Dutch court acquits Islam insulter

In a decision which could have positive consequences for Geert Wilders’ upcoming prosecution , a supporter of the Dutch extreme right National Alliance has had his conviction for ‘insulting Islam’ overturned by the High Court.

The man from Valkenswaard had displayed a poster in his window after the murder of Dutch film maker Theo Van Gogh. It read:

“Stop the tumour that is Islam. Theo has died for us. Who will be next? Resist now! National Alliance, we will not bow down to Allah. Join now.”

Originally given a suspended sentence, he was acquitted yesterday by the High Court. The judged concluded that it was not an offence to express insults towards religion

Not even if that happens in such a way that the devotees feel their religious feelings are hurt.

As Wilders is up against charges of insulting the religious feelings of Muslims, this case sets a promising precedent.

3 Responses to “Dutch court acquits Islam insulter”

  1. marc says:

    Would that be a victory for common sense, or do the nutters have a higher court to appeal to?

  2. Martin says:

    Nope this is the highest court we have in The Netherlands.

  3. andy Godden says:

    I, wholeheartedly agree with this decision. After all , Holland is a Christian country. If Muslims don’t like other people’s opinions, (and those of the Islamic persuasion are not shy about calling Christians “infidels and dogs”, then they should return to a country where no views are expressed in public. All the best to Geert Wilders!