This issue sits at the edge of what free speech means. Is it acceptable to say hurtful things about other people? That, in turn, needs to be divided into what is socially acceptable and is it legally acceptable. My take is that socially it is abhorrent, but legally, it is perfectly acceptable. For a third view, politically it is what the traffic will bear.
Those citizens of the Netherlands who were offended apparently have options:
"The acquittal means that the right of minorities to remain free of hate speech has been breached. We are going to claim our rights at the U.N.," said Mohamed Rabbae of the National Council for Moroccans.The thing I question is if there is such a freedom as to "remain free of hate speech". If there is, politics as we know it is dead.
Regards — Cliff