Today’s Wilders Round-Up

8 02 2009

Gates of Vienna – The Dutch Law Used Against Geert Wilders :

I asked our Flemish correspondent VH if he could locate the specific law that is being used to prosecute Geert Wilders, and he found that the relevant text is contained in the Dutch Penal Code, Articles 137c and 137d.

VH translated both these articles, and sends the following report:

According to Afshin Ellian, the Dutch Law Professor and columnist, the Amsterdam Court orders Geert Wilders to be prosecuted for inciting hatred and discrimination (Penal Code, Article 137d) and the insult of a group (Penal Code, Article 137c).

The web pages with the Penal Code articles Afshin Ellian links to in De Volkskrant contain the following:

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The Dutch Penal Code; Article 137c [Wetboek van Strafrecht (Sr); Artikel 137c | Sr, Boek 2, Titel 5]

1.   He who publicly, verbally or in writing or image, deliberately expresses himself in an way insulting of a group of people because of their race, their religion or belief, or their hetero- or homosexual nature or their physical, mental, or intellectual disabilities, will be punished with a prison sentence of at the most one year or a fine of third category.
2.   If the offence is committed by a person who makes it his profession or habit, or by two or more people in association, a prison sentence of at the most two years or a fine of fourth category will be imposed.

The Dutch Penal Code; Article 137d [Wetboek van Strafrecht (Sr); Artikel 137d | Sr, Boek 2, Titel 5]

1.   He who publicly, verbally or in writing or in an image, incites hatred against or discrimination of people or violent behavior against person or property of people because of their race, their religion or belief, their gender or hetero- or homosexual nature or their physical, mental, or intellectual disabilities, will be punished with a prison sentence of at the most one year or a fine of third category.
2.   If the offense is committed by a person who makes it his profession or habit, or by two or more people in association, a prison sentence of at the most two years or a fine of fourth category will be imposed.

At the request of members of parliament Rouvoet (CHU, Christian Historic Union; Leftist Christian party) and Van der Staaij (SGP, Political Reformed Party; orthodox Christian party) in 1999 and then approved by a majority of the members of Parliament, an insert was added to Article 137 on disabilities. The insert (or their physical, mental, or intellectual disabilities) cannot yet be read in the linked Articles but is in the most recent version (January 2009) here (in Dutch).

The Message Movie – Fitna by Geert Wilders Part 1

Digital Journal – Moroccan dad arrested in Holland for genital mutilation of girl:

The highly sensitive issue of the secret practice of genital mutilation of Muslim women and girls in Dutch society was first raised by the former Dutch MP and Somalian refugee Ayaan Hirshi Ali. And Dutch political life has never been the same since then.

Her public attack on this cruel practice – which she was also forced to undergo herself — not only caused a storm of islamic outrage in the Netherlands, but has also created a political upheaval inside Dutch society.
In her relentless public attacks, the highly-gifted Dutch MP also wrote the script for the Theo van Gogh film “Submission.” see it
here

It aired on Aug. 29, 2004, on the Dutch public broadcasting network and gained Hirsi Ali and director Theo van Gogh instant notoriety among Muslims worldwide. An immediate death-order, a fatwa, was issued for them, as well as for outspoken Dutch libertarian MP Geert Wilders, who wants the Qúran, in its present form, banned, comparing it as being similar in hate-speech content to the Nazi ruler Adolph Hitler’s book, Mein Kampf.

Islam Must Be Stopped – The New Muslim Invasion

The Brussels Journal – Europe’s War on Free Speech

Gates of Vienna – To Invite or Not to Invite:

 An upcoming conference in Denmark on Islam and freedom of expression is of two minds about Geert Wilders. One of the sponsors, the Danish People’s Party, is adamant that Mr. Wilders should be invited to the conference. One of the other parties — the Liberal Alliance — considers the Dutch MP and maker of Fitna to be an “inappropriate” guest for the conference.

After all, what does Geert Wilders have to do with freedom of speech?

Our Flemish correspondent VH has translated a couple of articles about the controversy. First, a report from the PVV website:

Read the rest here.

Diana West – “Be Like Mike: Defend Free Expression”

The Flaming Blog – Crusader Tees! – and Send a Post Card to the Dutch Minister for Justice

Plus, don’t forget to check out the International Free Press Society for some excellent coverage of the Geert Wilders case.

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11 02 2009
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If Geert Wilders falls, then Freedom of speech is dead in Europe. We are launching an extensive International Action SITA including two possible texts ; one comparing Wilders and Winston Churchill and another Wilders and Charlie Chaplin:

http://sitamnesty.wordpress.com/2009/01/23/i-support-democrat-geert-winston-wilders-against-islamic-fascism-and-its-dhimmis (Winston Eng)

http://sitamnesty.wordpress.com/2009/01/23/i-support-democrat-geert-charlie-wilders-against-islamic-fascism (Charlie Eng)

To support Geert Wilders and our dearly acquired freedoms please participate to the 2 suggested actions and transmit this message to your friends owners of a website in order they publish it.

An other way to support Geert Wilders is to give some money. To donate: http://www.geertwilders.nl

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