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Written by: Diana West
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 11:19 AM 

From the London Telegraph's report on the UK refusal to admit Geert Wilders into the country:

Home Office sources confirmed Mr Wilders had been refused entry to the UK.

A Home Office spokesman told The Daily Telegraph: "The Government opposes extremism in all its forms.

"It will stop those who want to spread extremism, hatred and violent messages in our communities from coming to our country.

"That was the driving force behind tighter rules on exclusions for unacceptable behaviour that the Home Secretary announced on in October last year."

Geert Wilders opposes the spread of sharia (Islamic law); he opposes Koranic exhortations to violence; he opposes Islamic supremacism. These are the opinions that now count as "extremism" and "unacceptable behavior" in the UK, and, as such, are officially "opposed" by the British government.

To think that the men and women of Britain who faced down totalitarian Germany gave rise to this generation that now bars from its very shores a foe of totalitarian Islam.

In barring Geert Wilders for his singular guts and nearly lone efforts to halt the extinguishment of Western civilization against the advance of sharia in Europe, the British government claims that it is stopping the spread of "extremism, hatred and violent messages" from coming to its country. The British government is wrong. These things are already there. With this crude rebuff of Geert Wilders, the Netherlands, and freedom of speech, the British government has all but ensured that such extremism, hatred and violent messages will continue to flourish on British soil, taking root and taking over.

And there is something else. Ideas know no boundaries, at least in what we continue to think of as the Free World. Fitna, Wilders' writings, news of his political progress in the Dutch parliament--all remain available inside the UK, particularly thanks to the Internet. This means that the Home Office's stated reason for barring Wilders--to prevent the spread of what it calls "extremism"--is not at all what this action is about. Instead, the British government has, in effect, declared not so much Geert Wilders to be non grata, but rather his ideas, and, given his position in the Dutch parliament, his political program. The British government has also canceled by fiat its own House of Lords' right to hear these ideas and political program. It is impossible to gauge the chilling effect that this shameful decision will have on speech and debate in England but it is no understatment to say it will be colossal.

 

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