Sunday, 8 August 2010
Sunday, 8th August 2010
It seems this is not the first such prosecution in Denmark:
There is however a ray of light for Denmark: it seems that the Justice Minister is now considering amending the hate speech laws on the grounds that they could be misused to restrict free speech. If so, this would underscore Denmark's general reputation for robustness in defence of its core civilisational values. It's a reputation which has nevertheless taken a knock from its adoption of these illiberal hate crime laws in the first place -- but remember the heroic Jyllands-Posten, whose staff found themselves under a death sentence for publishing the Mohammed cartoons.
However, the possible amendment of Denmark's hate laws is scant consolation for other western countries, with the UN having decided to criminalise all criticism of sharia law, as reported here. Until and unless western liberals finally understand that radical Islamists are not a minority whose human rights need to be defended but are instead a mortal threat to human rights which must be defeated -- and crucially, that the UN is the vehicle of Islamist oppression and must in turn be fought by all who care about human rights -- the light of freedom will continue to be extinguished in the west.
Posted on 08/08/2010 8:52 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
8 Aug 2010
Canada's "hate-speech" laws have been consistently used to censor and deprive individuals of their right to free speech. These same laws have also become a lucrative make-work project for a vocal handful permanently aggrieved leftists.
8 Aug 2010
Video: Ayaan Hirsi Ali "Why we must not take Freedom of Speech for Granted"
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