The Grateful Dead of Dhimmitude
by EDWARD CLINE
December 12, 2016
Geert Wilders, the larger-than-life Dutch politician who dared say what was on his mind about the Islamist invasion of the Netherlands ("too many Moroccans?"), has been convicted of the "crime" of "hate speech" by a Dutch court.
And what is "hate speech"? "Hate speech" is any criticism of a member of a "minority" or the "minority" itself that can range from an emotional tirade to an innocuous comment or remark about Muslims or the race of a Muslim. Or even posing a question about the minority. One can be found guilty of "hate speech" by uttering a truth, such as: "Islam is not a race."
Wilders asked a rhetorical question of his auditors about the presence and behavior of Moroccans in the Netherlands.
As the Telegraph reported:
The case was based on almost 6,500 official complaints after Wilders led a party rally during a local election campaign in The Hague in March 2014, asking whether there should be "more or fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands."
The crowd's response of "fewer, fewer", was clearly organized, said a judge at the secure court at Schiphol Judicial Complex, near Amsterdam, ruling that Wilders had breached the boundaries of even a politician's freedom of speech.
The leading judge read out in court:
"It doesn't matter that Wilders gave another message afterwards [saying he was referring only to criminal Moroccans and benefits claimants]," said the judge. "The message that evening from the podium, via the media, was loud and proud and did its work...The group was collectively dismissed as inferior to other Dutch people."
Wilders is a member of the Party for Freedom (PVV). It was created in 2006, and campaigned to "limit the growth of Muslim numbers" in the Netherlands, taking nine out of 150 seats. His party wants to ban the Koran, shut all mosques and asylum centers, and take the Netherlands out of the EU. At the moment it is leading in the polls for a general election in March 2017.
What brought the suit against Wilders on were the offended feelings of Moroccan Muslims, who did not like being singled out for "discriminatory" speech.
In court, the judge called his behavior "unworthy" of a politician, and said there was no question that the case was political, as Wilders claimed.
The case, which has taken 20 months to reach a verdict, comes three months before Dutch general elections and Wilders' PVV is currently leading in some polls.
Michiel Pestman, lawyer for some of the complainants who helped bring the case, said: "There is a debate in the Netherlands about whether this has given Wilders free publicity, but he has to pay his lawyers. It's a unique decision. This is the first time that a court has said that minorities need special protection and even a politician should be very careful about what he says."
Hey, people, reality check here. If you keep sending someone to trial because he exercised his freedom of speech, of course he's going to get "free publicity" - unless the government conducts a secret trial and suppresses any information about it.
Emerson Vermaat of Pipeline wrote in 2014:
January 22, 2014 - San Francisco - PipeLineNews.org - Violent and dangerous Moroccan youth gangs are on the rise in multicultural Holland. The Dutch city of The Hague has a reputation of being a decent city where embassies and prestigious international courts such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court are located. It is also the city where the King of the Netherlands resides. Parliament is located here as well.
But organized crime is rampant is this city, especially among second-generation Moroccan immigrants and minors. It is costing the Dutch tax payer millions of euros every year, apart from all those decent people who have been robbed and attacked by these arrogant juvenile frequent offenders. Too often, lenient judges release the offenders after a few days or weeks - and the untouchable youth gangsters are quite aware of this. They are laughing at their many powerless victims, rediculing them. The police are also quite unhappy about it.
It was on the early morning of Tuesday, January 14, that about two hundred policemen forcefully entered the homes of eleven members of a notorious Moroccan-Antillean/Surinamese youth gang in suburbs of The Hague. The gang was at least seventy-two members strong and those who were arrested - ten Moroccans and one Antillean - were considered to be dangerous hardcore members. "We allowed them to operate freely for about one year in order to gather more evidence," Jozias van Aartsen, mayor of The Hague, told a Dutch TV reporter. "Otherwise, people will blame us when these youngsters will be released after a week."
Arutz Sheva reported in 2023:
At the request of the Freedom Party (PVV) led by Geert Wilders, a debate took place in the Dutch Parliament plenary on the "Moroccan problem." PVV parliamentarian Joram van Klaveren began by stating that the Netherlands has a "Moroccan problem," which also touches on Islam.
He mentioned that 65% of Dutch Moroccan male youths have police files. Dutch Moroccans are 22 times more suspect of property crimes accompanied by violence than other Dutchmen. He further stated that anti-Semitism and homophobia are widespread among Moroccans.
Hillary Clinton and her MSM cohorts would classify any mention of Moroccan (or Turkish, or Syrian, or Afghani crime statistics in Germany or Sweden) as "fake news" intended to denigrate or defame various Muslim ethnic groups, to be suppressed or banned altogether. Clinton does not cite the MSM as a purveyor of "fake news," but any independent blog spot exercising its freedom of speech by reporting the news that the MSM ignores or refuses to report, that is, any news that puts a dent into the elitists', Progressive grip on the political establishment and demotes the MSM's credibility to zero.
The Hill reported on December 8th:
Hillary Clinton on Thursday decried the spread of fake news online, calling it an "epidemic" that Congress should take action against.
"The epidemic of malicious fake news and false propaganda that flooded social media over the past year - it's now clear the so-called fake news can have real-world consequences," Clinton said during a speech on Capitol Hill.
Some Democrats have argued the spread of anti-Clinton fake news online contributed to her electoral loss to Donald Trump....
"Lives are at risk - lives of ordinary people just trying to go about their days, to do their jobs, contribute to their communities."
"It's a danger that must be addressed and addressed quickly," she said.
Clinton, of course, was a practitioner of "fake news" when she blamed the Benghazi incident and the murder of four Americans on a video which mocked Mohammad and had the video maker jailed. It later came out that the video had nothing to do with the attack on the compound. It was just Muslim killers doing what comes naturally to them. She, with the likes of Brian Williams, is responsible for many instances of "fake news" that later had fatal consequences for thousands.
"Fake news" is any news or observation that is not couched in politically correct terms.
It's hard to even convince the dhimmified of the fatal consequences of their policies. One of the most shocking instances is the German/European Union bureaucrat (a legal advisor to the European Commission) whose daughter, 19-year-old Maria Ladenburger, was raped and murdered in October on her way home from a party. This was not "fake news." What was the reaction of the grieving family? To ask sympathizers to donate funeral money to an organization that aids invading migrants at the invitation of Angela Merkel.
The Daily Mail reports:
Her family, in an obituary notice after her cruel death, asked for people to donate money to charities, including those which work with migrants.
The killing is the biggest jolt to Mrs. Merkel's plans for integration since the frenzied sexual assaults of New Year's Eve in Cologne when mobs of immigrant men sexually molested and robbed hundreds of defenceless women.
The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has been quick to piggyback on Hussein K.'s arrest to highlight what it says are the dangers of unregulated immigration. It calls Maria a 'victim of Merkel's welcome culture.'
Hussein K. was born in Ghazni in Afghanistan and came to Germany as an illegal unaccompanied minor in November 2015. [He was 16 when he committed the crime.]
In numerous posts on the Internet he liked to present himself in the guise of a gangsta rapper: hair slicked back with gel, jogging pants and training shoes.
The poisonous effects of politically correct thinking are so evident here in the girl's parents' reaction in the form submitting to Islam in the way of virtually apologizing for their daughter's murder. The obituary notice clamors for attention because it mixes grief with submission. It as much as says: "The horrendous murder of our daughter by a criminal migrant will not deter us from our duty to aid and console all criminal migrants." This is how altruism leads to abject selflessness. Duty trumps value.
Geert Wilders is under no obligation to be kind to Moroccans or to utter anything civil to or about them. It is they who wish to see him defeated and destroyed. It is they who sued to try him for "hate speech." Muslims in every country employ "hate speech" against the West and against non-believers, but politically correct mores protects their "right" to defame and insult non-believers and secular society. As Giulio Meotti points out in his Gatestone article of December 6th, "The West's Politically Correct Dictatorship,"
There is no better ally of Islamic extremism than this sanctimony of liberal censorship: both, in fact, want to suppress any criticism of Islam, as well as any proud defense of the Western Enlightenment or Judeo-Christian culture.
Politically correct speech has as its nefarious partners now the prohibition of speech and actions in public discourse critical of homosexuals and LGBTs, as well as Muslims and Islam as politically protected classes and political powers. The rot began as early as 1995 (see my "The Ghouls of Grammatical Egalitarianism" from 2013 (originally published in 1997, about how academia has sanctioned and propagated the shackling of thought and speech, also known as censorship).
Geert Wilders will not surrender to politically correct speech. He has made that clear. He will not become one of the "Gratefully Dead Dhimmies of Europe" - meaning that a person would rather submit to Sharia Law than stand up for Western values of liberty and freedom of speech, meaning that a European (and many an American) would rather go through life with their heads bowed and their eyes downcast, afraid to defy and fight the savages who rape their daughters, defecate in their churches as they do in Sweden, beat up anyone who looks like he is a non-believer, harass Westerners in their own country, and even kick women down subway stairs. "I'm grateful to be alive," say the dhimmies. But for how long his judges, not his peers, may ask themselves? And their children? How long will they be able to live? Such as Maria Ladenburger?
The Netherlands have become a sick country. And I have a message for the judges who convicted me: You have restricted the freedom of speech of millions of Dutch and hence convicted everyone. No one trusts you anymore. But fortunately, truth and liberty are stronger than you. And so am I....
And to people at home I say: Freedom of speech is our pride. And this will remain so. For centuries, we Dutch have been speaking the unvarnished truth. Free speech is our most important possession. We will never let them take away our freedom of speech. Because the flame of freedom burns within us and cannot be extinguished....
Millions of Dutch are sick and tired of political correctness. Sick and tired of the elite which only cares about itself and ignores the ordinary Dutchman. And sells out our country. People no longer feel represented by all these disconnected politicians, judges and journalists, who have been harming our people for so long, and make our country weaker instead of stronger....
Today, I was convicted in a political trial, which, shortly before the elections, attempts to neutralize the leader of the largest and most popular opposition party. But they will not succeed. Not even with this verdict. Because I speak on behalf of millions of Dutch. And the Netherlands are entitled to politicians who speak the truth, and honestly address the problems with Moroccans. Politicians who will not let themselves be silenced. Not even by the judges. And you can count on it: I will never be silent....
Edward Cline is the author of the Sparrowhawk novels set in England and Virginia in the pre-Revolutionary period, of several detective and suspense novels, and three collections of his commentaries and columns, all available on Amazon Books. His essays, book reviews, and other articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Journal of Information Ethics and other publications. He is a frequent contributor to Rule of Reason, Family Security Matters, Capitalism Magazine and other Web publications.