Here’s a bit of wonderful news this afternoon. Dutch Politician Geert Wilders is not guilty on all counts. This was a bit of a surprise to me, as I was sure that the liberal Dutch court would find Wilders guilty of inciting hatred towards Muslims or at the very least discrimination.

Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders (R), who plays a controversial but pivotal role in the formation of a new Dutch government, sits next to his lawyer Bram Moszkovicz in court in Amsterdam October 12, 2010. Wilders, who has constant police protection because of death threats, went on trial on Monday on charges of inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims in media comments and for insulting Muslims by comparing the Islamic faith to Nazism. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen (NETHERLANDS - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION CRIME LAW)

Prosecutors in the case read interviews, Wilders own writings on the subject, and his film called Fitna to come to their conclusion. I and others have written in the past that not only was Geert Wilders on trial but freedom of speech itself was on trial in this case.

Even though the prosecutors found Geert Wilders not guilty on all counts they did say that his comparison of the Koran to Hitler’s Mein Kampf was crude but not punishable. They also said that some of Wilders statements, if taken out of context, could incite hatred. Isn’t that pretty much true about just about anything we say?

I’m sure that our readers will no doubt think that I am anti-Muslim for sticking up for Geert Wilders. On the contrary I’m just defending Wilders right to speak his mind without fear of prison or death. Since the Dutch court found Geert Wilders not guilty on all counts at least he doesn’t have to worry about the former.

The latter is pretty much up to the radicals that have promised to kill him.