Freedom of Speech Fight Being Waged Around the World – Garland, Texas is Just the Beginning

This week, Geert Wilders returned to the Netherlands after his visit to the US, where he was the featured speaker at the Garland, Texas Draw Mohammad event that was attacked by two jihadists. Wilders, of course, lives under tight security in his home country where he is under constant threat of death.

On his return home, Wilders stated that he will double down on his efforts to educate the public on the threat of militant Islam.

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…

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“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.”

“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.”


If Wilders, Pam Geller, Robert Spencer and Ayaan Hirsi Ali are doubling down in the wake of the Garland attack, we also must double down on our support of these figures who have put their lives on the line. We cannot allow the threat of assassination to silence us. Just the attacks and the threats speak volumes about the nature of the ideology we are confronted with.

Ironically, Europeans like Wilders also face the threat of prosecution for speaking out about militant Islam. Wilders has already been acquitted once and is facing a possible second prosecution. Other Europeans face the same threat. Free speech in Europe has more limitations than here in the US.

I pray for the safety of Wilders and the others who were at Garland. This easily could have been a second Charlie Hebdo had those gunmen made it into the hall. Garland should be a wake up call for America-as if we should need one.


Enjoy Geert Wilders’ Speech from the Free Speech Conference in Garland, Texas


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About the author

Gary Fouse

Born 1945 in Los Angeles. Currently employed since 1998 as adjunct teacher at University of California at Irvine Ext. teaching English as a second language.
Education: BS in Police Science and Administration California State University at Los Angeles (1970)
Master of Education at University of Virginia (1993)
Served three years in US Army Military Police Corps at Erlangen, Germany 1966-68.
1970-1973- Criminal Investigator with US Customs
1973-1995 Criminal Investigator with Drug Enforcement Administration. Stationed in Los Angeles, Bangkok, Milan, Italy, Pittsburgh and Office of Training, FBI Academy, Quantico, Va until retirement.
Author of Erlangen-An American's History of a German Town-University Press of America 2005
The Story of Papiamentu-A Study in Slavery and Language, University Press of America, 2002
The Languages of the Former Soviet Republics-Their History and Development, University Press of America, 2000

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