Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Outrageous Film You Must See: Fitna

Fitna is a film that the politically correct do not want you to see. See the 10 minute film here. Read the BBC story on it. The man behind the film, Geert Wilders, claims that Islam is uncivil and the problem stems from...Islam itself. Because he expresses this view, he requires an around the clock guard to protect him from being murdered by upset Muslims.

If you have any experience with children you know that when one hurts or upsets the other, and the offended child kicks up a raging tantrum in response, your primary concern as the supervising adult is to discipline the child who is out of control. "It doesn't matter what he did, you may not respond this way. The game is over. Go to your room." Civilization begins with civility and thus with a just and ordered way of dealing with incivility. Regardless of what one thinks of Salmon Rushdie's The Satanic Verses, Jyllands-Posten's Mohammed cartoons or Geert Wilders' Fitna, people who respond to these expressions with murder and mayhem commit far greater, universally directed and unambiguous evil.

I would strongly disagree with a lot of Theo van Gogh's views and methods, but when someone takes it upon himself to silence the maker of Submission (2004) with bullets and with knives in his chest, we are all profoundly threatened because such people strike at the lawful order and civil decency on which most of the goods we enjoy depend.

"It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt." — John Philpot Curran: Speech upon the Right of Election of the Lord Mayor of Dublin (July 10, 1790).

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