Judge Rules Wilders Has Free Speech Rights After All

Good news for Geert Wilders (via Hot Air)

Anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders’ comments about the Koran and the prophet Mohammed do not incite hatred or violence against Muslims, a court in Rotterdam ruled on Monday.

The judge rejected a case brought the Islamic federation (NIF) saying that Wilders’ comments were provocative but did not break the law.

‘A member of parliament must be able to express his standpoint, if necessary in sharp terms,’ the judge is quoted as saying by ANP news service. ‘Wilders’ right to freedom of expression is the deciding factor here’.

The NIF wanted to know if Wilders had broken the law with his public declaration in August last year that the Koran is a fascist book and comments that Mohammed was a barbarian.

I have to wonder if the rest of the Dutch public have the right to express their standpoint, too.

Anyhow, this is a pretty good ruling in an era and area where political correctness and cowtowing – mostly in fear – from Islamic extremists is running wild.

Allahpundit, in his exit question, asks if the judge will be fatwa’d next week. How about now? I am issuing a religious edict in support of freedom of speech in the judge’s name.

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