Seamas O Dalaigh wrote:
Your right to extend your arm ends where my nose begins.
Does your right to freedom of speech end where racism begins?
No, but Wilders' usual talk is not "racism"; he raises legitimate concerns about the spread of Muslim fundamentalism in the West.
The people who want to bully him into silence by calling him a racist are similar to those who would bully Christians into silence by calling them homophobes when they speak about the evils of homosexual acts and "homosexual marriage."
A large group of angry protesters has scuffled with people attending a Melbourne speech by controversial Dutch MP Geert Wilders.
There were verbal exchanges on Monday evening as about 200 protesters wrestled with those trying to access the venue at Somerton, in the city's north.
The demonstrators took guests' tickets and pushed them to the ground.
"What are you doing? This is a democratic society. We're allowed to go in there," one guest told the protesters.
Organised by Students for Palestine. A similar Palestinian student group prevented an Israeli ambassador from giving a speech at a California university. Another Palestinian group prevented the BBC Proms from being broadcast because they didn't like the fact that it was the Israel Philharmonic. Now that racist, if you ask me.
Mr Abbott says Mr Wilders is free to "say his piece", but says Australia's experience of multiculturalism is different from the Netherlands..
It may just be a matter of numbers and time. Amsterdam is 20% Muslim and has no-go areas and serious problems with a parallel society which does not wish to assimilate.
The protestors that took tickets from guests should have been arrested for assault.