Sunday, October 06, 2013

Must not tell the truth about Islam


Last week’s conviction of Danish-Iranian artist Firoozeh Bazrafkan for racism, after she claimed on her blog that she was “convinced that Muslim men around the world rape, abuse and kill their daughters”, has led to free speech advocates questioning whether anti-racism laws are fair – or even effective.

Bazrafkan was convicted by the Eastern High Court for violating section 266b of the criminal code – the so-called racism law – and fined 5,000 kroner.

According to the law, it is illegal to “spread messages that threaten, taunt or degrade a group because of their race, skin colour, national or ethnic extraction, belief or sexual orientation”.

The court argued that Bazrafkan in her blog had generalised about Muslims men being criminals, and that because her statement “derided and degraded a group simply based on their faith”, she was guilty.

Bazrafkan argues, however, that her blog post was actually a criticism of Islam and not a racist generalisation of Muslims.

“It’s important to remember that I did not write that ALL Muslim men committed horrible acts and used Islamic codes to justify them, I wrote that Muslim men around the world can do these things because it is allowed according to [Islamic] codes,” she told The Copenhagen Post. “It’s not the same thing.”

She added that her conviction meant the court had limited her freedom of expression – a right that is guaranteed under article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights.



Anonymous said...

Those who profit by spreading racism, even when none exists, are not at all concerned that peoples freedoms are being violated. All that matters to them is that they keep racism alive. Can you think of anything (more) racist?

"Beware of those who cry racism, for they are the true racists..."

Anonymous said...

If you change muslim to Christian they would have given he a medal!


"Islam is a religion where god requires you to send your son to die for him. Christianity is a religion where god sent his son to die for you!"

Anonymous said...

strangely enough, homosexual acts are common throughout muslim countries. As is the abuse of children and women. Nazis also had many homos in their ranks.

Anonymous said...

12:08 should get a prize for one of the last to realize that homosexuals are quite evenly distributed in all social groups and in society in general!
But of course 12:08 only wants to link homos to negative aspects, like the Nazis (tho' who hasn't been compared to the Nazis!)