Friday, July 4, 2008

Submission, film by Theo Van Gogh

Working from a script written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, van Gogh created the 10-minute movie Submission. The movie deals with the topic of violence against women in Islamic societies; telling the stories of four abused Muslim women. The title itself, "Submission", is a translation of the word "Islam" into English. In the film, telling their stories as if they are speaking to Allah. Qur'anic verses unfavourable to women are projected onto their bodies in Arabic. After the broadcast of Submission, Van Gogh and Hirsi Ali also received death threats. Van Gogh did not take these very seriously and refused any protection, reportedly telling Ayaan Hirsi Ali: "Who would want to kill the village idiot?

Van Gogn was shot 8 times by Mohammed Bouyeri, a Dutch- Moroccan Muslim.

Ayaan fled Netherland and is now in USA under severe protection. Recently a member of Netherland parliament named Geert wilders has decided to release a 10 min movie regarding the truth about violence in Quran. Guess what! The movie hasn't been released yet and he has received so many death threats that he is under police protection and is constantly changing safe houses. However he's stayed firm in his decision regarding the release of the movie. So let's support freedom of speech and not be intimidated by bunch of savages who are stuck in the 7th century and want to impose their throwback religion on the rest of the civilized world.

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