Arnoud van Doorn: from anti-Islamic film-maker to hajj pilgrim

theguardian –

Name: Arnoud Van Doorn

Age: 47.

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.

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