Dutch Member of Parliament, Champion of Free Speech
Report by Betty Sakai
Member of the Dutch Parliament since 1998, Geert Wilders lives today under 24/7 security for daring to speak the truth about Islam when political discourse and media coverage have been anything but truthful. He is one of 150 elected to the Tweede Kamer, the Netherlands House of Representatives. The Netherlands is a small, tolerant country of 16.5 million people in Western Europe where the government provides housing, education, medical care, and a spending stipend for each citizen. Mr. Wilder formed the party for Freedom (PVV) in 2004 because he disagreed with the leadership in Parliament.
Threats on his life began in 2003 after he demanded the Dutch government investigate the Al-Furgan mosque in Eindhoven, a city about 80 miles southeast of Amsterdam suspected of being a hotbed for Islamic extremism. His friend, and talented provocative filmmaker / columnist, Van Gogh, who described Muslims, their prophet Muhammad, their imams, and their god using vulgar slang, was for this verbal affront to Islam slaughtered during Ramadan in 2004 while he was riding his bike to work on a Tuesday morning on the busy Linnaeusstraat Street in Amsterdam. Although Van Gogh had used similar language attacking Christians and Jews, Islam used a knife instead of words to slit his throat. His killer was Mohammed Bouyeri, a 26 year old Dutchman of Moroccan descent who had just finished his morning prayers at El-Tawheed mosque -- another mosque Geert Wilder and his Parliamentarian colleague, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, had asked authorities to investigate.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali was a former Muslim from Somalia who had experienced the terrifying plight of Islamic women, female genitalia mutilation, and other cruel Islamic customs. She fled in the 1990s to the Netherlands where she became a successful politician. Filmmaker Van Gogh had recently produced a 10-minute documentary called Submission [English translation of the Arabic word for “Islam”] that broadcast on Dutch television in August 2004 discussing the punishment of “disobedient” women in Islam.
On Tuesday evening, August 11th, at the Conservative Forum in Mt. View, CA, a crowd of about 300 provided multiple standing applauses for Geert Wilders and his wife, Christina. Plain clothes Dutch Security Forces made their presence known, and heavily armed tactical officers from the Mt. View Police Department cordoned off the parking lot and screened attendees outside. Armed guards stood at attention scanning the crowd inside the auditorium. Geert Wilders described the long but necessary ordeal living hidden and in safe houses -- an ordeal he and his wife have endured since 2004 for him to live and represent his people, to tell the truth about Islam.
The need for so much security affects all of us, he said. Islamic victimization infests the world in which all of us live. The Forum was Mr. Wilders’ first speaking engagement since he had been the principle speaker at the “Draw Muhammad Contest” in Garland, Texas conducted by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer. At that event, two ISIS sympathizers, gunmen from Phoenix, Arizona, had opened fire outside wounding one security guard in the foot.
Europe over the last decade, he said, has made a terrible mistake. He pleaded with the audience to not let what has been happening in Europe happen in America. European governments have allowed millions of Islamists to immigrate into Europe. Europe is becoming a continent of mosques and hijabs.
True to his mission to speak the truth, in 2008 Geert Wilders wrote and commissioned a documentary on Islam entitled Fitna. This graphic film can be viewed on-line.
In 2009 Mr. Wilders’ opponents used Dutch hate-speech laws to attack Mr. Wilders in court. It was “legal jihad”, he laughed. The prosecution lasted two years, but failed. In Mr. Wilders’ hometown of Venlo, he said, Islamists openly carry swastikas shouting “Death to the Jews!” In France, a French girl was beaten up recently because she was sunbathing in a bikini. We live in an age where people speak the truth only if it is a cliché, and only if they don’t have to pay the price for it.
In 2012, Geert Wilder published his book, Marked For Death, Islam’s War Against the West and Me. It is well worth reading – researched, referenced, descriptive, and revealing in detail. The Publisher is Regnery Publishing, distributed to the trade by Perseus Distribution, 250 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10107. Geert has dedicated his book “To Freedom”.
Mr. Wilders admonished his Forum listeners to understand “There is only one Islam.” There is no such thing as a moderate Muslim. There is no such thing as an extreme Islamist. There is only Islam. The political ideology of Islam is not moderate. It is a totalitarian cult exploiting the laws under the freedom of religion – hiding under the cloak of religion -- with global ambitions.
He added, yes there are kind and considerate Muslims. In his youth, Geert traveled extensively in the Middle East. He has lived in Israel which he describes as a beautiful country. The fact is, all Muslims must abide by the dictates of the Quran. The fact is, all Muslims want to live – if not now -- eventually under the Sharia Law of the Quran. Islam means Sharia Law. The Quran and Sharia Law are incompatible with the laws and cultures of the West.
Another fact: Islam does not negotiate. Islam does not capitulate. Islam forces the nations of the West and the cultures and religions of Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism among others faiths to capitulate. The left-leaning University of Amsterdam conducted a study of one million Muslims in the Netherlands. 11% said they were prepared to use violence for the sake of Islam, a fact the press tried to paint as minor but 110,000 people are a large number. 73% said that Muslims who go to fight for Islam in Syria are heroes. 80% of Turkish youths in the Netherlands believe is it not bad to incite violence against non-believers. The media paints those who disagree with Islam as “extreme” and “far-right” because they are the ones out on the fringe.
In the United States, last June a survey revealed that 51% of U.S. Muslims want to live under Sharia Law in America. 29% feel okay with violence against those who defame the prophet Muhammad. 25% say they feel okay with violence to conduct jihad. This problem cannot be changed economically by giving people money or housing, by creating jobs, by lowering taxes. the problem is very serious. It is called Islam.
Islam is a cult ideology that systematically suppresses free speech using laws, lawsuits, prosecutions, threats, and violence meted out against Islam’s critics. Islamic groups redefine human rights to suppress non-Muslims everywhere. Like the Nazis, Islam intends on conquering the world. In his book, Wilder notes that some researchers point out that Muhammad in writing the Quran secured power for the wealthy in the Middle East. The fact is, Muhammad’s first wife, Khadija, was a wealthy business-woman. After she died, Mohammad wrote more chapters [surahs] where Allah condoned the taking of multiple wives, including a very young child bride named Aisha.
Wilders said Islam must be regarded as evil, akin to the Nazis in Germany. It is not like a religion where joining and leaving the faith is voluntary. Muslims cannot leave Islam without being labeled an apostate and forever fearing for their life. All Muslims believe the Quran is the word of God [Allah] revealed through his prophet Muhammad. Therefore, nothing in the Quran can be modified or changed. Wilders encouraged people to read the Quran to understand that moderation and compromise with Islam is not possible.
The leaders of the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and the Netherlands refer to Islam as a “Religion of Peace” and they have been trying to negotiate and appease Islam. But nothing short of capitulation is acceptable to Islam. Terrorists, Muslims acting out jihad on behalf of Islam, regard negotiations by the West as signs of weakness. The people who live in Europe and in the United States experience violence by Muslims every day. The people know the threats are coming from members of this cult and they are not trying to assimilate into their country. Their country has not declared war on Islam, but the people know that Islam is at war with them.
Wilders cites a Dutch poll in which 57% of the people say that permitting mass immigration of large Muslim populations into the West was a mistake. In the United Kingdom, 56% of the people see Islam as a threat to Western Society. The problem is not the minority who commit the offenses but the majority who permit them. He added, it would not have been possible in Germany for the Nazis to rise to power without the consent of the majority. He admonished Americans to challenge those they elect and replace them if they refuse to accept the facts about Islam.
Geert Wilders stands for free speech. In the Netherlands, in a country that lost the ability to close its borders and maintain a separate cultural identity when it became a member of the European Union and adopted the Euro as its currency, Mr. Wilders explained that European leaders are generally appointed and not elected. Europeans do not have a Bill of Rights like Americans have. Europeans have no 1st Amendment right to free speech.
More and more people are becoming aware of what Islam is. A friend of Geert Wilders wrote a book in which she hopes for the emergence of a more moderate Islam. But whereas Islam is entrenched financially, legally, educationally, and culturally in geo-politics spanning over 1,400 years, the hope for moderation in Islamic ideology, and the hope of changing Islamic ideology into a religion compatible with other faiths is not something intelligent leaders of nations in the West can afford to wait for, or bet on.
Wilders said that if tomorrow he were to replace Mark Rutte as Prime Minister of the Netherlands, he would enact the following: (1) guarantee the Dutch people free speech, (2) provide protection for speaking the truth, no matter how politically incorrect it might be, (3) end all Islamic immigration into the Netherlands, (4) end the construction of mosques and shut down Islamic schools, (5) guarantee equal rights to anyone who assimilates into Dutch society, (6) forfeit the citizenship and expel anyone who commits violence in the name of jihad, (7) remove the Netherlands from the European Union and re-establish the borders and currency of the Netherlands, and (8) help reinstate the pride and culture of the Christians and Jews in the Netherlands, but not Islam. He added, we must retain our identity or at the end of the day we will not be a free people anymore.
He then added that the people immigrating into Europe today are not real refugees. At the airport when they deplane they can be seen taking selfies. Human smugglers work in concert with the navies of the countries bringing in immigrants. Wilders said he would adopt the Australian approach and push them back. He would return millions of Islamists and send many more to rich Arabian countries like Kuwait. The country of Kuwait, for example, has taken only 27 refugees compared to a million entering Europe.
Asked what the American people can do, Geert Wilders answered: Elect leaders who have your same culture, faith, and values, who believe in liberty and freedom. Call and email current representatives. Tell them, if they continue being “politically correct” and refer to Islam as a Religion of Peace, they are endangering your children and you will do everything in your power to get them out of office. Ask questions. Embarrass politicians with facts if they state something incorrect about Islam. Educate yourself and everyone you know about Islam. Demand your government stop Islamic immigration, and make sure the Muslims who are already in your country follow the laws of your country.
The forces of ignorance, blind status quo, and progressivism, are what the people must overcome to prevent Islam from taking over. Freedom and everything you hold dear is in Islam’s cross-hairs. Everyone has to deal with Islam whether they understand what it is or not.
The Forum thanked the security forces present for their vigilance providing Geert Wilders a safe place to lecture and inform the public about Islam. Long standing applause completed the event. It was a very informative evening.
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