When Geert Wilders was acquitted by an Amsterdam court on charges of hate speech against Islam, it came as a shock to many, especially Muslim extremists. His personal crusade for free speech could have landed him in jail for two years after he was charged with five counts of hate speech for anti-Islamic remarks made on the Internet and in Dutch newspapers and compared the Quran to Adolf Hitler’s book Mein Kampf. He also made a controversial movie called Fitna which he released online in March 2008 which shows disturbing images of terrorist acts superimposed over verses from the Quran to prove that Islam is a threat to Western society.
“I am overjoyed and very happy” he said “It means it is legal to criticise Islam.” The judge said his comments, although gross and denigrating, did not give rise to racial hatred.
Policians in the know are saying that Geert Wilders doesn’t have much else to offer as a politician, apart from his anti-Islamic philosophy, his party is only the third most popular in The Netherlands. But his acquittal could be seen by us, the silent majority, who have had multi-culturalism thrust upon us, as a long awaited victory.