James Forsyth over the Coffee House blog has drawn attention to an Early Day Motion tabled by Paul Goodman and Michael Gove which states,
"This House, recognising that freedom of speech within the law and freedom from violence and intimidation are indispensable preconditions of a free society, deeply regrets the decision of the Dutch Parliament and Government to withdraw protection abroad from Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the author, film-maker and former politician, and urges both bodies to reverse this decision forthwith."Whilst the motion may not in itself carry masses of weight the point being made is a very important one. Ayaan Hirsi Ali is the screenplay writer of the Theo van Gogh directed film Submission.
Theo van Gogh was murdered in the street by an Islamist because of the film, and since then Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been given protection by the Dutch Government as well. At least she has until now. Submission caused quite a storm when it was released as it not only led to the butchering of a man but it tackled head-on the misogny and anti-women bent that exists within significant parts of Islamic cultures. It also did a good job of showing up much of the soft liberal-left as tacit ignorers of the worst possible things on the grounds of cultural relativism, but that is a side issue really.
The fact that the Dutch Government has decided to withdraw their protection of Ayaan Hirsi Alin is a sad day for liberty, especially in the supposedly liberal society of Europe. Tackling the subjugation of women is no longer allowed in Holland it seems. One would hope that the British Government tells her she come here and enjoy protection from the loonies that don't like it up'em.