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Controversial Dutch MP Geert Wilders in Canada: News, Questions, References
Date: Friday, May 13 2011
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Below find  three articles  on the visit to Canada and speaking tour of

Dutch anti-Islamist, far right politician Mr. Geert Wilders, the leader of

the  third largest political party in the Netherlands, the Freedom Party.

For more on Wilders see BBC profile article which notes that attempts by

the Freedom Party leader to carry his anti- Islam message abroad have

brought him into conflict with other Western states.:



Below find  three articles  on the visit to Canada and speaking tour of

Dutch anti-Islamist, far right politician Mr. Geert Wilders, the leader of

the  third largest political party in the Netherlands, the Freedom Party.

For more on Wilders see BBC profile article which notes that attempts by

the Freedom Party leader to carry his anti- Islam message abroad have

brought him into conflict with other Western states.:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11443211 For more on the Party he

leads see:

http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/europe/news/article_1535311.php

/Dutch-Freedom-Party-ready-to-govern-claims-Wilders



According to the following articles, two from the Toronto Star and

one from the Globe and Mail, Wilders  spoke to about 150 people at 

an invitation-only event at the National Arts Centre [NAC] on this

past  Tuesday . On Monday he  spoke at Canada  Christian College as

well as with Sun News Network host Ezra Levant. 

A representative of the NAC Rosemary Thompson said  "We only realized

yesterday afternoon that the speaker would be Mr. Wilders. So that's the

situation that we're in." Obviously the NAC does not agree with Mr.

Wilders's views."  She pointed out that the federal Immigration Department

did allow the Dutch MP, who has repeatedly compared Islam to Nazism, entry

into Canada.



At his Canada Christian College speech in Toronto on Monday, Mr.

Wilders  said: "Our Western culture is far superior to Islamic

culture ... and only once we are convinced of this will we be able to

defend our civilization." 



(note the  Canada Christian College  is  a private institution with

ties to Jerry Falwell and the US evangelical movement and its

president , Charles McVety, is one of the most outspoken political

players in this country´s Christain right movement . See References

provided below on the Christian Right. )



Wilders, during an interview on The Source with Ezra Levant, said :

"Canada should ban Islamic schools, outlaw the wearing of burkas and put a

stop to the building of mosques.  If Canada wants to protect its

democratic freedoms and Western beliefs, it must act now and keep "Islamic

ideology" outside of Canada's borders"



Gloria Galloway questioned in her Globe and Mail article below :

"why the  National Arts Centre was hosting Dutch MP accused of being

anti-Islam?" and as noted above discovered that the Director was unaware

Wilders  had been booked until it was too late to do anything about it.

More to the point, one has to ask why the Canadian federal Immigration

Department  has allowed entry into Canada of  this  anti- Islamist hard

right MP who has repeatedly compared Islam to Nazism, and who, according

to 'Toronto Life Magazine'  says there is no such thing as moderate Islam,

believes Muslims are a danger to democracy in Canada, and  that if they

want to have their Islamic culture should stay in the country they came

from.  Why has the Canadian government allowed this religious radical,

Geert Wilders, into Canada to proselytize and spread his  vindictive

beliefs,  when they deny or deliberately stall the entry into Canada of

those who come to speak on the dire impacts of Depleted Uranium (DU) on

babies in Iraq, of politically active Palestinian supporters,  of

well-known US anti-war activists and  journalists like Amy Goodman  who

provide a pro- democracy and critical perspective? 



Janet M Eaton, PhD

Wolfville, NS



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REFERENCES ON THE CHRISTIAN RIGHT IN CANADA:



 Maude Barlow said in her 2005 book "Too Close for Comfort: Canada's

Future within Fortress North America": " Increasingly, the sometimes

narrow convictions of Christian sects are being exploited by politicians

in both Canada and the United States [where the tendency is highly

developed] to introduce into the political realm a degree of

inflexibility, passion, and rancour that tend to undermine the spirit of

accommodation and tolerance that is essential to the functioning of a

democratic society. Our civil liberties are threatened as a result."



See also:



[] Maude Barlow's "Too Close for Comfort  (pages 24- 31) section

entitled  Northward Christian Soldiers

http://www.mcclelland.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780771010880

and

[] Marci McDonald's book "The Armageddon Factor' 2010

"To most Canadians, the politics of the United States - where

fundamentalist Christians wield tremendous power and culture wars

split the country - seem too foreign to ever happen here. But The

Armageddon Factor shows that the Canadian Christian right -

infuriated by the legalization of same-sex marriage and the

increasing secularization of society - has been steadily and

stealthily building organizations, alliances and contacts that have

put them close to the levers of power and put the government of

Canada in their debt."

http://www.randomhouse.ca/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780307356468



[] Marci Mcdonald's Walrus article.

"Stephen Harper and the Theo-cons:The rising clout of Canada´s

religious right"

Provides, among other insights,  knowledge about Canada Christian

College president McVety and his links to the PM, to US evangelism

and his political activism in Canada.

http://www.walrusmagazine.com/articles/2006.10-politics-religion-

stephen-harper-and-the-theocons/



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RECENT ARTICLES ON GEERT WILDERS IN CANADA:



[1] http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/why-

is-national-arts-centre-hosting-dutch-mp-accused-of-being-anti-

islam/article2016836/?from=sec368 Globe and Mail Why is National Arts

Centre hosting Dutch MP accused of being anti- Islam? By Gloria Galloway

Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 1:01PM EDT



The federally-funded National Arts Centre was surprised to learn it

was hosting a talk by a Dutch politician facing charges of inciting

hatred for making anti-Islamic statements in his own country. Geert

Wilders, who is taking part in a cross-Canada speaking tour hosted by the

International Free Press Society and the Canada Christian College, is

infamous for his descriptions of Islam as a fascist religion, his

declaration that Muslim youth are violent and his calls for a ban of the

Koran. Mr. Wilders, the leader of Holland's Freedom Party, spoke to about

150 people at the invitation-only event at the National Arts Centre

Tuesday, along with Sun News Network host Ezra Levant and two other

speakers. There was no sign of the protesters that had picketed outside

his speech in  Toronto the previous night. 





"He arrived and he spoke, he took about four questions, then he got

on a plane and went somewhere else," NAC spokeswoman Rosemary

Thompson said. Earlier in the day, she explained that the centre was

unaware Mr. Wilders was going to be taking to its podium when the event

was booked. "The way this started was that the International Free Press

Society called the  catering department about a month ago and said that

they had a Dutch MP coming to Canada for a speaking tour and that it was

part of the Tulip Festival," Ms. Thompson said, stressing the centre was

not sponsoring the event. "We only realized yesterday afternoon that the

speaker would be Mr. Wilders," she added. "So that's the situation that

we're in." 



At a speech in Toronto on Monday, Mr. Wilders is reported to have

said: "Our Western culture is far superior to Islamic culture ... and only

once we are convinced of this will we be able to defend our civilization."

The National Post, which was permitted entry to the Toronto event, quoted

him as saying Muslim immigrants to Europe have changed the social and

political landscape and that an increasingly vociferous Islamic lobby has

led to the harassment of Christians, female genital mutilation and

polygamy. The Toronto speech was held at the Canada Christian College, a

private institution. The Ottawa speech was held at the arts centre, which

receives nearly half of its funding from the federal government. 



"Obviously the NAC does not agree with Mr. Wilders's views," Ms.

Thompson said. She pointed out that the federal Immigration

Department did allow the Dutch MP, who has repeatedly compared Islam to

Naziism, entry into Canada. The same department, headed by Immigration

Minister Jason Kenney, was quick to refuse entry to British MP George

Galloway in 2009 for allegedly supporting the banned Middle East group

Hamas. Mr. Galloway, who was eventually allowed into Canada after the

courts overturned the ruling that kept him out, said the aid he brought to

Palestinians was humanitarian in nature and that he did not support the

banned organization.



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[2] http://www.torontosun.com/2011/05/09/wilders-controversial-

crusade-against-islamic-ideology-continues



Wilders controversial crusade against 'Islamic ideology' continues

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By Terry Davidson ,Toronto Sun

First posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 8:14:43 EDT PM



Canada should ban Islamic schools, outlaw the wearing of burkas and

put a stop to the building of mosques, a controversial Dutch

politician said on Monday during a stop at Sun News Network. If

Canada wants to protect its democratic freedoms and Western beliefs, it

must act now and keep  "Islamic ideology" outside of Canada's borders,

said Geert Wilders, leader of Holland's Freedom Party, during an interview

on The Source with Ezra Levant. "If (Muslims) want to have Islamic

culture, (they should) stay in the country where (they) came from," said

Wilders, who is doing his first-ever speaking tour of Canada. "There is no

moderate Islam... There is no good part of the Qur'an." Wilders has also

called for the ban of the Qur'an - Islam's holy book - in Holland and

other democratic countries, likening it to Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf. In

Toronto to speak at Canada Christian College Monday night, Wilders called

Islam an "ideology of hate" and said there is only one kind of Islam - a

radical one. Throughout the interview, Wilders kept coming back to one of

his core beliefs: Islam is not a religion, it's an ideology of

"totalitarian" philosophy, intolerant of any other religion or viewpoint.





One particularly stark warning Wilders had for Canada was the banning of

Islamic schools. "If we start educating children with an ideology of hate,

then we've lost them," said Wilders, adding toward the end of the

interview that "Canada should stay Canada." He also said if Muslim women

are forced to wear burkas covering their faces, they will never find jobs

or have friends in Canada, and will be forever be dependent on their

husbands. While some of Wilder's points are valid when it comes denouncing

radical forms of Islamism - a rejection of Western civilization and the

subordination of women, for example - he is painting Islam with too wide a

brush, says a prominent voice in the Muslim community. "He's not making

the distinction between Islam and Islamism," said Tarek Fatah, founder of

the Canadian Muslim Congress. "He should call for a separation of religion

and state...You can't just ban Islam." Bernie Farber, CEO of the Canadian

Jewish Congress, said Wilders is playing on the world's fears of Islamic

terrorism and should take "greater care" when conveying his message.

"Geert Wilders knows how to offend in the grossest possible way," said

Farber. "There are huge issues with Islamic extremism here and around the

world, but to paint every Muslim with the same brush...is not the way we

do things here." An organized protest outside the Canada Christian College

drew no more than 20 people while Wilders spoke.



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[3] http://www.torontosun.com/2011/05/08/antiislamic-dutch-politician-

speaking-in-canada-for-the-first-time



Anti-Islamic Dutch politician speaking in Canada for the first time

First posted: Sunday, May 8, 2011 6:29:58 EDT PM



 Protesters are getting ready for Geert Wilders' first Canadian visit as

the controversial anti-Islamic Dutch politician rolls into town for a

private speech to local Christian groups Monday night. The Freedom Party

leader maintains that because Canada helped out Holland during the Second

World War, it is only fitting to repay them by raising awareness the

country is in danger of a hostile takeover and being "Islamicized."

"Freedom is the most precious thing we have," he said Sunday at a Toronto

hotel. "(Canadian soldiers) didn't give their lives to free Europe, (so

that) not 50, 60, 70 years later we would face another totalitarianism

ideology called Islam." Toronto's invitation-only event is being emceed by

the Sun's Ezra Levant, who will also interview him Monday on Sun News.

London, Ottawa and Nashville are also on the schedule because Wilders said

they are known as "the Bible belt" - areas with devout Christians. "What

happened in Europe will also happen here," Wilders said. "We should wake

up to the fact that Islamization means less freedom to us and our

children." 



The Islamic Society of Toronto and the Canadian Islamic Congress

could not be reached for comment on Sunday. However, Anti-Racist

Action and the First Nations Solidarity Working Group are organizing

protests in the cities Wilders is speaking in. "As Muslims, racialized

people and/or anti-racist allies, we are alarmed at this invitation

extended to Wilders by the Canada Christian College and International Free

Press Society Canada," the groups said in a press release. "It is also

very clear that after all the hysteria about free speech, the event has

been organized so as to deter any dissenting voices or protest." In

addition to being invitation-only, tickets cost $20 and must be purchased

with a credit and proper name just to find out the location of the

speeches. Wilders is adamant he doesn't hate all Muslims - he hates the

"ideology" of Islam "that wants to rule every aspect of life." He blames

politically-correct politicians for adding fuel to the fire by insisting

people of all cultures are equal. 



"If you say your culture is better than the Islamic culture, you're

not a racist," Wilders said. "The majority of Muslims are law-

abiding, they want a good life for their families. There are moderate

Muslims but there are no moderate Islams. The stronger the people become,

the harder it will be to fight the ideology." In the Netherlands within

the coming years, there will be a ban on the burka, Wilders notes. In

Canada, the government needs to shut the borders to immigrants coming from

the Middle East. "For the people who are (already in Canada), behave,

assimilate or we will send you packing," he suggested. "For the people to

not make the problem worse, stop the immigration from non-Western

countries and stop the Islamization process and the building of new

mosques. This is really what we should do."



 







This article comes from Vive Le Canada
http://www.vivelecanada.ca

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