This is not the first time a European has been brought to a stacked court to face charges of telling the truth about irrational religious authority. While many compare Wilders to Churchill for his stalwart stand against evil and tyranny even while his fellow countrymen courted it as politically correct to do so, perhaps a more accurate comparison, at least in terms of this trial, is the one of Galileo and the Church of Rome. Telling the truth about the machinery of the Solar System was a grave offence if it contradicted the official view of celestial mechanics as the Church insisted it had to be, to stay in accord with biblical analysis. So it is with Geert. Before I get a list of angry comments about the facts of Galileo’s inquisition, I agree that the story is misrepresented in the popular view. But certainly it was indeed an issue of freedom of speech in the face of powerful religious authority.
The trial of Geert is exactly that, even if the religious authority is using a proxy.
Eeyore for Vlad