Leon de Winter denies that he defended Islam in his article on the Wilders trial
(Note, April 8: A reader has found further information on Leon de Winter’s previous attacks on Geert Wilders, his defense of Islam, and the praise he received from Muslims for doing so, in the Jakarta Post from March 2008.)
Nora Brinker (the Editrix) writes from Germany:
I recently wrote a blog entry about the Dutch writer Leon de Winter, which was triggered by your critique of his article at the Wall Street Journal on the Geert Wilders trial but went beyond it. My blog entry was published by the English section of the biggest of all German blogs (overall, not just the biggest among political blogs) Politically Incorrect, to which I am a regular contributor. Today, the PI-Team forwarded de Winter’s reply to me (see below).LA replies:
Thanks for writing and sending this. De Winter is contemptuously dismissive of my charge that his article was defensive of Islam rather than defensive of Geert Wilders, but he fails utterly to respond to what I actually said. So I’ll repeat it. In his WSJ piece, dramatically (and misleadingly) titled, “Stop the Trial of Geert Wilders,” he said nothing against the tyrannical Dutch hate speech laws, nothing against prosecuting a man for stating an opinion about Islam, nothing against making it a crime for Netherlanders to criticize Islam. Rather, he said that the Wilders trial should be terminated because the trial would put Islam itself on the docket.April 9, 10:27 a.m.
I’ve deleted the reader’s comment and my comment posted in this space last evening concerning Leon de Winter’s 2008 remarks defendng Islam by saying that the Jewish Bible is violent too, and the 2008 Jakarta Post article the comments were based on. We had thought the article was mistakenly naming Leon de Winter as Harry de Winter, but in fact there is a Harry de Winter, as is explained here.
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