Portions of Dutch politician and anti-Sharia freedom fighter Geert Wilders speech here, with a hat tip to Urban Infidel …
He states: “A tolerant society is not a suicidal society.”
Part one: (without the intro)
And, a portion of a transcript of his speech here:
Most Americans do not want this so-called Cordoba Mosque to be built here. They understand that it is both a provocation and a humiliation. They understand the triumphant narrative of a mosque named after the Great Mosque of Cordoba which was constructed where a Christian cathedral stood before the land was conquered by Islam.
An overwhelming majority of Americans is opposed to building an Islamic cultural center close to Ground Zero. There is no lack of mosques in New York. There are dozens of buildings in which Muslims can pray. It isn’t about a lack of space for prayers.
It’s about the symbolic meaning. We who have come to speak today, object to this mosque project because its promoter and his wealthy sponsors have never suggested building a center to promote tolerance and interfaith understanding where it is really needed: In Mecca – a town where non-Muslims are not even allowed to enter, let alone build churches, synagogues, temples or community centers.
Ordinary Americans object to the mosque project because currently no fewer than ten major multi-million dollar mosque projects are being planned in the United States as well as dozens in Europe, while not a single church is allowed in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, while Jews are not even allowed to move their lips in prayer on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, while the oldest Christians in the world, the Copts, are not free to renovate their churches, let alone to build one in Egypt.
My friends, that is why we are here today. What happens in New York must be seen in the perspective of the world.
The events nine years ago made an enormous impact everywhere. Most people shared your pain, but, unfortunately, some did not.
Nine years ago, when the news of the terrible atrocity in New York reached Europe, Muslim youths danced in the streets. In a poll, two thirds of the Muslim immigrants in the Netherlands expressed partial or full understanding for the 9/11 terrorists.
If a mosque were built here on Ground Zero such people would feel triumphant. But we, we will not betray those who died on 9/11.
The full transcript is available here: NYC speech 9/11 Geert Wilders
Is it any wonder that a well-known Australian Imam, Feiz Muhammad, has called for his beheading? What is more remarkable is that Wilders was put on trial in the Netherlands for “hate speech” and at one time, not allowed into the UK because of this same so-called “hate speech”. I keep saying this, but it cannot be emphasized enough — Americans would do well to heed the warnings of the European response to the ongoing cultural and terrorist Jihad on its soil. Never allow “hate speech” laws to come into existence. This is unlikely here because of our First Amendment, but it is nonetheless the trend on college campuses and elsewhere to restrain or censor politically charged speech, or even ordinary everyday speech, in order to keep groups that are perceived as “victim” groups from offense. This can only lead to a normalizing of speech censorship on political grounds. After that, truth becomes harder to ascertain as debate is squelched. I know I keep bringing this up people, but let’s face it — it is more important to have a society that allows debate and an open exchange of ideas than it is to have a society where no one is ever offended. And, of course, the Feiz Muhammads of the world are made only more powerful when free speech is squelched. Here, about his threat to Gilders:
Sydney-born Feiz Muhammad posted a speech on an Internet site in which he condemned Mr Wilders as “this Satan, this devil, this politician in Holland” and called on his followers to “chop off his head” because Wilders “denigrated” Islam.
A report in De Telegraaf newspaper said Muhammad declared that anyone who talks about Islam like Wilders does should be executed by beheading.
The Freedom Party led by Mr Wilders scored the biggest gains in June 9 polls and is currently negotiating to form a new minority government with the Liberals and Christian Democrats. Polls show Wilders would win a new election if one were called now.