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Dutch anti-immigration legislator found innocent of hate speech

(Reuters) – Dutch populist politician Geert Wilders was acquitted of inciting hatred of Muslims in a court ruling on Thursday.

The case was seen by some as a test of free speech in a country which has a long tradition of tolerance and blunt talk, but where opposition to immigration, particularly from Muslim or predominantly Muslim countries, is on the rise.

The presiding judge said Wilders’s remarks were sometimes “hurtful,” “shocking” or “offensive,” but that they were made in the context of a public debate about Muslim integration and multi-culturalism, and therefore not a criminal act.

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment mari

    Yeah!! Thannks heavens
    Finally a judge that is making sense of justice. Muslims nowadays get offended with every little thing but why don’t WE get offended with their stupidities? forcing burcas on women, stoning adulterers, hating gays? forbiding bibles or jews and planes, cartoons,
    extremes terrorist attacks?
    That congresman is the only public figure i’ve seen denouncing and telling the REAL truth about their so ‘called’ faith, GOOD FOR HIM
    and long life and prosperity to him and those supporting the truth.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment J. Kactuz

    There is nothing wrong with criticism of Islam as an ideology or the actions of Muslims – There is much to be criticized.

    In fact, the Islamic world is the mess it is because Muslims cannot, dare not look at their actions and beliefs or the ideology behind much of them (ie, Islam). Since Islam does not permit freedom of speech, does not consider non-Muslims as equals and does not allow separation of religion and state, it is no wonder that Muslim societies are known for their lack of basic freedoms, underdevelopment and human rights abuses. So Muslims go to the West and take their values with them.

    The fact that Muslims want to silence voices like Wilders shows that they have no place in a modern, liberal society. Even the so-called “moderate” Muslims do not really understand Western values.

    This is a small victory in a very long struggle. It is not clear if liberty will prevail over this brutal 7th century ideology. I don’t think the future will be nice and I blame Islam and Muslims for the intolerance and hate that has brought so much pain and suffering into this world.

    You know, if Muslims were really offended and wanted to be free of those vile infidels and their ‘painful’ words, why don’t they just pack their bags and go to those wonderful Islamic societies, where Muslims can do their hate and persecution unchecked and without interference? Let them enjoy the fruits of their religion. They can go to their mosques and hear their Imam condemn and insult non-Muslims to their heart’s content. Wouldn’t a real Muslim just jump at the chance to be among “the best of peoples” as per the Quran?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Kenga Emmanuel

    Save the gullible & innocent
    She is ok to leave in the Netherlands, but what is not ok is to dupe young, unsuspecting people to come to Netherlands promising them heaven and earth. Her real names are Gloria Kyembabazi, and is wanted by Interpol. She entered the Netherlands in 2008 using false names Grace Mugisha and presented forged papers to immigration authorities claiming she was escaping from persecution in her home country. She seemed to have succeeded easily and has now started a network of helping other economic refugees to come to Europe. The anger is, a number of them are stuck without jobs and some ended as call girls, one even attempted suicide. Is this woman too smart for Dutch authorities?

    Gloria Kyembabazi aka grace Mugisha (dressed in white & red) at a party held at Daalwijk 100A in Amsterdam South East on 12 Dec 2009

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