Posted by: becketfund | January 13, 2010

Netherlands: Politician to Go on Trial for Religious Defamation

AMSTERDAM – Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders asked judges on January 13 to drop or reduce charges against him of criminal incitement, arguing that his anti-Islam message falls within the boundaries of freedom of speech, the AP reported on January 13.  Wilders is due to go on trial in March for allegedly insulting Muslims as a group and inciting hatred and discrimination against them.  These charges stem from his 2008 short film “Fitna,” which offended many Muslims by juxtaposing Quranic verses against images of terrorism by Islamic radicals.

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