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Criminalizing Criticism of Islam

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For the crime of "insulting Islam", Geert Wilders (pictured left) will go on trial in Amsterdam next month, exactly one year after the inauguration of President Barack Hussein Obama. 

As most readers know by now, Mr. Wilders is being prosecuted for making statements that are factually true, and for voicing opinions about Islam which are unremarkable by the standards of this blog, and which are based on the observable behavior of violent and intolerant Muslims all over the world.

The trial is a judicial farce, a shameless attempt to put an end to the political career of Geert Wilders. He is inconveniently popular with the voters of the Netherlands, so the elite governing class has decided to run him out of office by non-electoral means.

Our Flemish correspondent VH has translated a couple of articles about the upcoming trial. First, from the PVV website, news of a demonstration planned for the day the trial begins:

January 20: Demonstration for freedom of expression

Demonstrate against the political process used against Geert Wilders

January 20, 2010 will be a crucial day in the defense of our freedom. That day the political process against Geert Wilders will begin. Commissioned by the Amsterdam Court, the Public Ministry has summoned Geert Wilders. The indictment reads: Insulting Muslims as a group, inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims because of their religion, and inciting hatred and discrimination against non-western immigrants and/or Moroccans because of their race. This even though the earlier prosecutor saw no cause in the evidence for the prosecution to proceed.

Are you also against the political process against Geert Wilders, and do you want to defend freedom of expression? Come to Amsterdam to demonstrate! On January 20 at 9:00 in the District Court in Amsterdam.

Geert Wilders: "On January 20 a political court case will begin. I am being persecuted for my political convictions. Freedom of expression is balancing on the edge of a cliff. If a politician can not criticize an ideology any longer, there is no end to it, that will mean the end of our freedom. But I will remain combative: I am convinced that I will be acquitted ".

Date and Location with Map,

Date:

Wednesday January 20 next, starting 09:00

Location:

Rechtbank Amsterdam [Amsterdam Court]
Parnassusweg 220 [map]
Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Directions from Amsterdam CS (train station):

  • Take tram number 5 or metro number 51 to "Station Zuid/WTC" (South/World Trade Center).
  • From Station Zuid/WTC:
  • Follow the footpath (the WTC building is to your right hand side).
  • Walk through the pedestrian/bicycle tunnel and then turn left
  • Continue straight ahead and walk though the next pedestrian/bicycle tunnel
  • You then are in front of the Court building

 

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