Free Speech In Europe

Fred emails: "It is now a crime to insult Islam in Holland. I predict that facism will conquor Europe without any resistance. Yet another nail in the coffin. It seems to me that Europeans have an amazing amount of arrogance and hubris concerning their culture. They believe that when they allow millions of moslems into Europe, thos moslems will become culturally European. Query: Isn’t it just as likely that they will Islamicize European culture? I think this article answers that question in the affirmative."

The BBC reports:

A Dutch court has ordered prosecutors to put a right-wing politician on trial for making anti-Islamic statements.

Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders made a controversial film last year equating Islam with violence and has likened the Koran to Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf.

"In a democratic system, hate speech is considered so serious that it is in the general interest to… draw a clear line," the court in Amsterdam said.

Mr Wilders said the judgement was an "attack on the freedom of expression".

"Participation in the public debate has become a dangerous activity. If you give your opinion, you risk being prosecuted," he said.

Not only he, but all Dutch citizens opposed to the "Islamisation" of their country would be on trial, Mr Wilders warned.

"Who will stand up for our culture if I am silenced?" he added.

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