The speech Wilders didn’t give at the House of Lords

“The Houses of Parliament is where Winston Churchill stood firm, and warned – all throughout the 1930’s – for the dangers looming. Most of the time he stood alone. In 1982 President Reagan came to the House of Commons, where he did a speech very few people liked. Reagan called upon the West to reject communism and defend freedom. He introduced a phrase: ‘evil empire’…. Communism was indeed left on the ash heap of history, just as Reagan predicted in his speech in the House of Commons. He lived to see the Berlin Wall coming down, just as Churchill witnessed the implosion of national-socialism.

“Today, I come before you to warn of another great threat. It is called Islam. It poses as a religion, but its goals are very worldly: world domination, holy war, sharia law, the end of the separation of church and state, the end of democracy. It is not a religion, it is a political ideology. It demands your respect, but has no respect for you….

“Islam means submission, so there cannot be any mistake about its goal. That’s a given. The question is whether the British people, with its glorious past, is longing for that submission. We see Islam taking off in the West at an incredible speed. The United Kingdom has seen a rapid growth of the number of Muslims. Over the last ten years, the Muslim population has grown ten times as fast as the rest of society. This has put an enormous pressure on society….

“Britain seems to have become a country ruled by fear. A country where civil servants cancel Christmas celebrations to please Muslims. A country where Sharia Courts are part of the legal system. A country where Islamic organizations asked to stop the commemoration of the Holocaust. A country where a primary school cancels a Christmas nativity play because it interfered with an Islamic festival. A country where a school removes the words Christmas and Easter from their calendar so as not to offend Muslims. A country where a teacher punishes two students for refusing to pray to Allah as part of their religious education class. A country where elected members of a town council are told not to eat during daylight hours in town hall meetings during the Ramadan. A country that excels in its hatred of Israel, still the only democracy in the Middle-East. A country whose capital is becoming ‘Londonistan’….

“For the generation of my parents the word ‘London’ is synonymous with hope and freedom. When my country was occupied by the national-socialists the BBC offered a daily glimpse of hope, in the darkness of Nazi tyranny. Millions of my country men listened to it, illegally. The words ‘This Is London’ were a symbol for a better world coming soon. If only the British and Canadian and American soldiers were here.

“What will be transmitted forty years from now? Will it still be ‘This Is London’? Or will it be ‘this is Londonistan’? Will it bring us hope, or will it signal the values of Mecca and Medina? Will Britain offer submission or perseverance? Freedom or slavery?”

Jihad Watch, 13 February 2009

Meanwhile the National Secular Society opines:

“Yesterday marked a new low for democracy and freedom of expression in the UK. Not only was Geert Wilders not intending to incite violence, he is an elected politician of a sovereign state of the European Union and had no criminal record. The Government’s ban on him entering the UK should have been a clarion call for all those who cherish freedom of expression, the bedrock of democracy that underpins every other Human Right.

“So there should have been thousands marching outside Parliament last night to protect this, led by politicians and organisations devoted to our rights. Where were they? Nowhere. Were there even statements of outrage from these politicians and organisations at the Government’s shameful and cowardly act? None that I saw.

“This compounds the Government’s grave error many times over. It sends the signal that what they did was acceptable and that all that the Islamists – even Islamist Parliamentarians – have to do to shut down our democratic system is to say there will be ten thousand Muslims marching on Parliament. Just one such threat and the Government caves in, far less saying – as any democratic one should – that threats of violence are unacceptable and will be met with the full force of the law.”