According to him “The book incites hatred and killing and therefore has no place in our legal order.” He calls the prophet Mohammed ‘devil’ who would have been hunted down as a terrorist these days. Also he would like to introduce a €1000 a year ($1500) excise tax on headscarf wearing.
Geert Wilders is founder of the Dutch Freedom Party (PVV), looks like Mozart with his platinum blond mane and was voted politician of year 2007 by the Dutch political press. I agree that his ’well-timed one- liners’ is a great justification for such a title.
Geert Wilders considers himself as a libertarian. He opposes the Dutch political system, because among other things they tolerate the ‘intolerants’ ( Muslims), the first article in the Dutch constitution, because it guarantees equality, which according to him should exclude Muslims, but stand out Christians, Jews and human traditions.
He also opposes the EU, because of its strong governmental influence, his expansion projects (Turkey) and he wants to abolish the European Parliament. This states me kind of funny, wasn’t his party the winner of the European Parliament Election and he has used his victory to claim that the Dutch want a new government.
Immigrates from non-western countries should be banned for 5 years or paid to leave the Netherlands. They also shouldn’t have the right to vote.
He wants to apply Israel’s administrative detention in the Netherlands, a practice heavily criticized by human rights groups, which he calls ‘common sense’. ‘We [in the West] are all Israel. Israel is the West’s first line of defense.’
Meanwhile he considers Islam as a backward religion. ‘Islam is the Trojan Horse in Europe. If we do not stop Islamification now, Eurabia and Netherabia will just be a matter of time. One century ago, there were approximately 50 Muslims in the Netherlands. Today, there are about 1 million Muslims in this country. Where will it end? We are heading for the end of European and Dutch civilization as we know it.’
No TV Company would broadcast the 17 minute film and after two hours it was banned from the internet. Nevertheless I watched it at least 3 times and was outraged, by his discriminating, one-sided, anti-Islamic point of view, which reflected his hater and intolerance towards Muslims. He matches Islam to terrorism. His intention was “a debate about freedom of speech and the threat of Islamisation of our Western societies’, but his selfish behavior endangered Dutch soldiers and citizens and provoked and insulted Islamic countries.
Of course it’s not his aim to offend, who would feel offended being called retarded?
He was also controversially banned from entering the United Kingdom between 12 February 2009 and 13 October 2009, with the Home Office viewing his presence as a “threat to one of the fundamental interests of society”. The ban was overturned after Wilders appealed. He visited the UK on October 16, 2009.
He is also indicted in his own country. The cause is that in a democratic system, hate speech is considered so serious that it is in the general interest to… draw a clear line” and that “The court also considers appropriate criminal prosecution for insulting Muslim worshippers because of comparisons between Islam and Nazism made by Wilders.”
I pray they will succeed.
But what strikes me most and is the final straw, is the fact that the Dutch love him. The more he gets insulted and condemned by the outside, the more they support him and if there would be elections now, he and his ‘Freedom Party’ would come out as the winner.
I have been to the Netherlands many times; I understand most of the language and would assume I am familiar with the Dutch culture and mentality. I consider the Dutch a lovable, funny and colorful folk, but this is just too much to bare.
How can you support somebody with statements, this disrespectful and hate-filled? He opposes an entire religion and for me there is no difference in which religion you condemn, so when he compares Islam with Narzism, I wonder if he doesn’t talk about himself.
Maybe all this hair dying affected Wilder’s brain, which would be a nice excuse for his mental incapacity, but what made the Dutch become so gullible to his speeches and dumb to support him?
I support the freedom of speech, the best example is my blog, but I also think it always depends on the way how you say it. You can despise terrorism without comparing it with one religion. In the 60ties Germany had to fight GERMAN terrorism ( RAF), the US fought against the gray panthers, even though it’s controversial if they should be entitled terrorists. Many other countries faced the same issue (Russia vs. Chechnya) and terrorism is definitely not an Islamic invention.
When he talks about Islamisation, I wonder what the Christ did with all their crusades and Christianization. I haven’t seen an Imam yet, knocking on my door and trying to convince me how wonderful the Islam is, or travel to Africa and force his believe on a nation. I do agree though, that the Islam can be a very strict religion, which doesn’t leave much space for women’s rights for instance, but then it all depends on the interpretation.
There is no religion who declared so many wars in the name of good as the Christian one, and no one that offended so many nations and declared so many wars in the last 40 years as the Jewish one. Just to propose Israeli detention makes me speechless.
I just hope the Dutch wake up in time, so he won’t get elected!