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April 27, 2015 12

Members of Congress Invite Anti-Muslim Bigot Geert Wilders to DC Events

Geert Wilders, the Dutch Free­dom Party leader and one of the most noto­ri­ous anti-Muslim big­ots in the world, announced that this week two Mem­bers of Con­gress will host him at events in Wash­ing­ton, DC.

Geert Wilders

Geert Wilders

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Steve King and Louie Gohmert are report­edly help­ing pro­vide a plat­form for Wilders at two events, a break­fast spon­sored by the Con­ser­v­a­tive Oppor­tu­nity Soci­ety, founded by for­mer Speaker of the House Newt Gin­grich, and later in the day at a reception.

ADL wrote to Rep­re­sen­ta­tives King and Gohmert to make sure they know that Wilders’ rhetoric, com­par­ing the Mus­lim reli­gion itself to Nazism, crosses the bound­aries of civil­ity and reli­gious tolerance.

Wilders rou­tinely says “Islam is evil” and calls for the clos­ing down of Mus­lim schools and mosques, as he did in Novem­ber 2014 at the most recent David Horowitz Free­dom Cen­ter Restora­tion Week­end in Florida. Wilders con­sid­ers every Mus­lim an extrem­ist, stat­ing that “accord­ing to the Qur’an, there are no mod­er­ate Mus­lims.” He fur­ther claims that the fact most Mus­lims are law-abiding cit­i­zens and have no con­nec­tion to ter­ror­ism is irrel­e­vant, because Islam is an expan­sion­ist and aggres­sive ide­ol­ogy.  His pro­file as a pur­veyor of ugly anti-Muslim big­otry went global in March 2008, when Wilders released an online film called Fitna. The film sim­plis­ti­cally depicts Islam as a vio­lent reli­gion, inter­spers­ing verses from the Qur’an with footage of ter­ror­ist violence.

Even a rad­i­cally anti-Muslim law­maker like Wilders is enti­tled to express his opin­ions.  But Amer­i­cans are enti­tled to expect their elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives to avoid pro­mot­ing and legit­imiz­ing those odi­ous ideas.

Another instance of such deroga­tory and hate­ful rhetoric by Mem­bers of their cau­cus about immi­grants drew swift con­dem­na­tion by House Speaker John Boehner (R–OH) and then Major­ity Leader Eric Can­tor (R–VA) as well as Judi­ciary Immi­gra­tion Sub­com­mit­tee Chair Trey Gowdy (R-SC).  Speaker Boehner called on leg­is­la­tors to reject hate­ful com­ments that he said were “deeply offen­sive and wrong and said they did “not reflect the val­ues of the Amer­i­can peo­ple or the Repub­li­can Party.”

We hope Speaker Boehner and the House lead­er­ship take note of this page from their own play­book and fol­low their own exam­ple again.

Con­fronting vio­lent extrem­ism from Islamist move­ments is an urgent and seri­ous task for gov­ern­ments and law­mak­ers all over the world.

Pro­vid­ing a plat­form for the basest kind demo­niz­ing of Mus­lims, or of any faith, does lit­tle to make Amer­i­cans safer. America’s high­est ideals of reli­gious lib­erty and the need to con­front ter­ror­ism from groups like ISIS and al Qaida with real pol­icy solu­tions com­pels Con­gress to do better.


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December 26, 2012 0

Former YWC Leader Taylor Rose Joins World Net Daily

Tay­lor Rose

Tay­lor Rose, the for­mer vice-president of the far-right stu­dent group, Youth for West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion (YWC) recently landed a job at World Net Daily (WND), a conspiracy-oriented right-wing news­pa­per. Rose’s first arti­cle for WND, where he is listed as a “staff reporter,” appeared about a month ago, on Novem­ber 26, 2012.

Rose’s arti­cles cover a range of right-wing issues from oppo­si­tion to immi­gra­tion to anti-Muslim con­spir­acy the­o­ries to seces­sion­ist move­ments in Europe and the United States. Rose is not the first for­mer YWC activist to make the move over to WND. YWC’s founder, Kevin DeAnna, joined WND in early 2012 and also works as a “staff reporter” though his last arti­cle for the site was pub­lished over two months ago, on Octo­ber 14, 2012.

In recent years, Rose spent most of his time in Europe, meet­ing and orga­niz­ing with far-right orga­ni­za­tions and polit­i­cal par­ties.  He par­tic­i­pated in a May 2011 rally “against the Islaminiza­tion of Europe” in Cologne, Ger­many. At the rally, Rose spoke along­side lead­ers of far-right xeno­pho­bic Euro­pean par­ties, includ­ing the Vlaams Belang of Bel­gium, the Free­dom Party of Aus­tria, as well as smaller par­ties from France and Ger­many. More recently, in 2012, Rose pub­lished a book titled, Return of the Right: How the Polit­i­cal Right is Tak­ing Back West­ern Civilization.

 Rose’s move also casts more doubt over YWC’s per­se­ver­ance. It appears that Rose, DeAnna and other YWC lead­ers did not have suc­ces­sors lined up to main­tain the orga­ni­za­tion when the orig­i­nal core group grad­u­ated. YWC’s Web site is down and it appears the chap­ters are inac­tive. Although Rose seems to no longer be involved with YWC, his move to WND shows that he is still an active player on the right.

The one for­mer YWC activist still mak­ing head­way on cam­pus is Matthew Heim­bach at Tow­son Uni­ver­sity in Mary­land. Heim­bach was forced to dis­band YWC at the school in early 2012 when its fac­ulty advi­sor quit after the group was involved in con­tro­ver­sial activ­ity. Heim­bach is still attempt­ing, how­ever, to cre­ate a “white stu­dent union” at Tow­son. He invited white suprema­cists Jared Tay­lor and Mer­lin Miller, from the Amer­i­can Third Posi­tion party, to speak at the school dur­ing the fall 2012 semester.

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