15 Saudi school girls burned to death because they were not wearing face veils
We first heard of Geert Wilders through Ian Bourne’s Bajan Reporter online news site.
Wilders is the parliamentary leader of the Netherlands PVV Party for Freedom and is an outspoken critic of Islam. His film “Fitna” outraged some Muslims who threatened Wilders with violence because the film contains Koranic verses that instruct Muslims to commit violence, juxtaposed with images of Muslim violence. (I guess it’s okay with some Muslims that their Koran instructs them to commit violence, but not okay to point that out.)
Wilders is currently on trial in the Netherlands for offending Muslims under the Dutch hate speech laws.
The Islamic website MuslimsDebate.com invited Mr. Wilders to explain why he is anti-Islam so he wrote them a respectful response that is worth your time to read.
Here are two excerpts…
“I was 18 years old and had traveled with a Dutch friend from Eilat in Israel to the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm-el-Sheikh.
We were two almost penniless backpacking students.
We slept on the beaches and found hospitality with Egyptians, who spontaneously invited us to tea.
I clearly recall my very first impression of Egypt: I was overwhelmed by the kindness, friendliness and helpfulness of its people.
I also remember my second strong impression of Egypt: It struck me how frightened these friendly and kind people were.”
Later in the same article…
There are people who say that I hate Muslims. I do not hate Muslims. It saddens me how Islam has robbed them of their dignity.What Islam does to Muslims is visible in the way they treat their daughters. On March 11, 2002, fifteen Saudi schoolgirls died as they attempted to flee from their school in the holy city of Mecca. A fire had set the building ablaze. The girls ran to the school gates but these were locked. The keys were in the possession of a male guard, who refused to open the gates because the girls were not wearing the correct Islamic dress imposed on women by Saudi law: face veils and overgarments.
The “indecently” dressed girls frantically tried to save their young lives. The Saudi police beat them back into the burning building. Officers of the Mutaween, the “Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice,” as the Police are known in Saudi Arabia, also beat passers-by and firemen who tried to help the girls. “It is sinful to approach them,” the policemen warned bystanders. It is not only sinful, it is also a criminal offence.
Girls are not valued highly in Islam; the Koran says that the birth of a daughter makes a father’s “face darken and he is filled with gloom” (sura 43:15). Nevertheless, the incident at the Mecca school drew angry reactions. Islam is inhumane; but Muslims are humans, hence capable of Love – that powerful force which Muhammad despised. Humanity prevailed in the Meccan fathers who were incensed over the deaths of their daughters; it also prevailed in the firemen who confronted the Mutaween when the latter were beating the girls back inside, and in the journalists of the Saudi paper which, for the first time in Saudi history, criticized the much feared and powerful “Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice.”
You can read Mr. Wilder’s entire article at two places…
NOTE: The JihadWatch.org version is a little easier on the eyes to read. Please visit MuslimsDebate.com though because there are some excellent discussions by Muslims about the possibility of an Islamic Reformation.