Did former leader in Geert Wilders’ Party succumb to Philippe Petain syndrome?

His name is Arnoud Van Doorn. Until recently, he was a leader in the anti-Islam political party founded by Geert Wilders. He also was a producer for the controversial film Fitna.

Now, he is a convert to Islam.

Via the Saudi Gazette (h/t DW):

Former Dutch Islamophobe and a former leading member of far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders’ party Arnoud Van Doorn visited the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah to pray and say sorry for becoming part of a blasphemous film.

Doorn was among the Freedom Party leaders who produced the blasphemous film, Fitna. Last month he reverted to Islam after an extensive study about the religion and the Prophet (peace be upon him).

He said that the worldwide outrage against the film made him study about the Prophet (pbuh) and that eventually led to his conversion.

He headed for Makkah to perform Umrah after meeting the two imams of the Prophet’s Mosque, Sheikh Ali Al-Hudaifi and Sheikh Salah Al-Badar, who enlightened him on how to lead the life of a good Muslim and confront challenges facing Islam in the West.

A member of the Dutch parliament and The Hague City Council, Doorn announced his decision to accept Islam on his Twitter profile. He also posted a tweet in Arabic declaring that “there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his Prophet.”

He allegedly said the following to Al-Jazeera:

“According to some people I am a traitor, but according to most others I have actually made a very good decision.”

That quote, coupled with with Doorn’s decision to fight a threat to his nation before betraying it is very reminiscent of World War I French hero, Henri-Philippe Petain, who was called out of retirement in World War II to help lead France in its fight with the Nazis. Petain essentially did then what Doorn is doing now.

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Via First World War:

In 1940, at the age of 83, he headed the Vichy government of France during the Second World War, from 11 July 1940 until 20 August 1944. Petain established a Fascist-oriented government that became notorious for its collaboration with the Third Reich. Ruling with German approval, Petain’s government passed anti-Semitic laws, rounding up French, Spanish and Eastern European Jews for deportation to German concentration camps.

For his collaboration he was sentenced to death for treason following the war, on 15 August 1944, a sentence that was commuted to life imprisonment by Charles de Gaulle, who had served as a junior officer in Petain’s regiment at Charleron in August 1914.

One can only speculate on the motives of Doorn but there can only be a few reasons for a swing that dramatic – from fighting for his country to aligning with forces that want to destroy it.

Odds are quite good that, like Petain did before him, Doorn is choosing sides based on which side gives him the best chance at self-preservation.

Petain was wrong.

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  • Demelza

    What a spineless coward, and man of weak moral fiber. I guess his motto would be : ‘If you can’t beat Islam join it.’ This man has sold his soul to the devil and will have to account for it when he stands before God.

  • citizen622

    Other people in Europe have suffered the wrath of Islam for even daring to speak out against their prophet or their agenda. It could very well be that Wilder or one of his family members were targeted by the jihad loving Muslims and he caved. No intelligent human beings that actually does an in depth study of Islam would join their ranks. Something is not right here. He sold his soul for a reason. I doubt it was money.

  • originalone1

    WOW, WALID FAMILY IN CHRIST SADLY ITS A PICTURE OF MANY IN OUR COUNTRY THE WORLD. THAT IS WHAT YOU HAVE IN THE CARNAL FLESH WITHOUT GODS SPIRIT, A SPINELESS HUMAN SELLING HIS SOUL AND HIS FELLOWS MANS IF HE COULD FOR TEMPORAL SURVIVAL OVER PEACE ON EARTH, AND ETERNAL LIFE WITH A GOD-SAVIOR-HOLY SPIRIT WHO GAVE US, MADE US TO LOVE HIM ONE ANOTHER FOREVER!!!!!:):):):):) HIS BLOODS FOR YOU WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH IT????? TO HIM BE THE GLORY FOREVER AND EVER!!!!!
    XXXIJCBXX

    • Demelza

      Many in the European countries are raised without a moral or Christian foundation. That is why many of their great churches have been turned into museums, or some other secular organization. Remember the ‘Romeike’s’ from Germany, who came to the USA to have the freedom to homeschool, and give their children a Christian education, but the German government took the kids away initially, and put them into state schools, where religion is not in the curriculum, but secular indoctrination is, and where in several socialist European countries the kids belong to the community and not the parents. My guess is that this Arnoud Van Doorn may have been raised in such a system, so he had no real convictions to start with. This reminds me of ‘The Parable Of The Sower And The Seed (Matthew 13:1-23).’

  • frankz

    The label far right gets thrown around quite easily these days.
    In Arnoud Van Doorn’s case though maybe the label was applicable with all its connotations.

    These fascists are going to swap sides once in a while because fascism is about perceived strength and that turns a guy like Arnoud on which is probably why he converted.

  • dapreach.1

    This man is typical of the times we live in. Anti-christ will win over the majority of the masses by proclaiming peace and justice for all! It’s the same with every despotic regime all the way back to the middle ages–and before! SATAN IS AN ANGEL OF LIGHT! He’s a master at what he does! GIVE THE DEVIL AN INCH AND HE’LL THINK HE’S A RULER!!!!!

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