Tuesday, May 05, 2009

The truth is NOT hate speech


website where Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders was promoting his not-yet-released anti-Qur'an film has been suspended by its US hosting service.

The site formerly showed the film's title, Fitna, the trail line "coming soon" and an image of a gilded Qur'an. Now it shows a note that the company, Network Solutions, is investigating whether the site violates its terms of service.

"Network Solutions has received a number of complaints regarding this site that are under investigation," the note said.

While the exact contents of the 15-minute film, which was due to be released by the end of the month, are unknown, Wilders has said it will underscore his view that Islam's holy book is "fascist".

Dutch officials fear the movie could spark violent protests in Muslim countries similar to those that occurred two years ago after the publication of cartoons of the prophet Muhammad in a Danish newspaper.

Wilders said he will release his movie on the internet after television stations refused to air it. The film-maker, who lives under constant police protection due to death threats, heads a party with nine seats in the Dutch parliament, elected on an anti-immigration platform.

"How many ways are there left for me to be worked against?" he was quoted as saying by Dutch press agency ANP on Saturday.

"If necessary I'll go hand out DVDs personally on the Dam," he said, referring to Amsterdam's central square. Thousands of Dutch people demonstrated against Wilders' film on the Dam on Saturday.

A Dutch court will hear a complaint lodged by Muslim groups seeking to bar Wilders from releasing the film on March 28, but there is no legal barrier preventing Wilders releasing his film before then.