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Britain wrong to ban Wilders, says court
Dutch News ^ | October 13 2009

Posted on 10/13/2009 9:21:35 AM PDT by knighthawk

Anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders should not have been refused entry to Britain to attend a screening of his film Fitna earlier this year, a British immigration tribunal ruled on Tuesday.

Wilders had been invited to the House of Lords, the upper house of the British parliament, for the screening in February, but was told he would be refused entry on public order grounds.

Wilders went ahead with the trip and was turned back by immigration officials at Heathrow airport. 'This is a very black day. They are bowing down to Islam by refusing entry to critics,' Wilders said at the time.

The 15 minute film Fitna is a compilation of tv footage which equates Islam with terrorism. The London screening was only attended by a handful of people.

Disappointed

'We are disappointed by the court's decision. The government opposes extremism in all its forms,' a British home office spokesman told the BBC on Tuesday.

'The decision to refuse Wilders admission was taken on the basis that his presence could have inflamed tensions between our communities and have led to inter-faith violence. We still maintain this view.'

Wilders described the ruling as 'fantastic'. 'This is a victory for freedom of expression,' he told the Telegraaf.

Foreign affairs minister Maxime Verhagen said he was pleased with the verdict and that he hoped Britain would now admit Wilders.

Court

The Dutch government had protested about the ban, saying Wilders was not a threat to public order.

Wilders still faces prosecution in the Netherlands for discrimination and inciting hatred. That trial is due to begin in January.

Wilders' political party, the PVV, is currently one of the biggest in the country in the latest opinion polls with some 28 of the 150 seats in parliament.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: britian; europeanunion; fitna; geertwilders; netherlands; uk; unitedkingdom; wilders

1 posted on 10/13/2009 9:21:36 AM PDT by knighthawk
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Ping


2 posted on 10/13/2009 9:22:47 AM PDT by knighthawk (We will always remember We will always be proud We will always be prepared so we may always be free)
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To: knighthawk

Great Britain will be Islamic in a decade.


3 posted on 10/13/2009 9:26:44 AM PDT by Achilles Heel
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To: knighthawk
The government opposes extremism in all its forms

Yes, they oppose the hysterical head-chopping, subway-bombing Muslims, and they oppose those who don't want their heads chopped off or their subways bombed.

Pretty even-handed, if you ask me.

4 posted on 10/13/2009 9:27:28 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Hear us, O Bama: Mmm, mmm, mmm.)
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To: Achilles Heel

What do you mean by ‘will be’?


5 posted on 10/13/2009 9:27:58 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Achilles Heel

“Great Britain will be Islamic in a decade”

They are definitely in a downward spiral. You may well be right.


6 posted on 10/13/2009 9:52:07 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Lurker

Well, just over one year I spoke to Great Britain citizens (via phone) as I connected with them per job, and they didn’t see a big risk. They said the Islamists live in a certain section, and always cause problems over there. We read about the problems there, and assume it is the entire country...so I mentioned to these people. Well, they were hoping it wouldn’t spread beyond that section! It seems to me the Islamists have put a lot of pressure on the govt (Like ZERO is doing) to allow Muslims to do what they want, and no disagreements.


7 posted on 10/13/2009 9:54:55 AM PDT by Achilles Heel
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To: knighthawk
Wilders still faces prosecution in the Netherlands for discrimination and inciting hatred. That trial is due to begin in January.

That should be interesting to watch.

8 posted on 10/13/2009 10:11:34 AM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: knighthawk
Cross reference:

Dutch right-winger Geert Wilders wins challenge against British ban

9 posted on 10/13/2009 10:16:48 AM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: knighthawk
The Dutch government had protested the ban, saying Wilders was not a threat to public order.

Geert Wilder's own government took a stand against the British government, supporting him.

Did the U.S. government take a stand against the British government when Michael Savage was banned? No. I know that Savage wrote to Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of State, months ago, but received no reply.

10 posted on 10/13/2009 12:27:05 PM PDT by my_pointy_head_is_sharp (The Libs play dirty. When all else fails, call the Conservatives "racist". Or "the Taliban".)
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To: Achilles Heel

No it won’t.


11 posted on 10/15/2009 2:18:53 AM PDT by Vanders9
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