In Holland, Wilders Trial for 'Hate Speech' Nears Its End
European anti-discrimination laws were put in place after World War II in order to protect what was left of the Jewish communities, and to ensure something like the Holocaust could never happen there again. So how ironic is it, then, that the Muslim "migrants" have make skillful use of them in order to render the native populations helpless in the face of the Islamic onslaught. Nowadays, standing up for your own culture is considered "hate," but in Holland one brave man has had enough:
Populist Dutch MP Geert Wilders remained unapologetic as his hate speech trial drew to a close on Wednesday, saying "millions of Dutch citizens will be convicted with me" if he is found guilty. Wilders, 53, who had previously shunned hearings held at a high-security courthouse near Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, addressed a three-judge bench at the end of the three-week trial which will formally be closed on Friday.
"I am not a racist and my voters are neither. They are people who want their country back and who are sick and tired of not being listened to," said Wilders, dressed in a dark blue suit and with his trademark peroxide hairdo.
"If you convict me, you will convict half of The Netherlands," said Wilders, who added: "Many Dutch will then lose the last bit of trust in the rule of law." The firebrand far-right politician faces charges of insulting a racial group and inciting racial hatred after comments he made about Moroccans living in the Netherlands.
If there's one thing the Marxist Left hates, it's free speech, and even the relatively free western European countries don't enjoy the American protections of the First Amendment. But the various European constitutions -- and the EU itself -- were not designed to combat the slow, silent invasion from North Africa, the Levant, and the Middle East, and have found it well-nigh impossible even to identify the problem, much less deal with it.
Set for a verdict on December 9, the trial focuses in part on a comment made at a March 2014 local government election rally, when Wilders asked supporters whether they wanted "fewer or more Moroccans in your city and in the Netherlands". When the crowd shouted back "Fewer! Fewer!" a smiling Wilders answered: "We're going to organise that."
The Netherlands will hold general elections in March and Wilders's far-right Freedom Party (PVV) is riding high in various polls, a close second or even ahead of the ruling Liberal VVD party.
His 2014 statements were met with outrage, including from the small but vocal Dutch Muslim community. An avalanche of 6,400 complaints to police followed. But Wilders accused prosecutors -- whom he referred to as government "puppets" -- and opposition politicians of directing a "political process" against him. "The court is being abused to settle a political score," Wilders told the judges.
The prosecution has argued that the higher good of anti-discrimination outweighs freedom of speech -- something the American Left would heartily agree with. Think about that as you enjoy your Thanksgiving turkey.