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October 4th, 2010
10:32 AM ET

Far-right Dutch politician tried over anti-Muslim film

Far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders went on trial in the Netherlands on Monday, charged with inciting discrimination and hatred over a controversial film he made about Islam.

Wilders' film "Fitna," which he released online in March 2008 to international outcry, features disturbing images of terrorist acts superimposed over verses from the Quran in an apparent attempt to paint Islam as a threat to Western society.

Comments Wilders made in a variety of media between 2006 and 2008 form part of the case against him.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Islam • Netherlands • Quran

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  1. Iqbal khan

    Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
    $1,096,573,151,587
    http://www.costofwar.com/

    October 23, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  2. Jinn the Kafir

    Islam's legacy to the world is certainly not peace, but the suicide bomber.

    October 15, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  3. Iqbal khan

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCSdDqO8JEg&w=640&h=360]

    October 5, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  4. marcos

    Islam is garbage, period. All religions are make-believe, but non is more harmful than Islam. What this man did was nothing more than exercise his right to express his opinion on something we all know to be true. So why are the lefties so mad?

    October 5, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
    • Iqbal khan

      Dear do you know all prophets were muslims, check out the meaning of Islam and muslims please have an open mind and heart check on youtube what some of these people are saying ...
      Khalid yaseen, Yusuf Islam, Yusuf Estes,Dr.jerald dirks, Jeffry Lang, Jashua Evans ,Siraj wahaj they all are reverted or converted to Islam....Check it out please..

      October 5, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
    • Reality

      For Iqbal khan's eyes only since he apparently missed these Five Easy Steps to Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths-

      o Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

      "1. Belief in Allah"

      aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

      "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

      Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

      "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

      A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

      "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

      Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

      Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

      Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

      "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)
      alone."

      Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave attended to by his wives before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

      Accept these five "cleansers" and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

      October 5, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  5. JB

    The west is doomed if people contine to stifel free speech, if Muslums are so offended why dont they show evidance to the contrary, rather then threatening peoples lives, destroying buildings, ect. What they should do is stand up for the film makers "NATURAL RIGHTS" to speak freely, this would show the world what they truley belive, and Whether or not they are peacful, or not

    October 5, 2010 at 2:07 pm |
  6. samwhite

    Geert Wilders is a hero...
    He is exposing the true nature of Islam.
    It Islam that is dividing the people and insiting hatred. He is trying to stop that and defend freedom. Go educate yourselves.

    October 4, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  7. Reality

    G. Wilders bio, short form-

    "Geert Wilders (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɣeːrt ˈʋɪldərs]; born September 6, 1963) is a Dutch politician and leader of the Party for Freedom (PVV), the third leading political party in the Netherlands.[2][3] Born in the city of Venlo, raised as a Roman Catholic and having left the Church at his coming of age, Wilders attributes his politics to his support for what he calls 'Judeo-Christian values'.

    He formed many of his political views on his travels to Israel, as well as the neighbouring Arab countries. His early job at the Dutch social insurance agency propelled him into politics, where he worked as a speechwriter for the conservative-liberal People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). In 1996, he moved to the city of Utrecht, where he was elected to the city council and later to the House of Representatives of the Netherlands.

    Citing irreconcilable differences over the party's position on the accession of Turkey to the European Union, Wilders left the VVD in 2004 to form his own party, the Party for Freedom. He advocates banning the Qur'an,[4] taxing women who wear the headscarf,[4] ending immigration from Muslim countries,[5] and banning the construction of new mosques.[6] He has also spoken in an international conference. In the international press he was called the Netherlands' "most inflammatory public figure".[7]

    Wilders has pleaded, for instance, for a hard line against what he called the "street terror" exerted by minorities in Dutch cities.[8][9] His controversial 2008 film about Islam in the Netherlands, Fitna, has received international attention. On 21 January 2009, the Amsterdam Court of Appeal ordered his prosecution for what it said was "the incitement to hatred and discrimination".[10] Wilders was also controversially banned from entering the United Kingdom between 12 February 2009 and 13 October 2009, with the Home Office viewing his presence as a "threat to one of the fundamental interests of society".[11] The ban was overturned after Wilders appealed.[12] He visited the UK on 16 October 2009,[13] and again in March 2010, to show his film."

    Said bio reads like the bio of a mild Tea Party member!!!

    October 4, 2010 at 2:35 pm |
    • Selfish Gene

      The fact that muslims would try to kill him for speaking his mind, proves his point.

      October 4, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  8. Frank

    Wilders is a joke. He is merely dividing the people and slandering an entire religion. He has made an entire career out of bashing Muslims. Pathetic.

    October 4, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
    • peace2all

      @Frank

      Agreed...!

      Peace...

      October 4, 2010 at 1:13 pm |
    • Castle Bravo

      – peace2all

      Did you buy your T-shirt yet?

      October 4, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  9. Iqbal khan

    One of the five pillars of Islam is Hajj the annual pilgrimage to Mecca is all about following the foot steps of prophet Ibraheem or Abraham(PBUH) please watch

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFQHgdmJqjo&w=640&h=360]

    October 4, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
    • Selfish Gene

      Boring.

      October 4, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
    • Castle Bravo

      -Selfish Gene

      Better?

      http://www.jihadwatch.org/2008/03/here-is-fitna.html

      October 4, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
    • Selfish Gene

      Yes, thank you.

      October 5, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  10. Iqbal khan

    Please increase your knowledge about Islam check
    http://www.911Bible.com

    October 4, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
    • Selfish Gene

      Yours is a false religion. Check Mate.

      RAmen

      October 4, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
    • Jinn the Kafir

      Another fool who doesn't realize that infidels now know more about Islam than most Muslims in the world. Most Muslims have no clue about who Muhammad was and how he lived his life. By the way, more than 85% of the world's Muslims are illiterate.

      October 15, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  11. Frogist

    Wow. A politician inciting hatred against a minority to get votes? Who ever heard of such a thing?!

    October 4, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
    • Jinn the Kafir

      WE all have heard of this before, from Islam.

      October 15, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  12. Philly

    "inciting discrimination and hatred" vs. free speech.

    October 4, 2010 at 11:15 am |
    • Jinn the Kafir

      People like Geert Wilders are against hate. Islam is a doctrine of hate, just as Nazism is a doctrine of hate. Are you going to called critics of Nazism inciters of hate?

      October 15, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  13. Reality

    From the topic:

    "Wilders' film "Fitna," which he released online in March 2008 to international outcry, features disturbing images of terrorist acts superimposed over verses from the Quran in an apparent attempt to paint Islam as a threat to Western society."

    And koranic-driven proof that indeed Islam is a threat to Western society, actually any society:

    1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

    1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

    2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

    3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,481 and 924 died in non-combat, 97,172 – 106,047 Iraqi civilians killed, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and
    defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

    4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

    5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

    6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

    7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

    8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

    9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

    10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,116 killed in action, 902 killed in non-combat situations as of 08/10/2010. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

    11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

    12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

    13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

    14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of an Islamic terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

    15) Followed by the daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings every day in the terror and horror world of Islam.

    October 4, 2010 at 11:04 am |
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