A couple of days ago Martin Schulz, speaker of the European parliament, sat side-by-side with a couple of Arabs in front of the TV cameras. In a formal statement, he expressed his abject submission to Islamic law by declaring his solidarity with Muslims in their outrage against the Mohammed movie, and he condemned those who made it.
This act of blatant dhimmitude didn’t sit too well with his fellow Europeans, and a Dutch TV program cornered Mr. Schulz and confronted him about his illiberal behavior.
Below is an article on the same topic from RNW (Dutch public television):
Anti-Islam Film Continues to Make Waves Around the World
The speaker of the European parliament has strongly condemned the recent anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims. But he in his turn has been roundly criticised for giving in to extremists. The film continues to provoke fierce reactions in the Western as well as the Arab world.
“I condemn strongly not only the content but also the distribution of such a movie, which is humiliating the feelings of a lot of people all over the world,” said a press statement issued yesterday by Martin Schulz, the speaker of the European parliament, in reaction to the amateur video that has led to sometimes violent protests throughout the Islamic world.
Dutch Euro-parliamentarian Hans van Baalen is unimpressed: “Schulz should be standing up for the freedom of expression”, the centre-right MEP told a Dutch radio station.
“This denunciation puts him on the wrong side of the argument. He’d have been better off saying that while he personally might find it a bad film, it must be possible to make and distribute it”. According to van Baalen, someone who is on the right side is the Moroccan-Dutch Mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Abu Taleb. “He spoke out for freedom of expression and advised Muslims to ignore the film”. Van Baalen emphasised that Abu Taleb is himself a Muslim. Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders was also quick to condemn Schulz’s statement. Via Twitter, Wilders called him a ‘coward’ who had ‘sentenced freedom of speech to death’…
Hat tip for the article: JP.