In his 1945 work, The Open Society and Its Enemies, Karl Popper argued:
Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance.
If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them.
We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant.
Predictable reactions of course to Geert Wilder’s trip:
Protest organiser Feiyi Zhang said: “we’re here to show we will not stand for Wilders’ racism and Islamophobia”.
She said his speech could incite violence against Muslims “and general fear of Islam”.
Protester Nadia Shamsuddin, a doctor and a Muslim, said she was “repulsed” by Wilders’ visit and views. “His promotion of oppression and racism is appalling in the civilised world”.
OK, let’s get down to this:
Islamaphobia – yep, he promotes that all right, as do half of the UK and probably most European countries. Europe did not go through all that bloodshed all those centuries ago only to lose the fight now. It’s already losing it to the global socialists, which is a deep and abiding insult to those who fought and died in two world wars against totalitarian regimes.
Racism – which race?
Oppression – he’s against the oppression which comes from Islam getting above a certain percentage in the host nation. So he’s an oppression fighter, not an oppressor. The oppressor is Nadia Shamsuddin in this case.
Civilized world – she calls what is happening in western countries, compared to how they used to be – civilized? Strange definition of civilized with the thought police keeping tabs on you.
Now, as to what Mr. Wilders actually said:
Mr Wilders said the Prophet Muhammad was a savage leader of a gang of robbers that raped and murdered and mutilated its opponents including the Jews in 7th century Medina and violence had carried on to Islam’s modern day supporters.
He said anyone who criticised Islam “is in grave personal danger” and “we cannot continue to accept this”.
European countries such as the Netherlands are “in the process of losing our cultural identity and our freedom and I am warning Australia about the true nature of Islam.”
“It’s not a religion; it’s a dangerous and totalitarian ideology.”
Yes. I’m waiting for the bit which is not true. Let me go back over it again – raped, murdered, gang, mutilated – yep, all in the history books.
Modern day supporters? Check this.
Loss of cultural identity? Leicester, other UK cities.
Far Right? If this is a mainstream European opinion, then those people are all far right, by this definition. Perhaps they should be told they are. In fact, they are supporting their indigenous culture and heritage. The sort of thing citizens tend to do.
There it is.