I’m Geert Wilders

“Geert Wilders is on trial for us all” no Archbishop Cranmer.

When a politician sounds the trumpet to warn a continent of the incursion of an antithetical ideology and an oppressive power, it is ironic indeed that he should be silenced not by that alien ideology or foreign power, but by the very agencies of government he seeks to guard and of which he is part.

It is not speech itself we stand to lose, but the freedom to articulate in our speech those thoughts or expressions which others might find offensive, whether or not any offence was intended.

If he loses, Geert Wilders faces a little impoverishment and a few years imprisonment.

But if he loses, Western civilisation itself will be impoverished as we are all confined by the diminution of our liberty.

One may not agree with an awful lot of what Mr Wilders says, but putting him on trial in order to silence and censor is no substitute for free debate and discussion. He has beliefs and opinions; he is entitled to them. He expresses thoughts and ideas; he should be free to do so, as long as he does not engage in violence or incitement.

If one can no longer be of the opinion that Islam is a backward religion, or that Mohammad was a criminal, or if one may not defame the Qur’an by placing it on the bottom shelf of a public library, or purchase meat which is not halal, or draw cartoons of the Prophet or put him on television, film or stage without being threatened or brutally murdered, then one is probably living in an Islamic country.

Geert Wilders is defending the liberties of us all.

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