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Sun, 04 May 2008

SPEAK UP! :: Letters

Debate Wilders, don’t kill him
Geert Wilders, Dutch opposition leader, is responsible for Fitna, a 15-minute narrative on Islam which is causing discomfort to radicals and moderates alike. The radicals have a "contract" out on him, as they had on Aaayan Hirsi Ali and Theo van Gogh several years ago. Ali scripted Submission and van Gogh directed it. van Gogh was knifed by a radical while Ali and writers such as Salman Rushdie, Robert Spencer, Daniel Pipes and Bat Ye’or live under a pall. Before van Gogh, another Dutch politician, Pim Fortuyn was also killed but for criticising his country’s immigration policies. Moderates Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein condemned Wilders’ narrative and called for a boycott of the Dutch economy, but neither proposed to debate Wilders on his position. Wilders claims to summarise the recorded biography of Prophet Muhammad and quotes passages from the Quran and Hadith as they coincide with defining events of his life. Moderates must seize the opportunity to debate Wilders, to disprove his damning narrative of the Prophet, his alleged violent history and the alleged damning passages of the Quran. In essence to prove, as claimed by radicals and moderates alike, that the Prophet is the "ultimate example for all humanity to emulate". Regardless of the outcome, a debate with Gilders and a non-governmental organisation such as The Perdana Foundation would place Malaysia in good stead amongst moderates, in particular amongst non-Muslims. It would place Malaysia in good stead amongst Islamic countries that claim moderation. Tommy Peters, Kuala Lumpur Related Articles: Fortuyn’s killer was a radical An untruth and an omission
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Debate Wilders, Don’t Kill Him
Published May 2008 – The Sun, Malaysia  

Geert  Wilders,  Dutch  opposition  leader,  is  responsible   for   Fitna,   a   15-­‐minute   narrative   on   Islam   which   is   causing  discomfort  to  radicals  and  moderates  alike.     The  radicals  have  a  ‘contract’  out  on  him,  as  they  had   on   Aayan   Hirsi   Ali   and   Theo   van   Gogh   several   years   ago.   Ali   scripted   Submission   (another   controversial   narrative)   and   van   Gogh   directed   it.   van   Gogh   was   knifed   by   a   radical   while   Ali   and   writers   such   as   Salman  Rushdie,  Robert  Spencer,  Daniel  Pipes  and  Bat   Ye’or  live  under  a  pall.       Before   van   Gogh,   another   Dutch   politician,   Pim   Fortuyn   was   killed,   but   for   criticising   his   country’s   immigration  policies.     Moderates  Tun  Dr  Mahathir  Mohamad  and  Datuk  Seri   Hishammuddin   Hussein   condemned   Wilders’   narrative   and   called   for   a   boycott   of   the   Dutch   economy,  but  neither  proposed  to  debate  Wilders  on   his  position.     Wilders  claims  to  summarize  the  recorded  biography   of  Prophet  Muhammad  and  quotes  passages  from  the   Quran   and   Hadith   as   they   coincide   with   defining   events  of  his  life.      
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Moderates   must   seize   the   opportunity   to   debate   Wilders,   to   disprove   his   damning   narrative   of   the   Prophet,   his   alleged   violent   history   and   the   alleged   damning   passages   of   the   Quran   scripted   in   Fitna.   In   essence   to   prove,   as   claimed   by   radicals   and   moderates   alike,   that   the   Prophet   is   the   "ultimate   example  for  all  humanity  to  emulate".     Regardless  of  the  outcome,  a  debate  with  Gilders  with   a   non-­‐governmental   organization   such   as   The   Perdana   Foundation   would   place   Malaysia   in   good   stead  amongst  moderates,   in  particular   amongst   non-­‐ Muslims.       It   would   place   Malaysia   in   good   stead   amongst   Islamic  countries  that  claim  moderation.       Words  –  Tommy  Peters  
 

       
 

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