Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Geert Wilders To Stand Trial Over Anti-Jihad Film

The Amsterdam appellate court has ruled that Dutch MP Geert Wilders must stand trial for 'anti-Islam comments' in his film "Fitna".

The court overruled the public prosecutor who had declined to prosecute Wilders, whose film "Fitna" urged Muslims to tear out "hate-filled" verses from the Koran.

"The Amsterdam appeals court has ordered the prosecution of member of parliament Geert Wilders for inciting hatred and discrimination, based on comments by him in various media on Muslims and their beliefs," the court said in a statement.

"The court also considers appropriate criminal prosecution for insulting Muslim worshippers because of comparisons between Islam and Nazism made by Wilders," the statement said. {...}

"This is a very black day for me and for freedom of speech. I am shaken. I had absolutely not expected it," Dutch news agency ANP quoted Wilders as saying in an initial reaction.

Geert Wilders has a long history of fighting against what he calls the Islamization of the Netherlands. He's been the recipient of numerous death threats courtesy of the Religion of Peace because of it,which means he's had to live under 24 hour guard.Yet, with all that Wilders refused to be intimidated which has made him one of the most popular politicians on the Right in the Netherlands. This March, he released a short but explosive film called Fitna, ( which I recommend you watch) which seeks to show the connection between Islamic terrorism and the Qu'ran. The film pairs graphic footage of Islamic terrorism – including the 9/11 attacks, the Madrid train bombings, and the beheading of American contractor Nicholas Berg – with Koranic verses and clips of Islamic clerics preaching the murder of non-Muslims.

While the film has its rough points, the reaction to it proved Wilders' point beyond a doubt. When the film came out, it was released on the Internet by Liveleak, who quickly pulled it citing what they called “threats to our staff of a very serious nature.” The film was denounced by Islamists and their useful idiots throughout the world, with imams in the Middle East threatening slaughter if it ever saw the light of day. Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen, urged Wilders to give in to Islamist demands and destroy the film, warning that it could “endanger the lives of Dutch nationals” abroad, while UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon bowed to the UN's Muslim bloc and called it “offensively anti-Islamic.”

What's absolutely astounding about all this is that Wilders received support for "Fitna" from a very unusual source, Libyan-based jihadist Imam Omar Bakri. According to Bakri,not only was the film not offensive but as Bakri explained, the linkage of the Qu'ran with violent jihad against the infidel was entirely accurate.

There's a back story to Wilders' legal prosecution of course. Because of his popularity and the fact that many of the Dutch are increasingly starting to agree with Wilders, he's a major target of the Dutch Left which increasingly depends on Muslim votes in the elections. Wilder is particularly hated by Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende and Minister of Justice Hirsh Ballin.

What seems to have happened is that an MP of the PvdA (Labour) party Els Lucas originally sought to have the public prosecutor charge Wilders.When he declined, Lucas brought the case to the much more liberal Amsterdam appellate court...which agreed to prosecute Wilders, thus forcing the public prosecutor's hand. So there's a good chance that Balkenende and Ballin has an unseen hand in the sudden reversal. it benefits them politically since Wilders' party will now have to spend enormous sums on legal fees instead of politics and campaigning.

Apparently this is an attempt to run Geert Wilders out of the Netherlands, the same way Ayaan Hirss Ali was hounded out of the country.

On a larger scale,this represents a precedent that will be eagerly seized on in the EU by the Islamists and their allies on the Left in shutting down free speech.

As a point of interest, Dutch imam Ahmad Salam is a Syrian immigrant who is well known in the Netherlands for preaching sermons urging Muslim men to beat their wives, telling his followers not to pay their taxes in order to “damage the state and calling for the destruction of Israel and the Jews.

He still lives and preaches in the Netherlands. And nobody is prosecuting him for anything.


Anonymous said...

Please sign the ocmpetition to cancel prosecution against Geert Wilders.

Anonymous said...

Brigitte Bardot is the canary in the coal mine ! ( I've ALWAYS wanted to say that ! ) During the past dozen years, she has been convicted & fined 5 times. What were her supposed crimes ? She dared to criticise the current Mohammetanisation of France. She has complained re the method utilised for sacrificing animals in certain Mohamettan sacrifice ceremonies. She has complained re the multiplying number of Mohammetan temples in France. She has complained re the unwillingness of many Mohammetans to adapt to France & her culture. She has said that many Mohammetans wish to impose their laws & customs on France & her population. She was fined for writing that 'Moslems are ruining France by imposing their customs'. & , this is in France, which still has a smidgen ( is it smidgin ? ) of cultural & nativist pride ( they will refuse to naturalise Mohamettan women which wear those body-length garments, & they also ban religious scarves for the girls in French schools ). The Anglo-Saxon world & Holland ( The Netherlands ) have travelled much further into the slough of pc , or political correctitude, or political correctness. You'll note that all of her criticisms were re cultural practices which individuals were participating in ; however, she was convicted by the kangaroo courts of 'inciting racial hatred' ! Keep your eyes on her & her fate : she really has been the canary in the coal mine. Europe, the Europe I knew from several decades ago, seems to be lost, corroded from within by poisonous, venomous barbarians.

Captain USpace said...

This is BIG, this is REAL BIG! SPREAD THE WORD to the world everyone! The EU Mandarins have crossed the line! If this goes to court, how much more of the public will become aware of this tyranny?

All real freedom starts with freedom of speech. If there is no freedom of speech, then there can be no real freedom.

The Christians and Jews don’t riot when somebody makes fun of Christ or Jews. People must learn to be civilized, and held to account when they are not. Muslims included.

Geert Wilders is a hero spreading the painful truth. He MUST be protected!
here’s an absurd thought -
your Supreme God knows
Christ was a pedophile

and a raping terrorist
converting slaves by the sword

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
weak and insecure is BEST

the best way for religion
KILL those who question it

absurd thought -
God of the Universe wants
Islam for everyone

submit to glorious life
slavery and servitude

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
outlaw self-defense

exposing violent crimes
shall be deemed hate speech

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
decide to change your race

just simply change religions
your religion is your race
All real freedom starts with freedom of speech. Without freedom of speech there can be no real freedom.
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Anonymous said...

This is troubling in many ways. Perhaps most troubling of all is Gert Wilders statement. "This is a very black day for me and for freedom of speech. I am shaken. I had absolutely not expected it."

The first step to defeating your enemy, in this case Islam, is to know your enemy. From the moment that this film was published, the prosecution of Mr. Wilders was a virtual certainty. If any of his allies understood this, they have already made the appropiate financial arrangements to battle this in court and in the court of public opinion.

My prayers are with Gert Wilders and his family. May God keep him and his family safe and may he be vindicated as justice demands.

Ymarsakar said...

Why don't all these people come to America. We are going to need courage and talent. And they will be rewarded, far more so than in Europe. And you can't beat the civic awareness of Americans towards physical threats, either. Get attacked in Europe and you can't count on anyone to save you.