The First Amendment Is What We Need in Europe (GateStone Institute) by Geert Wilders 05/01/12)
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Adherence to religion must be a personal choice. No religion should
demand that those who leave it be killed; this makes it a
totalitarian ideology rather than a religion. A religion must never
mandate the subjugation of those who do not belong to it. A religion
must be in accord with basic human rights. This ideology also harms
Muslims. That is why we have to end the biggest disease in the world
today, the cultural relativism which pretends that all cultures are
equal. If Israel falls, the West falls. That is why their fight is
our fight. We should support it.
I am happy to be in New York again, even though in my country today
it is Queen´s Day, a national celebration. This is why I am wearing
my orange tie.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to address all of you. It is
always good to be among friends. It is an honor to be here in the
presence of so many people who care for the preservation of freedom
in our civilization.
It is great to be in America, the beacon of liberty, the land of the
free, the land where people are still allowed to speak freely. I know
what I am talking about. I was acquitted after a legal ordeal that
lasted almost three years. I had been brought to court for
Though at the end of the day I was acquitted, the court case was a
disgrace. It was a time-, money- and energy-consuming nightmare. This
charade that happened in the Netherlands for the last few years could
not have happened in your great country, where the First Amendment
guarantees people the freedom to express their opinions.
The First Amendment is what we need in the Netherlands and Europe.
I am in New York for the release of my book "Marked for Death." It
reveals how Islam has already profoundly changed Europe in the last
decades. It exposes the cultural relativism which has affected Europe
so deeply that many in Europe refuse to stand for liberty and prefer
to appease Islam. It explains why Islam is a threat to freedom.
As you know, people who speak out like me pay a steep price for
speaking these truths. Apart from legal attempts to silence me, there
are also the threats by radical Muslims to kill me. I have been
living under permanent police protection for almost eight years now.
But I do not regret one word. I see it as my duty to warn the West.
I have traveled widely in the Islamic world. I have read the Koran. I
have studied the life of Muhammad. It made me realize that Islam is
primarily an ideology rather than a religion. This ideology wants to
impose Islamic sharia law on the whole world, including us the
Kafirs, the non-Muslims. This ideology is also outspokenly anti-
This ideology also harms Muslims. Islam believes that everything men
have to know can be found in the Koran. As such, it is hostile to all
forms of innovation. But without innovation there can be no progress
and people cannot prosper.
Many people unfortunately are blind to the nature of Islam because
they do not realize what Islam is, and mistakenly believe that it is
a religion just like any other religion.
I have written my book to inform them.
Islam fails four major tests that religions should fulfill:
1. Adherence to a religion must be a personal choice;
2. no religion should demand that those who leave it be killed; this
makes it a totalitarian ideology rather than a religion.
3. a religion must never mandate the subjugation of those who do not
belong to it;
4. a religion must be in accord with basic human rights.
I have also written my book because I am not a defeatist. The West is
able to defeat totalitarianism just as it defeated Nazism and
Communism in the past.
My book is dedicated to freedom. It is inspired by many freedom
fighters, from previous generations but also people from our age.
Fortunately, we are not alone in the fight for freedom. We are in the
company of heroes and friends. This gives us the strength to continue.
In order to defeat Islam so, we must do four things.
The first and most important is to speak the truth, always and
everywhere also about Islam. Like the Americans, the people in the
Netherlands and other European countries desperately need a First
That will allow them to tell the truth about Islam and Muhammad. We
must encourage Muslims to leave Islam and to choose freedom and
Secondly, we have to believe in the superiority of our Western
values. If we do not believe in our own Western values, we will not
be prepared to defend them. That is why we have to end the biggest
disease in the world today, the cultural relativism which pretends
that all cultures are equal. Our Judeo-Chrisitian, humanist
civilization is more free, more democratic, more tolerant than any
civilization the world has ever seen. We should not be afraid to say
Thirdly, we must stop the Islamization of our societies by
restricting immigration from Islamic countries, and expelling those
who violate our laws and commit violence. If you respect our laws you
are welcome to stay; if you don´t, you do not belong here..
And fourthly, we must reassert our national identities. The nation-
state enables self-government and self-determination. This insight
led the Zionists to establish Israel as the homeland of the Jews.
Zionism teaches us one of the most important lessons which the modern
world needs today. Theodor Herzl argued that a Jewish state would
facilitate "a new blossoming of the Jewish spirit." Today, we need
our own respective nation-states to preside over a new blossoming of
our own Western spirit.
Our nations are the homes in which freedom and democracy prosper.
This is true for the Netherlands. This is true for America. This is
true for Israel.
Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. It is a beacon of
freedom in an unfree region, a beacon of life in a place of darkness.
If Israel falls, the West falls.
Mothers in the West can sleep safely because Israeli mothers at night
worry about their sons in the army. Their fight is our fight. We
should support it.
Israel is, indeed, a vital outpost of Western civilization. That is
why Islam conditions the faithful to hate the Jewish state and to
view its destruction as an imperative. It is our duty to stand with
In my book I explain how we can defend freedom and oppose
Islamization and cultural relativism in a non-violent and democratic
way. In fact, that is what my party, the Party for Freedom, is doing
in the Netherlands.
When I began to speak out against Islam 10 years ago, two things
happened. Extremist Muslims from the Netherlands and all over the
world marked me for death, but Dutch people came to me to express
their support. In 2010, we became the third biggest party in the
Netherlands. Though the PVV did not become a coalition partner in the
Dutch government, for almost two years we supported a center-right
minority government in return for measures to roll back Sharia in
Holland, stop the Islamization process, and counter cultural
The Dutch government even had the audacity to speak out against the
powerful OIC, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. The OIC is an
international organization of 57 Islamic countries, most of them
This OIC constitutes the largest voting bloc in the United Nation. It
criticized the fact that Dutch judges acquitted me of all charges in
my court case. But the Dutch government made it clear to the OIC that
freedom of speech will not be muzzled in the Netherlands. It told the
OIC very bluntly: "The Dutch government dissociates itself fully from
the request to silence a politician." Never before had a European
government had the courage to confront the OIC in such a forceful way.
Unfortunately, last week, the Party for Freedom decided to end its
support for the government. As you can imagine, this was a difficult
decision for us, given the many things also on the subject of
islamization that we were still to achieve. Unfortunately, however,
previous Dutch governments – as governments elsewhere in Europe –
have signed away a significant part of our own sovereignty to the EU,
the European Union, a supranational institution run by unelected and
The EU controls our borders and decides over most immigration rules.
The EU also imposes a policy of austerity on our country.
When the government, in order to comply with the EU rules, decided to
raise taxes and slash the budget at the expense of the citizens
rather than by trimming the government, my party had no other option
but to bring the government down and we did so last week.
We are now heading for elections, which will be held on September
12th. Our electoral campaign will focus on the need to restore our
national sovereignty, because without our sovereignty we cannot
defend our identity and fight against islamization.
My friends, we continue our efforts. Our opponents have not been able
to bully me. They have not been able to silence me. They shriek and
yell, but we will never give in. One of my favorite presidents Ronald
Reagan once said: "The future doesn´t belong to the fainthearted."
Reagan was right. The future belongs to us.
In 2008, I released Fitna, a documentary about the true message of
the Koran. Tomorrow, I release my book. I wrote it to inform people,
and also to encourage freedom-loving Muslims to leave Islam. And to
see Islam for what it really is.
I wholeheartedly support those who struggle for freedom in the
Islamic world. The Arab, Turkish, Iranian, Pakistani, and Indonesian
people have tremendous potential. If they could liberate themselves
from the yoke of Islam, if they would stop taking Muhammad as a role
model, and if they get rid of the Koran, they would be able to
achieve amazing things.
As I say in my book – my message to them, to all the Muslims all over
the world, is clear: "Fatalism is no option, Insh´Allah is a curse;
Submission is a disgrace. Free yourselves. It is up to you."
I receive hundreds of emails from all over the world. From people in
Islamic countries, and from people in Western countries begging for
help. They, too, want to fight for freedom and stop the Islamization
process. We have to advise and help.
I leave you with another Reagan quote: "We need to act today, to
preserve tomorrow." Indeed, my friends, there are so many things
which we can do. Things which we must do. But we can do them only if
we can count on each other. You can count on me. I spoke, I speak, I
shall continue to speak. I hope I can continue to count on your
We are fighting for the future of our children, the survival of the
Western spirit, the preservation of our liberty and democracy, our
Judeo-Christian and humanist heritage.
We must be brave and save our heritage and our own constitution. The
West is in danger, but we can still prevail. Even when we are
insulted, even when we are harassed and intimidated -- even when we
are marked for death -- we must stand up for our values, tell the
truth and never, ever, be silent. Address before the Gatestone
Institute, New York City, April 30, 2012.
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