Wilders wins, but … 6

Geert Wilders has scored a victory for freedom. He has been acquitted of “inciting hatred”.

We agree with Mark Steyn’s comments:

The court ruled that some of Wilders’ statements were insulting, shocking and on the edge of legal acceptibility, but that they were made in the broad context of a political and social debate on the multi-cultural society.

“On the edge of legal acceptability,” eh? As for the latter part — “the broad context of a political and social debate” — the genius “jurists” are effectively conceding … that the Dutch state was attempting to criminalize the political platform of a popular opposition party. That’s the sort of thing free societies should leave to Mubarak & Co, and even then, you can only get away with it for a while before people draw the obvious conclusion.

Nevertheless, as in all these cases, the process is the punishment. The intent is to make it more and more difficult for apostates of the multiculti state to broaden the terms of political discourse. Very few Europeans would have had the stomach to go through what Wilders did

And at the end the awkward fact remains: Geert Wilders lives under 24-hour armed guard because of explicit death threats made against him by the killer of Theo van Gogh and by other Muslims. Yet he’s the one who gets puts on trial.

That’s the Netherlands, 2011. Shameful. As for the Islamic imperialists, they’re taking their case to the logical venue [the United Nations Human Rights Committee], arguing the ruling meant the Netherlands had failed to protect ethnic minorities from discrimination.

Meanwhile Muslims everywhere in Europe (and all over the world) continue to do their utmost to incite hatred of non-Muslims, especially Chritsians and Jews, as they have done for some 14 hundred years.

However, there does seem to be a turning of the tide in European public opinion on “multiculturalism”, which is to say Islam in Europe.

Reuters reports:

Opposition to immigration, particularly from Muslim or predominantly Muslim countries, is on the rise. …

Wilders, 47, is one of the most outspoken critics of Islam and immigration in the Netherlands.

His Freedom Party is now the third-largest in parliament, a measure of support for its anti-immigrant stance, and is the minority government’s chief ally. …

Wilders told reporters after the ruling. “This is not so much a win for myself, but a victory for freedom of speech. Fortunately you can criticize Islam and not be gagged in public debate.”

The ruling could embolden Wilders further. He has already won concessions from the government on cutting immigration and introducing a ban on Muslim face veils and burqas. …

Some Dutch citizens have started to question their country’s traditionally generous immigration and aid policies, worried by the deteriorating economic climate, higher unemployment, incidence of ethnic crime and signs that Muslim immigrants have not fully integrated into Dutch society.

Similar concerns have helped far-right parties to gain traction elsewhere in Europe, from France to Scandinavia.

And there is also this report at Hudson New York:

The Dutch government says it will abandon the long-standing model of multiculturalism that has encouraged Muslim immigrants to create a parallel society within the Netherlands.

A new integration bill (covering letter and 15-page action plan), which Dutch Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner presented to parliament on June 16, reads: “The government shares the social dissatisfaction over the multicultural society model and plans to shift priority to the values of the Dutch people. In the new integration system, the values of the Dutch society play a central role. With this change, the government steps away from the model of a multicultural society.”

Why has it taken them several decades to wake up?

Immigrants will be required to learn the Dutch language, and the government will take a tougher approach to immigrants to ignore Dutch values or disobey Dutch law.

They had actually been bribing Muslims to immigrate into Holland, and only now see what was wrong with the policy:

The government will also stop offering special subsidies for Muslim immigrants because, according to Donner, “it is not the government’s job to integrate immigrants.” The government will introduce new legislation that outlaws forced marriages and … will impose a ban on face-covering Islamic burqas as of January 1, 2013.

If necessary, the government will introduce extra measures to allow the removal of residence permits from immigrants who fail their integration course.

The measures are being imposed by the new center-right government of Conservatives (VVD) and Christian Democrats (CDA), with parliamentary support from the anti-Islam Freedom Party (PVV)

That’s the one Geert Wilders leads.

Polls show that a majority of Dutch voters support the government’s skepticism about multiculturalism. According to a Maurice de Hond poll published by the center-right newspaper Trouw on June 19, 74 percent of Dutch voters say immigrants should conform to Dutch values. Moreover, 83 percent of those polled support a ban on burqas in public spaces. …

The Interior Minister’s change of mind is perhaps the visible sign of a deep-sea change in the minds of the Dutch people and maybe of Europeans generally:

Interior Minister Donner… has undergone a late-in-life conversion on the issue of Muslim immigration. In September 2006, while serving as justice minister, Donner provoked an outcry after saying that he welcomed the introduction of Islamic Sharia law in the Netherlands if the majority wants it. He also said Holland should give Muslims more freedoms to behave according to their traditions.

Fast forward to 2011 and Donner now says his government “will distance itself from the relativism contained in the model of a multicultural society.” Although society changes, he says, it must not be “interchangeable with any other form of society.”

Meaning, Holland cannot be allowed to become an Islamic country.

The trouble is, try as he might, and try as all the leaders of Europe might, they cannot command the demographic tide to retreat. Unless something unpredictable happens to stop it, a Muslim majority will emerge in Europe before the middle of the century.

  • Les.w(UK)

    Here in the U.K. muslims comprise around 2-3% of the population. In Holland and France they are around 10% – a long way short of a majority, especially as their birth rates are dropping towards that of the indigenous populations, and immigration rates are also dropping. The  more they ramp up their demands, the more people are resisting.
    Last year Geert Wilders gave a presentation of his film ‘Fitna’ to Parliament here in London. Next week I’m going to a debate on sharia law, organised by the National Secular Society and One Law for All (an anti-sharia/muslim group), in Parliament. This is because a parliamentary bill has been tabled in the House of Lords aimed at curbing sharia law here. Recently the U.K. government issued a position paper which stated that they now recognise that Islamism is motivated by ideology, and not by the usual, politically correct reasons. This is a big step foreward. But there is still a long way to go in the fight against the demands of an oppressive, regressive ideology. Nevertheless, modern, free, Western culture dominates  the world today for a reason, and will continue to so do, despite the threat  from Islam and others. The Gates of Vienna withstood the muslim hords of the Ottoman empire in 1683, and (despite some cracks) remain firmly shut… while the Ottoman empire is no more.

    • George

      I sure hope you are right in the long run Les.  I truly do.   I actually hope that I am wrong about my grim outlook on things—- I really mean that.    I only wish people over here had the guts to stand up and speak up.    I look at the Middle  East and especially Africa and the situation is in shambles.  I see actual video news footage of thousands of Muslims praying in the streets and blocking traffic in Europe and the police won’t even go into the areas . This isn’t from any bias media but from the citizens themseslves.   I have to go by what you say because you live over there but things look very bleak.  Both Europe and America let the Muslims into our countries and then they want to transform the nations into sharia law societies. 
                              I have been watching lengthy video footage of what is going on over there and I want to be open minded and think there may be things we are not being made aware of here ——I’m not sure because I’m not over there.    I really hope you’re right Les————————   I really do.  We’ll see.   Time will tell.

  • George

    You’re right Frank. The Muslims are spreading like wildfire around the world  and they have large families while Americans, Europeans, Africans, and Asians  are having less and less children.  Modern  so-called liberal left-wing  “progressives” ( aka- regressives )  are more concerned with wild pleasure and no family commitment  . The Muslims will eventually be the majority population in the various countries and then they will vote themselves into key  political positions and then they will change the various constitutions of these nations to abide by sharia law ONLY  and then they will be in full power and control  and the the original cultures , societies and freedoms will be gone for good.  It’s a worldwide movement to Islamasize the world  and they are doing it incrementally one step at a time and people are falling for it .
                          Ultra- tollerance could very well destroy us.  They will never reciprocate but only want to dominate. The Saudis would not let American troops bring their Bibles into their country during the Guilf  War even though American troops were over there fighting for their interests and security , yet when they (Saudis ) came to America , they demanded that they be allowed to bring their  Qurans  and our stupid government always caved in to them. Churchs are not being allowed to be built in Egypt , but the Muslim Egyptians come over here and demand to be allowed to build mosques.   Where are the demonstrations from the  American citizens and the European citizens ?  Where is the public outcry ?  They get away with this double-standard and hypocrisy because we ( or rather THEY ) allow it.  
                       The Muslims will never integrate . They smell weakness and they have become emboldened and they are “on a roll”.  Our modern societies, modern technology , freedoms , justice, equality , fairness, tollerance,  right to indepenent thinking , high standard of living and rights will be NO MORE  and world society will return back to the ancient times of the 7th century with barbaric and murderous behavior that rules world society.
                    I read an article that stated that Muslim women in these Muslim societies are committing suicide at an alarming rate because they would rather be dead than to live under such slavery , torture , suffering, mistreatment and injustice.  These throwbacks are very patient and they have a global plan for world dominance.  They are now using “‘stealth”  tactics known as taqiiya to deceive us and pretend they only want fairness and understanding.  It’s a global trick and deception but people are so gullible and naive.
                       I believe in being optimistic , but I also believe in being a realist and facing what’s evident and obvious.  If things don’t change drastically —-IT’S OVER and they know it.  They don’t see any resistance and so they continue with their movement even more bolder.     It’s gonna get nasty around the world as more and more people become increasingly fed up and we could very well end up in a global WWW III   religious war. People are still acting so complacent and have buried their proverbial “heads in the sand ” while the handwriting is on the wall. I’m convinced that it’s not so much as a matter of  IF but a matter of  WHEN.    So far things have simply been prolonged and delayed.   We are living in dangerous times and as you stated —it’s just a matter of time.

  • Frank

    As I put it to someone from Europe a couple of years ago:
    “First they will out-breed you and then they will out-vote you. So get ready to say good-bye to your culture.”

    Unless European countries use some very effective measures to force Muslims to fully integrate into their cultures that is exactly what is going to happen. It’s only a matter of time.

  • Ben

    Thanks,Muslims have helped to descredite the multi-sm.But problems of Blacks,Latinos remain and prohibitions alone won`t decide the problems

  • George

    Fantastic !     Perhaps we can get Geert Wilders and Brigette Gabriel to get the American political system back on track  and maybe start a pro-American Political Party here in the USA   .     Way to go Geert !