Saturday, June 25, 2011

Free Speech Isn't (Quite) Dead in Europe

Geert Wilders is a "controversial" Dutch politician who stuck his thumb in the eye of radical Islam. He was charged with "inciting hatred" for pointing out that some Muslims want to destroy democracy in Europe. Wilders Acquittal a 'Slap in the Face for Muslims'
His supporters have hailed Geert Wilders' acquittal as a victory for free speech, while his many detractors have slammed the decision not to punish a man who described Islam as "fascist." The Dutch right-wing populist politician was cleared of inciting hatred against Muslims by a court in Amsterdam Thursday after the judge ruled that his comments -- which also included comparing the Koran to Hitler's "Mein Kampf" -- were "acceptable within the context of public debate."
Now the powers of political correctness will actually have to debate him on the issues instead of silencing him through the courts. (What a novel idea! Public debate of controversial ideas. What will they think of next?)

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