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Theo van Gogh

Theo van Gogh (1957 - 2004) was a dutch producer and director. He made the short film Submission based on the script by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. It was about the violence against women in Islamic societies. He was murdered by islamist Mohammed Bouyeri.

Quotes on Religion and Islam

"...I feel, as a professional atheist, very unsafe in a climate that is dominated by ambitious mayors who are happily busy keeping things together.."

"It is the paradox of our society that our (just) tolerance gives free play to fanatics who before all want to dominate the Free West. Member of parliament Hirsi Ali had the fullest right to speak as she did. The attacks on her are echoes of the most retarded Middle Ages. How shady can a muslim be?"

"It's not my fault that some fellow-citizens hang to the fundamentally uncivilized faith of a little-girl-fucker who roamed the desert in 666. We may thank Allah that there are hundreds of thousands of reasonable Muslims in this country who don't blemish His name. But they too are intimidated by the apparently pittoresque village officers of Mecca’s thought police, who try to sell the imagined blood that steams from their sewers by whining about respect."

"This book is called Allah knows best because it is my dark suspicion that the new Middle Ages of Mecca are on the verge of outbreak; and because I feel, as a professional atheist, very unsafe in a climate that is dominated by ambitious mayors who are happily busy keeping things together and sit round the table with the wrong mosque board, while Moroccan youngsters play soccer with funeral wreaths on the 4th of May. Since September 11, as you well know, the knives are sharpened and the fifth column of goat fuckers marches ahead relatively unhindered. I can’t make more of it. We live in a nightmare of good intentions and misunderstood idealism." Quotes Source

Submission the Movie

Submission the Movie

Working from a script written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, van Gogh created the 10-minute movie Submission. The movie deals with the topic of violence against women in some Islamic societies, telling the stories, using visual shock tactics, of four abused Muslim women. The title itself, "Submission", is a translation of the word "Islam" into English, referring to Muslims' submission before God. In the film, women's naked bodies are veiled with semi-transparent shrouds as they kneel in prayer, telling their stories as if they are speaking to Allah. Qur'anic verses some argue are unfavourable to women are projected onto their bodies in Arabic. After the broadcast of Submission, Van Gogh and Hirsi Ali also received death threats. Van Gogh did not take these very seriously and refused any protection, reportedly telling Ayaan Hirsi Ali: "Nobody kills the village idiot", a term he frequently used to refer to himself.

Upon creation of the movie "Submission" Ayaan Hirsi Ali suggested to Theo Van Gogh that he avoid putting his name on the movie as it would put his life at risk. Theo Van Gogh claimed he must put his name on the film because it was his art and if he didn't affix his name to the film he was already dead.


Three years before his death The Van Gogh wrote about the ideal woman "I will die on the street, although such is uncomfortable."

Mohammed Bouyeri murdered Van Gogh in the early morning of 2 November 2004, in Amsterdam, in front of the Amsterdam East borough office, while he was cycling to work. Bouyeri shot van Gogh eight times with an HS 2000 handgun, and Van Gogh died on the spot. Bouyeri then attempted to decapitate him with a knife, and stabbed him in the chest with another. The two knives were left implanted in his torso, one attaching a five-page note to his body. The note threatened Western countries, Jews and Ayaan Hirsi Ali (who went into hiding). The note also contained references to the ideologies of the Egyptian organization Takfir wal-Hijra.

The killer, Mohammed Bouyeri, a 26-year-old Dutch-Moroccan citizen, was apprehended by the police after being shot in the leg. Bouyeri has alleged terrorist ties with the Dutch Hofstad Network. He was also charged with the attempted murder of several police officers and bystanders, illegal possession of a firearm, and conspiring to murder others, including Hirsi Ali. He was convicted on 26 July 2005 and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.

Imam Fawaz of the as-Sunnah Mosque in The Hague gave a sermon several weeks before the murder in which he called Theo van Gogh "a 'criminal bastard' and prayed for the filmmaker to be afflicted with an incurable disease." The murder of Theo Van Gogh sparked a storm of outrage throughout the Netherlands. Flowers, notes, drawings, and other expressions of mourning were left at the scene of the murder.

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