Name: Arnoud Van Doorn
Appearance: White robes, white hat.
Nice. Is he some sort of Dutch medical orderly? Nope. These days he also sports a beatific smile.
He could be a happy medical orderly. He isn’t. He’s a happy Muslim.
Good for him. Why is that? Because he is currently doing the hajj.
Is that like the Netherlands‘ hokey-cokey? Again, no. It’s the pilgrimage to Mecca that all Muslims are expected to perform at least once in their lives.
Ah. Been saving up for a long time, has he? About six months. He only converted from Christianity to Islam in April.
Fancy that. Well look, I’m very glad a middle-aged Dutchman is enjoying his religion, but I’m quite busy, so unless there’s anything else … He is not just any middle-aged Dutchman, mind you.
Oh no? Until his conversion, he was a member of the city council in The Hague, and a leading figure in Geert Wilders’ anti-Islamic Party for Freedom, responsible, among other things, for producing the film Fitna, which argued that Islam, and Muslims generally, are violent, intolerant and bent on world-domination.