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    Film on Islam Making Waves
    Freedom; Posted on: 2008-02-09 16:12:31 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
    Even though no one's seen it yet

    A Dutch lawmaker who caused a stir with calls to ban the Koran in his country is again under fire, this time for making a film about Islam's most revered text.

    Geert Wilders announced that his aim in making the short movie was to show that the Koran was not some "old dusty book" but the inspiration in many parts of the world for "intolerance, murder and terror."

    He said at the time that it would appear in late January; however, the release has been delayed by several weeks.

    Although the film has yet to be seen, some media, both in Islamic nations and the Netherlands, already are predicting a Muslim reaction like the one that greeted the publication by a Danish newspaper in 2005 of cartoons depicting the Muslim prophet, Mohammed.

    "The controversial film is expected to spark worldwide protests similar to those staged after the publishing of a series of blasphemous cartoons by a Danish daily," said Iran's Press TV.

    Reaction to the cartoons included a boycott of Danish products and violence in several Islamic countries, some of it deadly.

    The Iranian television network said the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), a Saudi headquartered bloc of 57 Muslim majority states, would be discussing the film and may seek a meeting with senior Dutch government officials.

    Pakistani foreign office officials were also quoted as saying that the movie would be taken up by the OIC. Pakistan currently chairs the OIC's grouping of foreign ministers.

    News Source: CNSNews.com


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