Geert Wilders to test British free speech with anti-Muslim film screening

Geert Wilders, the radical anti-Muslim Dutch politician, will seek to test free speech in Britain next month when he makes a second attempt to visit the House of Lords to screen a controversial film equating Islam to Nazism.

Mr Wilders has accepted an invitation from Lord Pearson of Rannoch, the leader of UKIP, and Baroness Cox, a crossbench peer, to show his anti-Islam film Fitna in the Palace of Westminster on March 5.

His visit and the film, which claims the that Koran is a terrorist handbook, are expected to spark protests from British Muslims, including other members of the Lords.

British officials said the Government is powerless to ban Mr Wilders, despite continuing public order fears, after he overturned a previous entry ban following a legal challenge last year.

The Dutch MP, whose anti-Muslim Freedom Party leads the opinion polls in Holland, appealed, and won, a challenge to his entry ban from the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal last October.

Lord Ahmed, a Muslim peer, has promised to mobilise 10,000 Muslims to block Mr Wilders from entering the House of Lords.

– Source / Full Story: Geert Wilders to test British free speech with anti-Muslim film screening, Bruno Waterfield, Telegraph, Feb. 2, 2010 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

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