He appeared with Sean Hannity on Tuesday to discuss his plans to hold a similar exhibition of art in the Netherlands.
WILDERS: I’m certainly not anti-Muslim but indeed I believe that Islam is a threat to our civilization. I believe that our country was based on values that are based on Christianity and Judaism, and that Islam really is a threat to our freedom. . .
HANNITY: This all started with the Danish cartoon event. Why is it that people get so offended over a cartoon? Why is this happening?
WILDERS: Because for more than one billion Muslims, 1.5 billion Muslims in the world, Mohammed is a kind of role model, he’s an example. And that’s why every time somebody depicts or mocks Mohammed, Muslims get angry And my point is exactly this is part of the problem. . . Mohammed as a matter of fact, was a terrorist, was a warmonger. He beheaded Jewish tribes and he was one of the guys who participated. I believe that if Muhammad would be alive today, he would be tried and convicted of terrorism. . .
If our reaction is that we should not make more cartoons or not accept them, the terrorists will win. So we have to give them a signal that terrorism does not win. We will not be intimidated.
Below, an armed SWAT team was necessary to protect people at an art exhibition in America.
Geert Wilders posed with the security team at the Garland Texas event.
The fact that a cartoon exhibition now requires serious security is a sign of how much Muslim immigration has diminished our First Amendment freedoms. Victor Davis Hanson recently observed about the reaction of the establishment toward the event, “Apparently there is no longer a First Amendment as our Founders wrote it, but instead something like an Orwellian Amendment 1.5, which reads: ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press — except if someone finds some speech hurtful, controversial, or not helpful.’ ”
Wilders is undeterred by threats. GatesOfVienna carried a translation of a Dutch article explaining his intention to “push the pedal” for free speech.
PVV leader does not believe that gunmen were after him: Wilders even more committed, De Telegraaf, May 7, 2015
THE HAGUE — Geert Wilders has announced he will continue his struggle against Islam rigorously and with extra passion. “I will push the pedal a little further down,” he says in response to the failed attack in the United States, where he was in attendance at a meeting where Mohammed cartoons were exhibited.
The PVV leader was the main speaker in Garland, and had left the building just before the two gunmen tried to enter. They were shot dead by police.
Wilders, now back in the Netherlands, does not think the two perpetrators were after him in the first place.
He does not need extra security, he says, because it is already optimal. Wilders wants to propagate his anti-Islam message with more dedication, as he emphasized in an interview with De Telegraaf.
“The conclusion I draw is that I have to make clear what I stand for even more: freedom of speech. You may disagree with me, consider it tasteless. But it should be out of the question that people are met with violence.”
Wilders makes a comparison between the Koran and Hitler’s Mein Kampf: in his opinion both books describe totalitarian systems. He states that Western leaders systematically condone the excesses that arise from Islam.
That he might hurt the feelings of Muslims by attacking Islam in harsh terms is incorrect, he says. “The biggest terrorist who ever lived is being worshipped. That is the core of the problem,” said Wilders.
“I will not be intimidated. I’ll go forward and keep talking about these issues. I also think that in response to what happened, we ought to show Mohammed cartoons everywhere.”