Skip to comments.Dutch MP indicted for insulting Islam
Posted on 04/03/2008 6:06:45 AM PDT by LSUfan
The Austrian authorities have indicted politician Susanne Winter on charges of incitement and degradation of religious symbols and religious agitation. This offence carries a maximum sentence of two years. Last January, Ms Winter said that the prophet Muhammad was a child molester because he had married a six-year-old girl. She also said he was a warlord who had written the Koran during epileptic fits.
The politician, a member of the Austrian Freedom Party FPÖ, an anti-immigration party which is in opposition, added that Islam is a totalitarian system of domination that should be cast back to its birthplace on the other side of the Mediterranean. She also warned for a Muslim immigration tsunami, saying that in 20 or 30 years, half the population of Austria will be Muslim if the present immigration policies continue.
Following her remarks, Muslim extremists threatened to kill Susanne Winter and she was placed under police protection. Today, the Justice Department in Vienna announced that Ms Winter will be charged with incitement and degradation of religious symbols (Verhetzung und Herabwürdigung religiöser Symbole). If convicted she may have to serve up to two years in jail for her opinions.
However, Alfred Hrdlicka, the Austrian artist who depicted Jesus and his apostles engaging in homosexual acts of sodomy during the Last Supper, has not been indicted. Nor will he be. Depicting Jesus sodomizing his apostles is not considered to be a degradation of religious symbols in Austria, but referring to the historic fact that Muhammad married a six-year old girl is incitement to racial hatred.
Neither has Mr Hrdlicka been threatened by Christian assassins for his opinions. The difference between Christian and Muslim extremists is that the former do not aim to kill those who offend them, but the latter do which is perhaps also why the European authorities fear the radical Muslims and persecute their opponents while they subsidize those who insult Christians.
Meanwhile, it has become clear that only 144 of the 785 members of the European Parliament have supported the proposal of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former Dutch politician who lives in hiding following death threats from Islamists, to establish a European fund to protect people who are stalked by assassins for their opinions. Ms Hirsi Ali is under de facto house arrest because the Dutch authorities are only willing to protect her while she remains in the Netherlands, but not when she travels abroad. Due to the lack of protection she is confined to hide-outs in the Netherlands.
Last month, Henk Hofland, a leading Dutch journalist, proposed that the Dutch authorities lift the police protection of Geert Wilders, another politician whom radical Muslims want to assassinate for his opinions. Several Dutch individuals and organizations have lodged complaints against Mr Wilders for incitement to racial hatred because he made a 15-minute film, called Fitna, to express his views about Islam.
VNO-NCW, the Federation of Dutch Employers, has ordered its lawyers to see whether it is possible to claim damages from Mr Wilders for the loss of income which Dutch companies may possibly suffer as a result of a boycott of Dutch products by Muslims who are angry at Mr Wilders and at the fact that the Dutch have not been able to shut him up. Companies like Shell, Philips and Unilever are easy to recognize as Dutch companies, VNO-NCW chairman Bernard Wientjes told the newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad. I do not know how rich Geert Wilders is, or how well insured he is, but if we suffer from a boycott, we will investigate whether it is possible to claim damages from him. Last November, Doekle Terpstra, a member of the board of Unilever, called upon the Dutch to rise in order to stop Wilders because Geert Wilders is evil and evil has to be stopped.
Today in neighbouring Belgium the governments anti-discrimination body CEOOR warned bloggers and websites to remove their links to Wilderss movie. The CEOOR states that the movie aims to foster fear, distrust and hatred of Muslims. The anti-discrimination body has asked the Belgians to be vigilant and to report cases of incitement to hatred and/or discrimination.
Other than Mozart, Marzipan, and Johann Strauss, WTF has insignificant lil’ Austria done for the world?
Oh yeah...that short corporal with the funny mustache. </sarc>
I’m quite sure Ms. Winter would have been indicted if she had said similar things about Christianity.
Europe is finished... and they’re doing it to themselves with alacrity.
Sort of like ‘Civil Rights’ in the U.S. where such rights inure to a select, Politically Correct few.
For some reason, I typed “Dutch” into the headline. I need another cup of coffee.
Don’t forget that Austria also started WWI.
Only other person I know that uses that word is Dennis Miller.
Either you are being sarcastic..or you didn't read the article.
If Austria indicts this clown for disparaging islam they really wouldn’t care to have a discussion with mo on the subject.
Islam, the culture of death led by murderers and scum.
I gently pass flatuence in the general direction of Mecca.
You are forgiven. Besides, Austria or the Netherlands; both countries have little spine.
And Sigmund Freud and Adolph Eichman too!
OMG, stop, pissing myself laughing over here!
Might be a good thing. You can’t be insulting to Islam by speaking the truth. I’d like to see the government prove she maliciously lied.
SOOOOOOOOOOoooooo......what was she arrested for?......telling the truth? Were the Muzzies that threatened her life arrested? How do they know she was threatened and not know by whom....enquiring minds wanna know!!
Already a precedent in AustRALia. A man on trial for "religious intolerance" read the relevant passages of the Koran in court that supported what he'd said that was "intolerant". The plaintiff objected, and the judge upheld, that the reading of the Koran itself was "religiously intolerant".
The double standard is firmly entrenched in the legal system of the United States, and most European countries.
Sometimes I wonder if these are the same people that filled the ranks of the Wehrmacht and the SS. Putting all moral and political debate aside - at least they FOUGHT - and fought damn hard...
Usually, Truth makes quite a fine defense. Sadly, in Europe today, I’m not sure that matters.
Huh ? Ok that’s it, those people are officially INSANE. They’re are insane. I’m gonna go buy more guns.
Can you fix the title? It should read Austrian, not Dutch. Thanks!
How'd you guess? ;)
The light of free expression isn’t doing much better in the US. Did you know that Netflix has withdrawn the movie “Obsession,” with no explanation. It simply says “withdrawn.” I’m sure the Muzzies got to them.
“Im quite sure Ms. Winter would have been indicted if she had said similar things about Christianity.”
Are you being sarcastic?
She spoke the truth, which facts bear out.
What worse things could have been portrayed of Christ and the disciples that would have brought conviction? or even mild concern? Europeans do not care about blaspheming the Son of God....
I guess 9-11 scared the CHIT outta the whole entire world. OSAMA’S gamble paid off like a charm!!
Bunches of good beers?
You would be quite wrong.
It has been illegal in Austria to use persecutory language against minority groups for a long time. For very obvious reasons.....
Europe is not one country....
Apparently, in Australia, the truth will NOT set you free.
Where's my damned coffee?
True, but the EU is trying to make it so.
I used to say that too. Now it's "I'm gonna go buy more ammo".
Their heads will explode from an overload of doublethink.
Is this Scrappleface?
geez.. it could be
I know. I was being sarcastic. (I know it can be hard to tell sometimes.)
Yes. I guess I should have used a tag. . .you're the third person who asked.
Also provided us with the Goobernator...
This is simply a preview of what the Obama administration will bring...
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