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Criminalizing Criticism of Islam
WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | September 10, 2008 | ELIZABETH SAMSON

Posted on 09/09/2008 6:08:19 PM PDT by ricks_place

There are strange happenings in the world of international jurisprudence that do not bode well for the future of free speech. In an unprecedented case, a Jordanian court is prosecuting 12 Europeans in an extraterritorial attempt to silence the debate on radical Islam.

The prosecutor general in Amman charged the 12 with blasphemy, demeaning Islam and Muslim feelings, and slandering and insulting the prophet Muhammad in violation of the Jordanian Penal Code. The charges are especially unusual because the alleged violations were not committed on Jordanian soil.

Among the defendants is the Danish cartoonist whose alleged crime was to draw in 2005 one of the Muhammad illustrations that instigators then used to spark Muslim riots around the world. His co-defendants include 10 editors of Danish newspapers that published the images. The 12th accused man is Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders, who supposedly broke Jordanian law by releasing on the Web his recent film, "Fitna," which tries to examine how the Quran inspires Islamic terrorism.

Jordan's attempt at criminalizing free speech beyond its own borders wouldn't be so serious if it were an isolated case. Unfortunately, it is part of a larger campaign to use the law and international forums to intimidate critics of militant Islam. For instance, in December the United Nations General Assembly passed the Resolution on Combating Defamation of Religions; the only religion mentioned by name was Islam. While such resolutions aren't legally binding, national governments sometimes cite them as justification for legislation or other actions.

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TOPICS: Editorial; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: censorship; dhimmi; freespeech; islam; judiciary; mohammedanism; worldcourt
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Islam is incompatible with Western culture.
1 posted on 09/09/2008 6:08:19 PM PDT by ricks_place
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That is the same conclusion I have come to. We will eventually have to fight them on a large scale I fear.


2 posted on 09/09/2008 6:12:23 PM PDT by refermech
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...charged the 12 with blasphemy, demeaning Islam and Muslim feelings, and slandering and insulting the prophet Muhammad...

Coming soon to an American town near you.

3 posted on 09/09/2008 6:14:01 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (McCain/Palin '08! Real change you won't have to "believe in." You'll be able to see it!!!)
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To: ricks_place

Similar scenario coming to a city near you if we see an Obama administration.


4 posted on 09/09/2008 6:15:06 PM PDT by hope (Howard Wolfson: "She put a knife in him with a smile")
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To: ricks_place

Ah shucks! It’s just that ole religion of peace! /s


5 posted on 09/09/2008 6:16:48 PM PDT by Road Warrior 04 (Kill 'em til they're dead, then kill 'em again!)
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To: ricks_place

islam can kiss my all-American ass.


6 posted on 09/09/2008 6:17:05 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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Coming soon to an American town near you.

It is already here in the form of prosecuting our soldiers for doing their job.

7 posted on 09/09/2008 6:17:29 PM PDT by bigheadfred (FREE EVAN VELA, freeevanvela.com)
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To: refermech

“We will eventually have to fight them on a large scale I fear.”

That’s a given.


8 posted on 09/09/2008 6:18:15 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: hope

Not as long as we have a 2nd Amendment...


9 posted on 09/09/2008 6:19:25 PM PDT by Maverick68 (w)
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To: ricks_place

“Muslim feelings”

Damn! What about the rest of the world’s “feelings?”


10 posted on 09/09/2008 6:20:31 PM PDT by George - the Other ("Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent" - G. Orwell)
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Islam isn’t a religion. It’s a vast criminal conspiracy to commit murder, extortion and slavery.


11 posted on 09/09/2008 6:20:35 PM PDT by Hugin (Mecca delenda est!)
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To: ought-six

I will eat pork ribs the day before the muzziez come for me


12 posted on 09/09/2008 6:20:40 PM PDT by waterhill
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The same thing is going on at the UN. They have a committe, headed up by muslims, that want to do the same thing..........around the world.


13 posted on 09/09/2008 6:20:59 PM PDT by RC2
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Blackforrest a day till the muzziez come to play... On Jewish Rye!


14 posted on 09/09/2008 6:22:56 PM PDT by waterhill
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To: ricks_place
To quote a WWII B-29:


15 posted on 09/09/2008 6:24:36 PM PDT by Road Warrior 04 (Kill 'em til they're dead, then kill 'em again!)
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To: Maverick68

Hide what you got and buy more.


16 posted on 09/09/2008 6:26:32 PM PDT by pipecorp
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To: ricks_place

i’m not religious,

but the united states is a judeo-christian culture.


17 posted on 09/09/2008 6:27:01 PM PDT by ken21 (people die and you never hear from them again.)
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People — in general — have no clue how wide spread radical Islam is.

Two polls tell a story that is hard to ignore.

One in Canada, when a group of Muslim terrorists planed to take over the Parliament and decapitate the PM of Canada. A poll done by one of the Canadian papers showed about 25% of Canadian Muslims either fully supported or "had no problem" with these attacks and their goals.

In the UK, another poll asked very similar questions after the train bombings in London — the results were almost exactly the same, give a point or two.

If 25% of Muslims — in the west — support or condone such acts, then the mistrust of the Muslim community is well warranted, especially since I would assume that MANY in these polls supported the terrorists but did not want to say so.

In any case, that would mean is is fair to surmise that there ARE 10s of thousands who would support or condone terrorism in North America...as well as all through Europe....especially since Muslims do NOT integrate into the societies of these western countries, even the ones who are naturalized citizens.

18 posted on 09/09/2008 6:28:02 PM PDT by Jackson Brown (Conservatives killed their racehorse in order to let their fortunes ride on a jackass)
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I have put in some time studying the concepts of Natural Law and International Law as they were traditionally understood. Stuff like the International Court of Justice in the Hague has absolutely nothing to do with REAL international law.

The whole UN movement and the NWO movement and the Eurosnobs and the leftist Justices on SCOTUS who cite this stuff in their decisions have developed ideas that are dangerous to Democracy and the rule of law as it is traditionally understood.

And the Muslims are cleverly riding on these movements, appealing to the Multicultis and the effete leftists.

We have to take ALL of this stuff, deep-six it, and get back to our constitution and traditional ideas of right and wrong. ISLAM JUST DOESN’T FIT. Stoning women, knifing daughters or sisters who get out of line, marrying multiple wives and divorcing them at will, killing people who refuse to be MUSLIM—just doesn’t fit into our western civilization. There’s no way it will ever fit in, unless we want to bow down and let them rule us, as Islam demands.


19 posted on 09/09/2008 6:28:42 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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Islam is incompatible with Western culture.

Agreed

20 posted on 09/09/2008 6:29:52 PM PDT by pipecorp
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