A Dutch reader who calls himself Mr. Resident sent us the following email this morning:
Subject: The Dutch Beat the Danes!
Dear Gates of Vienna,
I follow the news about my country closely, as well as your blog. I think I have a piece that might astound you. You may think the Danes had a problem over the cartoons. But wait and read this. I think the Dutch outmatched the Danes quite a bit here. The following is a translation of a Dutch left-wing newspaper, De Volkskrant. All newspapers however publish similar on their front pages.
Mr. Resident included his translation of the article in today’s De Volkskrant:
Wilders: Ban the Koran, also in mosques- - - - - - - - - -
by our reporter Sara Berkeljon
Amsterdam — Geert Wilders wants to ban the Koran. The leader of the Party for Liberty wrote this today in De Volkskrant. The politician compared the Islamic holy scripture with Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler. That book has been censored in The Netherlands since the end of World War Two; it cannot be sold in the country. Wilders, about the Koran: “Ban that cursed book, just as Mein Kampf is banned!”
The comparison with the national-socialist book need not be quite the same, explained Wilder by telephone. Mein Kampf may be used in universities, the possession f the book is not illegal, and one can read this book in some public libraries.
The Koran as material to be studied in Dutch universities should be allowed, but that would also be the limit: “So, not only sale of the Koran, but also the use in mosques and the possession in private homes should be punishable by law. If that is not possible within the present law, we should change that law.”
The politician wants to send a message to radical Muslims who use the Koran to legitimate violence and hatred. As an example he pointed to the attackers of Ehsan Jami. They assaulted the chairman for the committee of Muslim apostates, possibly for his outspoken views about the Islam. According to Wilders, the culprits found their excuse in the Koran to beat up Mr. Jami.
Enough is enough, writes the faction leader. After his statement about a tsunami of Muslims entering the country during the elections, after his pleas for a ban on building mosques as well as for a complete ban on burkhas, the politician aims his arrows now at the Koran: “A book of fascism,” according to Wilders.
It is unlikely he will find a majority in the House, realizes the leader of the Party for Liberty. “Unfortunately, most of our proposals are often denied by a 141 to 9 majority. However, if that mattered to us, we’d better stop our party altogether. This book encourages murder and hatred, and therefore does not fit within our society. If Muslims want to participate in our society, they have to distance themselves from this Koran. I can see that would be too much to ask for, but we have to stop making concessions.”