Geert Wilders has launched an initiative that aims to do for the Netherlands what Gavin Boby has done recently in the UK. He calls it “MoskNee” (“MosqueNo”), and it even has its own website.
The following article appeared today in Algemeen Dagblad. Many thank to our Dutch correspondent Willem for the translation:
“Every mosque that we can stop is a victory”
The PVV leader Geert Wilders has launched a new website: MoskNee (MosqueNo). A self-help program for people who do not want a mosque next to their home.
The site went online at 6am this morning, prior to the start of Mr. Wilders’ mosque tour in Enschede. “To those who do not agree, I say you can start your own website MoskJa (MosqueYes).”
Earlier the PVV tried to ban the construction of minarets, the construction of mosques, and, in its latest election program, the construction of mosques in residential areas. Up until now all of these legal initiatives have been unsuccessful.
Now Wilders takes a different approach: a guide for people who want to employ existing regulations in order to postpone the building of a mosque indefinitely. We asked Wilders a few questions:
What is your problem with mosques?
The mosque is a symbol of an ideology of hatred, violence and oppression. We must fight this. We currently have 450 mosques in the Netherlands, and the number is growing. People contact us from Zoetermeer to Almere and Enschede. They are worried. People are afraid. They do not want a mosque next to their home.
Your last proposal was: no mosque in residential areas.
That is a minimum. Build them in an industrial area or next to a pig farm. They are often symbols of imperialism. Not nice if you have to live next to them.
Even such a limited ban failed.
It does not seem to be legally possible. So we need a different approach. Every mosque that we can stop is a victory. In England, someone [Gavin Boby and the Law and Freedom Foundation] took the initiative to offer people legal assistance in their opposition to the construction of mosques in the area. Of the 17 cases in which he was involved, he won 16. By using existing laws.
What do you hope to achieve?
More opposition to the Islamization of the Netherlands. We support people who often find no help elsewhere, because they are seen as scary racists if they complain to the local authorities.
Have you ever been in a mosque?
Once, in Syria. When my shoes were stolen. But that is not the reason that I never want to go anymore. I know very well what happens in there, I know Islam very well. It is something which we should not want to happen in the Netherlands.
Are people who visit mosques so bad that you do not want to have them as neighbors?
No, I will never say anything bad about people. I do not have a problem with people who call themselves Muslims. I hope they can liberate themselves as soon as possible from the yoke of Islam. My initiative is directed solely against the mosque, this symbol of hatred.