Prominent Christian Democrat quits party

17th November 2010, Comments 4 comments


Former Christian Democrat party chairman and cabinet minister Bert de Vries has confirmed he has resigned his party membership. Speaking on public radio, he said he decided to leave the party because of its "move to the right".

Bert de Vries was one of the prominent Christian Democrats who spoke out against the minority coalition with the conservative VVD and its reliance on parliamentary support from Geert Wilders' anti-Islamic Freedom Party.

He was quoted at the time as saying: "It was an extremely nasty surprise to discover that my party finds it acceptable to work with a party that does not recognize one of the world's major faiths as a religion."

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4 Comments To This Article

  • stuart577 posted:

    on 19th November 2010, 10:48:48 - Reply

    I think the time has come to use Geert Wilders' head of PVV and not anti-Islamic Freedom Party.
  • JR Bailey posted:

    on 18th November 2010, 18:58:51 - Reply

    De Vries understand the doctrines of Islam about as well as a cockroach understand nuclear physics.

    Islam isn't really a religion in the classic sense: it is a Military-Governmental Paradigm for Power Politics, with religious aspects thrown in to keep the 'Faithful' faithful, but by using physical threats of death, torture, and terror.

    Christianity is not based upon Temporal Rule by its adherents, neither is Buddhism. Judaism pertains only to a very small section of the Middle East and it's doctrines pertain to the need for understanding and promoting human rule but under the complete command of the Divine and then only for the Jews.

    Islam is not just a religon: one need but read the Qur'an and the Hadith, IN CONTEXT, to understand all of this.

    These sacred texts of Islam teach that women have an inherent value only HALF that of men.

    They teach that if a woman is raped, she MUST have 4 MALE witnesses to the rape, otherwise the sexual encounter as either adultery if the woman is married or fornication if she is single.

    They teach that it's ok for adult men to have sex with girl children and actually marry them as young as 9 years old. Muhammad did this with Aisha and it is STILL used as the 'proper model' for Muslims across the world.

    De Vries is like most secular Westerners: he is wholly ignorant of what the Qur'an and the Hadith teach and he's either too lazy, too naive, or too intellectually corrupt to research and learn.

    Whichever the case, if he brings down the government by his actions, Holland will be put farther behind the 8 ball in dealing with the Islamic threat.

  • glenneboy posted:

    on 18th November 2010, 17:26:55 - Reply

    There is something I fail to understand. Jesus, in the Bible, says "I am THE way, THE truth ..." (NOT A way, A truth) which pretty much means the only "true" religion, if one calls oneself a Christian, is Christianity. Seems to me either de Vries is not a true Christian or he is just trying to make political hay. He can't have it both ways. If he is a Christian he can not believe that Islam is a genuine religion thus he supports the VVD/PVV alliance. If he is not a Christian he shouldn't be in the party in the first place. The guy is an opportunistic jerk.
  • amanda collinson posted:

    on 18th November 2010, 13:25:22 - Reply

    Good for Bert de Vries!