“Where Islam sets roots, freedom dies”
—Geert Wilders, Dutch lawmaker, at a 20 Oct 2009 speech at Temple University
Score one for the good guys.
Dutch populist politician Geert Wilders was acquitted of inciting hatred of Muslims in a court ruling on Thursday that may strengthen his political influence and exacerbate tensions over immigration policy.
The case was seen by some as a test of free speech in a country which has a long tradition of tolerance and blunt talk, but where opposition to immigration, particularly from Muslim or predominantly Muslim countries, is on the rise.
Instantly recognizable by his mane of dyed blond hair, Wilders, 47, is one of the most outspoken critics of Islam and immigration in the Netherlands.
His Freedom Party is now the third-largest in parliament, a measure of support for its anti-immigrant stance, and is the minority government’s chief ally. But many of Wilders’ comments — such as likening Islam to Nazism — are socially divisive.
The presiding judge said Wilders’ remarks were sometimes “hurtful,” “shocking” or “offensive,” but that they were made in the context of a public debate about Muslim integration and multi-culturalism, and therefore not a criminal act.
“I am extremely pleased and happy,” Wilders told reporters after the ruling. “This is not so much a win for myself, but a victory for freedom of speech. Fortunately you can criticize Islam and not be gagged in public debate.”
The ruling could embolden Wilders further. He has already won concessions from the government on cutting immigration and introducing a ban on Muslim face veils and burqas.
……Some Dutch citizens have started to question their country’s traditionally generous immigration and aid policies, worried by the deteriorating economic climate, higher unemployment, incidence of ethnic crime and signs that Muslim immigrants have not fully integrated into Dutch society.
Wilders gave a pointed speech about how America deals with the Islamic threat. It’s more relevant than ever. By the way, the Canadian “Human Rights Commission” tried the same crap with author Mark Steyn and ended up dismissing the charges.
Amsterdam is one of the hotbeds of Islamic extremism in Europe. Filmmaker Theo Van Gogh, the grandson of Vincent Van Gogh, was murdered in 2004 by Islamofascist pig Mohammed Bouyeri,on a street in Amsterdam. The scumbag was sentenced to life in prison and solitary confinement so that he wouldn’t become a ‘prison prophet’. Van Gogh’s film Submission was a collaborative effort with an ex-Muslim member of the Dutch Parliament, Ayaan Hirsi Ali. The work criticized the maltreatment of women under Islamic law. Bouyeri took exception to the criticism. Fatima Elatik, the muslim Integration Advisor and president of the Oost (East) district council of Amsterdam, joined other muslim fanatics by expressing joy over the terrorist act.
With this ruling, the Dutch have protected their freedoms and hopefully, will go even further to stop Islam from taking root.
- Geert Wilders Verdict: Not Guilty All Counts! Eureka! (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)
- Freedom Alliance: Geert Wilders and Oskar Freysinger in The Hague (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)