Just came home from the National Arts Centre in Ottawa from an evening with Geert Wilders.
Ezra Levant introduced him in his wonderful, bigger-than-life style.
The next speaker was a most excellent, engaging speaker – and, thanks to Kaffir Kanuck who ‘jogged my memory, I can now tell you his name. It was none other than Rabbi Jonathon Hausman, who came up from Boston for the event, and he shared his experiences with Islam and the dhimmitude of our elected officials and the government bureaucrats, south of the border. His speech was prepared and delivered very well indeed – too bad the content told of so many sad and, yes, tragic things.
Then came the highlight of the evenig – Geert Wilders!
What can I say about it?
It was classical Wilders – we have all heard him speak or read his words. So, it was not unfamiliar territory! But, hearing him speak those words in person felt like being part of history…
During the short Q&A afterwards, I was most happy that he got asked about the one thing he is most infamously misquoted on: thecall for banning of the Koran… And, Geert Wilders DID get a chance to clarify exactly what his position is!!!
Though he is very often quoted as saying that the Koran should be banned, he has never said such a thing!
Rather, we are dealing with an ‘IFF’ siuation here.
‘IFF’ – for those who are not familiar with the expression – stands for ‘IF AND ONLY IF’.
In the Neatherlands, Hitler’s infamous book ‘Mein Kampf’ (which, by the way, translates as ‘My Jihad’) was outlawed under that country’s hate laws. All Wilders did was stand up and say to the legislators:
- IF you have used your power to outlaw ‘Mein Kampf’ on the grounds that it contains anti-semitic hate speech
- THEN you have to outlaw other books that have anti-semitic hate speech that is just as strong, if not stronger
- The Koran is such a book: therefore
- IF you ban one, you MUST ban both
- Otherwise you must not ban either!
In other words – if and ONLY if!
This is not a demand for the Koran to be banned: it is a demand that laws be applied the same way, to everyone.
Not only is this stand moral and principled, it can be interpreted as ‘anti-banning-anything’!
Again, this is not a demand to ban the Koran – it is calling out of the moral relativism that applies laws selectively and a shaming of those who partake in it!
Geert Wilders truly is a hero!
Update: thanks to Kaffir Kanuck, the name of one of the speakers was added.