This is pretty nuts.
I find a lot of people like to use the Netherlands as some sort of model society, when comparing it to the U.S. in terms of Sex-Ed, Abortion and Healthcare. Not much of a model really.
Geert Wilders will have to defend him self in criminal court for speaking out against Islam. The charges brought against him are: racism and hate mongering (no actual hate crimes have ever been connected to him, his political movement or his speeches).
“I find it horrible that I’m prosecuted” says Wilders. “This is a political trial and it’s sad that I'm prosecuted as a criminal for only voicing my political opinions. I hope free speech will prevail. [But] I am convinced that the trial can only lead to my acquittal”.
The trial might even gain him some extra votes. After all, he can be easily perceived as the political underdog, speaking up against a powerful, but very corrupt, Dutch political elite. But Wilders says he does not care for extra votes: “This will cost me a lot of time and energy. This is not a [just a regular] debate. Here my neck is on the line. I much rather didn't have this trial and have 5 parliamentary seats less in the polls. I don’t want to be a suspect” in a criminal trial.