Geert Wilders has pulled out of attending the premiere of an American film about his anti-islam campaign because of anti-gay comments made by one of the film’s backers.
Martin Mawyer, founder of the conservative Christian Action Network, has said in the past that homosexuals are ‘perverse’ and spread disease.
‘I am not ready to give this great nation over to one-world government extremists … radical, disease-carrying homosexuals … anti-family lesbian feminists,’ he is quoted as saying on one website.
Wilders says in Wednesday’s Telegraaf he is pulling out of the May 1 premiere to avoid giving the impression that he agrees with Mawyer.
On Monday, Wilders said he was aware that CAN was opposed to gay marriage but did not consider that an obstacle to working together because it was a political standpoint.
‘I totally disagree with them about this [gay marriage],’ Wilders was quoted as saying by the Pers. ‘But they can make a film about me.’
The PVV party leader has always made gay rights a central part of his anti-Islam stand.
The film premier’s organisers have now cancelled the event to ‘avoid creating any false impressions about our agenda and goals, or those of Geert Wilders’, they said in a statement.
For the Pers exposé of CAN (Dutch only), click here
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