Joram van Klaveren, an ex-member of the notoriously anti-Islamic Party for Freedom (PVV), told Dutch TV show NieuwLicht that while writing his book, he “came across more and more things that made my view on Islam falter.”
“It feels a bit like a religious homecoming for me,” he said in an interview.
PVV founder, right-wing politician Geert Wilders, denounced van Klaveren’s conversion following the announcement, comparing it to “a vegetarian going to work in a slaughterhouse,” the Independent reports.
…It’s worth noting that van Klaveren was not really all that “far-right” to begin with. He left Wilders’s party after Wilders said he wanted fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands, which seems like common sense. The Netherlands is, after all, quite a small country, and there’s no reason why there should be a moral imperative for it to absorb more Moroccans.
However, on a deeper level this reflects the pattern described in Michel Houellebecq’s Submission. As has been noted before, those disgusted with the spiritually exhausted Western Civilization are going to look for alternatives.
…As Islam reaches a critical mass within the West, expect more conversions and even the creation of a new form of the faith.