Blasphemy Charges in Finland:Â
Jussi Halla-aho to standÂ trial forÂ blasphemy against Allah
Besides blasphemy, Halla-aho was “ordered to stand trial for publishing on his blog that Islam’s prophet was a pedophile.” Here again we encounter the Orwellian, or perhaps more precisely Alice-In-Wonderland, Through-the-Looking-Glass quality of today’s public discourse.
Helsinki city councilman, Jussi Halla-aho was charged with blasphemy and incitement of an ethnic-group in the Helsinki district court today, and ordered toÂ stand trial for publishing on his blog that Islam’s prophet was a pedophile.
* In Austria, elected politician Susanne Winter was convicted on similar charges. The truth is no defense. Â WTF?
The councillor’s blog postÂ here.
Jihad Watch wonders what else you’d call the Prophet by today’s standards:
The collection of traditions of Muhammad that Muslims consider most reliable, Sahih Bukhari,Â affirms in no less than five places that Aisha was six when Muhammad took her and nine when he consummated the marriageÂ (vol. 5, bk. 58, no. 234; vol. 5 bk. 58 no. 236; vol. 7 bk. 62 no. 64; vol. 7 bk. 62 no. 65; and vol. 7 bk. 62 no. 88). It is also in Sunan Abu Dawud (bk. 41 no. 4915), another of the Sahih Sittah, the six hadith collections Muslims accept as most reliable.
Update from Tundra Tabloids:
*Â “Prophet Muhammad was a pedophile and islam revers pedophilia as a religion. Islam is a religion of pedophilia. Pedophilia is Allah’s will.”
* Update from Shiva:Â http://islamonthisday.blogspot.com/2009/03/on-this-day-march-29.html
The concept of pedophilia did not exist in Muhammad’s day. His marriage to Aisha was not unusual in the context of the time; but it becomes extremely problematic, and conducive to pedophilia, when Muhammad is held up as the “excellent example of conduct” (Qur’an 33:21) for all time, and followed in this in our own day. And child marriage is indeed common in some areas of the Islamic world — notably Afghanistan, but it is by no means limited to Afghanistan only.
In any case, in light of all that, Halla-aho was saying something perfectly reasonable. Lets hope he will be able to bring some of this evidence in his own defense.
Free Speech Death Watch Update: “Free Speech Slammed in Finland as Politician is Brought up on Blasphemy Charges…….,” fromÂ Tundra Tabloids