FREEDOM OF *LIMITED* SPEECH IN THE NETHERLANDS

“THE NETHERLANDS HAVE BECOME A SICK COUNTRY” SAID GEERT WILDERS AFTER BEING FOUND GUILTY OF VIOLATING THE DUTCH COURT’S NEW LIMITED SPEECH STATUTE  –  (VIDEO)

Actually, the charge was “incitement to discrimination” which of course could not possibly be misconstrued as ambiguous, but who cares about minor details when we’re talking about “feelings.”

In an incomprehensible statement following the verdict, the Dutch court said this: “Freedom of speech is one of the foundations of our democratic society. Freedom of speech can be limited, for example to protect the rights and freedoms of others, and that is what this case is about.”  There is no such thing as “limited” free speech – it’s either free speech or it’s censored speech!

The impetus for the prosecution was the outrageous and hurtful question Wilders asked his supporters in a Hague cafe, ” do you want more or fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands.” When the supporters answered by chanting Fewer!, it suddenly became incitement to discrimination. The fact that citizens of a country are concerned about their safety from an influx of dangerous migrants, is  apparently not factored into the equation of common sense in this case. What about the rights of the citizens of the Netherlands, do they count at all?

According to a 2011 rnw.org piece on the issue:  “Many Moroccans agree with Geert Wilders, the leader of the populist Freedom Party, who recently stated that the violence being committed by Moroccan-Dutch youths in the Netherlands is a “Moroccan problem”. The assertion is based on reactions from people who read an RNW article about a linesman who died after being beaten up by a group of Moroccan-Dutch teenagers.”

One person who commented elaborated a bit further: “Wilders is racist but he’s right. The truth has to be told”, wrote ‘a commentator from the Netherlands’. “Moroccan youths here in the Netherlands are causing numerous problems. They carry out hold-ups, rob old people and attack bus drivers and gays. These incidents are occurring on a daily basis. In my opinion, the Dutch have a lot of patience with these criminals.”
 
Even though the majority of the Moroccans who reacted consider Geert Wilders a racist and believe he doesn’t offer solutions for the problems, they agree with his position. “What Wilders says is true”, writes a reader who says he witnessed the behaviour of young people of Moroccan origin during the three years he lived in the Netherlands.

https://www.rnw.org/archive/moroccans-agree-wilders-about-violent-moroccan-dutch-youths

What? How can he be “right” and “racist” at the same time? I thought racism was judging someone by nothing other than their race… It looks to me like 100% of his judgement is derived from the hold- ups, robbing of the elderly, fatal beatings and gay bashing perpetrated by this particular group of individuals. With respect to not offering “solutions”,  isn’t that how we got to this point? I believe the phrase was “fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands.” It’s up to the Moroccan community to to be worthy of acceptance by the Dutch, not the other way around.

I’m still not so sure how the world has gotten to a state where everybody feels entitled to everybody else’s health, wealth, and happiness without a damned thing to offer or even an attempt to assimilate to, but I know for sure that the very idea of this preposterous case is wrong, let alone it’s ridiculous outcome. I’m also sure that Wilders’ response was spot on when he said: “Fortunately, truth and liberty are stronger than you”,  referring of course to the self righteous trio that convicted him.

 

 

PHOTO CREDIT : TIMES OF MALTA