See That’s The Trouble With Free Speech, It’s a Two Way Street

Another slow month with little posted so I thought I would regale you with a story printed in LeNURB published in October last year.

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Geert Wilders is a Dutch politician and leader of the Party for Freedom, the third leading party in the Netherlands. Or at least that’s what Wiki says. What it doesn’t also say is that he is a total prick and needs to shut his pie-hole. See that’s the trouble with free speech, it’s a two way street.

The controversy all spouted when Wilders made the Freedom Party in ’04. When it says ‘freedom’ it, of course, means ‘racism’, in much the same fashion that ‘nationalism’ and ‘Nick Griffin’ do. He split from his original party to form this after they took issue with his policies and he said “I found myself on the right of many a meeting”. The Party for Freedom exists to enforce tax cuts, de-centralisation…oh and Judeo-Christianity should be the only religions and all immigrants should fall in line. The other headlines are no immigration from non-Western (i.e. non-white) countries, ethnic registration and a hijab tax.

Courtesy of ANP

What a nice man

So far, so UKIP. Well it seems that Geert also has a voice, not only a party. And he lends that to his 2008 film, Fitna. While only being 17 minutes long, it plays like a poster for ludicrous views that at most times border on the offensive and other times on the terrifying. Here Wilders exposes the ‘truth’ about Islam: it encourages violence, terrorism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, etc. etc. For him he said it was “a call to shake off the creeping tyranny of Islamization”. Ignoring the poor language contained in the word ‘Islamization’, the man is a fearful bigot. But don’t worry! He “doesn’t hate Muslims, he hates Islam”! That’s fine then!

Attacking another’s faith is truly the act of the scared or ignorant. Religious persecution is nothing new. See the Catholics of 1600s Britain, the Jews of 1930s Germany or the Muslims of 2010s New York, but not many men are as vile and ignorant as good ole’ Geert. In August 2007, he opined an open letter to a prominent Dutch daily newspaper saying the Koran, the holy book for Islam and a sacred text; sharing many passages with the Torah and the Old Testament was “a fascist book”; that it should be outlawed in the Netherlands and drew many similarities to Mein Kampf. He rumbled on, like a racist thunderstorm throwing bolts of bigoted lightening, “The book incites hatred and killing and therefore has no place in our legal order”….“Take a walk down the street and see where this is going. You no longer feel like you are living in your own country. There is a battle going on and we have to defend ourselves. Before you know it there will be more mosques than churches!”.

The earlier mentioned film is the source of many of the legal issues Geert has with the civilised world. In the UK, the Home Office placed a ban on his coming to this country to promote and screen his vile film in the very seat of our Parliament. The Home Office in particular took issue with scenes involving a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad, with a bomb on his head next to a countdown timer. Footage of 9/11 and the Madrid bombings are shown, with a voice-over from the standard crack-pot, ten-a-penny Imam, “Allah is happy when non-Muslims get killed”. It is these Imams that Wilders rolls out whenever he wishes to prove ‘Islam’s fury and danger’. Trouble is: every religion has crackpot nutters who spout anti-polytheism statements. For Muslims – the Imams who attach themselves to Al-Qaeda; for the Jewish faith – look at the hard-line stance in the bible directed at Jesus or for a more modern view, check out Palestine; and for Christians – you only need look at America, the land of the free for the KKK…..and now there’s Wilders.

This all comes to a head with Wilders standing trial in the Netherlands (proving that the Dutch aren’t laid back about some things) on five counts of inciting hatred and discrimination for describing Islam as a fascist religion and Moroccan youths as violent and for calling for the banning of the Koran. With this impending jail time or massive fine, is Wilders penitent? “I am fighting for one thing: the preservation of our culture, which is based on Christianity, Judaism and humanism – and not on Islam… While Islamization of our society grows, the political elite looks in the other direction and ignores the real problem, namely, the impending loss of our freedom. I am fighting not against Moslems [sic], but against the influx of a totalitarian ideology called Islam.” So that’s a no…..

In the end, his main argument is that he has a right to say these things, that they are his views and that he has the right to……wait for it……free speech. Now how much you agree with this is up to you and while I am quite liberal, I personally don’t approve of people using free speech to bludgeon each other. It’s the legal equivalent of saying “I think you are a dick…..no offence” Ah! ‘Cos you said ‘no offence’ then I can’t take offence and that makes it better then? ‘Cos you insulted an entire faith and condemned its members as violent, evil people then “free speech, can’t get mad” is a good defence?!

And this is the trouble with free speech isn’t it? It’s a two way street.

So since Geert Wilders is a firm believer in free speech and that he thinks that all men everywhere have the right to say what they will about another with no fear of retribution then Geert Wilders, 47, born in Venlo, Netherlands, currently residing in The Hague, is a twat. Nothing more than a fear-mongering, hate-pedalling, evil, bigoted, nasty, disgraceful excuse for a human being. I hope he is found guilty, I hope he is dragged away and locked up, I hope he is asked to do community service for the term as well, I hope that service forces him to clean all the toilets of all the mosques in Holland and I hope that every Muslim in Holland has diarrhoea on that day.

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