Swine of the Week: Jacqui Smith

When British home secretary Jacqui Smith quelled religious debate Thursday, she captured the disgraceful distinction of “Swine of the Week!”

smith-jacqui1The coward deported Dutch parliamentarian and filmmaker Geert Wilders once he had arrived via airplane in London to give a speech on Islam’s negative impact on Western society.

Smith said Wilders’ presence endangered public safety, but he was only going to speak to the House of Lords, which had, uh, invited him.

Wilders has received death threats for his movie “Fitna,” which shows Koran passages of hatred next to images of  9/11, 7/7 and the Madrid bombings. He cherry picked footage of Muslim children refering to Jews as “apes and pigs” and radical leaders calling for a takeover of the U.S. and Europe.

Wilders’ movie isn’t a thoughtful, encompassing analysis of contrasting cultures, but rather a poor portrayal of half-truths and fear mongering. While Wilders’  movie and opinions are mostly unproductive, his views on misread portions of the Koran that have led to terrorist activities and the denial of human rights in Sharia law must both be discussed.

The speech Wilders was going to give to parliament included wild theories: “[Islam] poses as a religion, but its goals are very worldly: world domination, holy war, Sharia law, the end of the separation of church and state, the end of democracy. It is not a religion, it is a political ideology. It demands your respect, but has no respect for you.”

I understand why people dislike Wilders. He ignores the fact that the majority of Muslims denounce terrorism, read peaceful portions of the Koran and lead moral lives — but his ignorance doesn’t mean he should be denied the right to speak.

Wilders’ speech also had this: “If history teaches anything, it teaches self-delusion in the face of unpleasant facts is folly.”

When those words weren’t spoken before the House of Lords due to Smith’s self-delusion of “safety,” the words became more pertinent to the world’s most important conflict.

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Swine of the … uh …

This feature has been running more monthly than weekly, but I hope to change that soon. (The dearth in posts certainly isn’t due to a lack of qualified candidates.) To recap, here is the Tank’s infamous list of swine:

10/15: Andy Martin, the loser who started the Obama as a Muslim slander; 10/21: Michele Bachmann, the pretentious bag who suggested legislators should be exposed for un-American views; 11/12: Dmitri Medvedev, the tough guy Russian president who couldn’t wait two seconds before reopening Cold War schisms after Obama’s election; 12/9: Sam Zell, the asshole executive who ran his journalism business into bankruptcy; 1/31: Timothy Geithner, the idiot Treasury Secretary who failed to adequately pay his taxes on Turbo Tax.

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