DENVER—The Western Conservative Summit looked to the East Saturday with speakers who addressed the threat of radical Islam.
Frank Gaffney, former Defense Department official in the Reagan Administration, and Geert Wilders, leader of the Party for Freedom in the Netherlands and author of Marked for Death: Islam’s War Against the West and Me, gave glimpses into how the spread of Islam is affecting United States and European foreign and domestic policy.
Gaffney led off by warning about the danger that leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood pose by trying to expand the reach of Islamic Sharia law wherever the group goes.
“They’re trying to promote sharia. Sharia is a comprehensive, totalitarian, supremacist doctrine that is at the core of mainstream Islam,” Gaffney said. “They are brutally oppressive; they are particularly horrific to women, to religious minorities, to homosexuals, to artists, to just about everybody other than them.”
Wilders, whose views have made him the target of assassination threats, described how he has lived under 24-hour police protection for the past eight years, despite being the leader of the Netherlands’ third-largest political party.
He went on to explain where Europe went wrong in its approach to handling Islam.
“During the last three decades, Europe made a fatal mistake,” Wilders said. “It allowed millions of people from Islamic countries to immigrate to our continent.” He added that the influx of unassimilated Muslim immigrants have in many cases resulted in “a city inside a city”, with Muslims creating parallel religious-based legal systems and institutions.
Wilders decision to produce a 16-minute documentary-style film called Fitna, which explores the threats that Wilders says Islamic ideology poses to Western values like tolerance and pluralism, has earned him the ire of many in the Islamic world and subjected him to criminal prosecution in Europe.
“Leftish, liberal and Islamic organizations in the Netherlands brought me to court about Fitna,” Wilders said. “They accused me of group insult and incitement to hatred and discrimination. I was prosecuted in my own country for merely stating my opinion about Islam.”
Wilders was acquitted of all of the charges, but only because he was entitled to greater freedom of speech than the average person in the Netherlands as an elected official in a public forum.
Earlier Saturday, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead led a push for conservatives to counter the Supreme Court’s ruling on ObamaCare by electing Republicans to the Senate and White House.
“[President Obama] alienated many of our voters with his policies, chief among them is Obamacare,” Mead said. “This is the time for action. This is the time to show the strength of the Republican Party and come together.”
Also making an appearance Saturday was Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who criticized the Justice Department for cutting off its cooperative agreement with Arizona law enforcement after Monday’s Supreme Court decision upholding a key piece of the state’s anti-illegal immigration law.
She noted the Obama campaign has high hopes for winning Arizona, Colorado and other Western states in the November election.
“President Obama thinks that Arizona, and probably your state, too, is in play,” Brewer said. “He thinks he can win our states, but I say, ‘game on.’”
The summit concludes Sunday with former political consultant and Clinton advisor Dick Morris and a straw poll to decide who the Republican vice presidential nominee should be in the November general election.