Geert Wilders

The non-story of the day

The non-story of the day is Geert Wilders. Again. This elected Dutch MP  has been denied entrance to England, probably the first time such a thing has happened in modern history. Maxime Verhagen, minister of foreign affairs, has claimed that Britain had denied entrance to imams and right wing Israeli politicians before. Nice to be in that category Verhagen...

I could find no examples of Israeli politicians who have been denied entrance, so he might as well have made that up. But Geert Wilders isn't from Israel. He is from a neighbouring country, is dutifully elected by a sizable minority.

But it is amazing that this story isn't getting much play in The Netherlands. The main stream media, commentators and usual politicians are embarrassed by Geert Wilders. They wish he would just go away. And if he would go away, the problems he highlights would just go away. No one ever asks themselves what has become of the Netherlands if a politician needs 24 hours police protection. Geert Wilders has had this for many years now. Every night he sleeps in a different location. This has become acceptable and normal.

One would suppose the banning of a politician by a supposedly friendly country would be frontn page news. But it isn't. Newspapers report it, they have to. But not on the front page. In other countries there is far more attention. Fox News calls it the Battle of Britain:

In a sense that is what it is of course: England now bans people due to real or perceived reaction from its own population, not on the particulars of the person entering.

Wilders will fly to England today, so we'll see what happens. What will be the reaction of the Dutch population when they see a Dutch politician arrested at Heathrow and thrown out of the country?

Dutch MP not allowed to enter England

It seems overseas there's more notice of the fact that England has refused an elected Dutch MP entrance:

GEERT WILDERS BANNED FROM BRITAIN: “This is the first time ever that a parliamentarian from one EU country has been forbidden entry to another.”

The reason according to the letter from the British embassy:

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that the Secretary of State is of the view that your presence in the UK would pose a genuine, present and sufficiently serious threat to one of the fundamental interests of society. The Secretary of State is satisfied that your statements about Muslims and their beliefs, as expressed in your film Fitna and elsewhere, would threaten community harmony and therefore public security in the UK.

Translation: muslims will riot if you enter Brittain, and we can no longer control them.

As long perceived by American conservatives, and some Europeans, Europe lives in the age of self-censure. Do to the real or perceived reaction, governments will do anything at the moment to keep harmony. And not just governments. People are bowing out of politics because of threats to their family. Secular women have started to wear scarves in certain areas.

I can't help but see a parallel with how Christianity was treated: starting in the 60s anything and everything could be said about God and Christians. Everything was possible, under the disguise of free speech. In the mean time a religion was imported, that will not allow anything to be said.

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