Skip to comments.Tightening Sharia Screws-The clampdown on free speech intensifies
Posted on 01/03/2019 4:25:01 AM PST by SJackson
It started out with an isolated case here and there. In 2005, Oriana Fallaci was put on trial in Italy for her anti-Islam book The Force of Reason. In 2010 and again in 2011, politician Geert Wilders was tried in the Netherlands for publicly criticizing Islam. In 2011, the Danish Lars Hedegaard was found guilty by a Danish court of hate speech for having, in the privacy of his own home, made reference to the frequency of incest rape in Muslim communities. (The verdict was later reversed by the Danish Supreme Court.) Also in 2011, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff was tried and fined in Austria for having stated, truthfully, that the Prophet Muhammed was a pedophile. The verdict was upheld by two higher Austrian courts and, this year, by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
In the years since those notorious prosecutions were initiated, the net has spread ever wider, and such cases have become routine aspects of Western European life. In 2017 alone, about 77 people, most of them middle aged and elderly ladies, were convicted in Sweden of inciting hate. Also in 2017, two Norwegian parliamentarians, one of them belonging to the Conservative Party and the other to the Progress Party (which gained power by promising to fight such things) introduced a website at which citizens can, with a couple of keystrokes, report hate speech to the police. In Britain, too, members of the public are being urged to report offensive or insulting comments to the police, and increasing numbers of otherwise law-abiding British subjects are being imprisoned for, as Reason's Brendan O'Neill put it, making racist comments or just cracking tasteless jokes on Twitter.
You might deduce from all this that Western European governments are already doing a bang-up job of suppressing freedom of speech. But the United Nations doesnt seem to think so. At a December 6 meeting in Geneva of the UNs Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Keiko Ko, the committees Rapporteur for Norway, charged that the Norwegian government had not yet done enough to prevent hate speech directed at refugees and migrants, to ban so-called racist organizations, and to prosecute persons guilty of racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia. In response, a Norwegian official attending the meeting assured Ko of Norways determination to punish hate speech and to develop new ways for the police to engage those spreading hatred. Another Norwegian delegate affirmed that [t]he prosecution of hate crimes, including hate utterances, was a priority in Norway.
Members of the committee, however, complained that Norways sentencing for such crimes was too lax. One offender, it was noted, spent only 16 days behind bars; another was given a suspended sentenced and charged a fine. The committee was especially concerned to know whether Norwegian courts were doing enough to address high-profile cases of hate speech. (Its important, you see, to go after big fish people like Fallaci and Wilders because the more damage you can do to them, the more you can scare other potential purveyors of hate speech into silence.) Yet another concern was that the Norwegian governments war on hate speech is being waged less vigorously in some parts of the country than in others. While the Oslo police are apparently doing a good job of tracking down, arresting, and charging perpetrators within their jurisdiction, cops elsewhere notably in Norways second-largest city, Bergen are achieving less impressive results.
In a December 28 article, the Communist newspaper Klassekampen quoted Grunde Almeland, a a member of the Norwegian Parliament, as calling for tougher hate speech laws. Among other things, Almeland said that hate crime groups of the sort that already exist in Oslo should be established around the country. He also found the disparity in enforcement between Oslo and Bergen worrying. You should be able to feel equally safe, whether you are trans, gay, or Muslim in Oslo and in Bergen, he said.
Needless to say, none of this mischief on the part of governments and of international organizations like the UN is really about the harassment of gays or transsexuals. Yes, discussions of hate speech routinely contain pro forma references to homophobia, anti-Semitism, misogyny, and ableism. But there can be no doubt as to why, at this point in European history, supposedly free countries are cracking down with increasing ruthlessness on freedom of speech. The show trials of such prominent Islam critics as Fallaci and Wilders make it obvious what this is all about.
One recent article issued by the news agency NTB actually admitted as much. While the Equality and Discrimination Ombudsman (LDO), the official Norwegian agency tasked with fighting bigotry, does handle cases of hate speech against Jews, gypsies, and Samis, the LDO, reported NTB, is especially concerned about skepticism and hatred toward Muslims. And of course, as the cases of Hedegaard and Sabaditsch-Wolff demonstrate, hatred toward Muslims in Western Europe today includes any criticism whatsoever of Islamic ideology, law, or culture, even when the object of that criticism is something such as forced marriage or incest rape that would otherwise be considered anathema by Western values and illegal under Western law.
Indeed, while publicly criticizing Muslim child marriage may well land you in prison nowadays in many Western European countries, actually practicing child marriage is now permissible in at least one of those countries namely, Germany, where, in December, the Federal Supreme Court ruled that any such union, if entered into in a nation where sharia law applies, should be considered legitimate when the happy pair relocates to Berlin or Hamburg. Not very many years ago, such a morally backwards state of affairs child marriages O.K., criticizing them a crime would have been unthinkable. Now it's the law in Germany and will probably soon be the law elsewhere in Western Europe.
In the same way, before too long, Britain's neighbors will likely have copied its cowardly visa policies, whereby civilized critics of Islam (such as Robert Spencer) and Christians like Asia Bibi (who risks being murdered in her native Pakistan) are explicitly banned while promoters of ISIS, defenders of the Salman Rushdie fatwa, and imams who preach the slaughter of apostates are routinely admitted.
The direction in which these matters are developing is clear as day, and the speed with which things are going from bad to worse is unsettling. As we enter 2019, let us hope that in this new year the popular resistance to all this illiberal establishment knavery a resistance represented by brave men and woman like Wilders and Anne-Marie Waters, by the Tommy Robinson protesters in Britain and by many, if not all, of the gilets jaunes in France finally comes into its own. Because if it doesnt, it will soon be too late to recover Western European liberty.
“The Clampdown on Free Speech Intensifies”
Like in the United States, where Congress wants to make it criminal to protest Israel?
(don’t worry freedom lovers — you can still bash the United States all you want.)
Western Europe is lost forever.
The import of Sharia in the EU and Socialist Shock Troops (caravan) into the US is setting the stage for global socialism unlike anything we have ever seen.
I've seen no such indication from Congress or anyone; and you're still free, aren't you?
“Like in the United States, where Congress wants to make it criminal to protest Israel?”
Like in the United States, where Congress wants to make it criminal to protect Israel?
The politicians in the “West,” at the head of “free” countries, are now working to implement sharia. Oh, they won’t tell you that. You aren’t supposed to notice they are actively promoting the implentation of *slam.
There are areas in the USA, a formerly free country regulated by something called a “Constitution,” in which *slam is the law and the governing force.
It is an abomination to have an area in the country where the Constitution is not applied, but it’s a fact and a reality.
There is hope for the USA as long as Trump is president, but the moment the public puts its head back in its anal exit passageway and elects a dem, hope is lost.
I’m not a violent person, but after seeing the above image of the obviously low Towelhead, I had a flash: If I had a baseball bat, I’d enjoy knocking the flyer out of his hand with it...
(Oh, did I say that out loud? Whoops - sorry.)
... obviously low IQ Towelhead ...
Guess I don’t proofread so well when my blood pressure’s up. )-:
I wonder how much of this comes from Western politicians being bought by OPEC money?
And what happens when they no longer have enough money to keep it going?
It is already too late to “recover Western European liberty.”
England, France, Germany, Scandinavia - all gone.
Go to Michighanistan or Minnesotastan here in the US. It’s come here already. Two just got elected to Congress.
Its just the beginning for us
“Like in the United States, where Congress wants to make it criminal to protect Israel?”
Except that is a factually incorrect statement.
Congress has done nothing to prevent Israel from protecting it.
Please, provide evidence to back up your assertion if you do not want to appear a liar.
Of course, you can always respond with more incorrect assertions, ad hominems or red-herrings and it will merely prove you are ignorant.
Marxists and Muslims: united in love of tyranny and violence, and hatred of liberty and civility.
They share a mutual desire to destroy Western Civilization abd Biblical Christianity.
“Except that is a factually incorrect statement.
Congress has done nothing to prevent Israel from protecting it.”
No clue what this means.
“Please, provide evidence to back up your assertion if you do not want to appear a liar.”
Ilan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were elected to the House. All three have professed their hatred of Israel and the Democrats. As of 2017, 74 Democrats and 4 Republicans in the house were openly anti-Israel, with Beto-O’Rourke, a potential presidential candidate in 2020 being one of them.
Since the Democrats are now in charge of congress, and as past Democrat condemnation of Israel has proven, there possibly can be bills against Israel introduced. Thankfully a Republican Senate and President Trump won’t let it go any further. Being a Jew who has lived and worked in Israel, I am happy Trump is our President.
“Of course, you can always respond with more incorrect assertions, ad hominems or red-herrings and it will merely prove you are ignorant.
I know about the Anti-Israel Boycott Act. Both Congress and the Senate have bills for it, with the recent one submitted by Cardin and Portman. The ACLU has asserted that it violates the first amendment for free speech. I agree with that assertion as did the supreme court in decision in 1982 NAACP vs Claiborne Hardware. Here is the ACLU article about the Anti-Israel Boycott Act: https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech/rights-protesters/new-israel-anti-boycott-act-still-unconstitutional
Anyway, first off, I am not a liar. I offered my opinion. Hundreds, if not thousands of comments over the years revolving around changing someones comment to something else and saying, “there, fixed it” have been offered, most funny. Mine was no different. So I would say to you, “lighten up.” We are on the same side in this fight.
“Ilan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were elected to the House. All three have professed their hatred of Israel and the Democrats. As of 2017, 74 Democrats and 4 Republicans in the house were openly anti-Israel, with Beto-ORourke, a potential presidential candidate in 2020 being one of them.”
“and they’re Democrats.”
Thanks for the thoughtful response.
Let me say first off - I should not have implied you were a liar or ignorant.
I was out of line and mouthing off across many different streams and arguments some here — most personal and away from here.
I have gotten in the too easy habit of taking out my frustrations on things away from my main worry, which is personal and financial.
I realized this pretty soon after posting but was not able to respond until much later.
As I am the one who over-reacted and I appreciate your measured and thoughtful response which only further spotlighted my tantrum. Thanks for setting me straight and being classy.
Nice response. You must be an honest person.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.