Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Van Gogh's encounter with the 'Religion of Peace'

This article is from the Netherlands where Van Gogh was murdered in broad daylight by "a religion of peace" adherent. Strangely, this one his very honest about his religion. There are many Muslims that are very honest about Islam and their Founder - Muhammad. You'll only find them in Islamic nations though. Not like the Muslims that hide in free and open societies under the banner of 'moderate.' Or the western, sanitized version of Islam.

The man accused of killing Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh confessed to a Dutch court that he acted out of his religious beliefs, saying he would do "exactly the same" if he were ever set free.

"I take complete responsibility for my actions. I acted purely in the name of my religion," 27-year-old Dutch-Moroccan national Mohammed Bouyeri told the court in Amsterdam on the final day of his trial.

Prosecutor Frits van Straelen demanded a life sentence for Bouyeri for killing Van Gogh on an Amsterdam street on November 2, 2004. He recalled the particular brutality of the murder in broad daylight saying Bouyeri not only shot Van Gogh 15 times but also stabbed him and finally slit his throat.

According to the prosecutor the murder of Van Gogh, an outspoken columnist who often criticised Islam and the multi-cultural society, deeply shocked Dutch society.

The killing -- which happened in plain view of more than 50 witnesses while the filmmaker was cycling to work -- stoked ethnic tensions and sparked a wave of reprisal attacks primarily directed at the Muslim community here.

In addition to a life sentence, the prosecution also demanded that Bouyeri be stripped of his right to vote or stand for election for the rest of his life, "to literally place him outside of our democracy".

After the prosecution's closing statement Bouyeri, who had refused to say anything about his motives during the trial, took the opportunity to make a final statement.

"I can assure you that one day, should I be set free, I would do exactly the same, exactly the same," he said, speaking slowly in sometimes halted Dutch.

He said he felt an obligation to Van Gogh's mother Anneke, present in court, to speak, but offered no sympathy.

"I have to admit I do not feel for you, I do"

"I acted out of conviction -- not because I hated your son."

Yeah, yeah, there will be several people saying, "But he doesn't represent all of Islam!" "There are moderate Muslims." On and on it goes. Well, those 'moderate' Muslims are disobeying, disregarding, and going against their Leader's example and teachings. (At least when it comes to anything other than religious ceremonial practices).

Did you hear the prosecution in the case? They demanded that Bouyeri be stripped of his right to vote or stand for election for the rest of his life, "to literally place him outside of our democracy." Yeah. That'll learn you!


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