A Dutch politician named Geert Wilders made a short video called "Fitna" offering his views on Islam and the Koran.
These views are not positive ones. The film references 9/11, the Madrid train bombings, the murder of Theo van Gough, among other instances of Muslim hatred and terrorism.
No Dutch broadcasters would air it without editing, so he released it on the Internet.
In short, Wilder's point has been proved. Even before the film was released, Syria's Grand Mufti said that if there was an image of a burning Koran in the film, the Dutch as a whole would be held responsible and the Taliban would probably increase their attacks. A fatwa was issued against Wilders, calling on Muslims to assassinate him.
LiveLeak.com, where Wilder's originally released the film, removed the video of the film from their servers following threats against their staff.
The Dutch government, according to a Reuters report, tried to stop the film's broadcast. The UN Sec-Gen condemned it as anti-Islamic.
"There is no justification for hate speech or incitement to violence," Ban said in a statement. "The right of free expression is not at stake here."
"Freedom must always be accompanied by social responsibility," Ban said.
"We must also recognize that the real fault line is not between Muslim and Western societies, as some would have us believe, but between small minorities of extremists, on different sides, with a vested interest in stirring hostility and conflict," Ban said.
Well, it's nice to know that the current Sec-Gen of the UN is just as full of crap as the last one.
Yes, I understand that not all Muslims want to see all non-Muslims beheaded. But where are these moderate voices? Where is the critism of Islam from within? If you speak against intolerance in Islam you are threatened with death. The irony is so great that it would be funny if it weren't so awful.
Obviously Wilders has his own biases here and I'm not claiming otherwise. But it's interesting. When anti-Christian books or movies come out you don't hear the Pope asking Catholics to assassinate the people responsible. You don't see Christian 'youths' rioting through the streets when a decision in government goes against them.
Here is the film from YouTube -- assuming it will remain there -- so you can judge for yourself. Some of the English subtitles are a little wonky but it's enough to get the idea.
Definitely adult content.