Wilders Calls Islam ‘An Ideology of Hatred’ in Demanding Acquittal

National Post (Toronto), June 2, 2011

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 I.

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.

Islam is opposed to freedom. Renowned scholars of Islam from all parts of the world agree on this. My witness experts subscribe to my view. There are more Islam scholars whom the court did not allow me to call upon to testify. All agree with my statements, they show that I speak the truth. That truth is on trial today.

We must live in the truth, said the dissidents under Communist rule, because the truth will set us free. Truth and freedom are inextricably connected. We must speak the truth because otherwise we shall lose our freedom.

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. That is why the Public Prosecutor has concluded that I should be acquitted.

Mister President, members of the Court,

I am acting within a long tradition which I wish to honour. 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. We have been reminded of that in the commemorations of the month of May. But the struggle for freedom is much older.

Every day the armoured 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. Every day I go to my office through the Binnenhof where Johan van Oldenbarneveldt was beheaded after a political trial. Leaning on his stick the elderly Oldenbarneveldt addressed his last words to his people. He said: “I have acted honourably and piously as a good patriot.” Those words are also mine.

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. Inspired by Johan van Oldenbarneveldt and Johan de Witt 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 to speak.

Freedom and truth. I pay the price every day. Day and night I have to be protected against people who want to kill me. I am not complaining about it; it has been my own decision to speak. However, those who threaten me and other critics of Islam are not being tried here today. I am being tried. And about that I do complain.

I consider this trial to be a political trial. The values of D66 [a Dutch leftist liberal party] and NRC Handelsblad [a Dutch leftist liberal party] will never be brought before a judge in this country. One of the complainants clearly indicated that his intentions are political. Even questions I have asked in parliament and cooperation with the SGP are being brought as allegations against me by Mr Rabbae of GroenLinks [the leftist Dutch Green Party]. Those on the Left like to tamper with the separation of powers. When they cannot win politically because the Dutch people have discerned their sinister agenda, they try to win through the courts.

Whatever your verdict may be, that is the bitter conclusion of this trial.

This trial is also surrealistic. I am being compared with the Hutu murderers in Rwanda and with Mladic. Only a few minutes ago some here have doubted my mental health. I have been called a new Hitler. I wonder whether those who call me such names will also be sued, and if not, whether the Court will also order prosecution. Probably not. And that is just as well. Because freedom of speech applies also to my opponents.

My right to a fair trial has been violated. The order of the Amsterdam Court to prosecute me was not just a decision but a condemning verdict by judges who condemned me even before the actual trial had begun.

Mister President, members of the Court, you must now decide whether freedom still has a home in the Netherlands

Franz Kafka said: “one sees the sun slowly set, yet one is surprised when it suddenly becomes dark.”

Mister President, members of the Court, do not let the lights go out in the Netherlands.

Acquit me: Put an end to this Kafkaesque situation.

Acquit me. Political freedom requires that citizens and their elected representatives are allowed to voice opinions that are held in society.

Acquit me, for if I am convicted, you convict the freedom of opinion and expression of millions of Dutchmen.

Acquit me. I do not incite to hatred. I do not incite to discrimination. But I defend the character, the identity, the culture and the freedom of the Netherlands. That is the truth. That is why I am here. That is why I speak. That is why, like Luther before the Imperial Diet at Worms, I say: “Here I stand, I can do no other.”

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

Mister President, members of the Court, though I stand here alone, my voice is the voice of many. This trial is not about me. It is about something much greater. Freedom of expression is the life source of our Western civilisation.

Do not let that source go dry just to cosy up to a totalitarian regime. “Freedom,” said the American President Dwight Eisenhower, “has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed–else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.”

Mister President, members of the Court, you have a great responsibility. Do not cut freedom in the Netherlands from its roots, our freedom of expression. Acquit me. Choose freedom.

I have spoken, I speak, and it is my duty–I cannot do otherwise–to continue to speak.

Thank you.

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  • highduke

    Geert is more of a Liberal Extremist than A Rightist judging by his own words in the second paragraph. Liberal extremists are militant about imposing Liberalism on everyone equally whereas regular Liberals only attack the native ethno-culture. I still support him for now. Give him a few more years.

  • Henry Clay

    If he is convicted–the United States should withdraw its ambassador.

  • Anonymous

    Just a note of information – Mr. Wilders is a traditional Catholic and as such takes that view of Mohammedanism from a religious view point. To what degree I don’t know.

  • Preparation H-Bomb

    I’m a Catholic too, but I do not take the “view of Catholicism” with regard to Islam, and I don’t believe Wilder does either. I agree with him 100%, and if we in America don’t do something quickly to stop Islam’s spread in our country, we are going to bitterly regret that we didn’t in the not too distant future. It has nothing to do with religion (my point of view) – most Catholics gave up letting the Church think for them years ago. I did, and so has everyone I know in the Church. Islam isn’t a religion, anyway; it’s a political system DISGUISED as a religion. And the sooner we get rid of it here, the better.

  • Sardonicus

    Either free speech is permitted or totalitarian speech control becomes the law of the land. Gert Wilders already has to have fulltime bodyguards. Where will Mr. Wilder’s be put on trial next–in a Sharia Court? Think it can’t come to that; look at formerly Great Britain that’s the direction they’re moving in.

  • Anonymous

    >>

    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.

    >>

    It is racial when the representatives of a given culture have such an anti-thetical understanding of YOUR civilization (in which they are unwelcome guests) that you refuse to interbreed with them and thus cut yourself off from equal apportionment of the goods and services which would otherwise be exclusively yours to benefit from.

    And well you should shun them because the average IQ of SWA is mid-80s and the correlate of SES to IQ in an advanced society is R=.72 or better. Only in those with collegiate educateable IQs in the 115-120 range or better.

    Islam, in numbers, is thus also an economic system. Because where a Western society cannot sustain itself with IQ 84 innovation and excellence, you must degrade the functioning of the economy in which a class of these intellects are imbedded to a level where societal stress deriving from lowered productivity (and concomitant purchasing power) is -further- exacerbated.

    Highduke is correct. If you will not address the STATISTICS of genetic cultural and economic value differences between peoples, if you will not admit why you dread the thought of your son or daughter having a child with the great grandchildren of these new immigrants, their own TFRs having driven them to social dominance of a third world culture, you are nothing but a liberal extremist hypocrite.

    We are happy when we are amongst our own because they give us the basis to achieve our best.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t think of one single thing Europe gained, or will ever gain, by allowing millions of backward, hostile, alien muslims into its crowded continent. I believe it will ultimately prove to be the greatest msitake in the continent’s history. And this is a continent that has seen an awful lot of history, very much of it destructive.