Geert Wilders had come to Chapman University on another beautiful day in paradise - blue skies, bright sunlight, cool breeze. The Dutch MP was here to show his movie "Fitna" and explain why Western Civilization is in serious danger of disappearance because of Islamic sharia, Muslim immigration and simple demographics.
Act for America, Mission Viejo was there to counter the expected protest from the local Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood apparently had other plans because they never showed up.
But...but, they promised! I was bummed. And I wasn't the only one. Isn't there a Muslim on the planet one can believe?
Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch drew a crowd of fans when he arrived to the plaza in front of Memorial Hall. He stood in the shade of a tree talking with the folks who had come out to support Wilders and freedom of speech while they took turns being photographed together with Spencer. Soon after the event Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs had already been contacted by Spencer about the turn out. She writes, "Robert Spencer tells me there was a large turnout of freedom lovers at Chapman Law School in Orange, CA, where Geert Wilders spoke."
After a couple of DVD false starts, the movie began without those annoying popcorn and hotdog ads. From the reactions of those around me, this was the first viewing for most. There were many shocked gasps and expressions of disbelief. I had seen the video within the first six hours it was available on the Internet, recognized its import and downloaded the original version. Very soon after, it was removed from the web by Muslims and their apologists as hate speech.
Geert Wilders is tall, very tall. As a speaker, he is very impressive in both prepared and impromptu remarks, no ummmms, errrs, or misdirection unlike Obama, the purported king of oration. During the Q&A, a questioner who compared him to Paul Revere, asked what Wilders would do about the N. Korean missile launch if he were President. Unequivocally, Wilders answered "Stop them." As I write, the NK missile has been launched and our Dear Leader did nothing. Later, he will write a letter to Kim Jong-Il indicating how very angry we are.
Wilders lives a hard life since the release of FITNA. Five years ago, he gave up his freedom because of the threats against his life made by Muslims and a series of fatwas calling for his head. He currently lives in an endless round of safe houses and varies his schedule frequently. Once, he even stayed in a jail cell to remain alive. He travels under the constant physical guard of a dozen security personnel. Those I saw were all very large men who talk into their sleeves just like the guys on TV and in the movies. They moved with perfect coordination and situational awareness. All I had to experience was an electronic hand wand search to get into the auditorium; small potatoes compared to the life Wilders must lead. It is ironic and sad that the good guys must be searched and protected 24/7 in support of freedom.
MP Wilders was asked what can be done to save ourselves. He suggested (1) a "First Amendment for Europe"; surprise, Europeans have no right to freedom of speech, only a short historical tradition; (2) "Boycott the UN Human Rights Council" which Wilders sees a one of the greatest threats to the freedom of speech everywhere; (3) "Stop all immigration from Islamic countries" to the West; (4) "Keep immigration in national hands", don't allow international rules to bind any nation in pursuit of political correctness; (5) "Be tough" - immigrants must play by our rules; if not, "then there's the door." He reminded the crowd that American soldiers fought and bled to save a "free Europe, not an Islamic Europe."
There is good news. Wilders says the good people of The Netherlands "are getting fed up" with the Islamization of their country. Two and half years ago, he and other like minded people formed the Freedom Party. In their first election, the party won 9 seats in Parliament and a great deal of scorn from the world's leftists. Today, the Freedom Party is the number one party in The Netherlands with 32 seats and that has the opposition very worried. Especially because Geert Wilders could very well be the next Prime Minister.
Recently, the parliamentarian was invited to show Fitna to members of the US Congress. Wilders was very pleased by the opportunity as he had been denied entry to Great Britain a short time before. Although, only three Senators and their staffs viewed the film, the downline impact is much greater as Senators talk to others.
Some of the things Geert Wilders had to say:
If you think things are bad, let me tell you, it's worse.At the end of his prepared remarks, Geert Wilders sounded not a little bit like Winston Churchill,
If my movie had been about Christianity and not Islam, nothing would have happened.
The fight against Israel is not against Israel; it is a fight against all of us.
Talking is seen as weakness [by Muslims].
Islam has only one message - anyone who does not act on ever part of Islam is not Muslim; they are apostate and they must die.
The Communism of the 80's, is the Islam of today.
More than 50% of people in Dutch jails are Muslims; deport them and their families.
"We will never compromise our freedoms; we will never compromise our liberties. We will never give up; we will never surrender."In America, we are still searching for our own Geert Wilders.
The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.