Avoiding trial by media
How to tell the truth about this chap? Well, as always a good place to start is to examine the character of his enemies. This general rule applies to anyone. Who is it that paints him as an enemy of cultural equanimity? Who's bringing law suits against him & publicly slandering his character? Oh - the media, the established & entrenched political class and academics eh? I like him already.
Secondly we could do something really outrageous these days - we could actually read & listen to what he has said to ascertain just how offensive it really is. Not what others say that he has said, what he himself has actually said. Now there's a radical thought.
Robert Spencer has written this article on Mr Wilders' recent talk at a rally for free speech in support of the gaoled Tommy Robinson. In the past Robinson has been imprisoned by the British government on the most trumped-up charges & Wilders has been denied access to Britain by that same government. Robinson was arrested, convicted and imprisoned in great haste but the law was technically quite correctly applied in all this. The problem was that the suspended sentence he was given for a previous "offence" was based on highly prejudicial grounds that signify yet again that he was being singled out for special treatment.
Both Robinson & Wilders oppose Islamisation & Sharia and both stand up for their non-Muslim compatriots. Interestingly while the British government did its best to close these guys down they decided it was perfectly OK to allow Islamic hate preachers free rein. Now that does seem inequitable doesn't it? However we already know I'm not smart enough to be a lawyer so perhaps it's best to just ignore me.
By reading this article we might get an insight into why the British government found them both so burdensome that they had to silence them. However perhaps the tide is turning & in the future such voices may not be so easily silenced. In any event, we owe them both a great debt.
From Frontpage magazine.
Geert Wilders Puts the Political Elites On Notice
The people are rising up. Can the elites put the genie back in the bottle?
Geert Wilders spoke at a massive rally for Tommy Robinson on Saturday. 20,000 people came out to call for Tommy’s release, and Wilders took the opportunity to put the political elites of Britain and continental Europe on notice.
“Our governments,” Wilders declared, “sold us out with mass immigration. With Islamization. With open borders. We are almost foreigners in our own lands. And if we complain about it, they call us racists and Islamophobes. But I say, no more! And what do you say? No more! And that’s right: enough is enough. We will not be gagged anymore. No more tyranny.”
It was extraordinary that the British authorities allowed Wilders into the country at all. Several years ago he was banned from entering the country, but although the ban was reversed on appeal, the British government recently banned Martin Sellner, Brittany Pettibone, Lauren Southern and Lutz Bachmann from entering, all for the crime of opposing jihad terror and Sharia oppression, and thereby made it clear that it is more authoritarian and unwilling to uphold the freedom of speech than ever – at least when it comes to criticism of Islam, Muslim rape gangs, and mass Muslim migration.
Even worse, the bannings of Sellner, Pettibone, Southern, and Bachmann were just part of a long pattern. Pamela Geller and I were banned from entering Britain in 2013, apparently for life, also for the crime of telling the truth about Islam and jihad. Meanwhile, Britain has a steadily lengthening record of admitting jihad preachers without a moment of hesitation. Syed Muzaffar Shah Qadri’s preaching of hatred and jihad violence was so hardline that he was banned from preaching in Pakistan, but the UK Home Office welcomed him into Britain.
The UK Home Office also admitted Shaykh Hamza Sodagar into the country, despite the fact that he has said: “If there’s homosexual men, the punishment is one of five things. One – the easiest one maybe – chop their head off, that’s the easiest. Second – burn them to death. Third – throw ’em off a cliff. Fourth – tear down a wall on them so they die under that. Fifth – a combination of the above.”
Theresa May’s relentlessly appeasement-minded government also admitted two jihad preachers who had praised the murderer of a foe of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. One of them was welcomed by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Meanwhile, the UK banned three bishops from areas of Iraq and Syria where Christians are persecuted from entering the country.
But now matters are coming to a head. Apparently British authorities decided that it would be too politically costly for them to bar Wilders again. And so he entered, and spoke, and gave them a strong dose of the reality that they are determined to ignore and deny.
The British government, in imprisoning Tommy Robinson, has shown itself willing to incarcerate people for having opinions that it considers unacceptable. That heralds the death of Britain as a free society and the beginning of an authoritarian police state there, unless this slide to totalitarianism is stopped now. British public figures, whatever criticism they have leveled against Tommy Robinson in the past, should be calling for him to be freed today, or else they will be exposing themselves as supporting the degeneration of Britain into a police state.
Wilders addressed this endeavor head-on, declaring: “We will not be silenced. We will not be intimidated. And we tell the governments, we are not afraid of you. We will never surrender. We will stand strong and do our duty. We will defend our civilization. And we will protect our people.” [Graeme: Do note that "our people" includes all races & religions that wish to live in accord with the norms of the host country - yes, even Muslims]
Wilders added: “And I tell you, to the governments. You can throw us in jail, but you will never defeat us. Because, my friends, for every Tommy whom you imprison, thousands will rise up. So take notice, Theresa May. Take notice, Dutch Prime Minister Rutte. Take notice, Mrs. Merkel or President Macron. Take notice: the future is ours and not yours. We will defeat you politically, because we, my friends, we are the people.”
If Wilders’ words don’t prove true, it will be because the death of free societies in Britain and Western Europe is truly at hand.