Is another “West-versus-Islam” clash on the horizon?

December 2, 2007

Two Dutch politicians seem to be doing their best to stir up a controversy with Muslims. The far-right MP Geert Wilders says he wants to make a film for television about the Koran. Ehsan Jami, an Iranian-born local councillor who launched a Committee of Ex-Muslims in September, plans a film called “The Life of Mohammad.” Both are due to be ready early next year.

The body of murdered filmmaker Theo van Gogh, 2 Nov. 2004Shades of the bloody protests over the Danish Prophet Mohammad cartoons and Theo van Gogh‘s murder for his film “Submission”…

Are we in for another “free-speech-versus-blasphemy” (or, to put it more bluntly, “West-versus-Islam”) clash?

Geert WildersWilders, who has compared the Koran to Hitler’s Mein Kampf and called for it to be banned, says he only wants to express his opinions. “It is not my intention to offend people. I just want to illustrate my opinions, which I have expressed as a member of parliament,” he said. “If people do feel offended, that is a shame, but it is not my problem.” The Dutch justice and foreign ministers have met him to discuss the risks to himself and Dutch interests abroad if he makes the film. Jami says his film will “stir up more dust than the Danish Mohammad cartoons,” according to an Ehsan Jamiinterview with him in the Amsterdam daily De Telegraaf. “I show how violent and tyrannical Mohammad was. This man murdered three Jewish tribes, killed people who left the faith and married a 6-year-old girl, with whom he had sex when she was 9 … I will give 50,000 euros to anyone who can refute these facts.”

Is this a train crash just waiting to happen? Has anybody learned anything from the Dutch and Danish cases? Should anybody take precautions to prevent a clash — and if so, who should take which ones?

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After watching the news about the British teacher Gillian Gibbons, who is accused of insulting Muslims after her class called a teddy bear Mohammad, I am extremely outraged. It is appalling that the Muslims of Khartoum would be calling for Gibbons’ execution. This is just an example of how an animal bites the hand that feeds it. The US and England have helped feed African Muslim countries, such as Sudan, for many years. This is another example of how brutal the Muslim faith can be. If these were Christians, the world would be criticizing them around the clock. Will the world let this woman take 40 lashes or be executed? Or, do we not want to offend Muslims who believe in merciless retribution? Christianity has been persecuted for thousands of years, but Jesus taught to love those who hate. When will the world see the truth?

Posted by Traci | Report as abusive

I think that the problem is not just West vs. Islam but Islam vs. everyone else. Why do i think this because there are Muslim fighters in the Philippines, Azerbaijan, Kosovo, sub-Saharan Africa, Western China, and many other places.

I have to agree with Matt. Islam is the most radical and intolerant religion in the world. They do not just want to persuade you to believe their world view, they want to mandate it by Islamic law and if you disagree, then death to you. The clash is coming.

1. FEW WILL DISPUTE THE FACT THAT THE DEFINING TENSION TODAY IS BETWEEN THE WEST AND THE MUSLIM WORLD. SURE, THERE ARE OTHER TENSIONS AS WELL – JAPAN AND CHINA; JAPAN AND THE TWO KOREAS; RUSSIA AND UKRAINE; INDIA AND PAKISTAN; THE UNITED STATES AND CUBA AS WELL AS VENEZUELA; AND THE MANY CONFLICTS IN AFRICA.

2. THERE ARE TENSIONS WITHIN NATIONS AS WELL, IN THE WEST AND ELSEWHERE – HERE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM; SOMALIA; SRI LANKA; CHINA; RUSSIA; MYANMAR; THAILAND; AND THE PHILIPPINES.

3. BUT NONE OF THESE TENSIONS ARE AS PROFOUND OR AS FAR-REACHING IN THEIR GLOBAL CONSEQUENCES AS THE TENSION BETWEEN THE WEST AND THE MUSLIM WORLD TODAY.

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entitle: the west and the muslim world: defusing the defining tension tension of our time

Islam is the real and true religion that ALLAH (GOD) allows for the people since the creation of Adam and Eve. All Prophets and Apostles of ALLAH were and are Muslims. The Prophet Muahmmed (ALLAH Prayers and Blessing Be Upon Him) is one of them and the last one and no new Prohpet of ALLLAH is sent and/or will be sent after him. Jesus Christ(ALLAH Prayers and Blessing Be Upon Him) will comeback at the end of life and support his fellow moslems, break the cross, kills the pig and fight againt the false Messiah. It is ALLAH will and decision for a human being to marry another human being, All Prophets married wives and of different ages. Prophets David and Solomon ((ALLAH Prayers and Blessing Be Upon Them)are among them. Moslems and practicing Islam in a free and respected environment in the West. Nobody could deprive them from this right. Abusing democracy and liberty rights in a western country, heavily populated by non-Moslem people gave the cowrad enemies of Islma and the Prophet Muahmmaed (and in reality enemies to ALLAH and his Prophets including Araham, Moses and Jesus)the chance and the courage to attack the most noble and honest man created by ALLAH, the Prophet Muahmmed ((ALLAH Prayers and Blessing Be Upon Him). The best and most effective way to do, is to either ignore or wisely deal with such dirty and evil projects. It is the evil purpose of this shameful project producers and directors to announce of it now to attract Moslem attention to it, so to make them angry, in order to gain more popularity for it, so to make more and more dirty money out of it to fuel the anger and hostility between the Moslems and the Chrisitians, and this undoubedly the work of the Jewish Organizations in the west.

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The film is here. SEE IT! Muslims have nothing to fear from freedom of expression. People will make up their own minds. More than 90% of “Fitna” (the film)is the straight words and deeds of Muslims themselves without commentary. These are real Muslims speaking to other Muslims. Not Westerners giving their infidel opinions. Muslim hate-mongers are what the film is about. They have been caught spewing hatred on film. Deal with the that. Are Muslims ashamed of this hate speech or is this simply “basic Islam 101″ ??? I would like to know how many pious Muslims actually reject the hate.

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