Daniel Pipes and David Horowitz gave money to anti-Muslim politician Geert Wilders
Geert Wilders, the Dutch anti-Muslim politician. Photo: Cynthia Boll/AP
That Geert Wilders, the virulent anti-Muslim Dutch politician, has links with American Islamophobes is well known. But a report in Reuters fills in some previously unknown details, like which people and organizations have given money to Wilders for legal and security costs.
Reuters’ Anthony Deutsch and Mark Hosenball report that David Horowitz andDaniel Pipes, two leading anti-Muslim figures in the U.S., have sent Wilders money. Pipes’ Middle East Forum “funded Wilders' legal defense in 2010 and 2011 against Dutch charges of inciting racial hatred.” The charges were eventually dropped. Horowitz “paid Wilders fees for making two speeches, security costs during student protests and overnight accommodation for his Dutch bodyguards during a 2009 U.S. trip.”
Wilders’ far-right positions on Islam include calling the Koran a “fascist” book and advocating for a ban on Muslim headscarves and the construction of mosques. He has also said he “hates Islam,” which is the “ideology of a retarded culture.”