Target: United States Congresswoman Michele Bachmann
Goal: End your association with Netherlands politician Geert Wilders
Congresswoman and former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann recently met on Capitol Hill with Dutch politician Geert Wilders, a bigot and Islamophobe of international renown. Wilder’s borderline fascist ideologies have no place in the American political system. Demand that Congresswoman Bachmann stop meeting with Wilders once and for all.
Geert Wilders is the leader of the Netherlands’ far-right Party for Freedom and is well-known for his radical stance against Islam. Amongst other things, he has compared the Qur’an to Mein Kampf and has tried to have it banned in the Netherlands, has campaigned to end immigration into the Netherlands from Muslim countries, and supports an end to construction of mosques in the Netherlands. He has been trying to take his agenda across the Atlantic for years, founding a “network of resistance fighters” called the International Freedom Alliance whose goal is “to spread the truth about Islam, to preserve our freedom, and stop the Islamization of our societies.”
Wilders has met with Congresswoman Bachmann in the past, even before this most recent incident, and as such their visits should be seen as Wilders making those long-sought-after international inroads. Islamophobia is a big enough problem in the United States already. Urge Congresswoman Bachmann to take the high road and stop associating herself with this extremist.
Dear Congresswoman Bachmann,
I am writing you today because I was alarmed to see that you had recently met with Dutch politician Geert Wilders. While I know that you two have met in the past–Wilders has gone so far as to call you a “dear friend”–the fact that this seems to be an ongoing relationship is upsetting. Wilders is an extremely problematic political figure who does not deserve to have any sort of exchange with the American political system.
Wilders is vehemently anti-Islam and anti-Muslim, going so far as to campaign for the end of all immigration into his home country of the Netherlands from any and all Muslim countries. Indeed, the stated goal of his organization, the International Freedom Alliance, is to end all immigration of “Islamic nationals” into Western democracies. He has also gone so far as to compare the Qur’an to Hitler’s Mein Kampf. This is ironic, as many have gone so far as to say that Wilders himself is part of the resurgence of neofascist political parties across Europe.
Your continuing association with Wilders has me worried that you are buying into his narrative about Islam, and giving him the international network he so desperately wants to further his goals. I urge you to stop meeting with him and end your association with him once and for all. This extremist does not deserve to be legitimized with connections to American politicians.
[Your Name Here]
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