In response to Geert Wilders visiting Temple, I am appalled that such an institution would invite such a bigot. His speech is not free speech but religious racism disguised as free speech. He exacerbates emotions and is indeed fueling the fire of hatred between Muslims and people of other faiths.
Not only does the public get a distorted image of Muslims and Islam, but also his pathetic 17-minute documentary propagates negative feelings to erupt against Muslims. These damaging images lead to intolerance and hate crimes. For the people of this faith, it frustrates and insults them to a deeper level.
If Mr. Wilders’ goal is to educate people and eradicate ignorance, he has not accomplished his objective. His statements, speech and documentary give nothing more than a negative, distorted and corrupt stereotype against Islam and Muslims. So, not only is the information incorrect, but it is misinforming and further propagates the already misconstrued image of this religion.
Islam is probably the most misunderstood religion, and when it comes to this particular religion, people are probably the most ignorant. Making radical statements and openly demonizing a religion is accomplishing nothing more than promoting religious racism in the name of free speech.