Sunday, March 25, 2007

Honoring Theo Van Gogh

Last Sunday, authorities in Amsterdam unveiled a statue honoring the memory of Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh. Van Gogh was murdered in November 2004 by Islamist fanatic Mohammed Bouyeri, in retaliation for Van Gogh's short film Submission, which discussed the mistreatment of women in Islamic society. After murdering Van Gogh, Bouyeri pinned a note to his body threatening the life of Van Gogh's collaborator, Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Theo Van Gogh had many flaws, but he took an uncompromising stand on behalf of free expression and against Islamist totalitarianism. He paid for that stand with his life, and deserves to be remembered with honor.


Anonymous professor ed said...

While it is nice of his countrymen to honor the murdered Van Gogh in such a fashion, I wonder if the country has done anything to protect free expression of its citizens?

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