Geert Wilders, the leader of the Dutch Freedom Party who is known for criticizing Islam and, in particular, releasing the controversial film, Fitna, was acquitted by an Amsterdam District Court today. He had been charged with “inciting hatred and discrimination and insulting Muslims.”
As many, including Wilders, have already said, this is a tremendous victory for free speech in general, and for the fight against Islamization in particular. The verdict does not, however, erase the fact that Wilders has had to defend himself against this prosecution for two years. My hope is that Wilders was able to see his fight, in large part, as an opportunity to gain more publicity for his message (which it has done).
In addition, this verdict for Wilders in Amsterdam does not guarantee that others who are fighting Islamization, there or elsewhere, will be treated justly. For example, a police captain in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was recently suspended for refusing to attend a proselytizing event at an Islamic center. We have a long way to go yet.
Still, this verdict is cause for celebration.