Today in Amsterdam, a far-right Dutch politician named Geert Wilders was acquitted on charges of hate speech following a lengthy trial examining his statements comparing the Koran and Mein Kampf and calls to end Muslim immigration. For the most part, Wilders is an obscure figure in the U.S. (despite brief exposure joining Newt Gingrich to protest the so-called Ground Zero Mosque), but in the dark corners of the right-wing blogosphere, the man is an absolute hero.
"Victory!" shouted the right-wing blog Weasel Zippers, as news of the acquittal came streaming in. "They must have known how history would view them if Wilders had been found guilty: as troglodytes who ushered in the return of the Dark Ages," wrote anti-Islam firebrand Pamela Geller at Big Government. "Hallelujah!" cheered Zilla of the Resistance. The Jihad Watch blog called it a "great victory for decency and sanity." Over at The American Thinker, Rick Moran noted that Muslim groups were outraged, taking the issue to United Nations Human Rights Committee where "no doubt they will get a sympathetic hearing." Over at the National Review, Mark Steyn gave a somewhat more nuanced reaction to the ruling but applauded Wilders regardless. "Very few Europeans would have had the stomach to go through what Wilders did--and the British Government's refusal to permit a Dutch Member of Parliament to land at Heathrow testifies to how easily the craven squishes of the broader political culture fall into line."