Anti-Islam Dutch politician to headline Madison church event

A controversial Dutch politician known for his radical views on Islam is the headline speaker Thursday night at an event in Madison organized by the political-right group the Tennessee Freedom Coalition.

Geert Wilders, a Party For Freedom member of the House of Representatives in the Netherlands, is speaking Thursday at Cornerstone Church in Madison as part of an event called “A Warning to America.”

“I don’t hate Muslims,” Wilders is quoted in The Observer as saying. “I hate Islam.

“Islam is not a religion. It’s an ideology, the ideology of a retarded culture.”

Emceed by local right-wing radio personality Steve Gill, the event begins at 7 p.m. Other participants include Professor Sam Solomon, author of books such as “The Mosque Exposed,” and Bill Warner, who runs

The executive director of the Tennessee Freedom Coalition is Lou Ann Zelenik, the Murfreesboro businesswoman who lost last year to Diane Black in a heated congressional Republican primary. A Tea Party follower, Zelenik is an ardent opponent of the construction of an Islamic community center planned for Rutherford County.

Many publications overseas call Wilders –– known for his populist, firebrand style –– a potential Dutch prime minister candidate.

According to an invitation posted on Tennessee Freedom Coalition’s website, Wilders has been “outspoken in his warnings to the West about the dangers of ‘Islamisation’ creeping across the continent.”

“Islam deprives Muslims of their freedom,” Wilders’ most recent entry on his website reads. “That is a shame, because free people are capable of great things, as history has shown. The Arab, Turkish, Iranian, Indian, Indonesian peoples have tremendous potential.

“It they were not captives of Islam, if they could liberate themselves from the yoke of Islam, if they would cease to take Muhammad as a role model and if they got rid of the evil Koran, they would be able to achieve great things which would benefit not only them but the entire world.”

( / 12.05.2011)

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