As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, Geert Wilders’ response to the terror attack in Garland (of which he was almost certainly one of the targets) was to request that the Mohammed cartoons be put on display in the Dutch parliament.
Mr. Wilders’ request has just been denied. However, he has a backup plan: to show the Motoons on national television, using the privileges granted him as a member of parliament.
Below is the press release sent out today by the PVV:
Wilders disappointed by decision of the Bureau of Dutch Parliament: “Muhammad cartoons on national television now”
It is very disappointing that a majority of the Bureau of the Dutch Chamber of Representatives decided not to give permission to hold an exhibition in the parliamentary buildings of the Muhammad cartoons which earlier literally came under fire in Garland, Texas.
PVV leader Geert Wilders: “Last month, I attended an event in Texas which was attacked by shooting terrorists shortly after my speech.
“The only way to show jihadis that we will never bow for terror and violence is to do exactly that which they try to prevent us to do.
“Consequently, it would have been appropriate if the Dutch parliament, in which I have been elected, would have permitted to exhibit the cartoons in question. Since the Bureau of the board of the Chamber has rejected my request, I will soon show some of the cartoons on national television, during the broadcast slot allowed to my political party. Terrorists have to realize that they will never win and how important freedom of speech is for us in the Netherlands.”
Below are excerpts from an article on the same topic in the Brandon Sun:
Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders vows to show Muhammad cartoons on national television
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders said Wednesday he plans to show cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad on Dutch television after Parliament refused to display them.
Wilders said he would show the cartoons during television airtime reserved for political parties, in a move likely to offend Muslims since Islamic tradition holds that any physical depiction of the Prophet Muhammad is blasphemous.
Political parties in the Netherlands get a small amount of airtime each year and broadcasting authorities have no say in what the parties show. Wilders said the broadcast would likely take place in the next few weeks, but an exact date has yet to be determined.
The announcement came a month after Wilders gave a speech at a contest in Garland, Texas, for cartoon depictions of Muhammad. Shortly after Wilders left the event, it was targeted by two men with pistols and assault rifles. Security guards shot and killed the attackers.
Wilders, whose Freedom Party holds 12 of the 150 seats in Parliament’s lower house, told The Associated Press he wants to air cartoons from the Texas competition to support people “who use the pen and not the sword.”
“If we say, ‘it might be offensive, so let’s not do it,’ then we send a signal to the people who wanted to get into the event in Texas … and all their followers that it works,” he said. “That we can be intimidated, that we get frightened.”