http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7248629.stm Last Updated: Saturday, 16 February 2008, 15:48 GMT E-mail this to a friend Printable version Iranians urge Dutch to ban film By Elettra Neysmith BBC News Geert Wilders The Iranians want Geert Wilders' film banned The Iranian government has intervened to try to stop the screening of a film in the Netherlands about the Koran. The Iranians say that the film, by the Dutch member of parliament Geert Wilders, is offensive. The Iranian justice minister, Gholam Hussein Elham, wrote to his Dutch counterpart, Ernst Hirsch Ballin, calling for a ban. Mr Hussein Elham said freedom of speech should not be used as a cover for attacking moral and religious values. 'Freedom of expression' Mr Wilders says his film will show the Muslim holy book is an inspiration for murder. But the Iranian justice minister says it is an unnecessary attack on what Muslims regard as the holiest of things. He said the motivation behind the film was satanic and urged the Dutch government to stop its screening. Mr Wilders has already been advised that he may have to leave the country for his own safety. But the government has so far refused to intervene, saying the issue is one of freedom of expression. In 2004, the Dutch film director, Theo van Gogh, was killed by a Muslim extremist in an Amsterdam street after bringing out the film Submission. It dealt with the issue of abused Muslim women and included scenes of nearly naked women with Koranic texts engraved on their bodies. **************************** After the cartoon & teddy bear farces we are about to enter the mother of all film farces, Geert Wilders a extremist in my view or redneck, & muslim hater, & believe it or not i am not a fan of his, exremists are people who cant change there mind, they have tunnel vision, geert has this problem i dont, i agree he does have a right to show this film, the passion of christ was banned in some countries like pakistan, i hope to god the UK or the US does not ban it, muslims need to stop wearing there religon on there sleeves, as denmark repinted the cartoons this week, there was no muslim outcry or riots, that is the way forward, when they stop being emotional about religon, they might just realise it is just that religon a belief true or false, not a thing worth dying or killing for. I have no doubt if this film is shown without being banned in the west it will result in cinema's being attacked or even burned down The dutch goverment is telling there own mp to get out of the country for his own safety, a supposed democratic free speech country is telling there own mp for speaking his mind he is no longer safe in the country he lives in. I've never had the good fortune to read the koran, im usually to busy counting sheep, however from what i gather the word jihaad appears quite a bit, & from what i gather it is used by modern fanatics as justication on any matter, that dare criticise islam. Well geert where will you go, brazil? cuba? disney world? My guess is being the arrogant guy you are, & the belief you are indestructable you will stay in holland, R.I.P geert, this film will go down as your epitaph.