Menace in mad march of the thought police

24 02 2010

By Janet Albrechtsen, via The Australian:

THE dark spectre of illiberalism is slowly poisoning Western liberal democracies. You won’t hear about it from much of the left-liberal press. It is part of the problem and its silence only confirms that basic liberties integral to Western liberal democracies are under threat. That is why you may not have heard about the trial of Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who is being prosecuted under hate laws in The Netherlands for his opinions about Islam. Agree or disagree with Wilders, this is the thundering march of the thought police. And don’t for a moment imagine that Australia is immune from this menace to democracy. In a trial that began last month, Wilders is being prosecuted for offending a “group of people”, for incitement and discrimination against Muslims. The summons describes scenes from his film Fitna as reason enough to put the leader of the Freedom Party in prison for up to two years.

In a sign of how twisted our Western antennae have become, the violence incited by Fitna is not against Muslims. Instead the film shows footage of Muslims preaching violence against the West. Yet Wilders is on trial for his opinions.

That said, Wilders does have harsh things to say about Islam. He likens the Koran to Hitler’s Mein Kampf and wants it banned. No doubt this is hurtful to Muslims. No doubt this offends them. It may even be hateful. But in June 2009 Dutch prosecutors declined to act against Wilders because “freedom of expression fulfils an essential role in public debate in a democratic society. That means offensive comments can be made in a political debate.”

Flexing its activist arm, the Dutch appeals court decided to prosecute Wilders anyway. Make no mistake. This is a political trial.

Read the rest here.




One response

26 02 2010
Helga Schimmel

I have watched the Geert Wilders reports for a while and sincerely pray that he will be protected from harm.
It is high time somebody spoke the truth about what the West is facing with Islam. It seems like a sort of Hitler ideology all over again: Everyone was busy making a living, too busy to read “My Kampf” and learn the truth, and then it was too late.
When are people going to wake up, do they really think we can build a church in Saudi Arabia?
May Geert Wilders voice become strong!
From Canada,
Helga Schimmel.

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