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January 21, 2010

Dutch MP Criticizes Islam, Now on Trial for “Hate Speech”

That freedom of speech thingy can be so overrated.

DUTCH LAWMAKER FACES HATE-SPEECH TRIAL

AMSTERDAM – Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders sat in the defendant’s dock Wednesday, nodding his head as prosecutors read aloud a hundred remarks he has made condemning Islam, Muslims and immigrants — notably one comparing the Quran to Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.”

Wilders’ criminal trial for allegedly inciting hate against Muslims has resonance across Europe: He is one of a dozen right-wing politicians on the continent who are testing the limits of freedom of speech while voicing voters’ concerns at the growth of Islam.

“I know the words I use are sometimes hard, but they are never impetuous,” he told judges Wednesday.

“I also do not intend to hurt people’s feelings. I have nothing against Muslims. I have a problem with Islam and the Islamization of our country because Islam is diametrically opposed to freedom.”

His lawyer said Wilders is innocent and asked for the charges to be dismissed. Failing that, he wishes to call 17 witnesses, including Mohammed Bouyeri — the Dutch-born Muslim radical serving a sentence of life in prison for the brutal 2004 murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh. Van Gogh had also incurred Muslim ire for a documentary criticizing Islam, and Wilders has lived under constant police protection since his killing.

“There are lots and lots of them (Muslims) who are good people, decent, hardworking people — it’s not about that,” said Jeroen Korthuis, who traveled from the northern province of Friesland to attend the protest. “It’s about their numbers.”

Muslims, mostly from Morocco and Turkey, make up about six percent of the Dutch population of 16 million after a wave of immigration in the 1980s and 1990s.  “We’re afraid that it will be too much. Too much immigration in too little time, in too small a country,” Korthuis said.  “As more and more come here, they will influence your society: beliefs, church, justice system — everything.”

Publicity resulting from previous attempts to stop him from promoting his views — such as the refusal of Dutch television to air “Fitna” and a travel ban imposed by the government of Britain — has only increased his popularity. Many observers expect his trial to have the same effect.

He said Wilders’ remarks clearly violate hate speech laws and his case is no different from many other discrimination suits filed each year.  Sadik Harchaoui, the head of Forum, an institute that promotes integration, said he didn’t see any positive outcome to the case.

“Whatever the verdict may be, it’s going to be another element in polarization,” he said.

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Today, the only threat to freedom of speech is coming from the Left (and from the muslim jihad they enable).  More, below:

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4 Comments »

  1. Geert would be a sho in if he ran for political office. This is how you combat the lefturds and Islamics. Let the average citizen speak at the voting booth. Then do their will.

    Comment by greyrooster — January 23, 2010 @ 00:17

  2. […] by the culture-destroying Leftists who now run the place.  CCHQ has previously covered this, here. Below an incredible appearance by the Dutch people in support of Geert Wilders.  Notice how even […]

    Pingback by The Dutch People Take to the Streets for Geert Wilders « Counterculture Con HQ — January 25, 2010 @ 12:46

  3. […] West trembles in fear.  Rational or not, with the trial of the courageous Geert Wilders for “hate speech” in the Netherlands, and now this,  the Dutch have fully embraced their inner dhimmi. Possibly […]

    Pingback by Dutch “Phobia” of Islam Cancels Book Launch « Counterculture Con HQ — February 17, 2010 @ 00:07

  4. […] Wilders does.  He speaks it daily, and for his troubles he does not get Oscars and Nobels, but legal persecution by his political foes, and also this: On 10 November 2004, two suspected terrorists were captured […]

    Pingback by Geert Wilders: Islam’s Most Wanted « Counterculture Con HQ — March 9, 2010 @ 00:09


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