InÂ FrontPage this morning I discuss yesterday’s great verdict:
In a great victory for decency and sanity, the Court of Amsterdam has acquitted Geert Wilders of all of the spurious “hate speech” charges that have been hanging over his head for several years now. This is decisive defeat for the Islamic supremacist forces that have been trying to destroy the freedom of speech and compel dhimmi Western governments to label the truth about Islam and jihad as “hate speech.” It is good to be able to report that it is still not illegal to tell the truth in the Netherlands and in the West in general â€“ but we are not out of the woods yet. Â Read more:Â FrontPage
Let it bleed!
In Defense of ‘Hurtful’ Speech (via Vlad Tepes)
Yesterday was a beautiful day for freedom of speech in the Netherlands. An Amsterdam court acquitted me of all charges of hate speech after a legal ordeal that lasted almost two years. The Dutch people learned that political debate has not been stifled in their country, and they learned they are still allowed to speak critically about Islam and that resistance against Islamization is not a crime.
I was brought to trial despite being an elected politician and the leader of the third-largest party in the Dutch parliament. I was not prosecuted for anything I did, but for what I had said. My view on Islam is that it is not so much a religion as a totalitarian political ideology with religious elements. While there are many moderate Muslims, Islam’s political ideology is radical and has global ambitions. I expressed these views in newspaper interviews, op-ed articles and in my 2008 documentary, “Fitna.”
I was dragged to court by leftist and Islamic organizations that were bent not only on silencing me but on stifling public debate. My accusers claimed that I deliberately “insulted” and “incited discrimination and hatred” against Muslims. The Dutch penal code states in its articles 137c and 137d that anyone who either “publicly, verbally or in writing or image, deliberately expresses himself in any way that incites hatred against a group of people” or “in any way that insults a group of people because of their race, their religion or belief, their hetero- or homosexual inclination or their physical, psychological or mental handicap, will be punished.”
PleaseÂ click over to the WSJ for the rest of Geert’s own article about this most important case.
- Last, not least, we have Â the “impartial” lefties fromÂ Der Spiegel: “Right-wing populist Geert Wilders has been cleared of all charges.”
Wilders’ comments sparked a massive debate on the integration of Muslims in Europe that has helped fuel otherÂ populist movements around the continent. InÂ Germany , politician Thilo Sarrazin wrote aÂ bestselling book warning that Muslim immigrants were dumbing the country down.
Well, they do. And the SPIEGEL sucks *&%#!