Thursday, June 23, 2011

Geert Wilders Found Not Guilty of Hate Speech

A controversial prosecution in The Netherlands of Dutch conservative Geert Wilders for hate speech has ended in an aquittal of Wilders.  Wilders has compared Islamists to Nazis, called for banning the Koran in the same way that the Dutch ban Mein Kampf, and juxtaposed images of September 11 destruction of the World Trade Towers in NYC with the Koran.  Some argued that Wilder’s statements have incited hatred and cross a line, constituting “fighting words” and “insults” beyond normal discourse tolerable in a multicultural democracy.

The Dutch judge found Wilder's statements rude, but not criminal according to reports in the BBC, NYT, and Aljazeera.   Here is a news report from Russia Today:





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