Wilders wants to ban the Koran
8 August 2007, AMSTERDAM - Geert Wilders wants to ban the Koran. The leader of the Freedom Party PVV wrote this in a letter published in the Volkskrant today. The politician compares the Islamic holy book with Adolf Hilter's Mein Kampf, which has been banned from sale in the Netherlands since the end of World War II.
8 August 2007
AMSTERDAM - Geert Wilders wants to ban the Koran. The leader of the Freedom Party PVV wrote this in a letter published in the Volkskrant today. The politician compares the Islamic holy book with Adolf Hilter's Mein Kampf, which has been banned from sale in the Netherlands since the end of World War II.
Although the Nazi text is banned from sale, it is available in some libraries and ownership of the text is not illegal.
Wilders is willing to allow the Koran as an object of study, but that should be the only exception to the ban. "A ban is a ban. Not only the sale, but also the use in mosques and ownership in a household context should be punishable. If the current legislation does not allow that then a new law on banning the book should be introduced."
The politician hopes this will send a signal to radical Muslims who use the Koran to justify violence. He cited the "attackers" of Ehsan Jami as an example. They assaulted the chairman of the committee for ex-Muslims last Saturday – presumably because of his controversial statements on Islam. Wilders says that the perpetrators found an excuse for using violence against Jami in the Koran.
"Enough is enough," the faction leader writes. After calling the increase in the number of Muslims in the Netherlands a "tsunami of Islamisation" during his election campaign, and his call for a halt on the construction of mosques and a ban on burqas, the politician is now targeting the Koran: "a fascist book," according to Wilders.
He will not be able to muster a majority in Parliament for his proposal, Wilders realises. "Unfortunately our proposals are often rejected with a vote of 141 against 9. But if I were to let myself become dissuaded by that then I would be better off just stopping my efforts. This book incites hate and murder, and therefore does not fit in with our rule of law. If Muslims want to participate, they must distance themselves from the Koran. I know that is asking a great deal, but we have to stop making concessions."
[Copyright Expatica News 2007]
Subject: Dutch news