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Islam a ‘dangerous and totalitarian ideology’: Wilders

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Islam a ‘dangerous and totalitarian ideology’: Wilders

Far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders has called the Prophet Muhammad a murderer and used Anzac soldiers as an example of the courage needed to speak out against Islam at a speech to Melbourne supporters.

Tight security surrounded Mr Wilders’ hour-long speech to members of the ultra-conservative local group the Q Society of Australia at La Mirage reception centre in Somerton in Melbourne’s north on Tuesday night.

Fifty police, some on horseback, separated about 100 vocal but peaceful protesters standing on the Hume Highway verge outside the venue.

Protest organiser Feiyi Zhang said: “we’re here to show we will not stand for Wilders’ racism and Islamophobia”. She said his speech could incite violence against Muslims “and general fear of Islam”.

Protester Nadia Shamsuddin, a doctor and a Muslim, said she was “repulsed” by Wilders’ visit and views. “His promotion of oppression and racism is appalling in the civilised world”.

Her husband Raj Rao said: “Wilders accuses Islam of promoting hatred and violence but I think that’s what he’s doing.” Mr Rao said the message of the Qu’ran was of “peace and submission to God”.

Inside the venue, audience member Inez, a Dutch immigrant, said she had come from Ringwood to hear Wilders, “because we have built this country into something very, very beautiful but I can slowly see it getting spoiled by people who want to impose their beliefs and laws. When I hear Muslim people wanted to introduce Sharia law here, I shudder. I thought it too horrible to contemplate.”

Mr Wilders spoke to a ballroom usually used for multicultural weddings and debutante balls. The crowd met his speech with standing ovations, laughter at his jokes and applause.

Mr Wilders said the Prophet Muhammad was a savage leader of a gang of robbers that raped and murdered and mutilated its opponents including the Jews in 7th century Medina and violence had carried on to Islam’s modern day supporters.

He said anyone who criticised Islam “is in grave personal danger” and “we cannot continue to accept this”. European countries such as the Netherlands are “in the process of losing our cultural identity and our freedom and I am warning Australia about the true nature of Islam. It’s not a religion; it’s a dangerous and totalitarian ideology.”

The Age, 20 February 2013

By contrast The Australian – which has already given Wilders a platform to incite hatred of Islam, with a much wider audience than the tiny Q Society could ever drum up – accuses protestors of provoking violent clashes outside the venue.

In addition to providing extensive, and entirely uncritical, coverage of Wilders’ Melbourne speech, the Murdoch-owned newspaper also publishes an editorial (“Geert Wilders’s right to speak”) which states:

Mr Wilders’s views on the impact of large-scale Islamic immigration in Europe and the challenge that it presents to established cultures and the obligations of citizenship in Western countries are part of an important debate that Australians should be aware of.

Mr Wilders is the founder and leader of The Netherlands Party for Freedom. His political mission is to halt what he says is the “Islamisation” of his country. He argues that Islamism is a totalitarian political ideology enforced by violence and rigid adherence to it, quite different from the faith of Islam. In his article in The Australian earlier this week, Mr Wilders outlined his views that many will find challenging, but they were respectfully put and hardly deserve the vilification he has received from extremists.

Mr Wilders is welcome here, provided that he abides by the law, as all visitors must. Our laws include prohibiting racial vilification and inciting violence, but there is no suggestion he has come close to violating them. So far, it is his opponents who have displayed the illiberalism they accuse him of.

Wilders holds that “Islamism is a totalitarian political ideology enforced by violence and rigid adherence to it, quite different from the faith of Islam”? Where did they get that from? There are of course Islamophobes who claim to make a distinction between Islamism and Islam, but Wilders is emphatically not one of them. In his article for The Australian, he made his views quite clear:

Contrary to what many Westerners think, Islam, rather than a religion, is a totalitarian political ideology. It is an ideology because it aims for an Islamic state and wants to impose sharia on all of us. It is totalitarian because it is not voluntary: once you are in, you cannot get out. Unlike genuine religions, Islam also makes demands on non-Muslims. We, too, are marked for death if we criticise it.

You can only conclude that The Australian‘s editorial writers don’t read their own newspaper.

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  • Ahmed

    Guys check it out. This Wilders dude is on Channel 7’s Morning Show or something tomorrow and the interviewer is full-on against Silva (oops I meant Geert, not the escaped MI6 agent villian in Skyfall). I don’t know what to make of it since this might give him attention or might make him look kooky.

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  • Crow

    excactly…..Zionism is pure evil

  • MJ NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS!

    I wouldn’t tell a muslim who to pray to and I do not want anyone preying upon me as predators telling me what they think either as terrorists.

  • Talking_fish_head

    MUSLAMIC PILLOWS!! RUN FER YER LIVES!!!!!

  • Rizwan

    The Muslim world comprises scores of sects and sub-sects. Two of them — Wahhabi maniacs and Shiite Khomeiniacs — want to impose totalitarianism. The average American does not know the difference between an average Muslim and these nut cases. (Heck, many Americans cannot tell a Muslim from a Sikh or a Hindu.) What you don’t know you don’t understand. What you don’t understand you fear.
    This fear has been exploited by big government enthusiasts to bless America with Patriot, NDAA and TSA nude millimeter wave scans.
    680 Americans died last year due to accidentals firearm discharges. How many Americans were killed by Muslim terrorists? Is Americans’ response commensurate with the (minuscle) level of threat?

  • Leftwing_Muslim_Alliance

    “Truth speak “has many fans see 1984 George Orwell
    Sir David

  • Ahmed

    You forgot Taqeeeeyaaah. That translates to “pillow” in Hindi and Urdu. So they will accuse Muslims of being pillows.

  • Ahmed

    Also, on Loonwatch there is an article(?) documenting Wilder’s bigotry against Eastern Europeans. Now, I’m not sure but I think that is the case. He just hates the fact that he has distinctly foreign roots and covers up for his self-hate by hating others.

  • Dr Edward Nygma

    Maybe they should take away Geert’s blonde hair dye, and deport him back to Indonesia

  • Talking_fish_head

    Hitler must be really proud of him

  • Talking_fish_head

    it mostly rely on conspiracy theories and the ignorance of people to give these morons fuel to continue what their doing.
    Try to correct them or give them facts they will accuse you of being a “Stealth Jeehadi” and other nonsence.

    the only way to stop it is with education and mutual understanding of each other

  • mindy1

    People keep saying Muslims want to take our freedoms away, despite the lack of evidence-do they not realize how dumb they look??

  • JD

    No hilal meat but horse meat is ok by them

  • Ahmed

    Isn’t Geerty a product of multi-culturalism anyway?

    Also, he want’s to tax the headscarf, ban the Quran and ban mosques. Does that smell like freedom? Not to me.

    Plus, any Murdoch owned newspaper is rubbish to me.

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  • Muhammad al-Hakeem

    “It’s not a religion…”

    He is right. Islam is not a religion (by the modernized, marginalized definition); Islam is a “Deen” (comprehensive way of life).

    “The Netherlands Party for Freedom”

    I am guessing where the “Freedom” part is in his speeches. I am also wondering where on earth any Muslim wants to impose Shariah on others (except for some vigilantes, but vigilantism is strictly forbidden in Islam), especially that there is not even one Islamic state on the whole earth. Does Muslims wanting to apply Shariah in their lands – like secularists want to apply secularism in their lands – mean Muslims impose Shariah?

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