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Criminalizing Criticism of Islam
wsj ^ | Sep. 10, 2008 | ELIZABETH SAMSON

Posted on 09/10/2008 1:42:39 AM PDT by PattRiot

Criminalizing Criticism of Islam By ELIZABETH SAMSON FROM TODAY'S WALL STREET JOURNAL EUROPE September 10, 2008

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.

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TOPICS: Editorial
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1 posted on 09/10/2008 1:42:39 AM PDT by PattRiot
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To: PattRiot
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.

Well, I can't see a problem with that at all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

/sarc

2 posted on 09/10/2008 1:45:39 AM PDT by markomalley (Extra ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: markomalley

I enjoyed your ‘approach’ to it.


3 posted on 09/10/2008 1:46:55 AM PDT by PattRiot
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To: PattRiot

Mohammed (MHBH) was basically a bandit chieftain looking to set up a religion optimally crafted for controlling increasingly large confederations of bandit tribes. The main problem today is that the bandit-tribe model of society is no longer workable given our technology.


4 posted on 09/10/2008 2:17:05 AM PDT by wendy1946
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To: PattRiot

The way you react to this crap from the Jordanians is to fight back with reason and a cry for basic human rights.

Islam is the only world religion that maintains the right to kill others in the name of that religion. It is a violation of every civilized nation’s constitution and the freedom of speech and the right for individuals to worship as they desire.

Islam demands the death of those Muslims who convert to another religion. That alone would make its presence illegal in any Western Nation. It certainly violates OUR U.S.Constitution and I fervently believe we have every legal right to demand from Muslims within our border, and internationally, that they change their religion, periold. Or Muslims will be deported from the United States immediately and never allowed to enter again.


5 posted on 09/10/2008 2:19:36 AM PDT by SatinDoll (Desperately desiring a conservative government.)
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To: PattRiot

This is not ever going to stop.
It is heading to a nuclear conflagration sooner or later. Let’s get it done on our terms.


6 posted on 09/10/2008 2:37:52 AM PDT by Bon mots
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To: PattRiot

I wonder if the Jordanians ever read Free Republic.


7 posted on 09/10/2008 2:43:53 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: Alouette; SJackson

Ping!


8 posted on 09/10/2008 2:53:22 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (~ ~ FREE LAZAMATAZ! ~ ~ [Shipping and handling charges may apply.])
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To: PattRiot; ExTexasRedhead

Stop attacking my Muslim faith.

9 posted on 09/10/2008 3:00:03 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: PattRiot

Ya can see our judges referencing this decision on some of their future decisions.
And Sandra Day says our judges shouldn’t have to live in fear.


10 posted on 09/10/2008 3:41:30 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: Bon mots
Good words.

" Let’s get it done on our terms."

There's only one thing these Islamobabble rabble understand, and lucky for us, it's the intrinsic value of being blown to smithereens in the putrid, Satanic name of Allah.

That's the only end to the debate with a group of fanantical sociopaths whose starting point in the negotiation is you dead.

Let's give 'em all some nice virgins, whaddaya say?

;-/

11 posted on 09/10/2008 3:46:32 AM PDT by Gargantua ("...From Barack to Barracuda in one speech! " ;-/)
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To: PattRiot

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.

A lot of words to say “they are pissing into the wind”...


12 posted on 09/10/2008 4:08:43 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA ( Choice 2008 McCain =Hero, Obama = Zero. Palin = Fresh - Biden = Stale)
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To: SatinDoll

Fight back? The book Alms for Jihad which was subject to a libel suit brought by billionaire Saudi Khaled Bin Mahfouz in England has not been re-published in the United States. Even though American editors would like to publish the work the publishers’ lawyers have objected strenuously, fearing another lawsuit. So much for freedom of speech.


13 posted on 09/10/2008 4:29:33 AM PDT by Melchior
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To: PattRiot

I wonder if I could get the Jordanians to charge me too? That group of 12 seems like good company.


14 posted on 09/10/2008 4:42:50 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (~ ~ FREE LAZAMATAZ! ~ ~ [Shipping and handling charges may apply.])
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To: SatinDoll
Islam demands the death of those Muslims who convert to another religion. That alone would should make its presence illegal in any Western Nation.

Fixed it.

ML/NJ

15 posted on 09/10/2008 5:14:54 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
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16 posted on 09/10/2008 5:38:07 AM PDT by SJackson (as a black man, you know, Barack can get shot going to the gas station, Michelle O)
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To: markomalley

Muslims are simply are AFRAID of the TRUTH. Just a thought.


17 posted on 09/10/2008 6:15:35 AM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^==^..^=)
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To: SkyPilot

The more Sen.Obama lets more cats come out of the bag, the more people will learn the truth about him.

I will remember Sen.Obama saying “my Muslim faith” come Nov. 4th when I vote for Sen.McCain.


18 posted on 09/10/2008 6:19:00 AM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^==^..^=)
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To: Biggirl
Muslims are simply are AFRAID of the TRUTH. Just a thought.

You just described the BOWEL Movement and the dims with that statement.

19 posted on 09/10/2008 6:47:30 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Sarah Palin is NOT worried about anything being above her pay grade!)
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To: Arrowhead1952

What we are seeing is the downfall of Sen.Obama as more Americans see him for who he is.


20 posted on 09/10/2008 6:52:28 AM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^==^..^=)
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To: PattRiot
Sorry, but when I started reading this, I figured it was happening in either Europe or America. Well, it's a bunch of Europeans thinking that freedom applies in an islammunist country. This is about as smart as me going into the inner city and screaming the N-word as loudly as I can.

The only thing these Europeans are proving is that no matter how 'moderate' an islammofascist state proclaims to be, they're all just Saudi Arabia with different geography. I knew that already, doesn't everyone here realize it, too?

21 posted on 09/10/2008 6:52:49 AM PDT by hunter112 (Gov. Palin is ten times the woman Hillary could've hoped to be, if she had stayed a "Goldwater Girl")
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To: Biggirl

We can only hope this idiot is not elected. I know a lot of people are changing their position already. He & Biden just need to keep on making the gaffes.

Like the old saying, “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.”


22 posted on 09/10/2008 7:35:08 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Sarah Palin is NOT worried about anything being above her pay grade!)
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To: PattRiot

All the more reason to get off foreign imports of oil ASAP, and quarantine these Muslim countries.


23 posted on 09/10/2008 1:32:31 PM PDT by happygrl
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To: Melchior

We are headed for samizdat in this country.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samizdat


24 posted on 09/10/2008 1:38:05 PM PDT by happygrl
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To: happygrl

energy independence is a HLS issue (too).


25 posted on 09/10/2008 4:31:46 PM PDT by PattRiot
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To: All
ON THE INTERNET:

JIHAD WATCH.org: "THE OIC CALLS ON THE MEDIA TO SUPPRESS THE TRUTH" (December 20, 2008)

JIHAD WATCH.org (REUTERS): "OIC CHIEF: "Attempts to equate Islam with terrorism should be stopped. Stereotyping and demonization of Muslims should be combated"" (December 20, 2008)

FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE.com: "DON'T CALL IT ISLAMOPHOBIA" by Joel J. Sprayregen (December 10, 2008)

JIHAD WATCH.org: "HATE AND BIAS" (December 5, 2008)

JIHAD WATCH.org (ORGANISATION OF THE ISLAMIC CONFERENCE, December 2, 2008): "Islam a religion of peace -- daily headlines notwithstanding!" (December 4, 2008)

ATLAS SHRUGS - blog: "NUTS! UN'S DEATH KNELL FOR FREE SPEECH" (November 25, 2008)

CNS NEWS.com: "'DEFAMATION' OF ISLAM RESOLUTION TO SET TO PASS, BUT LOSING GROUND" by Patrick Goodenough (November 25, 2008)

JIHAD WATCH.org (WEA, November 15, 2008): "INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC ORGANIZATION ATTEMPTS TO CRIMINALIZE CRITICISM OF ISLAM AT THE UN" (November 20, 2008)

FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE.com: "JIHAD AGAINST FREE SPEECH" by Deborah Weiss (November 6, 2008)

JIHAD WATCH.org (TODAYS ZAMAN): "OIC CHIEF: ISLAMOPHOBIA IS A NEW FORM OF RACISM, EXCEPT IT'S EVEN WORSE THAN RACISM" (October 31, 2008)

FOX NEWS.com: "U.N. ANTI-BLASPHEMY RESOLUTION CURTAILS FREE SPEECH, CRITICS SAY" by Jennifer Lawinski (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Religious groups and free-speech advocates are banding together to fight a United Nations resolution they say is being used to spread Sharia law to the Western world and to intimidate anyone who criticizes Islam.") (October 3, 2008)
JIHAD WATCH.org (BERNAMA.com, September 25, 2008): New York - "MALAYSIA PROPOSES CONVENTION ON ISLAMOPHOBIA IN U.S." (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Malaysia has proposed that a large-scale international convention sponsored by the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) be held as early as next year to tackle the anti-Islam movement...") (September 28, 2008)

WASHINGTON TIMES.com (UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND RED TEAM - UNCLASSIFIED): "FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN JIHAD ANALYSIS: DEBUNKING THE MYTH OF OFFENSIVE WORDS" (August 21, 2008)

ACLJ.org: "PETITION OPPOSING THE ORGANIZATION OF THE ISLAMIC CONFERENCE"

Link (pdf)

WorldNetDaily.com: "U.N. SCHEME TO MAKE CHRISTIANS CRIMINALS Sharia-following Islamic nations demanding anti-'defamation' law" by Bob Unruh (July 10, 2008)

JIHAD WATCH.org (REUTERS): Amman - "JORDAN CHARGES GEERT WILDERS WITH 'BLASPHEMY AND CONTEMPT OF MUSLIMS'; OIC 'DEEPLY ANNOYED' AT DUTCH DECISION NOT TO PROSECUTE HIM" (July 1, 2008)

HUMAN EVENTS.com: "GEORGE ORWELL MEETS THE OIC" by Robert Spencer (June 25, 2008)

FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE.com: "FREE SPEECH DIES AT THE UN" by Robert Spencer (June 25, 2008)

COUNTERTERRORISM BLOG.org: "JIHAD AGAINST FREEDOM OF SPEECH AT THE UNITED NATIONS" by Jeffrey Imm (June 19, 2008)

JIHAD WATCH.org (REUTERS): "OIC: LACK OF PUNISHMENT FOR CARTOONS WILL LEAD TO MORE 'ISLAMOPHOBIA'" (June 24, 2008)

TRUTHUSA.com: "A Look at More Than Cartoons"

JIHAD WATCH.org: "OIC: COMBATING 'ISLAMOPHOBIA' TOP PRIORITY, WORKING WITH WESTERN GOVERNMENTS TO RESTRICT FREE SPEECH" (June 23, 2008)

Link

CNS NEWS.com: "ISLAMIC NATIONS EYE UN SECURITY COUNCIL SEATS" by Patrick Goodenough (June 23, 2008)

JIHAD WATCH.org: "ITALIAN PM AND MUSLIM CONVERT TO CHRISTIANITY TARGETS OF JIHADIST DEATH THREATS; ISLAMIC CONFERENCE DECRIES 'ISLAMOPHOBIA'" (June 18, 2008)

JIHAD WATCH.org (KUWAIT NEWS AGENCY): "'INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC CONFERENCE ON INTER-FAITH DIALOGUE' CALLS FOR ACTION AGAINST 'CULTURE OF HATRED AMONG NATIONS'" (June 8, 2008)

JIHAD WATCH.org (TODAY'S ZAMAN): "OIC TO DECLARE A 'MEMORIAL DAY' FOR MASSACRES AGAINST MUSLIMS" (May 17, 2008)

JIHAD WATCH.org (TODAYS ZAMAN.com): "ISLAMIC NATIONALS LAUNCH 'ISLAMOPHOBIA OBSERVATORY'" (May10, 2008)

JIHAD WATCH.org (ISLAMIC REPUBLIC NEWS AGENCY): "OIC CONDEMNS FITNA 'IN THE STRONGEST TERMS'" (March 29, 2008)

WTOP NEWS.com (AP): Geneva - "UN OKs ISLAMIC TEXT AGAINST DEFAMATION" (March 27, 2008, 11:40 pm)

HOT AIR.com - blog: "NEW JIHAD WATCH: DEFAME ISLAM, GET SUED" (March 24, 2008)

Video - Link

ASSIST NEWS SERVICE: "OIC: ELIMINATING 'DEFAMATION' OF ISLAM - an examination of the Organisation of Islamic Conference's Observatory Report on Islamophobia" by Elizabeth Kendal (March 24, 2008)

CNS NEWS.com: "OIC DENOUNCES TERROR, BUT FIGHTING 'OCCUPATION' STILL EXEMPTED" by Patrick Goodenough (March 18, 2008)

JIHAD WATCH.org (AFP): Dakar - "INDONESIAN PRESIDENT: "ISLAM HAS BEEN UNJUSTLY ASSOCIATED WITH VIOLENCE'" (March 15, 2008)

JIHAD WATCH.org: "FITZGERALD: THE OIC's REBRANDING GAME" (March 15, 2008)

JIHAD WATCH.org: "OIC: 'COMBATING ISLAMOPHOBIA IS AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES FACED BY THE MUSLIM WORLD'" (SNIPPET: "Well, Jihad Watch can offer a handy five-point plan for countering 'Islamophobia'...") (March 12, 2008)

CNS NEWS.com: "STATE DEPT INTRODUCES NEW ENVOY TO MUSLIM NATIONS" by Susan Jones (March 10, 2008)

COUNTERTERRORISM BLOG.org: "JIHAD, ISLAMISM, AND U.S. ENVOY TO OIC" by Jeffrey Imm (February 29, 2008)

WHITEHOUSE.gov - news release: Oval Office - "PRESIDENT BUSH MEETS WITH SPECIAL ENVOY TO THE ORGANIZATION OF THE ISLAMIC CONFERENCE" (February 27, 2008, 2:01 pm EST)

26 posted on 12/20/2008 4:31:25 PM PST by Cindy
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