Indonesia tells YouTube

The Indonesian Information Minister Mohammad Nuh has written to YouTube, demanding that it remove Fitna. If it does not comply, the Indonesian government and ISPs will block access to the video sharing site.

YouTube, whose record in the area of religious censorship is spotty, have so far responded well:

The diversity of the world in which we live — spanning the vast dimensions of ethnicity, religion, nationality, language, political opinion, gender, and sexual orientation, to name a few — means that some of the beliefs and views of some individuals may offend others.

There have been 3 days of protest outside the Dutch embassy.

Wilders himself wants to edit his movie to remove copyright-violating material. He used Kurt Westergaard’s Turbomb cartoon without permission, and the cartoonist is not happy:

I don’t want my drawing to be used in something that I don’t know anything about. Had Mr. Wilders contacted me, we could have talked together and I could have found out what he wanted with the drawing.

For a Muslim reaction to Fitna which does not involve petulant foot-stomping, read Reem Maghribi’s article over at Pickled Politics.

Wilders has put Muslims in a position to defend their religion and offer alternative explanations for the Quaranic verses which the film has quite dramatically and uncomfortably linked with heinous acts. Muslims must react accordingly. Not by being insulted and angered but by joining the discussion.

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