Dutch Politician, free speech activist, and anti-Islam crusader Geert Wilders is a hero in the free speech community for his willingness to risk his own safety to demand the right to free speech in Europe. He recently made an appearance and gave a stirring speech in Garland, Texas during the free speech conference there that was eventually attacked by two Muslim gunmen. On Wednesday night Wilders was a guest on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show to discuss the Islamization of Europe and the decline of free speech in the West. It was during this conversation that Wilders revealed that he is hoping to hold his own Mohammed Cartoon expo in his homeland – not to outrage Muslims – but to prove to the terrorists that free speech advocates will not be cowed.
Sean Hannity: Are you anti-Islam?
Geert Wilders: “Well, I’m certainly not anti-Muslim, but indeed I believe Islam is a threat to our civilization. I believe that our country is based on values that are based on Christianity and Judaism, and that Islam is really a threat to our freedom.”
Sean Hannity: Why is it that people get so offended over a cartoon?
Geert Wilders: “For more than 1.5 billion Muslims in the world, Muhammad is a kind of role model, he’s an example. That’s why every time somebody depicts or mocks Muhammad, Muslims get angry.”
Sean Hannity: Isn’t the real problem that the way he is portrayed in the Koran makes Mohammed a controversial figure?
Geert Wilders: “He’s certainly not a role model to so many Muslims. Muhammad, as a matter of fact, was a terrorist. He was a warmonger. He beheaded Jewish tribes … I believe that if Muhammad would be alive today, he would be tried and convicted of terrorism.”
Sean Hannity: Shouldn’t Muslims be able to control their anger? Shouldn’t we expect them to control themselves?
Geert Wilders: “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. That’s why I presented this contest in the Dutch Parliament. I want the Dutch Parliament to expose exactly the same exhibit—not to provoke, but to show the terrorists that if you make an attack, we will give you 10 times more cartoons of Muhammad.”
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