‘Why are Muslims so touchy?’ ask many white liberals. Well here’s one possible reason.
Yesterday the Rotterdam rapper Mo$heb was apparently arrested because he reported to his local police station – voluntarily – a few minutes after he was supposed to.
His alleged crime? Threatening a certain Mr Wilders in a rap song entitled Wie is de volgende (Who’s next?). The song included incriminating text such as ‘If you want to stay alive, you must take back your comments’ (it rhymes beautifully in Dutch).
But even the Telegraaf – not exactly known for its left-wing allegiances – points out that this should not seen this as a threat but as freedom of expression. Very tongue in cheek.
Meanwhile Mo$heb’s lawyer points out that no legal action has been taken against Wilders despite numerous complaints lodged against him with the police.
Of course we don’t know if our man Mos$heb is a practising Muslim, a lapsed Muslim or any sort of Muslim. But a new breed of political Muslim is emerging in the Netherlands – second or even third generation immigrants who are not afraid of making political statements – like the young women who are proud to wear a headscarf and lash on the mascara.
You might not like it Mr Wilders. But freedom of expression works both ways.
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