I had a chance to travel through Amsterdam when I was a junior in college in 1996. Much of what everyone has heard about that city is true. It's most famous of course for its libertine attitude including the availability of marijuana in most coffee shops and the red light district which houses an endless array of prostitutes that stand in front of a glass door posing for any passer by. In Amsterdam, as much of the Netherlands, the folks believe in a live and let live attitude.
For this reason the case of Geert Wilders is just that much more shocking. Wilders is a member of the Netherlands parliament and he has been an outspoken critic of Islam. Recently, he helped make the movie, Fitna, which criticized Islam.The Dutch Court of Appeals recently charged Wilders with "incitement to hatred and violence" because he made this film. This is all parts stunning, tragic, and very ironic that the same place that sees no problem with women standing nearly naked in front of a full sized window will send someone to jail because they have made a movie that a religion finds offensive.
It appears that the libertarian attitude of the Dutch only goes so far. Prostitution and drug use are protected under the guise of libertarianism while free expression is deemed to be "incitement to hatred and discrimination".
Of course, if the establishment continues on this obscene road to multiculturalism, they will soon be shocked by how far it will go. After all, merely having prostitutes stand in front of a glass door and offer their bodies for money is no less an affront to Islam than is making a movie that challenges the religion. The long road toward multiculturalism only starts with jailing someone that makes a movie deemed insulting to religion. Soon, the establishment will realize that much of their society as they know it is in and of itself an affront to Islam.
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