Tuesday, November 02, 2004

The high price of swimming against the tide.

A great nephew of infamous painter Vincent van Gogh was slain in Amsterdam, allegedly because he made a movie critical of Muslim treatment of women.

A suspect was arrested after a shootout with officers that left him wounded, police said. Filmmaker Theo van Gogh had been threatened after the August airing of the movie Submission, which he made with a right-wing Dutch politician who had renounced the Islamic faith of her birth.

Van Gogh had received police protection after its release. Dutch national broadcaster NOS and other media reported van Gogh's killer shot and stabbed his victim and left a note on his body.

There are many Dutch politicians who have shown concern about immigration from Islamic countries and the potential for these immigrants to assimilate into Dutch society. van Gogh had some conservative bent at the time of his death, making controversial movies that were in line of his beliefs.

The last film was done with the help of a Somali-born politician who left Islam because of the faith's treatment of women.

The short television film Submission aired on Dutch television in August, enraged the Muslim community in the Netherlands.

It told the fictional story of a Muslim woman forced into a violent marriage, raped by a relative and brutally punished for adultery.


Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a member of the Dutch parliament, has repeatedly outraged fellow Muslims by criticizing Islamic customs and the failure of Muslim families to adopt Dutch ways.


Needless to say, the spiritually illiterate will eventually have to come to terms with the shrinking world. The more they stall, more blood will be shed.

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