Islam film Dutch MP to be charged
A Dutch court has ordered prosecutors to put a right-wing politician on trial for making anti-Islamic statements.
Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders made a controversial film last year equating Islam with violence and has likened the Koran to Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf.
“In a democratic system, hate speech is considered so serious that it is in the general interest to… draw a clear line,” the court in Amsterdam said.
Mr Wilders said the judgement was an “attack on the freedom of expression”.
“Participation in the public debate has become a dangerous activity. If you give your opinion, you risk being prosecuted,” he said.
This is the film in question:
As you can see from the film, Wilders quoted directly from the Koran and from radicals.
Gates of Vienna and Atlas Shrugs have more.
For hate speech — after declining to do so last year, which means that Islamic supremacist groups in the Netherlands have kept up the pressure on lawmakers until they got the outcome they wanted. Hate speech, of course, is in the eye of the beholder, and hate speech laws are tools in the hands of the powerful that they can use to silence the powerless and crush dissent.
And make no mistake: even though the Muslims in the Netherlands and elsewhere in the West present themselves as embattled victims of racism and “Islamophobia,” that is exactly what is going on here: this is just one part of the 57-government Organization of the Islamic Conference’s efforts to silence speech that they deem critical of Islam — including “defamation of Islam” that goes under the “pretext” of “freedom of expression, counter terrorism or national security.”
If they succeed in doing this, we will be rendered mute, and thus defenseless, in the face of the advancing jihad and attempt to impose Sharia on the West — in fact, one of the key elements of the laws for dhimmis is that they are never critical of Islam, Muhammad, or the Qur’an, so this initiative not only aids the advance of Sharia in the West, but is itself an element of that advance.
Also posting on it:
Islam in action
Sweetness and Light
Aristotle the Geek
A fistful of Euros
Q and O
Little Green Footballs
Stop the ACLU
Statement from Wilders’s Freedom Party
Court decision an all-out assault on freedom of speech
woensdag 21 januari 2009
The Freedom Party (PVV) is shocked by the Amsterdam Court of Appeal’s decision to prosecute Geert Wilders for his statements and opinions. Geert Wilders considers this ruling an all-out assault on freedom of speech.
Geert Wilders: “Apparently this is The Netherlands today. If you speak out you might be prosecuted. To participate in public debate has become a dangerous activity.”
“If I have to appear in court, not only I will be prosecuted, but also hundreds of thousands of Dutch citizens who reject the Islamisation of the West. In Dutch Parliament only the Party for Freedom is willing to speak up for the preservation of our culture and our many freedoms.”
The Freedom Party leader now faces legal proceedings that will probably take years to conclude and will also involve enormous legal fees.
“We depend on small donations. The Freedom Party is the only party in Parliament that does not accept any government funding. This court decision jeopardizes the very existence of the Freedom Party. We simply cannot afford the enormous legal expenses.”
“This is a black day for freedom.”
They also have a petition
Just in case the trackback is lost. Have linked you this, Fausta. This is truly worrying!!!
Fausta: I believe you should read this:
Le parlement néerlandais veut que le gouvernement poursuive en justice les propos antisémites et anti-islamiques, alors que s’enflamment à nouveau les passions autour du Moyen-Orient. Seuls le SGP (parti chrétien), l’Union Chrétienne, le PVV (le Parti pour la liberté de Geert Wilders), et le VDD (Parti populaire pour la liberté et la démocratie) ont voté contre la motion présentée par le D66 (parti progressiste) jeudi.
I added the link to the roundup, Nora. Thanks.
bill warner says
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Islam film Dutch MP to be charged, Racist Geert Wilders Heading to Trial and Hopefully Prison
Prosecutors said on Wednesday that they could not appeal against the judgement and would open an investigation immediately.
Gerard Spong, a prominent lawyer who pushed for Mr Wilders’s prosecution, welcomed the court’s decision.
“Dutch PM Geert Wilders to Ally With Vlaams Belang”, Racist Geert Wilders Admits his Links to Filip Dewinter and Neo Nazi Vlaams Belang Party . Dutch legislator Geert Wilders told Haaretz yesterday in an interview, that he is considering forming an alliance with Belgium’s far-right Vlaams Belang party, which he has hitherto shunned.
Belgian Jews have also shunned Vlaams Belang which is linked to Neo Nazi groups and white supremacists.
Dan Shepherd says
Kinda reminds me of the Dimcracks push to silence talk radio.
Pat Patterson says
“This is a black day for freedom?” Uh oh, now Geert has probably insulted the South Moluccan community. Except the Moluccans are proud to be Dutch and have integrated almost completely into Dutch society.
From the BBC News site:
“”The three judges said that they had weighed Mr. Wilders’s “one-sided generalisations” against his right to free speech, and ruled that he had gone beyond the normal leeway granted to politicians.””
Freedom of speech is ok as long as you don’t really say anything, I guess. This smacks of Fascism at it’s best.
Stop talking, start acting
Isn’t your freedom worth a stamp???
If Geert Wilders falls, then Freedom of speech is dead in Europe. We are launching an extensive International Action SITA including two possible texts ; one comparing Wilders and Winston Churchill and another Wilders and Charlie Chaplin:
http://sitamnesty.wordpress.com/2009/01/23/i-support-democrat-geert-winston-wilders-against-islamic-fascism-and-its-dhimmis (Winston Eng)
http://sitamnesty.wordpress.com/2009/01/23/i-support-democrat-geert-charlie-wilders-against-islamic-fascism (Charlie Eng)
To support Geert Wilders and our dearly acquired freedoms please participate to the 2 suggested actions and transmit this message to your friends owners of a website in order they publish it.
An other way to support Geert Wilders is to give some money. To donate: http://www.geertwilders.nl