Bravo! Lord Pearson, Baroness Cox and Geert Wilders
Lord Pearson and Baroness Cox showed Fitna, the film by Geert Wilders, in the House of Lords last night.
The film has been called controversial because it links violent verses in the Koran with footage of terrorist attacks by violent Islamists. Despite threats from Muslims, Lord Pearson had insisted the film would be shown, and it was.
Filmmaker and Dutch MP Geert Wilders was barred entry to Britain, and could not attend the showing. He was refused entry at Heathrow.
His film calls on Muslims to remove "hate-preaching" verses from the Koran.
Holland's Foreign Minister has protested. The International Free Press Society called on the government "to rescind immediately the Home Secretary’s decision to bar Geert Wilders of the Netherlands entry into the UK".
Baroness Cox, the peer who co- hosted the event, said she was "ashamed" that Mr Wilders had been barred from Britain.
Earlier in the House of Lords, Lord West of Spithead, the Home Office minister, faced a stream of questions about the decision of his boss, the Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, to bar Mr Wilders. Lord Pearson accused the Government of "appeasement," challenging the minister: "Do you think this situation would occur if Mr Wilders had said ban the Bible? If it would not have occurred, why would it not have occurred?"
We have been horrified by the actions of violent Islamists and creeping Sharia. We are appalled by the actions of the British Government which has responded to Muslim threats of violence by submitting to the would-be perpetrators of violence.
We are supporters of free speech. And we are glad that UKIP peer Lord Pearson and Baroness Cox had the courage to defend free speech, to open the House to a discussion of terrorism and its connection with violent Islamists, and to stand their ground.