Today, Wilders’ 15-minute “documentary” called Fitna was released on liveleak. You can watch this piece of one-sided hate propaganda here.

If you actually want to know how Muslims think, then I’d suggest you use the 15 minutes for something more useful and either ask some of your colleagues/friends directly or read the report about the recent Gallup poll, which is available here. They talked to 50,000 Muslims worldwide. The most interesting findings are probably summarized in this 3-page document titled: “The Battle for Hearts and Minds: Moderate vs. Extremist Views in the Muslim World”. I’ll just quote a few bits.

“Perhaps most surprising to many Westerners, the two groups [moderates and extremists] showed little difference in religiosity as measured by the frequency of religious service attendance and the affirmation that religion is an important part of their daily lives.”

“However, it’s important to note that political radicals were also more likely than moderates to say moving toward greater democracy will help Arab/Muslim societies’ progress.”

“And while radicals had (by definition) unfavorable opinions of the United States, they had relatively neutral to favorable opinions of Germany and France. This again suggests that extremist views are motivated less by cultural opposition to Western values, and more by specific policies that seem to threaten Islamic ways of life.”

I’m afraid of what the next days and weeks will bring. I wish this film had never been released. It will only make radicals more radical and it will not help in any way to change the world for the better.

Oh, and for those of you that like to double check facts/quotes: Please have a look at the Koran yourself! It is available in English here. Needless to say that Wilders picks the most extreme translations. An example?

The first quote from the Koran in the film is Surah 8, Verse 60. The film quotes this as follows:

“Prepare for them whatever force and cavalry you are able of gathering, to strike terror, to strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah and your enemies”

The source above gives the following translation:

“And prepare against them what force you can and horses tied at the frontier, to frighten thereby the enemy of Allah and your enemy”

The third quote from the Koran in the film is Surah 47, Verse 4. The film quotes this as follows:

“Therefore, when ye meet the unbelievers, smite at their necks and when ye have caused a bloodbath among them bind a bond firmly on them”

The online source gives the following translation:

“So when you meet in battle those who disbelieve, then smite the necks until when you have overcome them, then make (them) prisoners, and afterwards either set them free as a favor or let them ransom (themselves) until the war terminates.”

Oh, and also search the Koran for “love“. You will find a LOT more hits than for “enemy” or “kill”.

I can’t believe this was advertised as a “documentary“!! It has 5 (yes, five) incomplete verses quoted from the Koran with dubious translations. The rest are cut-outs from propaganda newspapers and pictures of victims from 9-11 and other terrorist attacks.

If I’m allowed to choose 5 (incomplete) quotes freely, I can probably even make a Donald Duck cartoon look like it is inciting religious hate. [… not to mention the Torah or the Bible ….]

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