Dutch protest against Islam film

Islamophobia Watch link to BBC report of protests against the release of an anti-Islam film:

Dutch protest against Islam film

Anti-Wilders%20demo.jpgAt least 1,000 people have taken part in a demonstration in Amsterdam against the planned release of a film expected to be highly critical of Islam. Protesters objected to the planned internet release of the film by Dutch right-wing politician Geert Wilders. Mr Wilders says the 15-minute film deals with Islamic ideology which he describes as “the enemy of freedom”.

Some protesters in central Amsterdam carried signs that said “Stop the witch hunt against Muslims”. “We can no longer remain silent. There is a climate of hate and fear in the Netherlands,” said Rene Danen, a spokesman from anti-racism organisation Nederland Bekent Kleur (The Netherlands Shows its Colours), which organised the protest. 

BBC News, 22 March 2008

See also Canadian Press, 22 March 2008

The point here is just because the protestors disagree with the film does that mean that others should not be able to view it?

The obvious answer is no.

“Mr Wilders says the 15-minute film deals with Islamic ideology which he describes as “the enemy of freedom”. ”

This is what the protestors against the film are objecting to. So why don’t they spend their time trying to make arguments as to why the film’s view that Islamic ideology is the enemy of freedom is wrong instead of spending their time trying to get the film banned?

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