No Wilders to LA

Just a reminder here about a European political figure probably destined to become rather more important in the near future. That’s Geert Wilders, head of the rather recent Dutch Partij voor de Vrijheid (PVV: “Freedom Party”). The party is mainly known for its anti-Islam and anti-immigrant views; the politician is often known as “Mozart” due to his uncommon hair-do, of an artificial blond coloring. You’re likely get a chance to take a gander at that fairly soon on some newspaper frontpage/homepage, since we now have a national election scheduled for early June here in the Netherlands and, unfortunately, opinion polls show the PVV poised to make major gains, even though no other party is willing to work with them to form a new government.

For now, though, Wilders’ anti-Islam stance has earned him top-billing in a documentary film, with his name even in the title, “Islam Rising: Geert Wilders’ Warning to the West,” produced by PRB films, an American company, in cooperation with the Christian Action Network. And, as both the Volkskrant and Trouw report, he was supposed to travel to Los Angeles to attend the film’s premiere on 1 May.

Those plans are off now, however, based on a scoop achieved by yet another Dutch newspaper, De Pers, whose reporters discovered some public letters circulated in the past by that Christian Action Network containing some rather nasty remarks about homosexuals. A sample: “They have sex with hundreds of other perverts in ‘one-night-stands,’ spread their disgusting sex-diseases, abuse innocent children . . . commit more murders and sex-crimes than any other group. (The De Pers article, which of course offers the most complete coverage, also reminds us that this same Christian Action Network was pushing the idea that Hillary Clinton is a lesbian back in the year 2000.)

Whoops! The PVV’s positions – which are one-and-the-same as those of its leader, Wilders – should not have been that hard to figure out for those who issued his invitation to come to LA. Yes, they are against Muslim immigrants, but they are for homosexuals. Indeed, homosexuals in these modern times encounter no problems with any other segments of the Dutch population – except, of course, the Muslims! Wilders has sent his regrets.

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