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.