Summary of links: In Austria(?) in 2011, anti-Islam activist Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff gave some public lectures about the dangers of fundamentalist Islam, and among other things claimed that Mohammed was a pedophile. She was convicted of “denigrating religious beliefs”, appealed the conviction, and the ECHR just upheld her conviction.
Another HUGE blow for free speech, and a huge win for anti-secularism and victimhood culture.
(BTW, the Gatestone article has a link to the actual court ruling, which you can download and read for yourself.)
Islam apologists enable the continuation of the offensive aspects of Islam and continue to make it deadly dangerous to any adherent who attempts to change it from within. It is because of this deadly threat that many political leaders cower. That leaves it up to the average person on the street to deal with the inevitable confrontations that will continue to arise as Islam dictates meet secular values. It is not a mystery why many people look askance at an increase in Islamic populations in their midst. Right off the bat gays and Jews have to start treading more carefully where prior to the influx there was just the usual bigotry and intolerance. Now there is this new danger and it may even be illegal to point that out. It’s always been difficult for secular law to accommodate supernatural belief systems and freedom of speech is the front line of defense against cow towing to supernatural inspired dictates. Is there something I’m missing here?
I’m not a fan of blasphemy laws.
Pure free speech issue. Short of inciting people to violence, people should be allowed to bless or curse whomever or whatever they want by the law.