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Death of a “Blasphemer”-What the murder of Theo van Gogh reveals about the cost of multiculturalism.
FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | November 3, 2004 | Robert Spencer

Posted on 11/03/2004 5:42:51 AM PST by SJackson

the tragic murder of Theo van Gogh reveals about the high cost of multiculturalism

Theo van Gogh was shot dead on an Amsterdam street on Tuesday morning. His assailant was a Dutch Moroccan who was wearing traditional Islamic clothing. After shooting van Gogh several times, he stabbed him repeatedly, slit his throat with a butcher knife, and left a note containing verses from the Qur’an on the body. Said Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende: “Nothing is known about the motive” of the killer.

Others were not quite so cautious. A Dutch student declared: “This has to end, once and for all. You cannot just kill people on the street in a brutal way when you disagree with them.” Job Cohen, the mayor of Amsterdam, declared: “We will show loud and clear that freedom of speech is important to us.”

Freedom of speech: Eight weeks ago, van Gogh’s film Submission aired on Dutch TV. The brainchild of an ex-Muslim member of the Dutch Parliament, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Submission decried the mistreatment of Muslim women — and even featured images of battered women wearing see-through robes that exposed their breasts, with verses from the Qur’an written on their bodies.

In poor taste? Insulting? Probably that was a bit of the intention. Van Gogh, the great grandson of Vincent van Gogh’s brother (“dear Theo”), was a well-known gadfly on the Dutch scene; in the past, he had attacked Jewish and Christians with enough vehemence to elicit formal complaints. But after Submission, the death threats started to come. Van Gogh, in the eyes of many Dutch Muslims, had blasphemed Islam — an offense that brought the death penalty. The filmmaker was unconcerned. The film itself, he said, was “the best protection I could have. It’s not something I worry about.”

His death shows that it’s something that everyone who values freedom should worry about. For the murder of van Gogh, if it indeed turns out to have been committed by a Muslim enraged at his “blasphemy,” has precedents. In 1947, the Iranian lawyer Ahmad Kasravi was murdered in court by Islamic radicals; Kasravi was there to defend himself against charges that he had attacked Islam. Four years later, members of the same radical Muslim group, Fadayan-e Islam, assassinated Iranian Prime Minister Haji-Ali Razmara after a group of Muslim clerics issued a fatwa calling for his death. In 1992, the Egyptian writer Faraj Foda was murdered by Muslims enraged at his “apostasy” from Islam — another offense for which traditional Islamic law prescribes the death penalty. Foda’s countryman, the Nobel Prizewinning novelist Naguib Mahfouz, was stabbed in 1994 after accusations of blasphemy. Under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, many non-Muslims have been arrested, tortured, and sentenced to die on the slimmest of evidence. And of course, there is the Ayatollah Khomeini’s notorious death fatwa against Salman Rushdie.

But for such things to happen in Iran and Egypt, two countries where Islamic radicalism is widespread, is one thing; to have a “blasphemer” gunned down on the streets of Amsterdam in broad daylight is another. Europe has for thirty years encouraged massive immigration from Muslim nations; Muslims now comprise five percent of Holland’s population, and that number is growing rapidly. But it is still largely taboo in Europe — as in America — to raise any questions about how ready that population is to accept the parameters of secularism. When Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn tried to raise some of those questions in 2002, he was vilified as a racist — in line with the continuing tendency of the Western media to frame questions regarding Islam in racial terms, despite the fact that the totalitarian intransigence of the ideology of radical Islam is found among all races. And Fortuyn himself, of course, was himself ultimately murdered by a Dutch assailant who, according to The Guardian, “did it for Dutch Muslims.”

The deaths of Fortuyn and now van Gogh indicate that the costs of maintaining this taboo are growing ever higher. One of the prerequisites of the hard-won peaceful coexistence of ideologies in a secular society is freedom of speech — particularly the freedom to question, to dissent, even to ridicule. Multiculturalism and secularism are on a collision course: if one group is able to demand that its tenets remain above criticism, it no longer coexists with the others as an equal, but has embarked on the path to hegemony.

It is long past due for such considerations to become part of the public debate in Western countries. To what extent are Muslim immigrants in Western countries willing to set aside Islamic strictures on questioning, criticizing, and leaving Islam?

After van Gogh was killed, thousands of people took to the streets of Amsterdam to pay him homage. Among them, according to Agence France Presse, was a Muslim woman who stated: “I didn’t really agree with van Gogh but he was a person who used his freedom of expression.” She held up a sign saying, “Muslims Against Violence,” explaining: “I decided that as a Muslim and a Moroccan I should take up my responsibility to show that we do not support this act.”

But the traditional Muslim view is, unfortunately, alive and well; it was firmly restated several years ago by Pakistan’s Federal Sharia Court: “The penalty for contempt of the Holy Prophet …is death and nothing else.” No one knows how many Muslims in Europe and America hold the views of the Moroccan woman at the rally, and how many would side with Pakistan’s Sharia Court — and the killer of Theo van Gogh.

If Western countries continue, out of ignorance, fear, or narrow self-interest, to refuse to find out, they will find themselves playing host to many more incidents like the bloody scene in Amsterdam Tuesday morning. The longer this question is ignored, or attributed only to “racist” sensibilities, the more likely it becomes that the killing of Theo van Gogh will not be a tragic anomaly, but a harbinger of things to come.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: 1stamendment; amsterdam; art; crime; dhimmitude; duthch; eurabia; firstamendment; islam; jihad; multiculturalism; murder; muslimwomen; netherlands; pimfortuyn; religionofpeace; robertspencer; rop; theovangogh; vangogh

1 posted on 11/03/2004 5:42:51 AM PST by SJackson
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Yehuda; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; ...
If you'd like to be on or off this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.
2 posted on 11/03/2004 5:44:21 AM PST by SJackson (They're not Americans. They're just journalists, Col George Connell, USMC)
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To: SJackson

The question is: Can a nation that tolerates all religions tolerate a religion that does not tolerate other religions?


3 posted on 11/03/2004 5:45:35 AM PST by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: SJackson
They are reaping what they have sown - no way out of a long drawn out civil/terrorist war unless there starts to be mass conversions on muslims to Christianity...
4 posted on 11/03/2004 5:46:21 AM PST by 2banana (They want to die for Islam and we want to kill them)
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To: SJackson

"you cannot just kill people on the street"

You can if you are muslim and there is always a liberal willing to explain away the reasons for the killing.


5 posted on 11/03/2004 5:46:45 AM PST by freeangel (freeangel)
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To: SJackson

Here's hoping that Pres. Bush and the new Congress will quickly take action to change the insane immigration laws of this country.


6 posted on 11/03/2004 6:17:44 AM PST by reelfoot
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To: SJackson

“Nothing is known about the motive” of the killer." Said Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende.

Duh, I think the motive is screaming at him from the previous sentence.


"His assailant...a Dutch Moroccan who was wearing traditional Islamic clothing.....shooting van Gogh several times,...stabbed him repeatedly, slit....throat...butcher knife,.......a note containing verses from the Qur’an on the body."


7 posted on 11/03/2004 6:20:28 AM PST by myheroesareDeadandRegistered (You can't trust a Poodle to operate a grenade laucher or a Nuclear Football!)
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To: myheroesareDeadandRegistered
“Nothing is known about the motive” of the killer."

Another radical animal rights activist.

8 posted on 11/03/2004 6:29:06 AM PST by DTA (proud pajamista)
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To: SJackson
>>>>>>To what extent are Muslim immigrants in Western countries willing to set aside Islamic strictures on questioning, criticizing, and leaving Islam? <<<<

Required reading for European dummies, before they become dhimmis:

The scorpion and the frog

The Camel's nose in the tent

Eurabia - the road to Munich

9 posted on 11/03/2004 6:33:02 AM PST by DTA (proud pajamista)
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To: SJackson

"His death shows that it’s something that everyone who values freedom should worry about."

An Excellent this-is-the-future-so-take-heed post.


10 posted on 11/03/2004 6:33:48 AM PST by gobucks (http://oncampus.richmond.edu/academics/classics/students/Ribeiro/laocoon.htm)
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To: DTA

bookmarked.


11 posted on 11/03/2004 6:34:31 AM PST by gobucks (http://oncampus.richmond.edu/academics/classics/students/Ribeiro/laocoon.htm)
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To: SJackson
>>>>>>To what extent are Muslim immigrants in Western countries willing to set aside Islamic strictures on questioning, criticizing, and leaving Islam? <<<<

the preview of comming attraction. Kosovo today, Ravena and Notre Dame tomorrow


12 posted on 11/03/2004 6:35:09 AM PST by DTA (proud pajamista)
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To: SJackson

Europe has swallowed a poison pill.


13 posted on 11/03/2004 7:01:06 AM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: SJackson

Islam, The Cult of Intolerance & Murder™


14 posted on 11/03/2004 7:19:01 AM PST by 7.62 x 51mm (• veni • vidi • vino • visa • "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: SJackson

And the liberals rail about US evangelicals. You don't find the followers of Pat Robertson out on the streets slitting the throats of liberals.

It's called civilization.


15 posted on 11/03/2004 7:32:09 AM PST by wildbill
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To: SJackson
Death of a “Blasphemer”-What the murder of Theo van Gogh reveals about the cost of multiculturalism.

Thanks to the election results...a fair number of the fellow-travelers of
these murders will soon be feeding the worms of Fallujah.

May Providence protect the US Marines/soldiers and the Iraqi forces as they
clean out the rats-nest.
16 posted on 11/03/2004 8:39:18 AM PST by VOA
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To: SJackson
His assailant was a Dutch Moroccan who was wearing traditional Islamic clothing. After shooting van Gogh several times, he stabbed him repeatedly, slit his throat with a butcher knife, and left a note containing verses from the Qur’an on the body. Said Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende: “Nothing is known about the motive” of the killer.

Religion of Peace update.
17 posted on 11/03/2004 8:42:46 AM PST by Antoninus (A conservative bases his politics on his morals. ... A liberal bases his morals on his politics.)
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To: SJackson
Before the flames are started, Van Gogh did not deserve to die for what he did. I hope his murderer is dispatched in exactly the same way (knowing he won't be).
His death shows that it’s something that everyone who values freedom should worry about. Van Gogh's death has less to do with his freedom being assaulted but the beliefs of others being assaulted by him. What point is made in dressing womaen in diaphonous Muslim veils with Koranic verses scribbled on their body? Can not that point be made in a way that doesn't blaspheme the religion? The freedom our Founding Fathers won for us was mainly of a political nature. They had no intention of underwriting the completely gratuitous degrading debauchery of a Howard Stern, a Maplethorpe or a Van Gogh. That is not worth the expense of the life of good men, and good men don't expend their life that way. No, Van Gogh did not deserve to die but anyone who factors in human nature to the way they view the world will not be befuddled by Van Gogh's useless death. It will be recognized that he gave grievous offense to many, many people (not, apparently, just Muslims).
18 posted on 11/03/2004 9:41:36 AM PST by thegreatbeast (Quid lucrum istic mihi est?)
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To: reelfoot
Here's hoping that Pres. Bush and the new Congress will quickly take action to change the insane immigration laws of this country.

And the new laws should be retroactive. The task isn't just to stop the ongoing invasion. What is equally important, is to clean up the harm already done, to get rid of the Islamic vermin so abundant everywhere in the West.

Look for instance at this part of the article:

She held up a sign saying, “Muslims Against Violence,” explaining: “I decided that as a Muslim and a Moroccan I should take up my responsibility to show that we do not support this act.”

They should do it back in Morocco, or any other Islamic cesspool they had come from. They demand so loudly a right of return for their terrorist Pali buddies... but their own right to go back was never taken from them. Mohammedans did learn their PR lessons. They always have at hand a group of "moderate intellectuals" ready to put up a show of tolerance and compassion. But the sincere majority is "dancing in the streets" and celebrates the deaths of infidels.

Even when that infidels had died quite a long time ago. Here in Wellington, for instance, the Somalian community leadership was quick to express "their outrage" when Jewish graves were desecrated several weeks ago. But I looked the grass-root Kiwi Somalians (what a joke!) in the eye, and I didn't believe a word.

And yes, in this tiny country we have a ever-growing Somalian, and Afghan, and Arab, and other Mohammedan communities, all heavily subsidized by the pinko Labour government with our tax money. There is even widely praised by the Left "the first Muslim MP" in the NZ Parliament...

They still restrain themselves from ritual killings of the infidels, keeping to more "moderate" crimes like rape of "white European whores" and, sometimes, each other... but wait another 10 to 15 years. When this mob is big enough, the gloves will go off.

19 posted on 11/03/2004 1:42:03 PM PST by Neophyte (Nazists, Communists, Islamists... what the heck is the difference?)
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To: thegreatbeast
It will be recognized that he gave grievous offense to many, many people (not, apparently, just Muslims).

You are fighting a straw man of your own making. The article itself reveals that in the past van Gough had offended both Christians and Jews, who filed formal complains against him.

That what it's all about - civilised people choose civilised ways to deal with an offender, savages would shoot him several times, stabb him repeatedly, slit his throat with a butcher knife, and leave a note containing verses from the Qur’an on the body.

And this in deed is something that everyone who values freedom should worry about. Isn't it?

20 posted on 11/03/2004 1:56:23 PM PST by Neophyte (Nazists, Communists, Islamists... what the heck is the difference?)
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To: SJackson

BUMP


21 posted on 11/03/2004 5:24:00 PM PST by SweetCaroline (Give thanks to the GOD of heaven, for His mercy and loving kindness are forever!!)
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To: SJackson
She held up a sign saying, “Muslims Against Violence,”

Talk about an oxymoron!!

Violence is in their scriptures! To be non-violent is to be non-moslem.

Their own clerics say so!!

22 posted on 11/03/2004 6:30:18 PM PST by nightdriver
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To: thegreatbeast

"Can not that point be made in a way that doesn't blaspheme the religion?"

Buddy, you are a sap. Where have you been the last three years? Do you even know that we have a world war on our hands, and it is against radical (read: faithful to the bloodthirsty Koran) Islam?

Blaspheme their religion, huh? Would it blaspheme their religion if I pointed out that their great prophet Mohammad was a vicious, looney child molestor? Would I deserve to be shot and stabbed to death because I express my honest opinion that Allah can go suck goat b***s before I'll ever bow down to him?

Listen, the creep who murdered Van Gogh in cold blood and pinned a page of that hateful "holy book" to his body should fry like the pig he is. There was NO justification or excuse for the murder. The ghost of Van Gogh, like that of Pim Fortyn before him, cries out for justice against the lunatic leftist/Islamo-Fascist cabal who are threatening to turn the Netherlands into the next Kosovo.


23 posted on 11/03/2004 8:57:14 PM PST by RockAgainsttheLeft04 ("America...F**K YEAH !" -Team America: World Police)
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To: RockAgainsttheLeft04
Listen, have someone hook you up with Hooked on Phonics because you really need help with your reading. In the introductory sentence I suggested that the murderer meet the same fate as Van Gogh. The war with the islamofascists was not a topic of what I wrote about.
24 posted on 11/04/2004 9:06:35 AM PST by thegreatbeast (Quid lucrum istic mihi est?)
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To: Neophyte
Okay, did you read my introductory sentence? Did I not call for the requisite pound of flesh?
The sentence you quote from my posting was my recognition that Van Gogh had made those films that assaulted the faith of the Jews and Christians. The man was a professional bear-baiter. This time the bear got him. I guess my point is that Van Gogh was a pig, a wastrel. But I never thought that he was somehow not entitled to all the rights and freedoms we enjoy.
But, again, read what I write before bringing up vaporous objections.
25 posted on 11/04/2004 9:21:10 AM PST by thegreatbeast (Quid lucrum istic mihi est?)
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To: thegreatbeast

"The sentence you quote from my posting was my recognition that Van Gogh had made those films that assaulted the faith of the Jews and Christians. The man was a professional bear-baiter. This time the bear got him. I guess my point is that Van Gogh was a pig, a wastrel"

Your opinion, and you're entitled to it. However, your postings still smack of moral relativism, like you are trying to say that Van Gogh somehow brought this atrocity upon himself through his vocal distaste for religion. Bulls**t. I'm a Christian, and I don't care who's God he offends (even Jesus, who can stick up for Himself without your input), there is NO WAY that Van Gogh was comparable to his murderer. Religious fanaticism--defined here as killing in the name of a God or gods--is intolerable nomatter what the stripe.

Oh, and if your post really "wasn't about Islamofascism", then you obviously haven't read the motive of his killer.
Van Gogh's murderer was a pig fascist and an Islamic extremist, so it is fair for me to point out that his murder DID NOT occur in a vacuum. Rather, Van Gogh was another direct victim of the worldwide war we find ourselves thrust into against the forces of radical Islam.


26 posted on 11/04/2004 2:40:33 PM PST by RockAgainsttheLeft04 ("America...F**K YEAH !" -Team America: World Police)
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To: RockAgainsttheLeft04
Nonsense:"However, your postings still smack of moral relativism, ...Nonsense:"NO WAY that Van Gogh was comparable to his murderer..."Nonsense:"...and if your post really "wasn't about Islamofascism", then you obviously haven't read the motive of his killer."

Again, I'll recommend a remedial reading course for you. Your reading of my post is so far off that I am tempted to think that English is your second language. And, please, don't try to tell me what my posts are about. You have made two attempts and have failed both times.

27 posted on 11/04/2004 3:29:39 PM PST by thegreatbeast (Quid lucrum istic mihi est?)
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To: thegreatbeast

"Nonsense:"NO WAY that Van Gogh was comparable to his murderer.."

Wait. So I'M the one who needs to read YOUR posts more carefully? If anybody can figure out what you are trying to say here, then I'll give them a prize.

Nonsense...as in "That's nonsense, nowhere did I suggest that Van Gogh and his Islamist murderer were comparable" or nonsense as in "your point is nonsense because Van Gogh was comparable to his killer"?

I'll let you answer the question, but don't try to deflect from the fact that you are the only poster on this thread who has (TWICE!) attacked the victim for no other reason than that you disagreed with his films.


28 posted on 11/04/2004 3:58:50 PM PST by RockAgainsttheLeft04 ("America...F**K YEAH !" -Team America: World Police)
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To: RockAgainsttheLeft04

You're talking to yourself now.


29 posted on 11/04/2004 4:19:31 PM PST by thegreatbeast (Quid lucrum istic mihi est?)
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To: thegreatbeast

"You're talking to yourself now."

Now there's an intelligent, factual argument in support of your beliefs. You've bowled me over with your superb debate skills, so I'll just have to concede to your argument. I guess Van Gogh did deserve to die because he mocked organized religion. May all of us blasphemers meet the same fate. Allah Akhbar, buddie.


30 posted on 11/04/2004 4:46:31 PM PST by RockAgainsttheLeft04 ("America...F**K YEAH !" -Team America: World Police)
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To: wildbill
You don't find the followers of Pat Robertson out on the streets slitting the throats of liberals.

We are told of great danger in the Bush victory.

31 posted on 11/04/2004 5:01:38 PM PST by alrea (Did terrorists infiltrate CBS?)
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To: All

"She held up a sign saying, “Muslims Against Violence"

Yeah right. Butchers against meat. Mechanics against cars. Printers against books. Bankers against money.

Get real.


32 posted on 11/04/2004 10:37:08 PM PST by Bazooka (Just say what you think. They hate our guts anyway.)
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To: RockAgainsttheLeft04

Illiterate, bloviating confabulators don't get a lot of my time. Call the Samaritans.


33 posted on 11/04/2004 10:38:15 PM PST by thegreatbeast (Quid lucrum istic mihi est?)
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