Â “The young man appeared to be of Arab descent”
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Highly unlikely that the “gunman” was from the Amish sect, because they don’t teach stuff like this:
“He was fined 5,000 kroner ($1,000) in 2011 for making a series of insulting and degrading statements about Muslims.” Note the bias. “Insulting and degrading” according to whom? Islamic supremacists have a long history of considering truths about Islam that they would prefer not be known “insulting and degrading” when noted by non-Muslims.
This AP report also says that the International Free Press Society “claims press freedom is under threat from Islam.” Obviously it is: the bias of this article shows that.
Hedegaard, who hosted Robert Spencer to speak in Copenhagen in 2009, was not cowed by the attempt to silence him through legal means. Now it appears that the foes of free speech are ratcheting up their war against those who defend it.
“Report: Gunman fires at anti-Islam writer, misses,” from theÂ Associated Press, February 5:
COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Danish media are reporting that an unknown gunman has tried to shoot a Danish writer and historian who is a prominent critic of Islam.TV2 News and the Politiken news site say Lars Hedegaard was not injured in the shooting.
Both say the gunman came up to Hedegaard’s Copenhagen home Tuesday on the pretext of delivering a package, and then fired at least one shot but missed the writer.
Copenhagen police confirmed that there had been a shooting without injuries. They wouldn’t say whether Hedegaard was the intended target.
Hedegaard heads the International Free Press Society, a group that claims press freedom is under threat from Islam.
He was fined 5,000 kroner ($1,000) in 2011 for making a series of insulting and degrading statements about Muslims.
Here’s Andrew Bolt’s take on this:
A GUNMAN has tried to shoot a Danish writer and prominent critic of Islam but missed and fled after a scuffle with his intended victim, police and the writer say.
Lars Hedegaard, who heads a group that claims press freedom is under threat from Islam, told The Associated Press he was shaken but not physically injured in the attack at his Copenhagen home.
Police said they were searching for the suspect, whom they described as a “foreign” man aged 20-25…
Hedegaard heads the Free Press Society in Denmark and its international offshoot, the International Free Press Society. He is also among the publishers of a weekly anti-Islam newsletter…
Several Scandinavian writers, artists and journalists have been exposed to threats and violence from extremists since the 2005 publication of Danish newspaper cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad triggered an uproar in Muslim countries.
We need to know more before we conclude this is another in a series of Islamist attacks on Scandinavian journalists, cartoonists, writers and publishers, from theÂ Satanic Versescontroversy on.
But if it is, we should reconsider how smart it is for the West to help and encourage Islamists to demonise their targets:
In 2011, [Hedegaard] was convicted of hate speech and fined 5000 kroner ($A964) for making a series of insulting and degrading statements about Muslims.
Did that conviction make free speech safer or put it in even greater danger?
Did that conviction make Hedegaard safer or in even greater danger?
An Australian with connections to the Hezbollah militant group is one of the key suspects in a bombing that killed five Israelis and a local bus driver at an airport at a Black Sea resort last year, the Bulgarian Government announced overnight.
Releasing the results of its investigation into the July 18 bus bombing in the coastal town of Burgas, Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said one of the suspects entered Bulgaria on an Australian passport, and another with one from Canada.
All three people involved in the attack had fake US drivers licenses that had been printed in Lebanon, while the two travelling on Australian and Canadian passports had lived in Lebanon since 2006 and 2010 respectively…
Â Mark Steyn onÂ Gates of Vienna:
I’ve written previously about my friend Lars Hedegaard, head of the Danish Free Press Society, in a series of posts about his outrageous show trial headed “Lars Man Standing”. I meant the term metaphorically. Today, it got a little more literal. This morning, Lars survivedÂ an assassination attempt in Copenhagen.
Incidentally, the slapdash hack at the Associated Press can’t even get the basic facts right, reporting that Lars was “fined 5,000 kroner ($1,000) in 2011 for making a series of insulting and degrading statements about Muslims,” but apparently unaware that last year the Danish Supreme CourtÂ struck down his conviction 7-0.