The Weekly Wilders Round-Up

18 01 2010

Alright, here goes.

DutchNews.nl – Wilders challenges court hearing:

Anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders was in court in Amsterdam on Wednesday in a last-ditch attempt to head off part of next week’s court case against him for inciting hatred against Muslims.

Wilders’ lawyer Bram Moszkowicz told reporters outside the court that Wilders hopes the court will decide that he should not be prosecuted for ‘collective insult’ – or targeting a particular group of people on the basis of their race or nationality.

Wilders has always stated that he is targeting Islam, not Muslims themselves.

Wednesday’s appeal follows a decision by the public prosecution service to also charge the PVV party leader with inciting hatred against Muslims, Moroccans and non-Western immigrants, the Volkskrant reports. Wilders already faced general charges of inciting hatred and discrimination.

Read the rest here.

The Telegraph – Delingpole to be appointed Independent’s environment correspondent

DutchNews.nl – More charges against Wilders

Daily Dispatch Online – World Briefs…….

The Boston Herald – Dutch lawmaker tries to avoid hate speech charges

The Canadian Press – Dutch prime minister concedes his support for 2003 Iraq invasion needed stronger mandate

DeHavilland – Pearson – Immigration Controls (Michael Savage)

The Washington Times – EDITORIAL: Google jihad

View From The Right – What a Dutch woman thinks about Geert Wilders:

A reader who lives in the Washington, D.C. area writes:

Last week I had a polite conversation with an older lady who lives in Amsterdam and was returning that day. This was shortly after the attempted bombing of the Northwestern flight to Detroit. In response to my question what she thinks of Geert Wilders, she said he is very divisive and preaches “hate” against Muslims. She had no response to my question that in light of some of Islam’s teachings, is it not true Wilders is simply calling to people’s attention the hatred in Islam? She then said that many of the young Muslims in the Netherlands are alienated and made to feel outsiders because of Wilders and others who agree with him. In response to my point that the prosecution against Wilders by the government violates freedom of speech, she said preaching “hatred” as he does should not be allowed. Some Norwegian friends said the same thing to me recently.

Read it here.

FrontPage Mag – Muslim Europe – by Jamie Glazov

Assyrian International News Agency – License to Libel

Infidel Blogger’s Alliance – Free Geert Wilders

Stealth Fusion – Geert Wilders Warning to America Part 1 , 2

The Legal Project – Liberty on Trial in Dutch Court:

By Aaron Eitan Meyer

On January 7th, it was reported that Minnesota prosecutors had declined to prosecute a man who had posted anti-Muslim images, on the grounds that it was, as Stearns County Attorney Janelle Kendall aptly put it, a “classic First Amendment case.” Indeed, the case would only have been significant if prosecutors had attempted to bring charges.

In marked contrast, the upcoming criminal trial of Dutch politician Geert Wilders for having “intentionally offended a group of people, i.e. Muslims,” and the potential of a two-year prison sentence for this ‘crime,’ is nearly unfathomable.

Under the Dutch Penal Code, if the court finds that Wilders made his statements as part of his “profession or habit,” he could face up to two years in prison, which makes the charge analogous to a felony under US law.

In short, the Wilders trial, which is scheduled to begin on January 20th, will provide a litmus test as to whether the Netherlands, and to an extent Europe, is moving towards protecting or criminalizing the free speech America has always understood to be a fundamental bulwark of liberty. We can only hope that the Netherlands chooses to defend the right to speak critically of others without the fear of imprisonment.

Read it here.

The Bajan Reporter – Geert Wilders speaks in LA Islamization of Europe Part3/5

Five Feet Of Fury – Mark Steyn: ‘The Wilders prosecution delegitimizes the state’

Jihad Watch – Jihad Watch Award winners 2009!

At last, the toon is here! One of the world’s premier anti-jihad cartoonists, David Washburn, has graced us with the above toon of the 2009 Jihad Watch Award winners:

American Anti-Dhimmi: Rifqa Bary
Anti-Dhimmi Internationale: Geert Wilders
American Dhimmi: Barack Obama
Dhimmi Internationale: Gordon Brown

Congratulations to all the lucky winners!

Read it here.

Searchlight Mag – Fear and loathing grips Europe

Gates of Vienna – Throwing the Book at Geert Wilders

Centurean2′s Weblog – Criminalizing Criticism of Islam…..Geert Wilders Trial…

Radio Netherlands Worldwide – Balkenende rejects Iraq enquiry criticism

NIS News Bulletin – Cabinet with PVV most liked and most hated

Gates of Vienna – Free Speech in the Dock

Mark Steyn, in NRO’s The Corner – Lights Out on Liberty:

I don’t happen to agree with banning either the Koran or Mein Kampf. I think free peoples should be free to read them and reach their own conclusion thereupon. But, once you accept the principle that it is acceptable to ban certain books (as Mein Kampf is banned in many parts of Europe), why should it be a crime to propose additional titles to add to the proscribed list?

As for an end to “non-Western” immigration, whether one agrees or disagrees, why should it be illegal to raise the subject? As I understand, Geert Wilders mentioned ending non-western immigration in the context of what his party would do in its first days in office. Thus, the court is prosecuting his political platform. And, although Mr. Wilders is invariably described as “far right,” how “far” he is depends on where you’re standing: A poll last month found his party tied for first place in Dutch affections.

In other words, this court is explictly attempting to criminalize the political opinions of a large swath of the Dutch electorate. That doesn’t seem a smart move. Whatever it does to Wilders, it risks delegitimizing the state itself. Even by European standards, the Low Countries have too narrow a political discourse, and whenever somebody comes along to broaden the discussion, they either get killed (Pim Fortuyn), banned (Belgium’s Vlaams Blok), or prosecuted (Geert Wilders) — all for asking the same question as this piece in Germany’s impeccably non-far-right Spiegel:

How Much Allah Can The Old Continent Bear? 

The way things are going in the Netherlands that headline will be illegal in a year or two. Pathetic.

Read the rest here.

Clipmarks – Geert Wilders to face even more charges

Anglican Samizdat – Jihad Watch Award winners 2009

Vlad Tepes – Liberty on Trial in Dutch Court

Gates of Vienna – Wrapping Up a Geert Wilders Day:

[...]

This is from the most recent PVV Newsletter:

Dear friends,

This morning was the big day. In an icy cold atmosphere in a courtroom with an attorney [Public Prosecutor] who totally ignored me, we appealed against the summons which among other things includes the issue of group defamation. The Public Prosecutor expanded the writ to add incitement to hatred and discrimination against non-Western immigrants and/or Moroccans. The political trial has begun.

Again I thank everyone for the many heartwarming responses, and they keep coming in! Many people feel that the next week will be about something essential, that it ultimately affects the freedom of all Dutch people. I’ve said it before: it is not so much about me. It is about freedom of speech, our most important freedom. It is about whether we can express criticism of an ideology without risking being sentenced for it. That is the essence. Therefore please do all show up.

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Make sure to be there [Amsterdam Court] on January 20 at the latest at 8.30 am, from 8.00 am we will gather in front of the entrance to the court.here [in English here] for more information about the demonstration.

If you have not registered for the demonstration, please do!

Next Wednesday, January 20, we will demonstrate!

Please click

I hope you all will support me!

Geert Wilders

Read the rest here.

Weasel Zippers – Dutch Prosecutors File Additional Charges Against Geert Wilders…

MooseandSquirrel.ca – Free Geert Wilders

Fousesquawk – The Prosecution of Geert Wilders

Radio Netherlands Worldwide – Judge rejects Geert Wilders’ submission:

An Amsterdam court has rejected submissions by far-right MP Geert Wilders that one of the charges against him should be dropped.
 
The Freedom Party (PVV) leader’s lawyer argued that he had only criticised Islam and not its adherents, and that the charge of insulting Muslims as a group should not stand. He is also facing counts of inciting hatred and discrimination towards Muslims.

Read the rest here.

Small Dead Animals – Free Geert Wilders

De Lage Landen - Geen paniek om Wilders. Het moddergevecht aangaan!

Sharpe Stick – Defend Geert Wilders

The League Of Ordinary Gentlemen – Marginalizing extremists, at home and abroad

Global Arab Network – Beyond Minarets: Europe’s Growing Problem with Muslims

Britannia Radio – Attack on Canada, U.S. is attack on Muslims: imams

Bnd.com – Christian-Islam violence spreading in Europe, Mideast

Family Security Matters – Exclusive: Political Correctness – a Deadly Infection

Exposing Liberal Lies - Latest on Geert Wilders

Atlas Shrugs – Lights Dim on West: Prosecution Widens Charges Against Free Speech in Geert Wilders Trial

Chesler Chronicles - Not All Muslims Are Suicide Killers–But All Suicide Killers Are Muslims

Red County – Free Geert Wilders: Charges Against him widened as trial proceeds on January 20th

GalliaWatch – Geert Wilders On Trial

Doctor Bulldog & Ronin – Geert Wilders’ Prosecution to Proceed

EuropeNews – Not All Muslims Are Suicide Killers–But All Suicide Killers Are Muslims - and Wilders prosecution to go ahead

FrontPage Mag – The Anti-Semitic Jihad On Campus: My Night at USC

NRC Handelsblad – Wilders to be tried for hate speech:

Geert Wilders will be tried for hate speech and inciting discrimination in a Dutch court next Wednesday.

A ruling on Tuesday took away the last obstacle standing in the way of the case against anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders, when the court dismissed his objections against prosecution.

Read the rest here.

MooseandSquirrel.ca – Join the Solidarity Rally for Geert Wilders

Expatica.com – Press Review Thursday 14 January 2010 - and Wilders will face prosecution on racial hatred charges

Conservative Beach Girl – Geert Wilders’ warning to America

Morocco Post – Dutch anti-Islam MP faces imprisonment

Ynetnews.com – Dutch lawmaker tries to avoid hate speech charges

EnerPub – Dutch politician Wilders faces further prosecution

Lumpy, Grumpy and Frumpy - January 20th Rally for Geert Wilders

Canada.com – Dutch filmmaker will face prosecution on racial hatred charges

Eleanor Duckwall’s Spotlight – Geert Wilders and Many Others Give Warning to America

Loonwatch.com – Geert Wilders Faces Imprisonment

NIS News Bulletin – Inciting hatred of Moroccans added to Wilders charges

Jewish Defence League Canada – *JDL* Parsha, Jan 15, 2010 + Solidarity Rally for *Geert Wilders*:

[...]

On Wednesday January 20, 2010 the Jewish Defence League of Canada will sponsor a Solidarity Rally for Geert Willders. This event will have a LIVE Video Stream hooked up to our web site www.jdl-canada.com which will allow people from all over the world to be part of this important event. Additionally, other community leaders including the Canadian Hindu Advocacy will speak at this event and the live stream will also be available at www.canhindu.com and be viewed by a large global Hindu community.

Read the rest here.

The New York Times – Dutch Lawmaker Fails to Avoid Hate Speech Charges

WorldNetDaily – Dutch lawmaker ordered to ‘hate crime’ trial

Kairos – Unterstutzt Geert Wilders!!!

The Press Association – Wilders challenges ‘hate’ charges

Right Side News – Walking the Plank to a Dhimmi Nation– A U.N. Declaration of Religion?

Mensnewsdaily.com – The Hate Crimes Prosecution Isn’t For Those Who Made The Death Threats

Jihad Watch – Steyn: Dutch court “is explicitly attempting to criminalize the political opinions of a large swath of the Dutch electorate”

Red County – Notice on Geert Wilders at Netherlands Embassy website in Washington

Dodo Can Spell - America is “Last Man Standing” according to Geert Wilders

SWAC Girl – Intolerance and hypocrisy of liberal higher education

Islamization Watch - Dutch court attempting to criminalize the political opinions of a large swath of the Dutch electorate

Tundra Tabloids – DUTCH STATE TRIES TO PRETEND ITS POLITICAL SHOW TRIAL AGAINST GEERT WILDERS ISN’T A POLITICAL SHOW TRIAL…….

Tidsskriftet Sappho – Shrugging off Spinoza:

By Arthur Legger

Any one who still claims that the trial against Geert Wilders MP, leader of the Party for Freedom (9 seats in Parliament and 27 in the polls), which starts on the 20th of January, is not a political process: get a grip. Accused by the Dutch ‘Openbaar Ministerie’ exactly a year ago for insulting Islam, comparing the Koran to Mein Kampf and delivering hate speeches, the coming trial against Wilders suddenly got a Kafkaesque and potentially murderous twist. Finally, seven days before his first day in Court, all fangs were out and faces off.

“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”. Unexpected and breaching court procedures the detailed indictment of 21 pages, which Wilders received on the 4th of December and sums up in verbatim all of his Islam and Koran critique in interviews and Fitna, was amended with new accusations of racism against muslims and Moroccans. On top of this, Paul Vellerman, the public prosecutor of the Amsterdam Court decided that the Wilders trial had to be regarded as “an ordinary trial open for public and with a normal procedure, which doesn’t deserve the Department of Justice’s highly secured bunker. His is a normal case and we’ll treat it as such”.

Read the rest here.

MooseandSquirrel.ca – Solidarity Rally for freedom fighter Geert Wilders

Small Dead Animals – Free Geert Wilders

Blazing Cat Fur - Join us for a Solidarity Rally for Geert Wilders

Mark Steyn, in NRO’s The Corner – The Truth Shall Set You Free (Offer Not Applicable In The Netherlands) 

Conservative Beach Girl – If Geert Wilders were a follower of Islam…

The Iconoclast – Free Geert Wilders: Charges Against Him Widened as Trial Proceeds on January 20th

Free Dominion – FREE GEERT WILDERS – send a message to the Dutch Government

TheNational – Britain joins debate over the burqa

Crusader Rabbit - ‘If Geert Wilders were a follower of Islam’

Liberty And Culture – Fight for Geert Wilders

Diana West – The Wilders Trial and the Future of Freedom:

I cannot overestimate the epochal importance of the court proceeding taking place next Wednesday the 20th in the Netherlands where Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders goes on trial for an array of charges that arises from his courageous and increasingly successful efforts to lead his countrymen against the Islamization of their country and the wider West. A man of political action, Wilders has been targeted not just for his political speech, but for his effectiveness as an advocate of liberty and pluralism, neither of which can survive in societies that are governed by, or in thrall to sharia (Islamic law).

It is not just the repressions and depredations of Islam that Wilders is outspoken about — a subject well-ploughed by certain academics and journalists alike. He is equally if almost singularly outspoken about the political remedies necessary to halt the extension of Islam’s law. Such remedies include stopping Islamic immigration and deporting agents of jihad. These are simple measures any democratic state that wished to repeal Islamization would take. These are simple measures that the Netherlands would take if Geert Wilders and his Party for Freedom, which now rivals the country’s ruling party, ever came to power.

It is a political trial, then, in the worst sense, that we are about to witness. And it is about more than the future of freedom of speech. The trial of Geert Wilders is about the future of freedom.

Read it here.

NewsReal – PC Police Aim To Kill Free Speech In Amsterdam Trial January 20 – Europe Returns To 1633

FrontPage Mag – Victory for Free Speech in Texas

Five Feet Of Fury – Getting the ‘new Jews’ and the ‘new Nazis’ all mixed up again - and ‘The Wilders trial and the future of freedom’

MooseandSquirrel.ca – The future of freedom is on trial

Vlad Tepes – The Wilders trial: Shrugging off Spinoza

The International Free Press Society – The Wilders trial: Torquemada would be proud

Finally, thanks for the link, shiftzone!


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19 01 2010
Feyenoord

Unbelievable. Canadian blood shed and buried in Holland, so the Dutch can prosecute a man for warning his fellow countrymen of an equally totalitarian philosophy.

19 01 2010
walker morrow

Maddening, isn’t it?

28 01 2010
Ian Lind

The situation in Holland makes me shudder. How can a country which has been under Nazi domination and received its freedom by the sacrifice of others be so blind to reality. I fear it is due to the leftist ‘spin’ of your and most other socialist governments that you have been ‘sucked into’ the propaganda these people speak. Geert Wilders is your conscience so listen to him. I don’t believe in banning books. Intelligent people or people of low IQ are not taken in by these things any more. We know Mein Kampf is a ‘croc of shit.’ We know the Bible and Koran and other books were simply written by the primitive physciatrists in the dark ages to help people feel that their miserable lives had some meaning and give them some comfort. We don’t have time to read them now and we are educated. Give your immigrants children time to become educated and they will soon agree. In the meantime slow down your Muslim immigration and expose the radicle mullahs for what fools they are.

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