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Geert Wilders Speech On Negative Freedom: Full Transcript Of Trial Address

by | 2nd, June 2011

GEERT Wilders is charged with racial hate and discrimination for making comments about Islam. Wilder’s is the leader of Holland’s Party for Freedom. Is his brand of freedom, freedom to do or freedom from? Is it postive freedom or negative freedom?

Wilders is against Islam. All of it. He wants to ban the Koran in the Nertherlands. He wants to ban Islamic items of clothing. In October, 2011, he said the Koran was like Hitler’s Mein Kampf ”.

In October 2011, his trial began for “inciting hatred and discrimination ” against Muslims. That trial has now come to an end. Wilders made a speech. He says freedom of expression was also on trial

This is what he said:

Mister President, members of the Court,

I am here because of what I have said. I am here for having spoken. I have spoken, I speak and I shall continue to speak. Many have kept silent, but not Pim Fortuyn, not Theo Van Gogh, and not me.

I am obliged to speak. For the Netherlands is under threat of Islam. As I have argued many times, Islam is chiefly an ideology. An ideology of hatred, of destruction, of conquest . It is my strong conviction that Islam is a threat to Western values, to freedom of speech, to the equality of men and women, of heterosexuals and homosexuals, of believers and unbelievers.

All over the world we can see how freedom is fleeing from Islam. Day by day we see our freedoms dwindle…

That is why I have spoken, why I speak and why I shall continue to speak.

The statements for which I am being tried are statements which I made in my function as a politician participating in the public debate in our society. My statements were not aimed at individuals, but at Islam and the process of Islamization…

I am acting within a long tradition which I wish to honor. I am risking my life in defence of freedom in the Netherlands. Of all our achievements, freedom is the most precious and the most vulnerable. Many have given their lives for freedom….

Every day the armored cars drive me past the statue of Johan de Witt at the Hofvijver in The Hague. De Witt wrote the “Manifesto of True Freedom” and he paid for freedom with his life…

I do not wish to betray the trust of the 1.5 million voters of my party. I do not wish to betray my country…. I wish to be a politician who serves the truth end hence defends the freedom of the Dutch provinces and of the Dutch people. I wish to be honest, I wish to act with honesty and that is why I wish to protect my native land against Islam. Silence is treason.

That is why I have spoken, why I speak and why I shall continue

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