In any case, Â the Wilders witch-hunt is the last nail in the coffin of the once Â tolerant Netherlands.
Al Jizz confirms that Wilders is on trial for “hate speech”
Check out the photo that Al-Jazeera chose to accompany its article on the Wilders trialhere (thanks to Robert Spencer & JW).
Could it be that maybe Wilders is not unjustified in sounding the alarm about the Islamization of Europe when Muslims demonstrate against him holding signs saying things like “Islam will be superior,” “Islam will dominate the world,” and “Freedom can go to hell”?
From one of one of Wilders’ prosecutors:
Wilders’ tormentors seem to have forgotten JFK’s dictum: “When we make peaceful revolution impossible, we make violent revolution inevitable.” The same applies, of course to resistance.
Robert Spencer is approved as a witness in the trial against Geert Wilders just a minute ago:Â http://nos.nl/nieuws/live/journaal24/
Pamela covers it here:
Geert Wilders: “If a politician is not allowed to criticize an ideology anymore this means that we are lost, and it will lead to the end of our freedom”
Cartoon courtesy ofÂ Bosch Fawstin.
Note the standard use below of the “far-right” epithet, which is mainstream media-speak for “frightens children, barks at other people’s dogs, and makes Cratchit work on Christmas.” Nonetheless, Wilders’ argument as quoted below ought to be compelling to any reasonable member of a free society. The prosecution of Wilders is indeed a politically motivated attempt to silence him, and a short-sighted move that will come back to haunt the Dutch authorities who are bringing the case, when they find the precedent they have set can hamstring their own ability to speak without fear.
“Far-right MP Geert Wilders on trial for discrimination against Muslims,” by David Charter for theÂ Times Online, January 20:
Geert Wilders, the far-right MP who likens the Koran to Hitler’s Mein Kampf, goes on trial today in a politically charged test of the limits of tolerance and free speech in the Netherlands.
Mr Wilders, 46, leader of the Freedom Party, is charged with incitement and discrimination against Muslims over his outspoken comments attacking Islam and for his film, Fitna, which juxtaposed images of 9/11 and beheadings with verses of the Koran. He has called the Koran “a fascist book” and described Islamic culture as retarded.
Mr Wilders, who has made no secret of his ambition to become Prime Minister, has called his indictment a political trial but the Amsterdam Court of Appeal decided that it was in the public interest to prosecute him because his comments have been “so insulting to Muslims”.
“I am being prosecuted for my political convictions,” Mr Wilders said this week.
“The freedom of speech is on the verge of collapsing,” Mr Wilders added. “If a politician is not allowed to criticise an ideology anymore this means that we are lost, and it will lead to the end of our freedom. However, I remain combative: I am convinced that I will be acquitted.” […]
Mr Wilders has received numerous death threats for his campaign against the “Islamisation of our societies” views but has built a large following by exploiting a backlash against relaxed Dutch immigration policies, vowing to close Holland’s borders if he comes to power.
“My supporters say, ‘At last there is someone who dares to say what millions of people think’. That is what I do.” Today’s hearing in Amsterdam district court is a formal opening session to determine who will be called as witnesses and whether they will all be heard in public….
“According to Wilders, the truth about Islam must be made known, even if it is painful and unpleasant for certain people”
The Wilders trial is a showdown for free people, and for the free West. If he is convicted, the freedom of speech will not long endure in Europe, and America will be next. And the darkness of Islamic supremacism will continue to spread, and to subjugate women and non-Muslims, without it being possible to raise a voice against it.
“Filmmaker Geert Wilders faces hatred charges,” fromÂ CNN, January 20: (interesting that CNN dropped the “right wing” smears…)
(CNN) — Controversial Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders appeared in court Wednesday on charges of inciting discrimination and hatred that relate in part to his much-criticized film about Islam.Wednesday’s session at the Court of Amsterdam was a pre-trial hearing and a full trial was due to begin later this year. A court spokesman said the hearing was expected to last one day but could stretch into Thursday.
Wilders, who heads the Dutch Party for Freedom, said he has done nothing wrong. “I will fight,” he promised in a statement Tuesday on the party’s Web site….
In addition to inciting discrimination and hatred, Wilders is also charged with offending a group of people, which relates to his comparison of Islam to Nazism.
“According to Wilders, the truth about Islam must be made known, even if it is painful and unpleasant for certain people,” his statement on his party’s site said….