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Wilders Convicted

Dec 10, 2016

Dutch politician Geert Wilders has just been found guilty of ‘inciting discrimination’ against Muslims. The guilty verdict was perhaps expected given how much Holland and Europe is bending over backwards to accommodate Islam. I wrote about this Dutch court case just a few weeks ago: billmuehlenberg.com/2016/11/24/islam-west-geert-wilders/

The decision is of course concerning, but Wilders is not going to take this lying down. One news report put it this way:

Dutch anti-Islam political leader Geert Wilders has been convicted of insulting a group and inciting discrimination. But no penalty was imposed by the court near Amsterdam on Wilders, whose party is leading in polls ahead of parliamentary elections in March. Wilders was also acquitted of inciting hate over telling supporters in March 2014 he would ensure there were fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands. He called the guilty verdict “madness” in a tweet posted a short time later. He said he would appeal.

Anti-immigration politician Geert Wilders listens during a debate in the Dutch parliament about the government's resignation caused by a crisis over budget cuts in The Hague April 24, 2012. Prime Minister Mark Rutte offered his minority Liberal-Christian Democrat coalition's resignation to Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands after a split with the populist Freedom Party of Wilders, opening the way for early elections. REUTERS/Robin van Lonkhuijsen/United Photos (NETHERLANDS - Tags: POLITICS)

Of interest is the fact that the next general Dutch elections will be held fairly soon – on 15 March 2017. Of even more interest is the fact that various polls have Wilders’ Party for Freedom leading. There is a real reaction to the state of play over there. The background to this trial runs as follows:

It was more than two years ago when Wilders, whose reputation for blunt speaking and advocacy for a Netherlands-first attitude is legend, led a party rally where he asked supporters whether there should be “more or fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands.” The crowd chanted “fewer.” The verdict comes just weeks before general elections. Wilder’s Party for Freedom holds the lead in some polls.
One of those who raised complaints about Wilders said he was satisfied with the verdict: “Half a million people feel the threat of Wilders every day. … I hope people who vote for Wilders will listen.” The nation’s Moroccan community, mostly Muslim, still may bring a civil complaint, according to a solicitor for an organization of Moroccan mosques. Wilders was unbowed by the court’s decision.

He certainly was. He has spoken about this outcome, and is undeterred in standing against creeping sharia and stealth jihad in the Netherlands. Here is his full response:

Dear friends, I still cannot believe it, but I have just been convicted. Because I asked a question about Moroccans. While the day before yesterday, scores of Moroccan asylum-seekers terrorized buses in Emmen and did not even had to pay a fine, a politician who asks a question about fewer Moroccans is sentenced.
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.
I will never be silent. You will not be able to stop me. And you are wrong, too. Moroccans are not a race, and people who criticize Moroccans are not racists. I am not a racist and neither are my voters. This sentence proves that you judges are completely out of touch.
And I have also a message for Prime Minister Rutte and the rest of the multicultural elite: You will not succeed in silencing me and defeating the PVV. Support for the Party for Freedom is stronger than ever, and keeps growing every day. The Dutch want their country back and cherish their freedom. It will not be possible to put the genie of positive change back in the bottle.
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.
But I will keep fighting for you, and I tell all of you: thank you so much. Thank you so much for all your support. It is really overwhelming; I am immensely grateful to you. Thanks to your massive and heartfelt support, I know that I am not alone. That you back me, and are with me, and unwaveringly stand for freedom of expression.
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.
And this conviction only makes me stronger. This is a shameful sentence, which, of course, I will appeal. But I can tell you, I am now more vigorous than ever. And I know: together, we aim for victory.
Standing shoulder-to-shoulder, we are strong enough to change the Netherlands.
To allow our children to grow up in a country they can be proud of.
In a Netherlands where we are allowed to say again what we think.
Where everybody can safely walk the streets again.
Where we are in charge of our own country again.
And that is what we stand for. For freedom and for our beautiful Netherlands.

If he and his party do win in March it will be part of the bigger counter-revolution taking place in the West. The Brexit win and the surprise win of Trump in the US are just two of a number of indicators of a growing resistance movement to the dominant leftist PC culture which has had such an iron grip over the West for so long.

While politics alone will not save us – only widespread and heartfelt God-sent revival can do that – it is encouraging to see such a strong push back to the reigning radical leftist hegemony. People are fed up with the loony left establishment, and they are not gonna take it anymore.

We need more resistance to the decadent system – we need more raging against the machine. Enough is enough. Time for a conservative revolution.

www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38260377
www.wnd.com/2016/12/geert-wilders-i-will-never-be-silent/
www.gatestoneinstitute.org/9530/geert-wilders-conviction

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20 Responses to Wilders Convicted

  • This verdict may spearhead a Trump/Brexit type result in the upcoming elections.

    The New York Times reports ” the trial seems to have improved his party’s standing, rather than diminishing it, among voters. Peter Kanne, a pollster with I&O Research, an independent Dutch polling organization, said the most recent data, released on Nov. 25, indicated that the Party for Freedom had gained support and was currently about even with the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy, the leading party.

    “A lot of people mentioned that they’re really getting angry that he is being accused and judged only for what he said,” Mr. Kanne said. “They think that he said something that is true, and they’re very angry that a politician cannot say that in a society where there is freedom of speech.””

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/09/world/europe/geert-wilders-netherlands-trial.html?_r=0

  • Oh no, that’s a terrible loss for his family and free speech! Today I have been watching his videos on YouTube, how sad. Will Geert serve time in gaol? Praying for the Wilders family, may God bless them at this difficult time and protect them from the evil one so they may experience the Prince of peace who passes all understanding this Christmas and in the year ahead with blessings and love from Sandra

  • The problem is that the churches including evangelicals have encouraged the political correctness/cultural Marxism throughout Europe which is behind the Geert Wilders trial. Time and time again texts such as “in Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek” have been hopelessly abused to push multiculturalism and to teach that there is something in-Christian about nationhood and controlled borders. It is the same here in the U.K. as in the Netherlands. The churches continually imply that to restrict immigration is indicative of racist inclinations. As a Bible-believing pastor I have tried to my little bit to assert that it is a duty before God for nations to control their borders, but it is an uphill struggle.

  • Yes exactly right Peter – and well done!

  • I like Geert Wilders’ strong courage and speeches very much. So often I hear people condemning him and his views, they really just don’t understand the seriousness of the situation. He has not been fined, I see, which is notable…..a conviction but with no penalty. It seems there was pressure to convict, but reluctance to impose punishment? This man seems almost certain to be a key figure for 2017…it’s all in God’s hands.

  • So sad and disgusting that these judges have found Geert Wilders guilty – guilty of asking a question. We can discuss, debate, investigate all other religions – that is how we find out if they are a genuine religion or a cult. We cannot do the same concerning Islam, they have seen to that. They cannot be criticized or scrutinized as they know their beliefs and teachings would not stand up to either. We in the west believe adults that have sex with children are pedophiles and that will never change. The ideology of Islam is founded on sex, child marriages etc.w We have every right to fight for ‘our’ beliefs as does Geert Wilders. Shame on those who think otherwise.

  • It’s good because it shows how insane the west has become. If he spends time in prison it will only serve his cause. The only hope now (aside from the return of Jesus) is that people are shocked into reality!

  • It looks like a time of judgement is upon us. Will we honour the sacrifices of every hero who died for freedom and true justice or will we betray them. Choices have to be made and I pray that enough of us choose honour, freedom and true justice to win the day.

  • @Pastor Peter Simpson
    Can you give us the Bible texts that speak of “..a duty before God for nations to control their borders..”. We need ‘ammo’ to counter wrong teachings.

  • Let us not forget that in 2009, Geert Wilders had been invited by Lord Rannock, the leader of UKIP at the time, to address the House of Lords about the dangers of Islam. But a Muslim peer, Lord Ahmed threatened to bring 10,000 Mohammedans to threaten the House of Lords if he were to do so.
    http://www.israelnewsagency.com/englandukterrorismlordahmedgeertwildersdemocracyfreespeechisraelhamas48021509.html

    As part of his presentation Wilders was going to show a film, Fitna
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HlptyGvlIY

    Consequently, the Home Secretary Jacqui Smith banned Geert Wilders from entering the country.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/4592536/Jacqui-Smiths-ban-on-anti-Muslim-Dutch-MP-triggers-diplomatic-row-with-Holland.html

    Lord Ahmed at the time was due to face a conviction of killing man on a motorway for careless driving. https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2009/feb/25/lord-ahmed-dangerous-driving

    Jacqui Smith’s husband had used Parliamentary expenses for buying porn videos.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/8339577/Jacqui-Smith-I-knew-my-husband-liked-porn-even-two-films-a-week.html

    David Cameron, will be remembered (if at all) as a Prime Minister, who held Islam (and homosexuality) above Christianity in Britain . He looked forward to the day when a Mohammedan is Prime Minister and headed up the military.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHqRtLeI_pE

    The homosexual degenerate, Liberal Democrat MP, Simon Hughes, some years ago, gave the most dimmitudinous speech one will ever hear from a British politician.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1ugsVMarRA

    Prince Charles was getting into the mood for an Islamic take over some years ago.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYndJV6iepQ

    Meanwhile there is no problem with Mohammedans entering Britain in this fashion.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVOSHnksqAQ

    They’re here. They’re queer. Get over it!

    Paul Weston in 2014, gave this message to David Cameron.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1EV-oIPgoc
    But, as he found, if you quote publicly what Churchill had to say in 1889, about Islam, you will get arrested.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB7en-eu0X8

    David Skinner UK

  • Thanks Bill

  • Allow me to paint a canvas of Britain. All this is coming to a city, town, village, street, library and nursery school near you.

    Muslims praying in our public parks
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWPd-FlYiJ4
    Muslims praying in our Streets
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KrmPNC3BvY

    Muslims praying in our little villages
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BW0RCXG_FoU
    Muslims praying in our car parks
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3-ORfGQrdo

    Muslim barabarism on the streets of Leeds
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWywIOffeGU&nohtml5=False
    And Bradford
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KG0yCfFxNj8
    Bloody Ashura in Greece
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iRPxyhcAaQ
    And London
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lol4FhI05G8

    Muslims threatening London
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9KnTYy4BOU

    Arrogance of Islam
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xYu-OaUaq0

    The Muslims’ last word to Britain
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBtct-z9JS8

    The Writing On The Wall
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYkI9Umv4yE

    David Skinner UK

  • He looks like a lion, he sounds like a lion. It is time for the lion to rise. And may the Lord give him wings! I’m thinking of those winged lions around the time of Cyrus. God give us revival! The Truth is freedom. Thanks Bill this is exhilarating. The Conservative Revolution! Glory!

  • Love this guy.
    As for the judges coming up with this “guilty with no penalty” verdict… What a complete load of limp-wristed PC hand waving. Such a bunch of spineless wonders – too scared of Muslims not to convict and too scared of voters to penalize.
    Reminds me of the trial of Christian and Faithful at Vanity Fair (Pilgrim’s Progress). So what were the Dutch judge’s names? Wasn’t something like Lord Old Man, Lord Carnal Delight, Lord Luxurious, Lord Desire of Vainglory, my old Lord Lechery, Sir Having Greedy…by any chance?
    Yep – perfect timing for elections. I think this will work in Wilder’s favour. Wake up Holland.

  • Tim Lovett, thank you for the reference to Vanity Fair. This passage from Pilgrim’s Progress reflects the majority of courts today which are all corrupt and cowardly.

    David Skinner UK

  • For the life of me I cannot understand how conservatives, and most especially Christians, can be admirers of, let alone supporters of Wilders when he is a small ‘l’ liberal who supports gay rights!There is a massive conflict of interests.

  • Thanks Jeff. But you are missing the point here. I do not support Wilders and his party because of their stand on homosexuality. I obviously disagree with them on this. I have mentioned this elsewhere, eg.:

    https://billmuehlenberg.com/2011/11/18/dealing-with-the-dutch-disease/

    What we are supporting here is a man and his party that is very much aware of the threat of Islam. He is one of the few politicians who gets it when it comes to Islam and the war on the West.

    Thus in this area he is worth supporting. We of course do this all the time in a fallen world: we supported the USSR against the Nazis during WWII for example not because we loved godless communism but because we were fighting godless fascism. It is called co-belligerency. I have written often about this, eg:

    https://billmuehlenberg.com/2010/09/02/on-co-belligerency/

    Freedom is important, and the Christian faith is obviously very important. Both are under real threat by Islam. Thus I support pretty much anyone who understands the challenge of Islam and Islamic terrorism and is willing to stand up against this.

  • Apologies for delay. I have only just spotted your post.

    The need to respect national boundaries is clearly taught in Scripture. That nations with distinct boundaries are an aspect of God’s providence is seen clearly in Acts 17:26.

    That nationhood is an honourable principle is implicit in the injunctions of the law of Moses to respect tribal and family boundaries, for example, “Thou shalt not remove thy neighbour’s landmark” (Deuteronomy 19:14).

    The integrity of national boundaries is plainly set forth in Numbers 20 and 21, where we read of the Israelites travelling from the wilderness to the Promised Land. They needed to pass through the territory belonging to the Edomites and the Amorites. So they asked the kings of those two nations for permission. Moses told the kings that his people would not stray from the main highway, nor touch any crops. He even offered to pay for any water that Israel’s cattle consumed in transit. He thus carefully observed the Edomites’ and Amorites’ boundaries as being ordained of God, and worthy of all respect.

    In Deuteronomy 32:8 we read, “The most High divided to the nations their inheritance”.

    Also, the new covenant in no way cancels out the pre-Mosaic decree given at the time of the Tower of Babel that rebellious fallen men, because of their propensity to unite in hostility against Him, should be scattered over the earth into different language groups and nations (Genesis 11:8).

  • Thanks Pastor Peter.

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