Finnish blogger gets 2 years, 7 months in prison for insulting Islam
Free Speech Death Watch Update: Pastorius of the Infidel Blogger’s Alliance, Â sends over the bad news, and has the details.
* Other News from Scandinavia:
Eurabia Alert: “Honour violence widespread in Sweden,” from The Local, June 9 (via Fjordman):
Honour-related violence is rampant across the country, according to a new study by Sveriges Radio.Nearly 60 percent of the country’s social services have helped victims of honour violence or those threatened with honour violence to hide themselves.
75 percent of the country’s social services answered a survey from Sveriges Radio.Â Seven of ten responded that they had dealt with cases involving honour-related violence.…
From the ‘Nothing to do with Islam’ department:
“GIRL STABBED TO DEATH IN BERGAMO”
(AGI) – Bergamo, June 9 Â– A 21-year-old girl was stabbed to death this morning in Bergamo. The young woman, originally from Campobasso but resident in Racalunca, was killed by a Tunisian immigrant, 25 years of age, in an apartment in Via Moroni.
*Â He was a ‘Tunisian Immigrant’, you see. Nothing to do with Islam….
Around 10:45h, at the climax of a quarrel, the man has taken a kitchen knife with a 20cm long blade, and stabbed the girl various times in the stomach. Then he called the police. The medics of 118 tried to reanimate her, but the 21-year-old died around 11:15h. The man, without criminal record, and awaiting the renewal of his residence permit, was arrested and taken to the police station to be interrogated.
Muslim leaders urge Western governments to condemn acts that insultÂ Islam
* Islam, Islam, Islam: because nothing else matters:
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: A Muslim political leader urged Western governments Monday to hit out more strongly against acts that are offensive to Islam.
Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary-general of the 56-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference, warned there seemed to be a growing “campaign of hate and discrimination” against Muslims by a small number of individuals and organizations.
In a speech to a conference in Kuala Lumpur on improving ties between Muslims and the West, Ihsanoglu praised Western nations for criticizing acts such as the recent release of an anti-Quran film by a Dutch lawmaker, but said more should have been done.
“Mere condemnation or distancing from the acts of the perpetrators of Islamophobia will not resolve the issue, as long as they remain free to carry on with their campaign of incitement and provocation on the plea of freedom of expression,” Ihsanoglu said.
* Friday afternoon public executions will do the trick, right Ihsanoglu?
Earlier this year, the release of the film “Fitna” by Dutch politician Geert Wilders sparked protests by Muslims for showing images of terror attacks interspersed with text from the Quran.
Ihsanoglu also urged the media to reject “proponents of hatred and intolerance totally,” citing other incidents such as the republishing in Denmark of cartoons considered an insult to the Prophet Muhammad.
“It requires a strong and determined collective political will to address the challenge,” Ihsanoglu said. “It is now high time for concrete actions to stem the rot before it aggravates (the situation) any further.”
Ihsanoglu did not suggest what action should be taken.
At the conference, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi appealed to world leaders to work together to nurture “common grounds in the interest of our common agenda of peace.”
“This biased view (of Islam) in the West persists, and, I must admit, it is not helped by the misguided actions of a discredited few from the Muslim side,” Abdullah said.