Wilders goes on trial today for inciting “Insulting Muslims as a group, inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims because of their religion, and inciting hatred and discrimination against non-western immigrants and/or Moroccans because of their race.”
It’s a controversial trial, those who are pro-Wilders refer to him as a proponent of free speech and a freedom fighter. I’m not pro-Wilders, I agree there are cross-cultural issues between the local cultures in Europe and migrant groups. But I don’t think the answer is banning the burka or banning the Qur’an. I also don’t think dual nationality is a big deal – lots of countries allow it and manage to flourish without losing a sense of identity.
As an Member of Parliament Wilders has taken an oath to uphold the constitution, the actual words according to TweedeKamer.nl are;
Ik zweer (beloof) trouw aan de Koningin, aan het Statuut voor het Koninkrijk en aan de Grondwet (I swear loyalty to the Queen, to the law of the Kingdom and the constitution translation: mine)
Wilders isn’t stupid, I’m sure he’s hired the best legal advice to make sure he was within the law, but at the very least he has not upheld the constitution of the Netherlands which states
Yet he continues to hold a seat as a Member of Parliament in the Netherlands.
(Note; although I do not condone Mr Wilders’ actions, nor do I agree with his opinions, I also cannot condone violence against him. I am not the artist of the graffiti in the photo.)