Dutch Muslims, Christians prepare jointly to criticise Koran film

18th March 2008, Comments 3 comments

Dutch Protestants and Muslims have joined in preparing a statement critical of the yet-to-be-released Koran-film of MP Geert Wilders, a Protestant Church spokesman said Monday

18 March 2008

AMSTERDAM - Dutch Protestants and Muslims have joined in preparing a statement critical of the yet-to-be-released Koran-film of MP Geert Wilders, a Protestant Church spokesman said Monday.

The film by the founder of the Freedom Party, which runs on a platform of criticism on the Islam and migrants, is expected to be released on www.fitnathemovie.com any day.

Wilders says his film will demonstrate why the Muslim Holy Scripture "is a fascist book that incites people to commit violence."

The film has captured the headlines of the Dutch media ever since the legislator announced he was working on it last November.

The Protestant Church and two umbrella organisations of the Muslim community in the Netherlands - Contact Group Muslims CGI and Contact Muslims and Government CMO - were due Monday to discuss the text of a joint statement.

The Council of Churches, an umbrella organisation of all Dutch Christians - Protestants and Catholics - was also expected to take part in the meeting.

[Copyright dpa 2008]

3 Comments To This Article

  • raven posted:

    on 21st March 2008, 14:41:24 - Reply

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  • Jelengar posted:

    on 19th March 2008, 08:33:45 - Reply

    Now Geert Wilders will have to make also the anti-Calvinist film. Way to go. And because there is a Bible belt in The Netherlands, and that means plenty of material, he might become most famous Dutch film maker. Of course, only if he doesn't meet his maker too soon like Theo van Gogh.
  • roberto L tanizaki posted:

    on 18th March 2008, 12:01:20 - Reply

    The irony of the joint Calvinist-Muslim protest about the yet unseen Wilders film is precisely that: the film is yet to be seen and therefore does not yet merit criticism. Yet it is the glut of pre-publicity about the film that has provoked such pre-criticism. Surely, the Dutch 4th estate has more challenging issues to tackle. Otherwise, this entire circus will only underscore the current and dangerous paucity of ideas and ideals in the very region where Europe's Age of Enlightenment commenced or reached a peak.