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Submitted by Edward Halper (United States), Jan 1, 2008 at 13:30

This film provides an excellent opportunity for the Dutch government to begin to educate the Islamic world about freedom. In general, Muslims are shockingly ignorant about free speech. Many assume that any statement must be sanctioned by the government and therefore represent the view of the Dutch people. If they could come to see that free speech allows not only criticism of Islam, but also the possibility of the practice of Islam and even the opportunity to convince others to practice Islam, they might well become reconciled to freedom. Given the large Muslim population of the Netherlands, it is imperative that the Dutch government undertake a program to educate them to freedom.

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