Geert Wilders: an Online Symposium on the Eve of his Trial

The International Free Press Society hosts an online symposium on Dutch MP Geert Wilders, who goes on trial tomorrow for “insulting Islam.”

As one of the prosecutors “explained”:

It is irrelevant whether Wilder’s witnesses might prove Wilders’ observations to be correct. What’s relevant is that his observations are illegal.

At the IFPS website, Daniel Pipes comes to Wilders’ defense, as do Clare M. Lopez, Bat Ye’or, Diana West, Nidra Poller, David B. Harris, David Yerushalmi, and Mark Steyn, who faced similar charges in a Canadian tribunal not long ago.

He observes:

Behind this disgraceful prosecution lies a simple truth that the Dutch establishment cannot tell its people – that, unless something changes, their nation will become more and more Muslim and, very soon, slip past the point of no return. They understand the tensions between their ever more assertive Muslim population and an aging “native” working class, but they believe that the problem can be managed by placing “the European conversation” – the non-subterranean conversation – within ever narrower constraints, and criminalizing any opinions outside those bounds. Some of them are blinkered and stupid enough to think that they need to do this in order to save the tolerant multicultural society from “right wingers” like Wilders. In fact, all they are doing is hastening the rate at which their society will be delivered into the hands of the avowedly intolerant and unicultural. In its death throes, Eutopia has decided to smash the lights of liberty.

Tomorrow night, I’ll be speaking at a Toronto rally in support of Geert Wilders, which — if all goes well — will be streamed live on the internet.

On April 4, 2009, Geert Wilders spoke to an audience in Beverly Hills about freedom of speech. The event was co-sponsored by the David Horowitz Freedom Center and the International Free Press Society. Here’s the video:

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