Geert Wilders and his Freedom Party officially kicked off their campaign on April 26 for the June 9 parliamentary elections. Wilders’ has centered his campaign on stopping the spread of Islam in the Netherlands and has repeatedly criticized the religion and its founder, Mohammed.
His statements have caused him to be temporarily being banned from entering the United Kingdom and he is currently on trial for alleged hate speech in his country. His trial will resume in October.
He first became internationally known when he released a short documentary titled “Fitna” about how radical Muslims are acting in accordance with specific verses in the Koran, the holy book of Islam. He has been sharply criticized for advocating an end to Muslim immigration, banning the Koran, closing Islamic schools, and ending the construction of mosques.
“I want to defend freedom, which I think will disappear into thin air the moment the Islamic ideology gains a stronger foothold on this country,” Wilders has told Agence France-Presse.
Wilders’ Freedom Party scored major victories in local elections in early March, becoming the dominant party in the major city of Almere and coming in second place in the Hague.
“The national campaign begins today. Today, in Almere and The Hague, tomorrow in all of the Netherlands… On 9 June, we’ll conquer the Netherlands,” BBC quoted him as saying after the results were announced.
Business Week reports that current polls have the Freedom Party coming in fourth place, with the Labor Party and Christian Democrats in a dead-heat for the top spot. This makes it likely that the other parties will form a coalition that will leave Wilders’ party out of the next national government.
The Christian Action Network has released a new documentary, “Islam Rising: Geert Wilders’ Warning to the West” about his case. The non-profit activist organization claims that Wilders’ trial is a violation of free speech and criticizes how radical Muslims do not face similar prosecution.
“Islam Rising is a daring film. It’s a dangerous film. It’s an attempt to show Americans how Europe is being be brought to its knees by radical Islamists and how they are making inroads into the United States,” says Martin Mawyer, CAN’s President.