Joram van Klaveren: According to his former party leader, Islamophobe Geert Wilders, “it’s like a vegetarian going to work in a slaughterhouse”.
It is a conversion that surprises. Which even detonates. A former Dutch MP, formerly right-hand man of the Islamophobic politician Geert Wilders, surprised by announcing he converted to Islam, a revelation that made a lot of ink on Tuesday in the country. Geert Wilders did not hesitate to compare this change to a “vegetarian going to work in a slaughterhouse”.
Joram van Klaveren is known to have for years led a fierce battle against Islam in the lower house of the Dutch Parliament, for the party of Geert Wilders, the PVV (Party for Freedom).
The training pleaded for a ban on the burqa and minarets, saying “do not want Islam, or as little as possible in the Netherlands,” notes Algemeen Dagblad.
A conversion by writing an anti-Islam book
It was while writing a book against Islam that 40-year-old Joram Van Klaveren changed his belief, turning his book into “a refutation of the objections non-Muslims have” to this religion, explains he in an interview published Tuesday in the newspaper NRC.
“If everything I’ve written so far is true, and I think so, then I’m a de facto Muslim,” he says. His book, Apostate: From Christianity to Islam in the Age of Terror, will be released soon.
Joram Van Klaveren, who grew up in a strict Christian environment, told NRC to look for his religious belief “for a long time”. “It looks a little like a religious return for me,” said the former deputy, after announcing Monday night on public radio to have converted to Islam in late October.
“Like a vegetarian going to work in a slaughterhouse”
Interviewed by Dutch private television RTL Nieuws, Geert Wilders expressed his astonishment: “What a story, it’s like a vegetarian going to work in a slaughterhouse”. “I was expecting a lot, but this I did not see coming,” he exclaimed in front of reporters.
The conversion of the former MP surprised “both his friends and his enemies,” analyzed the daily AD. “If this is not a publicity stunt to promote his book, then it’s really an extraordinary choice for someone who has a lot to say about Islam,” said AD Jan Roos, co-founder of VNL, an anti-Islam party, with Joram Van Klaveren. “But we have freedom of religion in the Netherlands and he can worship whoever he wants,” he said.