Freedom versus Islam 2

Today an heroic defender of freedom, Geert Wilders, goes on trial in the Netherlands for ‘hate-speech’.

It is Europe that will be on trial.

At the International Press Society a symposium discusses the trial and the issues it raises. Here are some extracts. The statements deserve to be read in full.

Bat Ye’or:

The Free World is watching and listening. …History will record that Wilder’s trial will either condemn freedom of speech, or support this most precious right of Mankind against intellectual terror and cultural totalitarianism.

Clare M. Lopez:

When Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders goes on trial this week in the Netherlands, he will stand alone before a Dutch court. But make no mistake: it is the very principle of free speech which hangs in the balance there. Brought up on charges of inciting hatred, Wilders is one of the few leaders anywhere in the Western world who dares to denounce a supremacist Islamic doctrine that commands its faithful to jihad and terror against non-believers. …  Geert Wilders is Everyman—every man and woman who believes in the freedom to speak one’s mind, to express truth as he sees it without fear of repression or prosecution.

Daniel Pipes:

Who is the most important European alive today? I nominate the Dutch politician Geert Wilders. I do so because he is best placed to deal with the Islamic challenge facing the continent. He has the potential to emerge as a world-historical figure.

Wilders today represents all those Westerners who cherish their civilization. The outcome of his trial has implications for us all.

David B. Harris

Wilders is an international voice of resistance against the supremacist, totalitarian impulses, demands and incursions of radical Islam – “Islamism”.

David Yerushalmi:

The case demonstrates in classic terms the convergence between the Left and tyranny … Western Elites in the guise of Progressive governance seek to destroy their own national existence and to impose an iron-fisted control over thought and speech.

Diana West

I cannot overestimate the epochal importance of the court proceeding taking place next Wednesday the 20th in the Netherlands where Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders goes on trial for an array of charges that arises from his courageous and increasingly successful efforts to lead his countrymen against the Islamization of their country and the wider West. … It is a political trial, then, in the worst sense, that we are about to witness. And it is about more than the future of freedom of speech. The trial of Geert Wilders is about the future of freedom.

Mark Steyn

Behind this disgraceful prosecution lies a simple truth that the Dutch establishment cannot tell its people – that, unless something changes, their nation will become more and more Muslim and, very soon, slip past the point of no return. …  In fact, all they are doing is hastening the rate at which their society will be delivered into the hands of the avowedly intolerant and unicultural. In its death throes, Eutopia has decided to smash the lights of liberty.

  • mrdavidkolds

    What I find amazing is in the name of multiculturalism and tolerance, political correctness on the left is supporting the most intolerant, bigoted, legalistic, misogynistic, controlling, violent “religion” in history. They even hate dogs! What? Liberals defend animal rights and love dogs anymore? In the United States liberals have been ranting about the Christian Right for years, accusing them of promoting a theocracy and imposing Christian values on everyone. Along comes a religion that is everything they claim Christianity is, only LOTS worse, and they defend them!
    Only a few years ago freedom of speech was “correct”. Anyone objecting to things like pornography calling itself art or “artists” pissing on the Christian cross, were looked down upon as backward and narrow minded.
    I’m convinced that if our liberal elite decided that eating apples was “incorrect”, liberals everywhere would be ranting and calling anyone who ate apples a backward and despicable. If you asked them why apples are so bad, they would only bluster and spit and continue to berate apple eaters as the lowest of all men. I think many people, without minds of their own, have their self images so tied up in being “liberal” they must follow wherever they are led or face their cognitive dissonance and lose their identity.

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