On December 9, for the first time in Dutch history, a court criminalized freedom of expression: The truly heroic Dutch Member of Parliament, Geert Wilders, was found guilty of the "crime" of "hate speech."
The death sentence against Salman Rushdie in 1989 by Iran's supreme leader looked unreal. The West did not take it seriously. Since then, however, this fatwa has been assimilated to such an extent that today's threats to free speech come from ourselves. It is now the West that put on trial writers and journalists.
The Red Brigades, the Communist terror group which devastated Italy in the 1970s, coined a slogan: "Strike one to educate one hundred." If you target one, you get collective intimidation. This is exactly the effect of these political trials about Islam.
"Hate speech" has become a political weapon to dispatch whoever may not agree with you. It is not the right of a democracy to quibble about the content of articles or cartoons. In the West, we paid a high price for the freedom to write them and and read them it. It is not up to those who govern to grant the right of thought and speech.
In Europe now, the same iron curtain as in the Soviet era is descending.
After the Second World War and the horrors of Nazism and Stalinism, a central tenet of Western democracies has been that you can put people on trial, but not ideas and opinions. Europe is now allowing dangerous "human rights" groups and Islamists to use tribunals to restrict the borders of our freedom of expression, exactly as in Soviet show trials. "Militant anti-racism will be for the 21st century what communism was for the 20th century," the prominent French philosopher, Alain Finkielkraut has predicted.
A year ago, Christoph Biró, a respected columnist and editor of the largest Austrian newspaper, Kronen Zeitung, wrote an article blaming "young men, testosterone-fuelled Syrians, who carry out extremely aggressive sexual attacks" (even before mass the sexual assaults of New Year's Eve in Cologne, Hamburg and other cities). The article sparked much controversy, and it received a large number of complaints and protests. Biró needed four weeks off work because of these attacks and later (under pressure) admitted that he had "lost a sense of proportion". Prosecutors in Graz recently charged Biró with "hate speech" after a complaint by a so-called human rights organization, SOS Mitmensch. The case will be decided in court.
Journalists, novelists and intellectuals throughout Europe are now told to raise their right hand before a judge and swear to tell the truth and nothing but the truth -- as if that were not what they were doing all along and for what they are now being prosecuted. It is an alarming but very common sight today, where "hate speech" has become a political weapon to dispatch whoever may not agree with you.
European libtards are still working really hard on destroying Europe. We are lucky in the US because we were smart enough to elect Trump and Republicans with a huge landslide. Trump will make sure that Muslims stay out of our country and that the Muslims who are here want to leave. Trump will Make America Great Again.
I am all too aware of this man and it is beyond belief that he is even on trial. It should be the ones accusing that are on trial...So much for travel to Egypt and now to Europe as well. I guess they dont give a damn.
It is looking more and more like the elites are truly looking for a fist fight. I wonder where they will hide....Hitler's bunker? The Greenbrier? Iceland? Under Istanbul? NYC Subway system tunnels...? The MIR?
After this Raving Roland court's "verdict" was announced, a smiling Geert Wilders was publicly received by a throng of Dutchman as the national hero that he truly is. Liberal-Fascist Political class posturing aside, the tide has turned against the Left. They ain't seen nothin' yet.
"In Europe now, the same iron curtain as in the Soviet era is descending."
Leave a little corner of it UP so we can send the Islamics who are here over there!
Europe is in trouble.
We bailed them out once ...we wont do it again
The Dutch are INCREDIBLY DUMB or NAIVE. They are certainly BLIND to what is happening around them! But then, they CHEERED Nevile Chamberlain! Too much of Europe has headed down the socialism trail for too long. American leaders, FOOLISHLY allowed them to ignore their own defense, and we jumped in to make it OK for them to spend their resources foolishly. Now, when intelligent people, like Geert Wilders, stand up, tell the truth, and is prosecuted for it.
We are all worse off for their foolishness, which is engulfing America.
Thank God for Trump's election!