I just received this note from Jihad Watch reader Andries in the Netherlands. I’m working on finding confirmation. If it is accurate, and it is illegal in the Netherlands to tell the truth, then the light of freedom is in imminent danger of going out not just in the Netherlands but all over the West.
Dear Mr. Spencer,
At 09.45 Amsterdam local time the prosecution stated that “no matter whether Wilders’ publications are true or not, this does not mean that he can express those as facts”.
This means telling the truth, even well documented, can still mean jail is coming.
So, apparently The Netherlands are already back in the dark ages.
UPDATE: Yes, it’s accurate. “Prosecutors: Dutch anti-Islam politician can’t defend himself by arguing his comments are true,” from The Associated Press, October 12:
AMSTERDAM — Prosecutors say Dutch politician Geert Wilders cannot defend himself on hate speech charges by arguing that remarks he has made critical of Islam are true.
They say there is no general agreement about the nature of Islam and his statements are only his opinion….
Prosecutor Birgit van Roessel said at the start of her closing arguments Tuesday that the right to freedom of speech has limits, including when it infringes too far on the right of freedom of religion….