“Every mosque that we can stop is a victory”

Source: G. (Geert) Wilders i, published on Friday, January 25 2013.

Algemeen Dagblad, January 25, 2013

PVV-leader Geert Wilders has launced a new website: MoskNee (MosqNo). A self-help program for people who do not want a mosque next to their home.

The site has gone on ear at 6am this morning, prior to the start of Wilders' mosque tour in Enschede. "To those who do not agree, I say you can start your own website MoskJA (MosqYes)."

Please visit our website: www.mosknee.nl

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. So far, all these legal initiatives were unsuccessful.

Now Wilders takes a different approach: a quide for people who want to use the 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 house.

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 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 purely against the mosque, this symbol of hatred.