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article imageDutch politician Geert Wilders is Man of the Year

By Adriana Stuijt     Jan 1, 2009 in Religion
Besieged Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who is living with constant death threats by muslim-extremist groups such as Al Qaeda, has been named Man of the Year by the David Horowitz Freedom Center in the USA.
However, there probably will be no award-ceremony in any public venues: Wilders has an army of guards around him at all times because he needed constant protection from 2004, after he publicly slammed the Koran as a ' fascist, violent book which should be banned from Dutch libraries and bookshops.
The only other book now banned in the Netherlands is Adolph Hitler's book, Mein Kampf. In spite of these personal dangers, he continues warning against what he refers to as the Stealth Jihad in Europe, see
Wilders was not available for comment: he is currently on a world tour to introduce his controversial movie, Fitna, to political groups. Fitna highlights specific passages in the Koran which order followers to kill non-Christians and to suppress women. He showed it to groups of Israeli parliamentarians two weeks ago.
Wilders stood up in Dutch parliament in 2004 and described the Koran as the islamic-fascist version of Muslim Mein Kampf - warning that 'this is the Koran's core theme ... it is the duty of all Muslims to fight non-Muslims; an Islamic Mein Kampf, in which fight means war, jihad."
"The Koran is above all a book of war, a call to butcher non-Muslims (2:191, 3:141, 4:91, 5:3), to roast them (4:56, 69:30-69:32), and to cause bloodbaths amongst them (47:4). "Jews are compared to monkeys and pigs (2:65, 5:60, 7:166), while people who believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God must according to the Koran be fought (9:30). "It is still possible, even today, for Muslims to view the Koran, which they regard as valid for all time, as a licence to kill. And that is exactly what happens. "The Koran is worded in such a way that its instructions are addressed to Muslims for eternity, which includes today's Muslims. "This in contrast to texts in the Bible, which is formulated as a number of historical narratives, placing events in a distant past. Let us remind ourselves that it was Muslims, not Jews or Christians, who committed the catastrophic terrorist attacks in New York, Madrid and London; and that it was no coincidence that Theo van Gogh was brutally murdered by a Muslim, Mohammed Bouyeri."
TV interview in English with Wilders see
[For Wilders' growing influence on Dutch political thinking see see
Horowitz is an American conservative writer and activist. He is the son of two life-long members of the Communist Party, and once a supporter of Marxism as well as a member of the New Left in the 1960s.
However, Horowitz renounced his left-wing political radicalism and became an advocate for conservatism.
Editor of the conservative website FrontPage Magazine, his writings can be read on news sites and publications, including the conservative magazine NewsMax.
He founded the activist group Students for Academic Freedom and is affiliated with Campus Watch. He occasionally appears on Fox News Channel. see
Horowitz writes that "It’s a safe bet that Geert Wilders won’t be Time magazine’s Man of the Year any time soon. If anything, the unusually coiffed Dutch MP is a favorite hate figure of the Western media, which has spent years vilifying him as a “reactionary,” a “particularly dangerous type of demagogue,” a “racist” and an “Islamophobe.”
Horowitz praises Wilders for his 'tireless campaign to sound the alarm about the growing threat of Islamic radicalism in the West, which has turned him into a target of Islamic jihadists and the object of untold assassination plots.
Noting that Al-Qaeda has specifically singled Wilders out for slaughter, 'it would have been no failing in his character if Wilders had decided that the price... was too high.' Instead, he noted, Wilders has 'persevered. Braving daily death threats and sacrificing the security that his critics take for granted..."
He writes in his summary that Wilders had been proven correct about many of his warnings about the dangers of surging Islamic radicalism in Europe:"
' While he has been condemned for calling for the closure of radical mosques and the deportation of militant clerics, back in 2004 Wilders accurately pointed out that 25 Dutch mosques had terrorist connections, while their resident imams preached against the evils of democracy and Dutch values. One such preacher, Tilburg-based Syrian imam Ahmad Salam, first came to Dutch public attention with sermons urging Muslim men to beat their wives.'He then refused to shake hands with Dutch Integration Minister Rita Verdonk in 2004.
"He again courted notoriety when he urged his followers to avoid paying taxes in order to “damage the state.”
"Despite his undisguised contempt for Dutch laws and culture, Salam continues to call Holland home. It would be hard to find more telling confirmation of Wilders’s warnings."
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