A leading Canadian columnist is taking the media to task for their silence over gay-bashing incidents carried out by Muslims in Amsterdam, once a veritable “anything goes” city where gays used to go about without fear of attack.
Ezra Levant, a leading Canadian political activist, lawyer and blogger, writes in the Toronto Sun: “If you think Amsterdam is the gay capital of Europe, you’re half-right, but 10 years out of date. Today it’s the gay-bashing capital of Europe.”
The city isn’t just gay now, he says: it’s “Muslim, too,” and “sharia law rules the streets.”
Gay bashing, he writes, is front-page news “only when it’s committed by a straight, white male.”
Levant makes the point that media are reluctant to write about minorities when they’re attacking other minorities. As a parallel phenomenon, he cites Canadian feminists, who, he says, are similarly reluctant to criticize so-called honour killings of Muslim girls.
He says Muslim violence against gays is not a back-alley thing any more: it’s brazen and it’s in daylight.
In 2008, 10 Muslim youths broke into a fashion show, dragged gay model Michael du Pree off the stage and beat him bloody. Last month, several lesbians were hit by beer bottles thrown at their heads as they marched in a parade of thousands to protest violence against gays. There’s a gay community centre in Amsterdam – you’d think that would be safe. Wrong. It’s a target, with home-invasion style beatings. No one is immune. Last year Hugo Braakhuis, the founder of Amdsterdam’s gay pride parade, was attacked.
Levant refers to the murder of the openly gay politician Pim Fortuyn in 2002 by Volkert van der Graaf, who claimed in court that he had murdered Fortuyn to stop him from exploiting Muslims as “scapegoats.”
Later, the filmmaker Theo van Gough was shot and stabbed to death in 2004 – though not for homosexuality – by Mohammed Bouyeri after he had made a film with the Somali-born writer and activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
The last film van Gough had completed before his death – titled 06/05 – was about Pim Fortuyn.
Hirsi Ali was placed under police protection, until a judge ordered her out of her safe house. She now lives in the United States. Fortuyn, van Gogh and Hirsi Ali are gone from Holland, but the Moroccans and Turks aren’t.
Next, Levant talks of the right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who was barred from the UK – but got in after an appeal – when he was invited by a member of the House of Lords to show his anti-Koran film Fitna. Wilders, leader of the Party for Freedom, is currently on trial for “hate crimes” against Muslims, although, says Levant, Wilders’s “ideas are mainstream enough to become government policy.”
“The media is [sic] terribly uncomfortable writing about gay-bashing by minorities,” says Levant. “It’s the same reason why Canadian feminists are so eerily quiet about honour killings of Muslim girls.”
He says that research shows that for every reported gay-bashing crime in Amsterdam there are 25 that go unreported. “Two thirds of the predators are Muslim youths,” he writes.