European Free Speech Under Attack

26 02 2011

By Geert Wilders, in the Wall Street Journal:

“The lights are going out all over Europe,” British Foreign Secretary Edward Grey famously remarked on the eve of World War I. I am reminded of those words whenever I read about Europeans being dragged into court for so-called hate-speech crimes.

Recently, Danish journalist Lars Hedegaard, president of the International Free Press Society, had to stand trial in Copenhagen because he had criticized Islam. Mr. Hedegaard was acquitted, but only on the technicality that he had not known that his words, expressed in a private conversation, were being taped. Last week in Vienna, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, an Austrian human-rights activist, was fined €480 for calling the Islamic prophet Muhammad a pedophile because he had consummated his marriage to a nine-year old girl. Meanwhile, my own trial in Amsterdam is dragging on, consuming valuable time that I would rather spend in parliament representing my million-and-a-half voters.

How can all this be possible in supposedly liberal Europe? The Dutch penal code states that anyone who either “publicly, verbally or in writing or image, deliberately expresses himself in any way that incites hatred against a group or people” or “in any way that insults a group of people because of their race, their religion or belief, their hetero- or homosexual inclination or their physical, psychological or mental handicap, will be punished.”

Early in 2008, a number of leftist and Islamic organizations took me to court, claiming that by expressing my views on Islam I had deliberately “insulted” and “incited hatred” against Muslims. I argued then, as I will again in my forthcoming book, that Islam is primarily a totalitarian ideology aiming for world domination.

Last October, my former colleague in the Dutch parliament, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, wrote in these pages of the way in which Islamic organizations abuse our freedoms in order to limit them. “There are,” she wrote, “the efforts of countries in the Organization of the Islamic Conference to silence the European debate about Islam,” citing their strategy “to pressure international organizations and the European Union to adopt resolutions to punish anyone who engages in ‘hate speech’ against religion. The bill used to prosecute Mr. Wilders is the national version of what OIC diplomats peddle at the U.N. and EU.”

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13 responses

26 02 2011
Tony Ryals

Since when has Geert Wilders or the winnuts running this hypocritical site been concerned about free speech ?

26 02 2011
John

Geert Wilders is correct that criticism of Islam should not be criminalized. Of course, if Geert Wilders ever came to power and banned the Koran, as he has expressed his intention of doing, he would be a far, far greater threat to freedom of speech than the anti-hate speech laws currently on the books. Anyone who thinks Wilders is a true advocate for free speech is a hypocrit and an idiot.

26 02 2011
Ingrid, Worldwide Infidel Alliance

You assinine idiots. Aren’t you ashamed of your anencephalic pathetic so-called ‘thought’ proceses?

Who are the ‘threats to freedom’ RIGHT NOW, ALL OVER THE WORLD?

MUSLIMS. Tyranny. It also comes in non-Muslim forms, such as lying leaders such as we’ve ‘elected’. But no one with a brain can deny that ISLAM IS TYRANNY to all people of this world, NOW, and HAS ALWAYS BEEN.

You are a couple of assholes. Geert is a real man. He is true and fair and brave.

26 02 2011
Ingrid, Worldwide Infidel Alliance

Muslims kill their own people. Muslims kill infidels. Muslims rape their own wives and buy other people’s children to rape. Afghan police rape little boys and big boys. Mohammed raped the revered AISHA, who is looked upon as almost a goddess by Muslims. do they like the fact that he raped her?

You are not mentioning the genocide happening now, and which happens always by – again – Muslims.

Who else is committing these gruesome acts, other than Satanists?

26 02 2011
Ingrid, Worldwide Infidel Alliance

Cutting off heads, slicing off genitals, hands, feet, every day, day in, day out.

No one but Satanists and Muslims.

26 02 2011
Ingrid, Worldwide Infidel Alliance

Tony, we are not only interested in being able to speak the truth, but to be able to speak it AND LIVE.

26 02 2011
John

Yes Ingrid… blah blah blah, you hate Muslims, blah blah blah. We get it. However, people with brains and the ability for rationale thought can understand that banning a major world religion is not in line with the principle of freedom of speech. If you look real hard through the veil of mindless hate that surrounds you wherever you go, you may be able to see that as well.

27 02 2011
Ingrid, Worldwide Infidel Alliance

LIE, LIE AND LIE SOME MORE: that ‘… banning a major world religion (WHICH DOCTRINES OF BRUTALITY, DECEPTION, SADISM, MURDER, RAPE AND THEFT ARE ITS UNDERPINNINGS, NOT TO EVEN MENTION GENOCIDE OF ALL THE REST OF THE WORLD’S PEOPLE) is not in line with the principle of freedom of speech’????

In Islam, Insanity rules. Because to be sane is to reject it, therefore death sentence.

It’s a strange and weird thing that anyone NOT MUSLIM would support such brutality. Yet, it happens. The insanity of Islamic tyranny is contagious.

27 02 2011
Ingrid

Gaddafi the Hateful Sadistic Powermonger like Mohammed has said he is opening up the armories to arm his supporters to make a more bloody war on the disatisfied ones. (over 1000 so far) Unless there is a miracle and Qadaffi’s supporters don’t shoot/bomb the people, there will be more bloodshed. Just think: if Islam did not exist, how much bloodshed and suffering hell on earth would never have happened, and would NOT BE HAPPENING NOW – TODAY RIGHT NOW.

Democracy cannot exist with Islam.
My heart is aching for the Egyptians and Libyans, Yemenis and everyone who wants democracy and freedom of speech, safety and humanity.

But they cannot escape ongoing terror and tyranny until they erradicate the real source of their misery – ISLAM.

Yah help you to do that.

27 02 2011
Max a proud infidel

I cannot see how democracy is compatible with islam. Also I would not be to carried away by what is happening in the Middle East. It may turn out to a case of theocracy replacing autocracy. We have to just wait and see. Sure there are just a handful of extremists in the West. But they can inflict enormous amount of damage (9/11, 7/7, 26/11). It takes only a single suicide bomber to devastate a community, an institution or a country. There is no guarantee that this will not happen again and again. Think of all of the resources tied up to deal with this type of assymtrical warfare! Some of those doing the damage are second or even third generation muslims. They are decendants of the early immigrants who were given shelter, financial and other support on arrival. How do you educate this immigrant community, that to make a change in government policies, they can do it through the ballot box. No one can deny that the mosque is their spiritual centre and also the toxic tinderbox. No other religion does it to such an extent. Besides, democracies believe in freedom of speech and expression. The churches and christianity are always a target yet no one gives a toss. Enter Geert Wilders, people may not always agree with him, but his message resonates loud and clear, that something has to done about to save democracy. If some people find the thought of doing unpalatable things to save democracy, so be it.

1 03 2011
John

“Besides, democracies believe in freedom of speech and expression.” This isn;t necesarily true Max. For instance, you despise freedom of speech and expression and are joining people like Wilders in seeking it’s destruction. I cannot see how democracy is compatible with you, Max.

1 03 2011
Ingrid

Right Max, don’t you get that convoluted craziness yet? Wilders, in using his freedom of speech, peaceful, democratic and logical, factual and sensible, is being denied his freedom of safety, the “Peaceful Ones” try daily to reach through his defensive bodyguards to DESTROY HIM FOR IT. Who is falling for this crap above, nobody, give it up already. Even the Muslims see the Canadian above for the vile crazed so-called ‘man’ that he is, and they will not hesitate to try to destroy him by machete just like all the other non-Muslims, they will only be laughing harder as they slit his throat.

1 03 2011
Ingrid

Such a shame.

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