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Sen. Kyl hosts anti-Islamic Dutch Lawmaker

Geert WildersRepublican Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona is hosting a film screening at the Capitol on Thursday for a far-right Dutch lawmaker who claims that Islam inspires terrorism.

Kyl is sponsoring the event for Geert Wilders, who was denied entry to London earlier this month because British officials said he posed a threat to public order.

Wilders’ 15-minute film juxtaposes verses from the Quran with images of violence by Muslims. Wilders has called the Quran a “fascist book” and said it should be banned.

Kyl agreed to facilitate the event because “all too often, people who have the courage to point out the dangers of militant Islamists find themselves vilified and endangered,” said spokesman Ryan Patmintra.
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Thursday’s event was being sponsored by the International Free Press Society, headed by Danish activist Lars Hedegaard, and the Center for Security Policy, a think tank in Washington led by Republican Frank Gaffney.

Wilders’ film has sparked protests around the world, and it has inspired a debate on freedom of speech. Wilders had been invited to Britain by a member of Parliament’s upper house, the House of Lords, to show his film. But the British government refused his entry into the country, saying he posed a threat to “community harmony.”

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband told the British Broadcasting Corp. that Wilders was guilty of “extreme anti-Muslim hate.” He said, “There is no freedom to stir up racial and religious hatred.”

Several leading senators, including Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., declined to comment.

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