Tuesday, October 5, 2010
AMSTERDAM [CP]— An Amsterdam court Tuesday ordered the hate speech trial of anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders to resume, rejecting his arguments that judges are biased against him.
Wilders, who is enmeshed in negotiations to help form a new conservative government in the Netherlands, faces charges of inciting hatred against Muslims.
In one opinion piece he wrote, "I've had enough of Islam in the Netherlands; let not one more Muslim immigrate," adding "I've had enough of the Qur’an in the Netherlands: Forbid that fascist book."
His case raises questions of the limits of freedom of speech and whether the statements go so far that they damage Muslims' right to practice their religion freely and in peace.
At the start of his trial Monday, Wilders said he speaks for more than a million Dutch voters, and he wouldn't take back a word. He then invoked his right to remain silent and refused to answer judges' questions.
That's the thing ~ he calls for no violence against Muslims. If you say you want no more Muslims to immigrate ~ is that a criminal offense? It is hard to see how it can be. Especially when we have Muslims saying anyone who criticizes the Prophet should be killed and things of this sort ~ without penalty.
Posted by Cole at 6:45 AM