The Muslims in Europe have succeeded in intimidating European governments into stifling free speech. Not however free speech for Muslim radicals who seek to Islamize Europe and eventually the U.S., but rather the free speech of those who oppose the creeping takeover of Western institutions by Muslims. Geert Wilders, the Dutch parliamentarian (Freedom Party) has exposed the Islamist's agenda, and now faces prosecution by the Amsterdam Court of Appeals for statements they deem "insulting and harmful to the religious esteem of Muslims."
Mr. Wilders is being persecuted for his courage to speak the truth in contrast to the cowardly and intellectually dishonest Dutch political elites and the media who accommodate themselves to life as defined by the Islamists. Mr. Wilders' film "Fitna" boldly presents the nature of Islamic radicalism and is intended to be a warning to the Europeans. Mr. Wilders' primary offense is his call for a ban on the Qur'an. "The Qur'an," he says, "is a fascist book which incites violence that is why this book, just like Mein Kampf must be banned." And while Mr. Wilders is being prosecuted for "inciting hate," Dutch authorities in the name of multiculturalism lamely excuse the imams, who are defiantly calling for the murder of non-believers.
The Dutch authorities' shameless appeasement of the Muslim community is indicative of the total loss of pride by the Europeans in general and the Dutch in particular. They no longer value the preservation of their own culture and thus have made multiculturalism their new ultimate value. Christianity is dead or dying a slow death in Europe, as is the native European demography, and while the mosques in the Netherlands are packed with worshippers, the churches are empty.