DENVER — Launching a book tour when you’ve been targeted for assassination can be problematic, which is why it was surprising to see Geert Wilders here Saturday at the Western Conservative Summit.
Mr. Wilders, the Dutch parliamentarian whose anti-Islamic views have forced him to live in hiding from would-be assassins, received an enthusiastic reception from the 1,300 attendees at the summit, held at the Hyatt Regency Denver and sponsored by Colorado Christian University’s Centennial Institute.
He spoke about living under round-the-clock police protection, described in his recently released book, “Marked for Death: Islam’s War Against the West and Me” (Regnery, 2012). He also warned the audience to beware of efforts to restrict free speech in the name of multiculturalism, as well as moves to accommodate Islamic sharia law in U.S. courtrooms.
“If we do not stop the Islamization, we will lose everything: our identity, our culture, our democratic constitutional state, our freedom and our civilization,” Mr. Wilders said. “In Europe we are already losing the right to free speech, the right to criticize Islam.”
He emphasized that he is not speaking of individual Muslims when he criticizes Islam, which he regards as a “totalitarian ideology.”
“I always make a distinction between the people and the ideology, between Muslims and Islam,” Mr. Wilders said. “There are many moderate Muslims, but there is no such thing as a moderate Islam.”