Free Speech, Then And Now

Back in 2005, Danish prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen set the gold standard on defending free speech when, on being approached by perpetually aggrieved Islamic ambassadors hoping for official redress against Jyllands Posten (Cartoon Rage was just kicking in), he refused to hear their plaints, explaining to them and the world that it was not his place, as prime minister, to interfere with free speech in Denmark.

“This is a matter of principle. I will not meet with them [the ambassadors] because it is so crystal clear what principles Danish democracy is built upon that there is no reason to do so…As prime minister, I have no power whatsoever to limit the press – nor do I want such power.” (continue reading/Brussels Journal)

Mark Steyn in Scandinavia: “Sweden, Islam’s most obedient prison bitch”

”One by one the lights go out in Europe because those who have created the multicultural societies will not defend them.”

Authors, comedians and everyone else that does not believe in a multicultural utopia are being persecuted and witch-hunted into silence. The Canadian authorities have even tried –in the best totalitarian tradition – to criminalize Mark Steyn’s jokes. Even his “tone” has been subjected to legal scrutiny.

Sweden, Islam’s Prison Bitch:   “Always a bit worried on Fridays…”

Among the governments that in Steyn’s words compete to be “Islam’s most obedient ‘prison-bitch'” is the one in Sweden. That blue-yellow nation was horrified when one of its own sons drew the Muslim prophet as a dog.

Quite a few Muslims – among them a goodly number organized in the al-Qaeda network – were so infuriated that they issued a fatwa against Lars Vilks. Two amateur terrorists from Sweden subsequently tried to implement it. Luckily they were so disorganized that they managed to pour petrol over themselves and only succeeded in setting themselves and a corner of the artist’s house on fire.

“Those of us with a fatwa are always a bit uneasy on Friday nights – that’s when it always happens,” remarked Lars Vilks as he was showing samples of his work.

That’s because during the Friday kuthba, when the hatepreachers call for jihad against the kafirs, the believers are being conditioned to kill and die in the way of Allah, Koran 9:11.1

Comedy against jihad:

“It is tough to be a female comedian in Norway,” said a grinning Shabana Rehman. “There is always somebody who wants to kill you.”

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Other news:

Gregorius Nekshot off the hook, (for now)

Want to know what will happen to our civil liberties if we let libs drag us down into moonbat dhimmitude? Look no further than Britainistan, where you don’t have to burn a Koran to get thrown in jail, you just have to watch someone else doing it: (Moonbattery: Still More Koran-Burning Follies)

Meanwhile, in Florida, authorities are trying to bill Terry Jones over $150,000 just for threatening to burn the Koran. In Iran, peace-loving ayatollahs have issued a fatwa calling for the death of Koran burners. Also in Iran, hundreds of Bibles were burned by “security forces,” as the world yawned.

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  1. Seconded

    Andrew Bolt – Sunday, May 29, 11

    I’m naturally grateful, but far more important is that a sloppily worded law be changed to protect the free speech of all:

    (Victorian Liberal) Conference delegates passed a motion inspired by the racial vilification case against Herald Sun journalist Andrew Bolt, who was subject to a class action after writing a series of articles relating to light-skinned Aborigines. The motion called on the federal party, should it win government, to amend the Racial Discrimination and Racial Hatred acts so that freedom of speech is better protected in the future.

    I’m just astonished that the celebrity advocates of free speech have run dead on this very important issue.

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