MP Geert Wilders is no stranger to controversy. It was following one of his parliamentary questions that the Netherlands introduced its ban on burkas. When Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was murdered on November 2, 2004 by Islamist Mohamed Bouyeri, a grisly aspect of the killing was a note, pinned to the filmmaker`s chest with a knife. In this note, a hit list of critics of Islam was found, including Geert Wilders and Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Since van Gogh`s murder, both Wilders and Hirsi Ali received numerous death threats. Between November 2004 and March 2006 the pair had been the main recipients of 121 death threats.
Like Hirsi Ali, Wilders had been a member of parliament, representing the Liberal Party, or VVD. However, he resigned from the party in late 2004 because of his opposition to Turkey gaining accession to the European Union. Wilders founded his own party, the Party for Freedom (pvdV).
In an interview today with Dutch newspaper De Pers, WIlders has made statements which are bound to inflame some Muslims. He said the Koran contains "plenty of terrible things", states Expatica. Wilders suggested that if Muslims wanted to live in the Netherlands, they should rip out half of the Koran`s pages. He claimed that he intended to show that Islam is "the greatest danger threatening us."
Wilders said: "If Mohammed lived here today, I would propose he be tarred and feathered as an extremist and driven out of the country." He also stated: "Everything we are proud of, we are selling to the devil. Former head of the Mossad Efraim Halevy says that World War III has begun. I would not use those words, but it`s true."
He added: "Take a walk down the street and see where this is going. You no longer feel like you are living in your own country. There is a battle going on and we have to defend ourselves. Before you know it there will be more mosques than churches!"