October 06, 2010

Free Speech on Trial in Netherlands

The trial of Geert Wilders continues in the Netherlands. Klein Verzet has a day by day account of the trial proceedings.

My apologies to Mr. Wilders for being a fair weather friend. After first being supported of Geert, my support waned as I kept hearing that he wanted to "ban the Quran". Since that time I haven't followed his plight much.

But, after hearing several unedited versions of Geert speaking before several audiences I have come to the conclusion that there is nothing in his agenda that even remotely smacks of fascism.

In the past I had pointed out how his "ban the Quran" notion was antithetical to freedom. I still believe that, if it were true, that Mr. Wilders would need to be called out on it.

But I no longer believe the quote which is attributed to Wilders is true. Sure, he said those words, but he was trying to point out the inconsistencies of European statists that have no problem banning Nazi propaganda but not Islamofascist propaganda.

He wasn't really proposing such a law, but was suggesting that laws barring free speech are bad. The opposite of what I had believed.

Blame the lingering effects of my longtime online friendship with Charles Johnson. Mea culpa.

After listening to Geert speak I am now convinced that there is nothing threatening in any of his proposals. He doesn't want to ban Islam or the Quran. He doesn't want mass deportations of Muslims, just common sense restrictions on immigration. He doesn't want to take away the civil rights of Muslims, he just wants them treated like all other Dutch citizens.

I've been meaning to write this post for awhile, but keeping getting sidetracked. To Mr. Wilders and my readers please accept my sincerest apologies.

On a related note, Lars Vilks, Lars Hedegaard, and Rabbi Jon Hausman are heard on this Rhode Island radio show from yesterday. You'll remember our YouTube buddy JihadJane was involved in a plot to kill Vilks.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:25 PM | Comments |