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Caroline Glick in the Jewish World Review – Defending freedom’s defenders
NIS News Bulletin – Wilders surges in poll after prosecution order
Angus Reid Global Monitor – Dutch Christian Democrats hold on to lead
North Star Writers Group – Orwell lives in Geert Wilders Free Speech case:
A controversial Dutch parliamentarian faces trial for violating hate speech laws in a case that presents a huge new threat to Western norms of free speech, free debate and critical inquiry.
On January 21, the Amsterdam Court of Appeals ordered the criminal prosecution of Geert Wilders, who produced the 2008 film Fitna which argues that the Koran provides the ideological fodder for Islamic terror.
At issue are the film and assorted remarks of Wilders, leader of the right-wing Freedom Party who already receives police protection due to threats on his life from Islamic forces.
Wilders has referred to “fascist Islam,” called the Koran the “Islamic Mein Kampf,” and described Muslim immigrants as “Muslim colonists” who seek “to subjugate us.” Fitna juxtaposes Koranic verses against images of terror.
The criminal case has received scant attention in the United States over the last week for at least two reasons.
First, the court issued its ruling a day after Barack Obama’s inauguration, with Americans consumed with pride over the nation’s social progress while consumed with worry over the economy.
Second, and more troubling, informed Americans and the media have downplayed the threat that radical Islamic forces are mounting, from both outside and inside Western societies, to basic freedoms that, the radicals say, violate their interpretation of Islamic doctrine.
Make no mistake, this is no obscure criminal matter. It is a case about big issues: What is free speech? Should a democratic society seek to balance it against efforts to protect racial, ethnic or religious groups from insult? Do hate speech laws prevent an honest assessment of threats to democratic society?
Liberalguy – I’m Geert Wilders!
Europe News – Nonsense reports used as pinch bar against PPV
The Official Blog of Albert and Ingrid Howard Political Strategic Affairs – Geert Wilders interview, part one
Islamist Watch – War on anti-Islamist speech heats up
Jihad Watch – Spencer on Wilders: Jailed for an Insult?
Human Events – Robert Spencer: Jailed for an Insult?:
“The insult of Islamic worshippers”? The very idea of trying someone for insulting someone else is absurd, and unmasks the Dutch initiative as an attempt by the nation’s political elites to silence one of their most formidable critics. The one who judges what is an actionable insult and what isn’t is the one who has the power to control the discourse — and that’s what the prosecution of Wilders is all about. If insulting someone is a crime, can those who are insulted by hate speech laws bring suit against their framers?
The action against Wilders is taking place against the backdrop of the 57-government Organization of the Islamic Conference’s efforts at the United Nations to silence speech that they deem critical of Islam — including “defamation of Islam” that goes under the “pretext” of “freedom of expression, counter terrorism or national security.”
If they succeed in doing this, Europeans and Americans will be rendered mute, and thus defenseless, in the face of the advancing jihad and attempt to impose Sharia on the West — in fact, one of the key elements of the laws for dhimmis, non-Muslims subjugated under Islamic rule, is that they are never critical of Islam, Muhammad, or the Qur’an. Thus this initiative not only aids the advance of Sharia in the West, but is itself an element of that advance.
The Brussels Journal – Hate Crimes: The Importance of Lady Justice’s Blindfold
Gates of Vienna – Charlie, Winston, and Geert
Atlas Shrugs – Free speech or…?
The Hudson Institute – Nina Shea: “Insulting Islam”: one way street in the wrong direction:
Amsterdam’s Court of Appeals has decided to take up the hate speech case against Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders for his provocative 15-minute film Fitna, which calls on Muslims to reject the Quran, comparing it to Hitler’s Mein Kampf. “The court considers this so insulting for Muslims that it is in the public interest to prosecute Wilders,” a summary of the court’s January 21 decision said.
The court no doubt was moved to overturn the prosecutor’s dismissal of the case out of the desire to placate irate Muslims, including foreign Muslim governments. Beginning with Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses and accelerating with the Danish cartoons, the Muslim world has pressured the West to enforce Islamic blasphemy rules- which this prosecution of “hate speech” against the Quran unmistakably is – against certain private expression within its borders.
This, of course, is a one-way street. There is no serious movement within the Muslim world to improve civil discourse by it against Jews, Christians, Baha’is, Hindus or others. Some individual Muslims who have tried — such as Saudi journalist Mansur al-Nuqaydan, who proposed “reconciling” Islam with the world, and Saudi schoolteacher Mohammed al-Harbi, who taught Jews are “nice” — have themselves been judged and punished for blasphemy. In recent weeks, even while demands grew to punish Wilders under hate speech laws, Muslim demonstrators in European capitals freely chanted, “Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas.” Insulting and even inciting violence against the religious “other” is sponsored by the state itself in some Muslim countries: Iran’s government held a cartoon exhibit mocking the Holocaust; Saudi Ministry of Education textbooks describe Jews and Christians as “apes” and “pigs” and call for Muslims to rise up and kill Jews; the state media of Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, all promote the fabricated anti-Semitic Protocols of the Elders of Zion as historical fact.
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City Journal – Submission in the Netherlands