My hope that Dutch MP Geert Wilders’ visit to Canada would come and go quietly was wishful thinking. His speeches, including one in Ottawa Tuesday, have been widely covered, and the articles I’ve seen have been painful to read.
Wilders appears to insult the intelligence of 1.6 billion Muslim people the world over, saying that the Koran is evil, the prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) is a terrible role model (to put it politely), and Muslims themselves are self-imposed slaves, against freedom.
I like to think of myself as a rational person, and balanced. I also like to think of myself as non-judgmental. As a result, I wanted to understand why Wilders felt the way he did. All too often, I have found that people disgruntled with ideas are actually disgruntled with people.
In fact, practically every verse Wilders quotes from the Koran has been misquoted. This makes him dishonest at best.
Wilders describes himself as agnostic. His extremist interpretation of scriptures and lack of understanding in them could make him a potential radical, so perhaps it is better he does not claim to be a believer. Let’s be grateful he is an extreme agnostic, but not violent.
Wilders surrounds himself with bodyguards. My advice to Muslims is to ignore him. The Koran says, “And when they hear ill speech, they turn away from it and say, ‘For us are our deeds, and for you are your deeds. Peace will be upon you; we seek not the ignorant’.”
To those describing Wilders’ message as prophetic, I remind them, the prophets surrounded themselves with followers, not bodyguards.