More on this story. Wilders is absolutely correct about Muslims in Europe, and this is why his recommendations about immigration should be heeded — before it’s too late.
From the Daily Times, with thanks to Nicolei:
LAHORE: An anti-immigrant politician is making a meteoric rise with his call on the Dutch – once one of the most tolerant nations in the world – to stop Islam “taking over Europe”, according to a report in The Daily Telegraph on Thursday.
Geert Wilders, the 43-year-old leader of the Freedom Party, is convinced that governments are being forced to accommodate a “˜tsunami of Islamisation” that is fundamentally incompatible with European social values.
“Islam itself is the problem. Islam is a violent religion,” he told the newspaper. “The Prophet Mohammed was a violent man. The Quran is mostly a violent book. We should invest in Muslim people but they have to first get rid of half the Quran and half of their beliefs,” he said.
The Freedom Party has jumped from six to 10 percent in opinion polls since November. His passionate campaign for a ban on the Islamic veil in public places is gaining such momentum that the country”s new coalition government could be forced to introduce the ban it does not support.
On the burqa, Wilders is adamant: “It is a medieval token of a barbaric time, of how not to treat women, even if they want to wear it themselves.” Allowing Muslims to wear the burqa in the Netherlands, or to have segregated swimming sessions so as not to offend religious sensitivities, amounts to “religious apartheid”, he says….
Wilders split from the Dutch liberals in September 2004 over their support for EU membership for Turkey. Two months later he was living in fear after police arrested suspected terrorists, armed with grenades, accused of planning to kill him. The Dutch politician says he and his wife have received more than 600 death threats.
Wilders, who is always surrounded by plain clothes police guards, said: “I lost my freedom and privacy because of my opposition to Islam.”