In Mourning Slain Filmmaker, Dutch Confront Limitations of Their Tolerance

In Mourning Slain Filmmaker, Dutch Confront Limitations of Their Tolerance
The New York Times
November 10, 2004
By CRAIG S. SMITH

AMSTERDAM, Nov. 9 – Anger percolated through the crowd gathered Tuesday night outside the funeral for the Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, who was killed a week ago on an Amsterdam street by a man the police described as a Muslim extremist.

That anger is adding new fuel to a public debate over conservative Islam in Europe’s most liberal society, one
that had already become a no-holds-barred affair even before the killing of Mr. van Gogh, who had repeatedly used epithets against Muslims. His killing has polarized the country, giving the rest of Europe a disturbing glimpse of what may be in store if relations with the Continent’s growing immigrant communities are not managed more adeptly.

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