|Wilders appeared in court with his trademark peroxide blonde hair. © Michael Kooren / Reuters|
The trial of right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders started Friday for inciting hatred and discrimination against the Dutch Moroccan minority.
Wilders denies any wrongdoing, saying comments he made, which included referring to Morrocans as “scum”, are protected by his right to free speech.
Prosecutors said the case pits that right versus the right to be free from discrimination, according to Reuters.
“Freedom of expression is not absolute, it is paired with obligations and responsibilities, the responsibility not to set groups of people against each other,” said lead prosecutor Wouter Bos.
Consequently, there is no room for the truth when speaking about Islam. If you can't express the truth because someone might be offended, or for fears of starting a riot, then your society is based on a sham, and when the truth finally comes out, then you will see rioting.
The controversial leader of the Party for Freedom (PPV) appeared relaxed in court with his famous ‘bottle blonde’ hair on display, posing for photographs before proceedings began.
He says the trial is a politically-motivated attempt to uproot the PPV, which has become the most popular party in opinion polls with an election expected in the Netherlands next year.
Long before Donald Trump started scoring political points on the backs of Muslims, Wilders made a name for himself as an outrageous and offensive orator.
Here are five of his most anti-Muslim rants, in no particular (new world) order.
“We’ll take care of that”
Wilders made repeated calls for “fewer Moroccans” while campaigning during the 2014 election, including at a televised rally where he told supporters who cheered him on that “we’ll take care of that.” Moroccans account for two percent of the country’s population.
Of course, they can't take care of anything unless they get elected in which case they will have popular support for taking care of that. What the, will you haul half the electorate into court for inciting hatred?
“Islam is not a religion, it's an ideology, the ideology of a retarded culture”
Wilders came out with this line, just in case you weren’t already sure where he stood on the issue, while promoting his controversial film "Fitna" in the Guardian in 2008. The next year, he was briefly blocked from entering the UK until he won an appeal.
Retarded would not be my choice of words; I would probably choose something stronger. But the idea of Islam as an ideology is quite popular. Wilders certainly didn't invent it.
“Our Judeo-Christian culture is far superior to the Islamic one. I can give you a million reasons. But here is an important one. We have got humor and they don't.”
Wilders made this not-so-hilarious comments when speaking at last year's event in Texas featured cartoons of the prophet Mohammed. Two gunmen with links to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) were killed by police after they tried to ambush the event, while their accomplice was convicted on terror charges this week.
Some of the things that pass for humour in our Judeo-Christian culture certainly doesn't support the argument that it is superior to Islam. That Muslim humour is not easily found is a fact. They certainly seem to have problems laughing at themselves. And when it comes the Mohammed or the Quran, well, look out.
“The Koran is a fascist book which incites violence. That is why this book, just like "Mein Kampf", must be banned.”
Wilders went on trial in 2011 for inciting hatred against Muslims using quotes like the above and for calling for Muslim criminals to be stripped of Dutch nationality and deported. He was acquitted after a judge decided that the target was a religion and not a race.
If you disagree with that statement it is because you know little or nothing of the Quran. In Islam, Mohammed is the model just as Jesus is the model for Christians. But Jesus didn't commit genocide, mass murder, pedophilia, polygamy, or enslavement. Nor did He order His son to divorce his wife so that He could marry her. Mohammed did all these things under the pretext that it was Allah's will. Jesus gave us a sample of God's will and it's nothing like what Mohammed did.
“In my fight for freedom and against the 'Islamization' of the Netherlands, I will never let anyone silence me. No matter the cost, no matter by whom, whatever the consequences may be.”
Wilders' PPV party is gaining momentum with those who oppose him, but support absolute free speech. Wilders backers including members of the neo-Nazi movement Pegida, who demonstrated outside the courtroom with some wearing pigs ears in an attempt to taunt Muslims for not eating pork.
If you are not with Geert Wilders, you are for the Islamization of the Netherlands, even if unwittingly. When Muslim enter a country in great numbers they take it over eventually. Then your little Dutch girls will be married while still children, they will wear hijabs, they will not be allowed out in public alone or they will be justifiably raped. And if they get pregnant because of the rape, they will have the choice of marrying the rapist, or one of them, or going to jail.
Geert Wilders can see that train coming; bleeding heart liberals cannot.