Monday, April 7, 2008

Court: Wilders Allowed to Call Islam a Fascist Ideology

Court: Wilders Allowed to Call Islam a Fascist Ideology

THE HAGUE, 08/04/08 - MP Geert Wilders does not incite to hatred or violence against Muslims. His comparison of Islam with Fascism is permissible, a district court in The Hague ruled yesterday.

The Netherlands Islamic Federation (NIF) had put forward a number of statements by the Party for Freedom (PVV) leader in a summary injunction. The NIF considered that Wilders had broken the law by comparing Islam with Fascism, calling the Koran the Islamic version of Hitler's Mein Kampf and the Prophet Mohammed a barbarian. All remarks are legal, the court decided yesterday.

The foundation demanded that Wilders take back his statements. But the court said: "A parliamentarian must be able to put forward his views." And "the right of freedom of speech is decisive here."

Wilders does not have to make a correction. This would according to the court be the same as a forced apology and therefore at odds with the principle of freedom of speech. "Regret cannot be forced with a verdict," according to the ruling.

According to the court, Fascism must be viewed more broadly than the NIF does. The federation of Turkish Muslims associates the term with "malignancies of Nazi Germany" such as the Holocaust. But the court said Fascism is a "collective term for ideologies with principles that embrace a totalitarian political system that leaves no room for dissenters."

NIF did not disprove that ideas are prevalent in Islam that are at odds with democratic principles. The group also did not succeed, according to the judge, in refuting Wilders' view of Mohammed being a barbarian.

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5 comments:

Dark Demon said...

This is a great victory. Hopefully, the next step will come soon: A free government somewhere will have the courage to declare that Islam is not a religion but a political ideology created but a warlord in the seventh century -- a militant political ideology diametrically opposed to legitimate Democracy.

fedup said...

I am real happy the NIF judge saw the truth and did not bow out as to many do!I pray many more will fallow his example.Victory is just that.Islam is a evil cult Hell bent on destroying all free peoples God given rights freedoms. and our worlds Democracy all must make a stand or be slaves !

Haid Dasalami said...

"The group also did not succeed, according to the judge, in refuting Wilders' view of Mohammed being a barbarian."

Duh, I guess! Forgetting for a moment whether a "view" can be refuted (one can try to refute Wilders' contention that Mo was a barbarian)the court just couldn't go down that road.

It would be easier to defend a ruling that Santa Claus isn't chubby.

Regards,

HAID

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