In the Netherlands, parliamentarian Geert Wilders has been pushing to ban the Quran from his country because in his view it is “fascist.” Muslim groups, some of which have been pushing to censor Danish comics that upset them, are incensed that Wilders would support banning the Quran, and so they bring a case to a Dutch court seeking to censor Wilders. The Dutch court rules that in advocating the criminalization of the Quran, Wilders has committed a religious speech crime. Wilders’ reaction to all this? He says his prosecution marks a “black day for myself and for freedom of speech” and is an “attack on the freedom of expression…. Participation in the public debate has become a dangerous activity. If you give your opinion, you risk being prosecuted.”
I count four loop-de-loops in there.
Oh, those silly Europeans. We Americans would never do that! And by never, I mean… ok, fairly often. Take Republican outsider and recent presidential candidate Albert Howard, who follows up his congratulations to Geert Wilders for having “exercised his fundamental human right of freedom of expression and spoken out”… with a call to ban the Quran.