Geert Wilders has long opposed Muslim immigration into the Netherlands due to the recent violence there and in other countries, and the refusal of Muslim immigrants to assimilate into Dutch society. They are sound reasons, based firmly in reality as opposed to the wishful thinking of leftist politicians. Wilders has received numerous death threats from Muslims and must live under a 24 hour guard to protect him from "the religion of peace"....in his own country.
The Netherlands, like much of Europe, has become a Politically Correct form of fascism, where free speech is rigorously suppressed if it involves any criticism of this violent and intolerant religion. Wilders soon found himself on trial for "inciting hatred" against Muslims (for telling the truth about their religion). Truth is not a defense in much of Europe -- if you break the speech codes imposed by government, you are subject to trial and imprisonment.
In the Netherlands, the prosecution stated before the trial that they believed Wilders to be innocent of the charges; however, the judges forced the trial to go forward anyway.
The presiding judge said Wilders' 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.Read it all here.
"I am extremely pleased and happy," Wilders told reporters after the ruling. "This is not so much a win for myself, but a victory for freedom of speech. Fortunately you can criticize Islam and not be gagged in public debate."