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October 6, 2010

Geert’s Trial Begins

More evidence that the only threat to freedom of speech today is coming from the Left.  In Europe– where there is no First Amendment protecting your freedom of speech– the Left can follow through on their innermost desires to silence you.

Dutch MP goes On Trial On “Hate Speech” Charges

AMSTERDAM — Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders went on trial Monday for alleged hate speech, even as his popularity and influence in the Netherlands are near all time highs.  Prosecutors say Wilders incited hatred against Muslims with remarks comparing Islam to Naziism and by calling for a ban on the Quran. Wilders argues he has a right to freedom of speech and his remarks were within the bounds of the law.

If convicted, he faces up to a year in prison. He could keep his seat in parliament.  On his Twitter account, Wilders said the start of his trial was a “terrible day.”  “The freedom of expression of at least 1.5 million people is standing trial together with me,” he wrote, referring to the voters that made his Freedom Party the third-largest in national elections in June.

Immigration-related issues have dominated politics in the Netherlands and much of Europe over the past decade. Wilders has drawn comparisons with populists such as Jorg Haider in Austria and Jean-Marie Le Pen in France as he cashed in on the growing unease and tested the limits of free speech.  Among more than 100 remarks his opponents see as offensive, an editorial in newspaper De Volkskrant stands out.

“I’ve had enough of Islam in the Netherlands; let not one more Muslim immigrate,” he wrote in the paper. “I’ve had enough of the Quran in the Netherlands: Forbid that fascist book.”

More here.

And Pat Codell comments.  This is a CCHQ must see.

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