The UK Telegraph reports that Dutch politician Geert Wilders, a guest of honor at the Mohammed Art Exhibit in Garland, Texas, has asked his parliament to stage an exhibition of the Mohammed cartoons from the event.
The original display in Garland was attacked by Islamist terrorists based in Phoenix, Arizona, who were killed by one security officer after wounding another. Counter-terrorism agencies are investigating possible links to international organizations such as Somalia’s al-Shabaab and ISIS, which has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Wilders delivered his presentation and had departed the conference center when the attack occurred. He is evidently eager to express his defiance of the terrorists, and encourages the Dutch government to do likewise.
“I am going to request parliament to exhibit the same cartoons as those that were displayed in Garland,” Wilders said. “I want to send a message that if you use violence to suppress free speech the only effect is that we’ll do it even more. We must show we’ll not be intimidated.”
“I always said that what has happened in Europe will also happen in America if you don’t stop Islam,” Wilders said in a Fox News interview on Tuesday. He predicted there would be more terrorist actions like the Garland attack on U.S. soil: “I fear you haven’t seen anything yet.”
Wilders is invariably described as “far-right,” “divisive,” or “anti-Muslim” in mainstream media accounts — the Telegraph even captions his photo as “far-right,” after calling him “anti-Islam” in the title and first paragraph in the story, just to make sure readers get the point.
The Telegraph notes he has “branded the Koran as a ‘fascist’ book” and “likened it to Hitler’s Mein Kampf.” He faces prosecution in the Netherlands for some six thousand complaints of “discrimination” over a televised rally for his Freedom Party — currently fourth-largest in the Netherlands — at which he asked the crowd if they wanted “fewer or more Moroccans in your city and in the Netherlands,” and they enthusiastically responded in the affirmative.