|FROM ||Ruben Safir
|SUBJECT ||Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] The cost of freedom
|NIS News Bulletin
Amsterdam Develops Teaching Material against Wilders
AMSTERDAM, 07/02/08 - The city of Amsterdam has developed teaching
material warning children against the politics of Geert Wilders, newspaper
De Telegraaf yesterday reported. Wilders calls the campaign "sickening".
The newspaper quoted from a letter that the city council has sent to
three hundred primary and secondary schools in Amsterdam. Primary school
heads believe that the letter is intended to anticipate the anti-Islam
film that Wilders, MP and leader of the Party for Freedom (PVV), intends
to release in March.
The letter, which the newspaper claims is intended as teaching material,
contains cartoons of Wilders, Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende and a
white family that wants nothing to do with a polite Islamic boy. The text
reads: 'If you say bad things about someone, they will feel hurt. They
may not dare to say anything in return, because they are afraid of
being hurt even more. Then there is not much left of freedom of speech,'
according to De Telegraaf.
The Amsterdam council, which is dominated by Labour (PvdA), concludes
the pamphlet with the words, 'Unfortunately there are politicians who
think they will become more popular by being extremely negative about
certain groups of people. They think you should be able to say anything,
even if it is hurtful. But this does not make things very pleasant in
the Netherlands, as before you know it, they are setting one against
A spokesman for the Amsterdam city council stated that the message did
not only refer to Wilders' opinions. Moreover, the 'teaching letter' also
calls on pupils to talk to each other and respect each other's views,
the spokesman pointed out.
Wilders responded indignantly to the letter. "Sickening. Leaflets
like this should not be subsidised. The contents are prejudiced and
inaccurate. If you decide to do this, then write about the cowardice of
the PvdA and the multicultural drama as well."
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