Wilders cleared of “spreading hate”

Radio Netherlands reports:

The Hague – A judge has ruled in a case against MP Geert Wilders brought by the Dutch Islamic Federation that Mr Wilders is not guilty of spreading hate, although his statements are provocative. The Islamic Federation wanted a judgement on the Freedom Party’s leader after he compared the Qur’an to Mein Kampf. However the judge ruled that members of parliament have to be able to express their opinions strongly.

Note that this is not about Fitna, but rather a comment he made last year when he called for the Koran to be banned.

UPDATE: (20.00) A Hague court has refused to ban Fitna, correctly deciding that Wilders’ right to free speech allows him to criticise the Koran. The case was brought be the Netherlands Islamic Federation, who thought is should be banned because it was insulting to Muslims. Duh.

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