Archive for July, 2011

Dutch government responds to OIC demands: “No,” says Dutch government

The Dutch cabinet has responded to unnecessary and inappropriate demands from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to “take necessary and appropriate action to contain the campaign of hatred and incitement by Wilders”.

Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal says:

The Dutch Government will continue to reject any call to gag a politician. The Netherlands enjoys freedom of expression and attaches great value to it.

We’ll take that as a “no” then.

Rosenthal did take pains, however, to point out that Wilders view’s do not reflect those of the Dutch government.

OIC changes name, makes more demands

If you thought the Organisation of the Islamic Conference was becoming less hysterical and demanding in its old age you woud be making a forgivable mistake. After all, this year they finally dropped their 12 year campaign to get the UN to adopt an international blasphemy law. But they have just changed their name to Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, and are back with even more unreasonable demands.

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglou

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu: Stirring up trouble for fun and prophet

In a June 30 Press Release on Islamophobia they attempt to intimidate the Dutch government into overturning the recent court decision to acquit Geert Wilders of incitement to hatred.

The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in a statement issued in Astana today during the holding of the 38th session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, strongly condemned the continued attacks on Islam and insult and vilification of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his wives by the extremist Dutch right wing politician Geert Wilders. The 0IC Secretary General said that Mr. Wilders has taken upon himself a dangerous path of derailing inter civilizational harmony and peace by spreading and fanning hatred against Islam and Muslims in his own country as well as in other European countries.

Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said that the vilification of Islam and the sacred image of the Prophet Muhammad by Wilders has reached a stage when it can no longer be tolerated under any pretext including the right to freedom of expression. He urged the Government or Netherlands to take necessary appropriate action to contain the campaign of hatred and incitement by Wilders who is a coalition partner of the Dutch Government. He expressed serious concern that the silence of the Dutch Government and car accidents from auto accident lawyer Delray Beach in this respect may undermine the existing good bilateral relations between the 0IC Member States and the Netherlands.

It will be interesting to see what form not tolerating the vilification of Islam under any pretext will take. Will rabble-rouser Ihsanoglu tout his grievances around the various member states and stand back in horror as embassies are burned and people are killed in the resulting chaos, all the time pretending that he was the one trying to calm everything down? He’s done it before.