Basically this guy (dutch politician) put out a short film containing excerpts from the Quran and speeches from islamic extremists. Now he is getting a bunch of flak from muslim people and even some legal issues i'm a little hazy on. There is a lot more to the story and it's pretty interesting. What do you guys think?
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.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.I am shaken.I had absolutely not expected it, he told the Dutch news agency,ANP.
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“It is irrelevant whether Wilder’s witnesses might prove Wilders’ observations to be correct”, the ‘Openbaar Ministerie’ stated, “what’s relevant is that his observations are illegal”.
This is a statement made by the Openbaar Ministerie’. Orwell would be proud, NO?
Truth is NOT a defence? This is all part of a movement to silence critical speech of Islam there has been a anti-blaspheme law introduced in the UN. Ireland has folowed suit to adopt such a law. IF One can not speak critically of any religion, then one is not free, it is amazing what can be perceived critique.
I also can see that could in fact be a political ploy to stop his party from continuing to gain traction with the nation. Once a fringe party it has been steadily gaining popularity and scoring higher in the polls and winning seats.
This is a very important case, I hope he wins, even if one believes that this man is a bigot, one should not go to jail for thought and expressing it.
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