2010 October 04 Monday
First Day Geert Wilders Free Speech Trial

Geert Wilders is on trial for severely criticizing Islam. Since I've personally said things as critical about Islam as Wilders is on trial for I feel very fortunate to be protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution. Wilders says freedom of expression by Dutch citizens is on trial.

He faces a hefty fine or a year in jail if found guilty on five charges of inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims and insulting their religion for likening, as he routinely does, the Qur'an to Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf and describing Islam as fascist.

"I am on trial, but on trial with me is the freedom of expression of many Dutch citizens," he told the Amsterdam district court. "I can assure you, I will continue proclaiming it."

Mr Wilders faces five charges of inciting racial hatred between Oct 2006 and Mar 2008. If found guilty, Mr Wilders faces over a year in prison or a 6,600 fine.

Speaking at his trial yesterday, Mr Wilders said: "I am sitting here as a suspect because I have spoken nothing but the truth. I have said what I have said and I will not take one word back."

We should not have to live in fear of Islam or to hold our tongues about Islam.

If you are a blogger write a blog post about this trial on Thursday which is the day I've suggested a coordinated set of postings for Geert. See my post Modest Proposal: Protest Day For Geert Wilders. Tell other bloggers in email. Announce your intention to do so in a blog post and ask other bloggers to also write blog posts on it on Thursday.

Baron Bodissey has more on the trial at Gates Of Vienna.

You can watch Wilders' video Fitna about Islam and also Submission by Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the murdered Pim Fortuyn. Decide for yourself whether your government should have the power to prevent you from watching such videos.

A January 2008 interview of Geert Wilders about his film Fitna. These views are on trial.

What matters most: Is he right? I am struck by reasonable and moderate in tone he is. But he's saying that generations of Dutch politicians made a mistake with multiculturalism and they do not want to admit the scale of their mistake.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2010 October 04 08:48 PM  Elites As Enemies


Comments
Wolf-Dog said at October 5, 2010 8:23 PM:

The real reason some European elite circles are interested in destroying the credibility of Geert Wilders is because not only in Holland, but also in Denmark and, more recently in Sweden and France, there is a new political trend against Islam. This might be the beginning of a much bigger movement. If Geert Wilders is acquitted at the trial, this might also backfire against these European elites, and such an outcome would transform his notoriety into fame and prestige.

Black Death said at October 6, 2010 5:30 AM:

If Wilders is acquitted, he will regard it as a vindication of free speech and the right to express his anti-Islamic views. But if he is convicted, he will be a martyr for the cause. Either way, the EU multi-culti diversity-loving elites will lose. The best thing they could have done was to ignore him. Lenin would have understood this.

Wolf-Dog said at October 6, 2010 2:23 PM:

Good point. If Geert Wilders is acquitted, he will surely be a martyr because his ideas have already been gaining popularity. But it seems that sending him to jail is still beneficial for his opponents, at least temporarily this would discredit him.


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