with murder and riots, they will have proved the probable point of the film. If they react calmly and with lawsuits, they might have a case.

The biggest 'if' of this case is going to be what the film will say about Islam. If they only take quotes from the Koran and Hadith, then the Muslims will have a hard time proving their case. It might be interesting to see how the Muslims claim that quoting the Koran is defamation of Islam!


Anti-Quran Film to Air in Netherlands: "Wilders has lived under round-the-clock security since the 2004 murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh by an Islamic radical enraged by his short film, 'Submission,' a fictional study of abused Muslim women with scenes of near-naked women with Quranic texts engraved on their flesh.

The film 'Fitna'—an Arabic word meaning discord—puts the centuries-old Dutch traditions of religious tolerance and freedom of speech on a collision course.

If it airs, Dutch Muslims are expected to file criminal complaints for racial or religious vilification. Prosecutors would then have to decide whether to charge Wilders with any offense.

'Our law is very clear—anybody can make a film. We have freedom of expression and you cannot restrict that,' says Moroccan-born Sadik Harchaoui, chief of the Forum Institute for Multicultural Development.

'Can you offend people? The answer is yes. I'm not saying you should do it or it is desirable, but you can,' he added. 'But if the film is insulting and preaches hate, then the law has to take action.'"

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