Skip to comments.Death of a “Blasphemer”-What the murder of Theo van Gogh reveals about the cost of multiculturalism.
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 Quran 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 Goghs 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 Quran written on their bodies.
In poor taste? Insulting? Probably that was a bit of the intention. Van Gogh, the great grandson of Vincent van Goghs 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. Its not something I worry about.
His death shows that its 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. Fodas countryman, the Nobel Prizewinning novelist Naguib Mahfouz, was stabbed in 1994 after accusations of blasphemy. Under Pakistans 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 Khomeinis 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 Hollands 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 didnt 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 Pakistans 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 Pakistans 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.
The question is: Can a nation that tolerates all religions tolerate a religion that does not tolerate other religions?
"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.
Here's hoping that Pres. Bush and the new Congress will quickly take action to change the insane immigration laws of this country.
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 Quran on the body."
Another radical animal rights activist.
Required reading for European dummies, before they become dhimmis:
"His death shows that its something that everyone who values freedom should worry about."
An Excellent this-is-the-future-so-take-heed post.
the preview of comming attraction. Kosovo today, Ravena and Notre Dame tomorrow
Europe has swallowed a poison pill.
Islam, The Cult of Intolerance & Murder
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.
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.
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 Quran on the body.
And this in deed is something that everyone who values freedom should worry about. Isn't it?
Talk about an oxymoron!!
Violence is in their scriptures! To be non-violent is to be non-moslem.
Their own clerics say so!!
"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.
"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.
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.
"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.
You're talking to yourself now.
"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.
We are told of great danger in the Bush victory.
"She held up a sign saying, Muslims Against Violence"
Yeah right. Butchers against meat. Mechanics against cars. Printers against books. Bankers against money.
Illiterate, bloviating confabulators don't get a lot of my time. Call the Samaritans.