An elected, sitting Dutch politician named Geert Wilders was recently invited by the House of Lords in England to show his anti-Islamic-terror film called Fitna, and to answer questions and discuss the film with the House. One Lord, a muslim appointed by Tony Blair who has confessed himself “an Islamist,” protested and threatened to bring thousands of muslims to the House of Lords to wreak havoc if Wilders showed. At first the House backed down, but under public pressure reinstated its invitation to Wilders. Today, Wilders flew to England to show the film and was turned back as persona non grata at the airport under Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s secretary of state’s order, based on a “finding” that Wilders posed a threat to the security of Britain. This is the first time an EU country has ever refused entry to a sitting official from another EU country.
What threat does Wilders pose to the peace and security of Britain? The film itself simply contraposes verses from the Koran with film of terrorist acts performed by muslims and statements from muslim preachers. If the film makes no sense because the verses do not match the actions, who would be bothered (but in fact the film makes too much sense)? And Wilders himself is not a threatening man. So where does the threat come from?
The threat, obviously, comes from muslims in Britain who do not like the message in the film (or worse, perhaps, are just fine with the message but don’t like the fact that it’s being publicly exposed) and think they can bully the great nation of Britain into willful blindness. This is known as “the heckler’s veto.” It is anathema to free speech, and it is a truly sad day to see Britain fall victim to it. I hope public outcry in England reverses this travesty.