What I would say to the right-winged, xenophobic Dutch politician who recently spoke at an anti-mosque demonstration in New York.
Dear Mr. Wilders,
Here in the United States, we have something called “religious freedom” which means that people are allowed to freely practice their religious faith. I understand that you don’t view Islam as a faith, despite the fact that it is part of the Judeo-Christian tradition and practiced by 1.4 billion people around the world. In fact, I understand that you actually said that this religion is comparable to facism. Islamo-facists? How original your ignorance is.
On this day 9 years ago, the United States lost approximately 3,000 people in attacks caused by stubborn ignorance, twisted radicalism, and hateful intolerance. Now you have the balls to come to the site of those attacks and spew ignorant, radical, and intolerant rhetoric. No, Mr. Wilders, not in my country. Pardon me if I sound like the xenophobe, but you need to back up and take your hate speech elsewhere. Hatred is not an American value, and not to overstep myself, but I think it’s not a Dutch one either. Maybe you and Terry Jones can have a beer and discuss how the evil the Quran is, while not taking the time to read it. Or perhaps you would prefer to talk about the true, sinister nature of the Islamic faith, while never actually talking to a Muslim. Like this man, who the Onion created in order to satire real-life idiots like you and Terry Jones, you believe that a handful of extremists have taught you everything you need to know about the world’s second largest religion. (read the article, it’s funny until you remember that these people exist. In fact, goldilocks here is one of them.)
While it’s painful to watch, I don’t really give a damn if you spread fear and hatred in your own country. But you don’t come here to this land, on this day, to speak falsely about a religion and a people that you know nothing about. Leave, and take your ugly prejudice with you. I hope they charge you baggage fees for it.