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    Catholic Priest of UK talking
    about Islam in Europe.


    Open Letter to Dutch MP Geert Wilders

    Dear Mr Wilders,

    They say you can only take a horse to the water, you can't make it
    drink. But human beings are not horses.

    Unlike animals, they can be reasoned with.
    I offer these few remarks in the faint hope you are amenable to reason.
    It is about your recent speech to the Alliance of Patriots in New York.

    In which you paint an apocalyptic picture of `the Islamization of
    Europe'. You describe some European cities with Muslim
    neighbourhoods in lurid terms. It is a world `where women walk
    around in figureless tents...

    Their husbands, or slave holders, if you prefer, walk three steps
    ahead'. Mr Wilders,

    I live bang near one of those areas in West London.

    I often visit Whitechapel and Edgware Road – parts of our colourful
    Londonistan - I have never seen a Muslim woman walking behind her
    husband. Rather, the mothers stroll about in a proud, dignified manner,
    alongside the men.

    Nothing in their behaviour suggests a subordinate role, let alone
    slavery. And there are tons of lively, even feisty Muslim girls wearing
    all sorts of gear.

    True, they may not, as a rule, behave like permissive, liberated
    females, baring the flesh, hugging and kissing partners in public, no.

    I would even guess most of them don't sleep with boys before
    marriage. But since when are chastity, modesty and self-restraint so
    bad? The traditional, Christian mores of the Western civilisation which
    you claim to uphold used to prize such things, no?

    '25 per cent of the population of Europe will be Muslim just 12
    years from now'.

    Lies, damned lies and statistics, someone said..

    But if you want native Europeans to stay numerically supreme, how about
    encouraging them to have more children?

    To urge them not to use contraceptives, the pills? To give up abortion?
    To bolster family values?

    Stop bashing Islam.

    Embrace the Christian religion in its conservative, sound traditions and
    all will be kosher.

    `Thousands of mosques across Europe. With larger congregations than
    churches', you notice. Well, whose fault is that?

    Do perhaps Muslims stand at church doors, stopping the eager faithful
    from worshipping the Lord?

    Methinks you should rather address yourself to Christians. `Look at
    Muslims' you should say. `Look at how many regularly pray. How
    keen they are on the observances of their religion. You should do the
    same.' Exactly.

    The flourishing of mosques across Europe should serve as a stimulus to

    A window of opportunity.

    As an urgent reminder to get back to their vital, life-giving roots
    – the worship of the One True God. Why blame pious Muslims for the
    faults of lukewarm or nominal Christians, eh?

    In Amsterdam `gays are beaten up almost exclusively by Muslims'.
    Awful, if true.

    Funnily enough, I recall the words of Pym Fortuyn, the gay right-wing
    politician murdered by a fanatic. `I have nothing against Moroccans
    – I have slept with so many of them.'

    `The history of the Holocaust can no longer be taught because of
    Muslim sensitivity.'

    How bizarre. First, a godson of mine has been to Auschwitz, on a school
    trip. Part of a programme to learn about wartime horrors. School
    curricula in Britain do in fact include projects about WWII and
    persecutions of Jews and other people.

    London's Imperial War Museum has a holocaust section, which I viewed
    just the other day. What's more, TV channels force-feed viewers with
    a daily, obsessive dose of films and programmes about the war and
    Germany's crimes.

    If anybody should complain about this state of affairs, it should be
    Germans. It fuels Germanophobia, the lurking, masochistic English vice.
    Do today's Germans deserve such constant pilloring? After all,
    isn't Germany amongst the strongest supporters of your beloved state
    of Israel?

    The Prophet Muhammad.
    Had he been `a man of Gandhi and Mother Teresa wrapped
    in one, there would be no problem. But Mohammed was...' I won't
    quote the rest, as it would be distasteful.

    Muhammad certainly did not found a religion like the Quakers, no. And he
    is definitely different from figures like Buddha and Jesus. However, why
    you did not compare him to a prophet and lawgiver like Moses?
    Muhammad had the Jewish tribes of Banu Qurayza slaughtered, you write.
    Well, Exodus 32:25 has Moses ordering the Levites to slay those who had
    worshipped the Golden Calf, about 3000 men.

    `Today you have ordained yourselves for the service of the Lord'
    Moses told the slayers. Hardly like Gandhi, would you agree
    You are silent about Moses, I suspect, because in your speech you
    wrapped yourself in the mantle of defender of Israel.
    Mr Wilders, this Anglican priest is opposed to the destruction of the
    state of Israel. Because I am a Christian, Jews are rather important to
    I support both a Jewish state and a Palestinian state.
    A modest-sized Jewish Vatican in the Holy Land is the realistic

    Bernard Wasserstein's thoughtful book, `Israel & Palestine',
    points the way. Wasserstein shows how your fantasy of Israel as a heroic
    outpost of the West against the incoming Jihad is nonsense.
    Indeed, Israeli society today needs immigrants as much as Europe does.
    And they won't be Jewish immigrants.

    Despite your astonishing garbage about rising anti-Semitism in France
    (headed by a Jewish President!), Jews worldwide are happy where they are
    - they not migrating to Israel – or should I say
    `Isra-hell', as my Israeli friend Ronen once wrote?

    Ok, you don't like Muslims.
    Yet they are not going to go away.

    Your case is analogous to that of the man whose garden was infested by
    ladybirds. They were everywhere.

    He didn't like them. He tried several methods to get rid of them.
    Sprays, insecticides, this and that. Nothing worked.

    The ladybirds kept being around. Indeed, they multiplied. The guy was
    getting obsessed with them, growing paranoid, bitter, haunted.

    Eventually, he sent an e-mail to a wise old friend, an experienced
    gardener: `What should I do about the damned ladybirds?'
    The reply came: `I suggest you learn to love them'.

    Revd Frank Julian Gelli