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  • A Telling Double Standard

    Dutch MP Geert Wilders was turned back at Heathrow yesterday as he tried to defy a ban on entering Britain.

    The British Government’s decision to ban Dutch MP Geert Wilders from entering the country is another chapter in Britain’s story of shamefully appeasing radical Islamists. Mr. Wilders had been invited by Lord Pearson of Ranoch to show his film, Fitna, in the House of Lords. Fitna is a short, online film which discusses radical Islamist terrorism, and has resulted in a number of legal actions against Mr. Wilders. However, whilst certainly a controversial figure Mr. Wilders has never advocated violence, public disorder or the targeting of any particular religious faith.

    This contrasts wildly with Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who has defended suicide bombings, advised European Muslims to create Muslim ghettos and has called for the introduction of Shari’alaw. Yet in July 2006, the British government paid for Dr. al-Qaradawi and his wife to attend a taxpayer-funded conference (including accommodations at a five-star hotel), and described him as “a highly respected Islamic scholar and particularly influential to British foreign policy objectives.

    Recently, the British police were chased through London by a mob of demonstrators who had broken away from an official demonstration protesting Israel’s actions in Gaza route. With chants of ‘Allahu akhbar’ they both attacked and threatened police officers, who retreated rather than confront the baying mob.

    In November 2007, the British security Services, MI5, said there were at least 2,000 known individuals who represented a threat to National Security because of their support for Islamist terrorism. Since 9/11, there have been at least 15 attempted terrorist plots on British soil. It is now time for the British Government to stop dithering and confront Islamist terrorists and all those who support it.

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    12 Responses to A Telling Double Standard

    1. Spiritof76, New Hamp says:

      British government actions are cowardly. Europe is ripe for takeover. Russia, I am sure, would like to exploit that opportunity and expand its influence. Muslims will take over the other half of Europe. It will be like the Europe over 1000 years ago.

    2. OSweet says:

      So … threatening to kill people is how you get your way.

      Hmmmm.

    3. Ozzy6900, CT says:

      Unfortunately, the United States is not that far away from Britain. The Government caters to Islam, so do State and Local Governments. In a neighboring City, the people did not want a Mosque built. Islamics from surrounding towns petitioned the City and the State and the Mosque was approved – against the votes and wishes of the residents. Now there are no Islamics in this City, but per the directive of the State, the City has to subsidize the construction and land purchase! Even when the people speak through meetings and ballot, the Left refuses to listen to the people and sides with the Minority.

    4. Dov - Israel says:

      I fully agree with Sally.

      When British officials site National Interests to upheld radical Islam , one should look for the motive .

      The motive may be economy and fear of revenge by igniting some terrorist activity .

      In a long run – one can understand also this fear when demographic advantage will increase greatly muslim presence in Britain and Europe.When in 50 years or less Britain and France will be 30- 40% muslim , the double standard policy of today will be understood even better.

    5. Mike says:

      classic case of creeping sharia

    6. Thomas E. Friedrich, says:

      The claws of Satan are deeply implanted in the hearts and minds of these Islamic terriorists.No Muslim or anyone from the Left will ever take the action neccessary to stop them.If conservative governments are not elected throughout the world to combat this rising tide of radical Islam, then I pray we all die as Christians. Because that's exactly what it will come down to.

    7. mike baker says:

      May the dissipated British cowards be struck by lightning,or as they say in Islam,"…carried to Heaven in a chariot of fire."

    8. Denise from Kentucky says:

      We already have a radical Muslim in this country and he is the President. He was able to get into Harvard because a radical Muslim got him in and supported him throughout his college career.

      He campaigned for a radical in Kenya that is still committing genocide. He was educated in a Muslim school in Indonesia. His name is really Barry Soetero and he is registered at the school with his religion being Muslim. All 3 of his names are Muslim. He owes the radical Muslims and that is why he is taking the country down.

    9. Tim says:

      Unfortunately the subjects of the British government are defenseless because they allowed themselves to be dissarmed once again. Everyday British subjects are found headless. I know it isn't being reported much but it is happening. Occasionally a news report makes it through the filters that be. The British Government doesn't have time to worry about its citizens. Their hands are full just trying to keep their own heads the citizenry be Damned.

      Amercans must not allow themselves to be dissarmed.

    10. Kim Newell, Colorado says:

      I fear the US is headed down the same path. I learned yesterday that a terrorist group consisting of Pakistani American citizens has 30 some odd training camps on US soil. They are protected by US law. We are not far away from losing our national security, just like Britain, due to this kind of tolerance and the liberal rule in the US. Time to arm ourselves, people.

    11. David Peterson, Ches says:

      And it's time to do more than just talk about it on internet forums. If you have not been actively involved in contacting your Senator's, Congressmen, and state legislators, start now. Let them know what you think, and that you are aware of what they are (or are NOT) doing. They may not agree with you, may not vote the way you want them to. That's okay, keep up the pressure. Share ideas with other people, and continue to stay informed. The only way the people of this country will ever take back the control of this country is if we get together and make sure the elected officials can't forget who pays their salaries and who decides if they keep their jobs or not.

    12. Eugene Hoffman, Hous says:

      It is time to realize that we cannot appease or reason with those whose ultimate goal is the destruction of any nation, or government that disagrees with the Koran, and Islamic fundamentalism. Nations around the globe must begin to put their petty differences aside and place laws in their constitutions that prohibit the spread of this doctrine into their mainstream legal systems. I wish harm to no one, but my right to think and believe as I please is inherent to my well being: the world does not wish the Muslim community any harm, but we should insist on tolerance on their side.

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