(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Controversial PVV leader Geert Wilders has called on Muslims throughout the world to leave Islam. He made his call in a speech in New York, to promote his English-language book Marked for Death.
Extremist Wilders claims that his book explains that Islam is a "totalitarian ideology" and is an encouragement to freedom-loving Muslims to turn their back on Islam. "I support those who fight for freedom in the Islamic world completely. The Arab, Turkish, Iranian, Pakistani and Indonesian peoples have enormous potential. If they could free themselves of the yoke of Islam, if they could stop seeing [Prophet] Mohamed as their role model and if they could break away from the (...) Koran, then they could achieve amazing things," Wilders said in his speech.
With reporters, Wilders went into the political situation in the Netherlands last week when he caused the collapse of government by pulling out of the budget negotiations with the conservatives (VVD) and Christian democrats (CDA). Wilders calls this a difficult decision, but says he had no other choice.
''We are now concentrating on elections on 12 September. Our campaign will be on the need to revive our national sovereignty, as without this we cannot defend our identity and fight against Islamisation."
Wilders said he was not planning to move to the United States. "I am really staying in the Netherlands and will campaign for the elections with very much enthusiasm and very much good sense," he said yesterday on Radio 1.
A number of media suggested last week that Wilders might be considering an international career because his role in the Loer Hose appears to have been played out for the coming period. Former VVD MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali, also a fighter against Islam, moved to the US in 2005 and was subsequently named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential persons.