re. Everyone knows Mohammed was a homo. From the London Times: THE Dutch were debating the limits of freedom of expression last week after an artist who photographed gay men wearing masks of the prophet Muhammad was forced into hiding and her work removed from a museum exhibit. Speaking on the telephone from an unspecified location in the Netherlands last week, the artist, an Iranian exile who goes by the pseudonym of Sooreh Hera, said she had been threatened with “execution”. She accused the director of the municipal museum in The Hague of cowardice for caving in to Muslim extremists. Her story is a reminder of the tensions that have put the Netherlands and other European countries on the front line, sending dozens of people threatened by extremists into hiding since 2004, when a Dutch film-maker was murdered on the street and his collaborator driven into exile. This leaves Hera, 34, in no doubt that she is in real danger. “They said to me, ‘We’re going to burn you naked or put a bullet in your mouth’,” she said, referring to menacing e-mails. “They say, ‘Now you are locked in your home and you cannot go out any more’.” She said that by photographing gay Iranian exiles in masks of Muhammad, the founder of Islam, and Ali, his son-in-law, she had wanted to expose a “hypocritical” attitude towards homosexuality in countries such as Iran, where men can be hanged for homosexual conduct. “They condemn homosexuality but in countries like Iran or Saudi Arabia it is common for married men to maintain relations with other men,” said Hera. “Works of art can be provocative. It is not an artist’s job just to paint flowers. Art should shine a light on social issues.” The photographs were part of an extensive collection of images by Hera of mostly Dutch gay men. Another part of her exhibit was a video featuring hard rock music and images of Iranian clerics interspersed with pictures of naked men. Wim van Krimpen, director of the museum, initially praised Hera’s collection of photographs as “exceptional”. Last month, however, he announced that the masked men could not be included in the forthcoming exhibition because “certain people in our society might perceive it as offensive”. This was no understatement. When a Danish newspaper published cartoons of Muhammad in 2005 it unleashed what the prime minister referred to as the country’s biggest international crisis since the second world war as Muslims staged violent protests. “The museum director was very afraid,” said Hera. “He gave in to pressure from the Islamists. It is censorship.” In protest, she withdrew the rest of her photographs from the exhibition and Ranti Tjan, director of a museum in Gouda, agreed to put them on show. He received threats from extremists and was under police protection last week. Hera declined to discuss her own security arrangements. She said she would like to attend the opening of the show in Gouda if it went ahead, but that it might be too dangerous. “There are times when I am very afraid,” she admitted, “times when I feel like a prisoner.” She may not get much support from the politicians, who seem determined to avoid confrontation even if some might accuse them of turning a blind eye to the erosion of artistic freedom. When Hera wrote to Ronald Plasterk, the culture minister, asking for his support he agreed to meet her but would not help to reinstate her photographs in the exhibition. Wouter Bos, the deputy prime minister, seemed to take a stand for freedom of speech, saying: “In a democracy, we do not recognise the right not to be insulted.” The left wing de Volkskrant newspaper, by contrast, praised the museum for its “great professionalism” in excising the images. For her part, Hera, who fled Iran seven years ago, says she has “no regrets”, particularly when she thinks about the young men and women being hanged there for offending the country’s code of sexuality. “I do it for them,” she said, “for the boys and girls with no freedom in Iran.”…
writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book "A New Shoah", that researched the personal stories of Israel's terror victims, published by Encounter. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Frontpage and Commentary. He is at work on a book about the Vatican and Israel.
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An area of 1.4 miles from the city center of the Dutch capital The Hague, also known as "the city of peace", has become “orthodox Muslim territory” into which not even the Dutch police dare venture.
The Schilderswijk area is known locally as "the Sharia triangle", or "the mini caliphate", and is being run by an unofficial Sharia police force. The Trouw's newspaperinvestigation also found that orthodox Muslims had become so dominant that they are dictating what people must wear and how they must behave, like in Iran, Afghanistan, Gaza and Saudi Arabia.
People in the streets have been called "kaffir", infidels, for smoking. Another man said he felt he was gradually being driven out of his home because he had a dog, an animal "impure" according to Islam. Girls are addressed by veiled Muslim women who express their disapproval about "skirts above the knee".
This is happening in the Netherlands, the only part of Europe where pogroms were never unleashed, where Rembrandt painted a Jesus with the traits of a Sephardic Jew, where Karl Marx investigated the roots of capitalism and Galileo Galilei and Descartes found shelter. But that country, a symbol of freedom, and in Amsterdam, even of hedonism, no longer exists - and the Dutch cities are turning into ethnic ghettos.
Everywhere in Europe there are hundreds of these unofficial Islamic areas featurimg Sharia customs as polygamy, no-interest finance, huddud punishments, family "honor" codes, bans on criticism of Islam, anti-Semitism.
In France, large swaths of neighborhoods are considered "no-entry" zones. There are 751 "Sensitive Urban Zones" mapped by the French government, including heavily Muslim parts of Paris, Marseilles, Strasbourg, Lille and Amiens.
In Denmark, Sweden and England "Sharia Law Zones" already function as autonomous enclaves ruled by Islamic law. In the Netherlands, Dutch judges ordered the authorities to release to the public a list of 40 "no-entry" zones.
These "no-go" zones function as microstates governed by Islamic law and the host-country authorities have lost control in these areas, the by-product of decades of multiculturalism that have encouraged Muslim immigrants to create parallel societies.
A school in the sharia area of Schilderswijk has just delayed plans for a Holocaust monument due to fear of vandalism. The Paul Kruger School had discussed a plan to place a commemorative plaque on the school facade, but the plan stalled "not because of the Jewish-Muslim issue but because it may not be wise in the neighborhood, which is not a peaceful place". Sharia and Jews don't mix very well.
In the "Sharia-wijk" (meaning "Sharia district) of Schilderswijk, the old synagogue has also symbolically become a mosque. And this is also where the famed extremist Hofstadt group was based. Its most renowned member, Mohammed Bouyeri, slaughtered the filmmaker Theo van Gogh on an Amsterdam street.
It was the first multicultural martyr of Europe. The bombs in Madrid did not have the same effect, because the next day, in spite of all the dead, the Spaniards had to keep taking the train to work. But with the killing of Theo, most of the people shut their mouths for fear of reprisal. They have now surrendered parts of the Netherlands to Theo's assassins. These 1.4 miles of sharia stand there as a monument to barbarism.
When Theo died there was a discussion about a monument to his memory. Someone suggested a cigarette of two meters, others a pig, or a smoking pig. But it was decided to go for a cactus. The monument had to be placed in the Frankendael's park where the terrorist was arrested, and not in the street where Van Gogh had been killed - because the neighbors were afraid. They were afraid even to be associated with thememory of that political assassination.
What we are witnessing in that small corner of Europe named Netherlands can happen everywhere.
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Muslim Terrorism Count
Most Western societies are based on Secular Democracy, which itself is based on the concept that the open marketplace of ideas leads to the optimum government. Whilst that model has been very successful, it has defects. The 4 Freedoms address 4 of the principal vulnerabilities, and gives corrections to them.
At the moment, one of the main actors exploiting these defects, is Islam, so this site pays particular attention to that threat.
Islam, operating at the micro and macro levels, is unstoppable by individuals, hence: "It takes a nation to protect the nation". There is not enough time to fight all its attacks, nor to read them nor even to record them. So the members of 4F try to curate a representative subset of these events.
We hope that free nations will wake up to stop the threat, and force the separation of (Islamic) Church and State. This will also allow moderate Muslims to escape from their totalitarian political system.
The 4 Freedoms
These 4 freedoms are designed to close 4 vulnerabilities in Secular Democracy, by making them SP or Self-Protecting (see Hobbes's first law of nature). But Democracy also requires - in addition to the standard divisions of Executive, Legislature & Judiciary - a fourth body, Protector of the Open Society (POS), to monitor all its vulnerabilities (see also Popper). 1. SP Freedom of Speech Any speech is allowed - except that advocating the end of these freedoms 2. SP Freedom of Election Any party is allowed - except one advocating the end of these freedoms 3. SP Freedom from Voter Importation Immigration is allowed -except where that changes the political demography (this is electoral fraud) 4. SP Freedom from Debt
The Central Bank is allowed to create debt - except where that debt burden can pass across a generation (25 years).
An additional Freedom from Religion is deducible if the law is applied equally to everyone:
Religious and cultural activities are exempt from legal oversight except where they intrude into the public sphere (Res Publica)"