Gert Wilders acquitted of all hate charges. Hurray.
In a great victory for decency and sanity, the Court of Amsterdam has acquitted Geert Wilders of all charges.
“I am delighted with this ruling. It is a victory, not only for me but for all the Dutch people. Today is a victory for freedom of speech. The Dutch are still allowed to speak critically about islam, and resistance against islamisation is not a crime. I have spoken, I speak and I shall continue to speak.”
Pamela Geller lists these as the charges against Wilders:
- Intentionally offending Muslims
- Inciting hatred against Muslims
- Inciting discrimination against Muslims
- Inciting hatred of non-western immigrants
On each, he was acquitted. It is a great victory for common sense, and a decisive defeat for the Islamic supremacist forces that have been trying to destroy the freedom of speech and compel dhimmi Western governments to label the truth about Islam and jihad as “hate speech.” But we are not out of the woods yet. The forces that were responsible for the persecution and prosecution of Wilders will not give up, and will pursue similar charges against others. We may only hope that this verdict will set a strong precedent that will make it even less likely that they will succeed in the future. Nonetheless, we will not be completely clear of this kind of Stalinist show trial until “hate speech” laws are definitively rejected as the tools of tyranny that they manifestly are.