Weathering a maelstrom of controversy, Geert Wilders' cinematic warning about Islamism has finally made it to cyberspace. The path it's taking may be more interesting than the film itself; Wilders' domain www.fitnathemovie.com was frozen by Network Solutions, the movie was removed from host Liveleak.com's servers after threats against its staff and then restored, the Dutch courts were reviewing a petition claiming that Wilders is guilty of hate speech, and Dutch firms are threatening a lawsuit against the embattled legislator if they're hurt by a boycott of their products. Yet, while most find fault with what the film explicitly presents, I take issue with something implied.
I'll preface my critique by saying that I give Wilder's great credit. No one wants to be the next Salman Rushdie, or, worse still, Theo Van Gogh — or the next "hate speech" law casualty — so I laud his bravery. Having said that, his movie nevertheless reflects the very secularism that rendered us susceptible to foreign ideological domination in the first place.
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