Dutch Questioning Limits of Tolerance in Wake of Filmmaker's Murder

November 14, 2004

Source: TIME Europe


On November 14, 2004 TIME Europe reported, "Immediately after the Nov. 2 murder of firebrand filmmaker Theo van Gogh, 47 � whose recent work included a controversial attack on Muslim violence against women � a Dutch Muslim man with alleged ties to a terrorist gang was arrested for the crime. That touched off a violent anti-Muslim backlash, which has forced some Dutch citizens to question the limits of free speech, others to ask whether the country's age-old reputation for tolerance is a thing of the past, and still others to wonder whether their grand experiment in integration has ignited an all-out clash of civilizations."