Sunday, January 24, 2010

A Dutch lawmaker faces hate speech trial.

reprinted by Associated Press

AMSTERDAM - Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders is facing criminal charges in Amsterdam for allegedly inciting hatred against Muslims.

On Wednesday, he nodded as prosecutors read aloud a hundred remarks he has made condemning Islam, Muslims, and immigrants -- notably one comparing the Quran to Hitler's Mein Kampf.

Wilders is one of a dozen European politicians who are testing the limits of freedom of speech while voicing voters' concerns at the growth of Islam.

At Wednesday's hearing, Wilders told the judges he has nothing against Muslims, but opposes the "Islamization" of the Netherlands because he believes "Islam is diametrically opposed to freedom."

Muslims make up about six percent of the Dutch population of 16 million.

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