Geert Wilders to face anti-Islam charges
Controversial Dutch film maker and Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders will be charged with hate-speech crimes under the strict Dutch code of law:
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.'Incitement'The three judges said that they had weighed Mr Wilders's "one-sided generalisations" against his right to free speech, and ruled that he had gone beyond the normal leeway granted to politicians.
Update: Andrew Bostom responds here.