Geert Wilders

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Geert Wilders (born September 6, 1963[1]) is a Dutch politician. He is the leader of the conservative Party for Freedom. He has been a member of the Dutch parliament since 1998. He is well-known for his struggle against multi-culturalism and for free speech in the Netherlands. Lately his efforts to broadcast his movie Fitna, which is critical of Islam, have been opposed by many Dutch politicians and even the United Nations Secretary General, who in calling for the film to be censored, nevertheless stated "the right of freedom of expression is not at stake here." [2]

Wilders wrote:

  • Islam is primarily a totalitarian ideology rather than a religion. I feel sorry for the Arab, Persian, Indian and Indonesian peoples who have to live under the yoke of Islam. It is a belief system that marks apostates for death, forces critics into hiding and denies our Western tradition of individual freedom. Without freedom, there can be no prosperity and no pursuit of happiness. More Islam means less life, less liberty and less happiness.[3]

Due to his strong emphasis on free speech and anti-Islam policy, he has strong political enemies. His main opponents are Alexander Pechtold (from D66, a liberal socialist party) and Job Cohen (form PVDA, the Dutch labor party).

Biography

Geert Wilders was born in Venlo, Limburg. He was raised as a Catholic but left the church at age 18 and nowadays considers himelf an agnostic.[4] His political career started in 1990. In that year he became an assistant of Frits Bolkestein, leader of the conservative liberal party VVD. In 1998 he was elected as a member of the parliament. Later he formed his own political party, the PVV, which currently holds 9 (out of 150) seats in parliament.

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