Sunday, August 19, 2007

Brussels demonstration

I'm glad that a demonstration scheduled for Sept 9th has been granted permission to go ahead in Brussels. From the organisers' website:

The people present on 9/9 have a few questions:
- Who was aware of the 9/11 attacks within the EU before they took place?
- Why are all proposals concerning any monetary reform still unanswered?
- Why did all NATO members sign an agreement in October 2001 on the invasion of Afghanistan, without having any proof of a relationship between the attacks and that country?
- Why didn't the European countries, participating in the Coalition Forces of the Nato, ask any further investigations, before agreeing with the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan?
- Why are no answers given to the many questions rising from the 911 investigations from scientists, scholars, governmental responsibles, members of secret services, fireman, survivors, pilots and air traffic responsibles?
That's right, they are lunatics. But everyone, lunatics included, has an absolute right in any functional democracy to protest. That's why I support the right of Brian Haw to protest in front of Parliament, although he also seems to be completely barmy.

However, another demonstration, planned for the 11th September, also in Brussels, has been banned. I have been feeling some misgivings about Stop the Islamicisation of Europe. For one thing, I'm not at all sure what they want to stop. It's all a bit light on specifics. However, the ban puts things in a different light. Interestingly, it has also been the spark that has seen support for the demonstration start to spread, to the political left as well as to the right.

So I'm going to Brussels on Sept 11th. I am going to support the right of this organisation to exercise their freedom of expression.

Some people might have been deterred by the ban. But at least one person will be going because of it.

UPDATE: One of the left wing supporters of the demonstration, Pat Condell, recorded this about the ban: "we're governed by unprincipled, vote-whoring cultural apologists..."

The tagline of Condell's website is:
Hi, I'm Pat Condell.
I don't respect your beliefs
and I don't care if you're offended.


Chris said...

My one reservation is he acknowledged the term "Islamophobic". This meme has to be squashed, not fed.

This is a comment I posted at Harrys Place a couple of days ago -

It is true a distrust of Islam is growing, and with good reason.

No one cares about Methodists, Buddhists, Confucians, Taoists, Hindus, Zoroastrians, animists, Shintoists or anything else. I know I don't. Live and let live from my point of view.

I don't like Islam. Why? Because of the behaviour of many of its adherents, that's why. Islam has bloody borders. Buddhism doesn't, except where it shares a border with Islam.

A phobia is an irrational fear, but the more I learn of Islam the more I dislike it, the more I learn of Sharia the more convinced I become that no rational person could advocate it. The more I learn of Mohammad, the "Moral Examplar" for all Muslims, the more I despise his immorality. My dislike of mainstream Islam is informed, therefore it is not irrational, and therefore it is not a phobia.

Anonymous said...

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