Monday, April 30, 2012

Why Islam is the Largest Threat to Freedom

Below is the prepared text of the speech given today by Geert Wilders at the Gatestone Institute in New York. Many thanks to the PVV for sending it.

Dear friends,

I am happy to be in New York again, even though in my country today it is Queen’s day, a national celebration. This is why I am wearing my orange tie.

Geert WildersThank you, Nina, for organizing this event and giving me the opportunity to address all of you. It is always good to be among friends. It is an honor to be here in the presence of so many people who care for the preservation of freedom in our civilization.

It is great to be in America, the beacon of liberty, the land of the free, the land where people are still allowed to speak freely. I know what I am talking about. I was acquitted after a legal ordeal that lasted almost 3 years. I had been brought to court for criticizing Islam.

Though at the end of the day I was acquitted, the court case had been a disgrace. It was a time-, money- and energy-consuming nightmare. This charade that happened in the Netherlands for the last few years could not have happened in your great country, where the First Amendment guarantees people the freedom to express their opinions.

The first Amendment is what we need in the Netherlands and Europe.

I am in New York for the release of my book “Marked for Death”. It explains why Islam is the largest threat to freedom which the world is currently facing. It argues why Islam is a totalitarian ideology rather than a religion. It reveals how Islam has already profoundly changed Europe in the last decades. It exposes the cultural relativism which has affected Europe so deeply that many in Europe refuse to stand for liberty and prefer to appease Islam.

As you know, people who speak out like myself and I pay a steep price for speaking these truths. Apart from legal attempts to silence me, there are also the threats by radical Muslims to kill me. I have been living under permanent police protection for almost eight years now. People like me pay this price for speaking the truth about Islam. But I do not regret one word. I see it as my duty to warn the West.

I have traveled widely in the Islamic world. I have read the Koran. I have studied the life of Muhammad. It made me realize that Islam is primarily a dangerous ideology rather than a religion. This is the truth. This violent ideology wants to impose Islamic sharia law on the whole world, including us the Kafirs, the non-Muslims. This inhumane ideology is also outspokenly anti-Semitic.

This ideology also harms Muslims. Islam believes that everything men have to know can be found in the Koran. As such, it is hostile to all forms of innovation. But without innovation there can be no progress and people cannot prosper.

Many people unfortunately are blind to the true nature of Islam. They are blind because they do not realize what Islam is and mistakenly believe that it is a religion just like any other religion.

I have written my book to inform them.

Islam fails four major tests that religions should fulfill:

1. Adherence to a religion must be a personal choice;
2. no religion should demand that those who leave it be killed;
3. a religion must never mandate the subjugation of those who do not belong to it;
4. a religion must be in accord with basic human rights.

I have also written my book because I am not a defeatist. The West is able to defeat totalitarian Islam just as it defeated Nazism and Communism in the past.

My book is dedicated to freedom. It is inspired by many freedom fighters, from previous generations but also people from our age. As it happens, two people, whom I refer to in the book, are present in this room here today: Andy Bostom and Ibn Warraq.

Fortunately, we are not alone in the fight for freedom. We are in the company of heroes and friends. This gives us the strength to continue.

In order to defeat Islam so, we must do four things.

The first and most important is to speak the truth, always and everywhere also about Islam. Like the Americans, the people in the Netherlands and other European countries desperately need a First Amendment.

That will allow them to tell the truth about Islam and Muhammad. In doing so we will expose this dangerous ideology and its founder. We must encourage Muslims to leave Islam and to choose for freedom and prosperity.

Secondly, we have to believe in the superiority of our Western values. If we do not believe in our own Western values, we will not be prepared to defend them. That is why we have to end the biggest disease in the world today, the cultural relativism which pretends that all cultures are equal. This is simply not true. Our Judeo-Christian and humanist civilization is far superior to any other civilizations like the barbaric Islamic civilization. We should not be afraid to say so. It is more free, more democratic, more tolerant than any civilization the world has ever seen.

Thirdly, we must stop the Islamization of our societies, by restricting immigration from Islamic countries, and expelling those who violate our laws and commit violence. If you respect our laws you are welcome to stay; if you don’t you do not belong here and we will send you packing.

And fourthly, we must reassert our national identities. The nation-state enables self-government and self-determination. This insight led the Zionists to establish Israel as the homeland of the Jews.

Zionism teaches us one of the most important lessons which the modern world needs today. Theodor Herzl argued that a Jewish state would facilitate “a new blossoming of the Jewish spirit.” Today, we need our own respective nation-states to preside over a new blossoming of our own Western spirit.

Our nations are the homes in which freedom and democracy prospers. This is true for the Netherlands. This is true for America. This is true for Israel.

Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. It is a beacon of freedom in an unfree region, a beacon of life in a place of darkness. If Israel falls, the West falls.

Mothers in the West can sleep safely because Israeli mothers at night worry about their sons in the army. Their fight is our fight. We should support it.

Israel is, indeed, a vital outpost of Western civilization. That is why Islam conditions the faithful to hate the Jewish state and to view its destruction as an imperative. It is our duty to stand with Israel.

All these arguments are made in my book, in which I also explain how we can defend freedom and oppose Islamization and cultural relativism in a non-violent and democratic way. In fact, that is what my party, the Party for Freedom, is doing in the Netherlands.

When I began to speak out against Islam 10 years ago, two things happened. Extremist Muslims from the Netherlands and all over the world marked me for death, but Dutch people came to me to express me their support. In 2010, we became the third biggest party in the Netherlands. Though the PVV did not become a coalition partner in the Dutch government, for almost two years we supported a center-right minority government in return for measures to roll back Sharia in Holland, stop the Islamization process, and counter cultural relativism.

The Dutch government even had the audacity to speak out against the powerful OIC, the Organisation of Islamic Conference. The OIC is an international organization of 57 Islamic countries, most of them barbaric tyrannies.

This OIC constitutes the largest voting bloc in the United Nation. It had criticized the fact that Dutch judges had acquitted me of all charges in my court case. But the Dutch government made it clear to the OIC that freedom of speech will not be muzzled in the Netherlands. It told the OIC very bluntly: “The Dutch government dissociates itself fully from the request to silence a politician.” Never before had a European government had the courage to confront the OIC in such a forceful way.

Unfortunately, last week, the Party for Freedom decided to end its support for the government. As you can imagine, this was a difficult decision for us, given the many things also on the subject of Islamization that we were still to achieve. Unfortunately, however, previous Dutch governments — as governments elsewhere in Europe — have signed away a significant part of our own sovereignty to the EU, the European Union, a supranational institution run by unelected and undemocratic bureaucrats.

The EU controls our borders and decides over most immigration rules. The EU also imposes a policy of austerity on our country.

When the government, in order to comply with the EU rules, decided to raise taxes and slash the budget at the expense of the citizens rather than by trimming the government, my party had no other option but to bring the government down and we did so last week.

We are now heading for elections, which will be held on September 12th. Our electoral campaign will focus on the need to restore our national sovereignty, because without our sovereignty we cannot defend our identity and fight against Islamization.

My friends, we continue our efforts. Our opponents have not been able to bully me. They have not been able to silence me. They shriek and yell, but we will never give in. One of my favorite presidents Ronald Reagan once said: “The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted.” Reagan was right. The future belongs to us.

In 2008, I released Fitna, a documentary about the true message of the Koran. Tomorrow, I release my book. I wrote it to inform people and also to encourage freedom loving Muslims to leave Islam. And to see Islam for what it really is.

I wholeheartedly support those who struggle for freedom in the Islamic world. The Arab, Turkish, Iranian, Pakistani, and Indonesian people have tremendous potential. If they could liberate themselves from the yoke of Islam, if they would stop taking Muhammad as a role model, and if they get rid of the hateful Koran, they would be able to achieve amazing things.

As I say in my book — my message to them, to all the muslims all over the world, is clear: “Fatalism is no option, Inch’Allah is a curse; Submission is a disgrace. Free yourselves. It is up to you.”

I receive hundreds of emails from all over the world. From people in Islamic countries, and from people in Western countries begging for help. They, too, want to fight for freedom and stop the Islamization process. We have to advise and help.

I leave you with another Reagan quote: “We need to act today, to preserve tomorrow.” Indeed, my friends, there are so many things which we can do. Things which we must do. But we can do them only if we can count on each other. You can count on me. I spoke, I speak, I shall continue to speak. I hope I can continue to count on your support.

We are fighting for the future of our children, the survival of the Western spirit, the preservation of our liberty and democracy, our Judeo-Christian and humanist heritage.

We must be brave and save our heritage and our own constitution. The West is in danger, but we can still prevail. Even when we are insulted, even when we are harassed and intimidated, even when we are marked for death — we must stand up for our values, tell the truth and never ever be silenced.

Thank you.


Gregory said...

Good read. I wish the lamestream media would start following and quoting him so that more people can hear him. Too many people still get all their world and local news from the tv and newspapers and don't know how they are being misled and being dumbed-down. Keep em ignorant, then they won't know what to say, or do. My own sister is that way and she goes to mental sleep whenever I try to open her islam.

Anonymous said...

Anyone else here feel the early stirrings of a fightback? Swift to bless slow to chide they say - but the anger is growing.

Dymphna said...

@ the latest anon - at least you are as I write this.

Good aphorism, that--


I hope you have the opportunity to read his book. Quite a man. After all the Dutch "moderates" are long forgotten, his words and his courage will remain.

babs said...

I wish I had been able to hear him in person. The leader of the BFP was also in NY recently. I didn't hear about it until he had gone...
Is there some mailing list that I could be on?

laine said...

What about a fifth test of Islam as a religion that it fails? A decent god and his prophet? Not a bordello keeper in the sky who favors jihadis murdering innocents in his acquisitive cause including women and children, nor a prophet whom Allah ostensibly instructed to scratch any misogynistic or sexual itch he had including pedophilia. These are role models? These are entities to be worshiped 5 times a day?

Anonymous said...

The three main areas of Europe that I know of where Muslims are causing substantial Problems for extended periods of time , are Cyprus, Bosnia Herzegovina, and Countries that border Albania such as Greece, Montenegro, FYROM, and Serbia, because of its Province of Kosovo.

I wrote the following to prove that America and the Many European Male Politicians are promoting the cause of Islam at the expense of Europe, and People can follow Serbian News on a Website called B 92 at , and we can see that there are genuine reasons for Concern over what is happening in Europe.

Wikipedia says that Affirmative Action refers to Policies that take factors such as race, colour, religion, gender, or national origin, into consideration in order to benefit an underrepresented group in areas of employment, education, and business, usually justified as countering the effects of a History of Discrimination.

The Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said that they are in now Favour of Democracy and Human Rights in Europe.

Perhaps, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe are beginning to think that if America and Germany are willing to break International Laws on a Whim in order to perform Evil Acts of Gross Injustice, like they did with Serbia over its Province of Kosovo, then America and Germany could be persuaded to overlook International Law in order establish a measure of Justice that gives Democracy and Inalienable Human Rights to the Non Albanians of Serbia’s Province of Kosovo.

The Muslim Kosovo Albanians should stop with their many Lies, their Malicious Slanders, their Unjustified and Inhuman Hatred of anything not Albanian or Islamic, and their Many Acts of Evil, and learn to become Reasonable, and this will benefit Others, and it will especially Benefit the Albanians of Serbia’s Province of Kosovo, because the Autonomy they will be granted will be strongly based on the United Nations Six Point Plan for Kosovo.

These Matters should be made the Subject of one or more United Nation General Assembly Motions, if it becomes necessary to Protect and to Grant Justice, to End the Racist Oppressions, and to Restore Democratic Rights and the Inalienable Human Rights to the Non Albanian People of Serbia’s Province of Kosovo.

Isaiah Reborn said...

I comment as a recognised authority on Islam,the Quran,sharia and jihad.

Islam cannot be defined only as a religion in the western sense of the word, neither can it be terme as a faith.It is a whole encompassing system as well as an economic,educational,legislative,judicial and military system,cloaked and garbed in religious terminology with regulations which govern every aspect of the lives of its adherents and their relationships among themselves and with all non-Muslims.

In Islam the very idea of "choice" is not only an anathema but it is regarded as an anti-Islamic concept. Freedom of choice does not exist neither is religion a private matter.Islam means submission,Islam means slavery. Leaving it is punishable by death!