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Friday, December 9, 2016
Dutch court finds political candidate guilty of “hate speech” for proposing change in immigration policy
court found leading political candidate Girt Wilders guilty of hate speech.
Read the article and contemplate the words of the presiding judge.
declaring Wilders guilty, [presiding Judge] Steenhuis stressed that freedom of
speech was not on trial as Wilders had claimed during the case.
of speech is one of the foundations of our democratic society," the judge
said.But he added: "Freedom of
speech can be limited, for example to protect the rights and freedoms of
others, and that is what this case is about."
exactly was Mr. Wilders found guilty? He proposed during a campaign speech for
the office of prime minister that he would change the legal policy toward
immigration, especially as to Moroccans who have flooded into the country and
created a criminal underclass.
repeat that: Wilders spoke about a legal policy change to address what he
considered a social harm. He did not threaten anyone or any class of people
with criminal behavior (i.e., this was not a criminal threat); he did not
incite violence; and he was not accused of defaming anyone. In other words, Mr.
Wilders was convicted for his pure political speech.
Netherlands, political speech is now hate speech if it upsets Muslims or those
among the Progressive establishment who seek to destroy Dutch national
existence via open borders.
of the Netherlands as the Advanced Case of the Western Affliction. HRC, and the
rather imposing cast of like-minded Progressives with whom she travels, have
long adopted the Dutch court’s view of our fundamental liberty to speak freely
on political matters. That is, political speech is only free speech if it fits
conventional PC norms.
Donald Trump appears to have stalled this Western Affliction as it relates to
this fundamental liberty to speak truth to power, although at times he has
attacked this liberty when it is in the hands of his critics.
most of Mr. Trump’s potential, we’ll have to see what fructifies and what
one thing is for certain: the Western Affliction is here. The only question is
whether we can muster our internal anti-bodies to resist it.
you ponder that last query, consider the results of the last popular vote for
president. Indeed, while a Trump presidency provides a good measure of hope, a
majority of Americans still voted for HRC.