Free speech vanishing in Europe?

by Kal El on March 28, 2011 · View Comments

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More and more we see people put on trial for hate speech. Since when is telling the TRUTH hate speech?

Free Speech on Trial in Europe

The “hate speech” trial of Lars Hedegaard, the president of the Danish Free Press Society and the International Free Press Society, began in a courthouse near Copenhagen on January 24. Hedegaard, who has been charged with “racism” for critical comments he made about Islam, faces up to two years in prison.

Hedegaard’s trial, which is similar to recent or current ones in Austria, Finland, France, Italy and the Netherlands, represents a landmark case that will establish the limits of free speech in a country where the politically correct elite routinely seek to silence public discussion about the growing problem of Muslim immigration. The trial also exemplifies the increasing use of lawfare: the malicious use of European courts to silence criticism of Islam.

Hedegaard’s legal problems began in December 2009, when he remarked in a taped interview that there was a high incidence of child rape and domestic violence in areas dominated by Muslim culture. Although Hedegaard has insisted that he did not intend to accuse all Muslims or even the majority of Muslims of such crimes, Denmark’s thought police have refused to drop the case.

Instead, the Danish public prosecutor’s office says Hedegaard is guilty of violating Article 266b of the Danish penal code, which states: “Whoever publicly or with the intent of public dissemination issues a pronouncement or other communication by which a group of persons are threatened, insulted or denigrated due to their race, skin colour, national or ethnic origin, religion or sexual orientation is liable to a fine or incarceration for up to two years.”

The Hedegaard trial is the second one in Denmark involving Islam-related “hate speech” in as many months. On December 3, 2010, a Danish court found Jesper Langballe, a Danish politician and Member of Parliament, guilty of hate speech for saying that honor killings and sexual abuse take place in Muslim families.

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  • Tonto

    I couldn’t live like that. With so many assholes from so many origins out there in the world today, I don’t think the world can effectively function unless there is some form of “in your face” discussion. If someone steps on your toes, you let them know about it. The insanity of islam may seem perfectly normal to islamic wackos that have been slaves to the imams for all their lives, but we are not accustomed to such stupidity….and, by golly, I’m not afraid to let them know how I really feel. This court business is a big money and time waster…..and this guy will win. All he did was state the facts, brought forth the points of contention in a forthright manner, and demanded a conclusion. What could be more civil that that….unless one takes the socialist view and kisses muz ass.

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    The insanity of islam may seem perfectly normal to islamic wackos that have been slaves to the imams for all their lives, but we are not accustomed to such stupidity….and, by golly, I’m not afraid to let them know how I really feel. This court business is a big money and time waster…..and this guy will win.

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