For now at least. Paul Younghaus I thought this excellent news when I read it earlier, and noticed the plaintiffs are already planning to appeal to the UN! And of course the UN will condemn Wilders and not the religion of peace!
Posted 03:58 PM ET
Right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders appears in an Amsterdam court Thursday to hear he is acquitted of charges that his statements about Muslims... View Enlarged Image
Political Correctness: The acquittal, on hate-speech charges, of the Dutch politician who spoke the truth about Islamofascism is a victory for freedom and free speech. The truth may yet keep us free.
Somewhere Voltaire is smiling, for he would have defended to the death the Dutch politician's right to speak his mind about militant Islam and immigration and the threats he felt both posed to his country and democracy at large.
Geert Wilders is a leader in the Dutch Freedom Party who has been a thorn in the side of politically correct Europeans cowered by their increasing Muslim populations into accepting the creeping Islamization of Europe, or Eurabia, as some, including ourselves, have dubbed it.
In March 2008, Wilders posted a film about the Koran, "Fitna," on the Internet. It equated Islam with violence and the Koran with Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf," at least in the sense of the advocacy of obscene violence against humanity and as a blueprint of things to come.
The opening scenes of "Fitna," a Koranic term sometimes translated as "strife," shows a copy of the Koran followed by footage of the attacks on the U.S. on 9/11, followed by London in July 2005 and Madrid in March 2004. Subtle he is not. But neither is he a criminal.
It did not help that Wilders included in the film a scene showing Muslim protesters holding signs reading "God Bless Hitler" that would tend to lend credence to Wilders' thesis. Mention of Hitler and Nazism in any context is a touchy subject in Europe to this day, as is criticism of anything Muslim.
In 2009, the Dutch Court of Appeals ordered a criminal prosecution of Wilders, a member of the Dutch Parliament. "The Amsterdam appeals court has ordered the prosecution of Member of Parliament Geert Wilders for inciting hatred and discrimination, based on comments by him in various media on Muslims and their beliefs," the court said in a statement.
The case began last Oct. 4, but it collapsed after three weeks when a special legal panel ruled the judges may have shown partiality after a string of legal blunders. New judges were then sworn in, and the case was heard again this year.
One of those blunders was allowing only three of 18 requested defense witnesses to testify, including academics critical of militant Islam. Among the requested defense witnesses was Mohammed Bouyeri, the convicted murderer of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh. The defense wanted to prove Wilders' criticisms were true and therefore not an incitement.