The End of Free Speech in Europe

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009 5:20 pm by Neal

Muslims in Europe, Canada and the US have protested cartoons, called for the murder of cartoonists, have called for the destruction of Israel, have said that Jews need to go back to the ovens, etc. But a Dutch lawmaker makes a movie that identifies the Koran as a “fascist book” and he will now be prosecuted for hate thought crimes.

Not content to wait on the Islamic jihadists to do the deed, the Dutch are cutting their own throats. Sad.

From Fox News, Anti-Islam Filmmaker Charged:

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A right-wing lawmaker should be prosecuted for inciting racial hatred with anti-Islamic statements that include calling the Koran a “fascist book,” a Dutch court ruled Wednesday.

Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders made headlines around the world in March 2008 with his film “Fitna,” which juxtaposed Koranic verses against a background of violent film clips and images of terrorism by Islamic radicals.

In 2007, Wilders called for a ban on the Koran “the same way we ban ‘Mein Kampf.”‘ He said both Adolf Hitler’s work and the Muslim holy book contain passages that contradict Western values.

The Amsterdam Appeals Court called Wilders’ statements in his film, newspaper articles and media interviews “one-sided generalizations … which can amount to inciting hatred.”

The court’s ruling reverses a decision last year by the public prosecutor’s office that said Wilders’ film and interviews were painful for Muslims but not criminal.

Wilders told Dutch media it was a “black day for myself and for freedom of speech.”

The decision set the stage for what will likely be a highly charged trial touching on the declining Dutch tolerance toward a large immigrant population from Muslim countries, mainly Morocco and Turkey. Dutch attitudes shifted markedly after the 2004 murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh by a radical Dutch Muslim.

Michelle Malkin has more.

Jim Hoft notes “the end of free speech in Europe”:

A Dutch court ruled that Parliamentarian and Fitna film producer Geert Wilders could be prosecuted for discriminating against Muslims. His movie Fitna associated Muslims with violence. Predictably, Wilders received death threats for making the anti-Islamic movie …

That is his crime.

The Muslims in The Netherlands were offended by his movie suggesting a connection between Islam and terror.

The last thing the US needs to do is emulate Europe in any way. It’s generally considered unhealthy to admire and copy the behavior of someone who is intent on committing suicide.

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