Diana West posts this on Burssels Journal:
I am posting (below) a letter from the Danish Free Press Society, the parent organization of the International Free Press Society, of which I am vice president. It is of urgent importance. It tells of the terrible turn of events in Denmark, which for years now has bravely spearheaded the West's fights to save free speech, now and seemingly in perpetuity under assault from both the Marxian Left and the press of sharia (Islamic law) -- and with zero support from diplomatic, governmental, or professional institutions in the United States, home and caretaker of the First Amendment. This appalling lack of support, which translates into a lack of courage and vision, is the main reason the assault of free speech continues to be successful. But et tu, Denmark?
There have been signs: for example, former Prime MInister Anders Fogh Rasmussen's gratuitous slap at Pastor Terry Jones' stated intention to burn Korans to mark the jihad attacks of 9/11 in September of this year; and the Danish paper Politiken's February 2010 apology for reprinting Kurt Westergaard's Mohammed cartoon, which Westergaard, wonderful man, one month past the nearest-miss assassination attempt yet that sent him and his five-year-old granddaughter into his "safe" room (a reinforced bathroom with an alarm button), declared the newspaper's apology a "setback for free speech."
And so it was. But such events are more than "setbacks." They fit into a terrible and even totalitarian climate of assault in which the Danish government, via its public prosecutor, as the letter states, is "waging a lawfare offensive against outspoken critics of Islam and Muslim practices."
Last month, Danish MP Jesper Langballe was convicted of "hate speech" -- "racial discrimination," for having highlighted the pattern of "honor killings" in Muslim families. (Here is his "confession.") Now in the crosshairs is my very dear friend and colleague, Lars Hedegaard, President of the Danish Free Press Society and the International Free Press Society. (A historian as well as a journalist and author, Lars took me on a special tour of Copenhagen, which I wrote about here.) On January 24 he goes on trial. His crime? Discussing the high incidence of family rape within Islamic cultures, which the prosecutor is attempting to outlaw as "racism."
In fact, the Danish prosecutor is attempting to enforce Islamic "blasphemy" laws, which outlaw all criticism of Islam.
Jesper Langballe and now Lars Hedegaard have been targeted because they are Danes of courage and principle who refuse to lie down and shut up and let the "multicultural" Big Lies wash in and inundate their mental and moral capacities to that endpoint of totalitarian triumph where citizens become subjects, minions who no longer articulate or even recognize truth and morality. In a world where mandarins of Left and mullahs of sharia so conspire, we risk a kind of double-dhimmification in acquiesence, rendering civilization incapable of self-defense.
Please read the Danish Free Press Soctety's letter and realize it is in fact an SOS. Save Our Speech. If you are so moved, there is an email address below to which you may address comments in support of Lars Hedegaard's freedom of speech, which will be reprinted in the DFPS newsletter.
From the Danish Free Press Society:
Free speech is under attack in Denmark. Please help us preserve it.I bring this to your attention for two reasons. One is that what is going on in Europe is of great long-term importance to the United States. Most of Europe is sitting under a demographic sword of Damocles which will see it become majority Muslim by the middle of this century.
Those who have been following the Danish cartoon crisis and several subsequent attempts by radical Muslims to kill and bomb Danes and Danish institutions may be excused for believing that Denmark is in the forefront of the battle for free speech. And indeed it used to be that way.
No longer. For the past year the Danish public prosecutor has been waging a lawfare offensive against outspoken critics of Islam and Muslim practices.
On December 3, 2010, Member of Parliament Jesper Langballe was convicted of "hate speech" – or as the judge in the lower court of Randers put it: "racial discrimination" – for having called attention to honour killings in Muslim families.
Next in line is Lars Hedegaard, President of the Danish Free Press Society and The International Free Press Society, who will stand trial in the lower court of Frederiksberg on January 24, 2011.
His crime has been to point to the great number of family rapes in areas dominated by Muslim culture. This well documented fact has brought him an indictment under the Danish penal code's "racism" clause: Article 266b.
Both MP Langballe and Lars Hedegaard have long ago emphasised that they did not intend to accuse all Muslims or even the majority of Muslims of such crimes. This has made no impression on the public prosecutor.
We fear that the public prosecutor intends to stifle open debate on Islam and Muslim culture. And we fear that he is doing so with the tacit approval of the governing parties, which first signalled their intention to remove the racism clause from the penal code but have recently recanted.
If the authorities succeed in silencing such critics as Jesper Langballe and Lars Hedegaard, who will dare speak out?
We must put a stop to these attempts to undermine free speech if we wish to preserve Denmark as a free country. And where Denmark – that former beacon of free speech – goes, the rest of the West may follow.
You can help us.
Please send a few words to email@example.com in defence of Lars Hedegaard's freedom of expression. We will then publish them in The Free Press Magazine, Sappho.dk.
Please do what you can to spread the word about the trial of Lars Hedegaard.
Vice President, The Danish Free Press Society
Katrine Winkel Holm
Chief Editor, Sappho.dk
As can be seen here Islamists and the political left in Denmark have entered into an alliance and are using the law to silence speech which they find unacceptable - in this case criticism of Islam.
Why the left would enter into such an alliance has long puzzled me. After all when and if Islamists come to power in a nation homosexuals will be subject to execution and women's rights will be restricted to the "right" to wear a burka, marry whomever she is ordered to marry and never leave the home without being escorted by her husband or a male relative.
Then it occurred to me. What the left worships is power. Total power concentrated in a central government and that is exactly what Islamofascism offers. A unitary state where all meaningful power is vested in the central government. What would it be to this public prosecutor if he had to change his name to Mohammad and wear robes as long as he could wield the power of a Yuri Andropov or Heinrich Himmler?
Watch for this unholy alliance between the Euro left and Islam to grow stronger and deeper in the coming years. It will most likely give Muslims a political majority to begin transforming European society years before they have gained a demographic majority.
The second reason that I reposted this here is that I want you to contemplate the similarity between how the Islamofascist/political left alliance is operating in Denmark and how the "progressive" left is behaving in the USA.
Before the blood had even had a chance to dry on the Tucson sidewalk the American left was already flooding the airwaves and Internet with accusations that he killer had been practically forced to pull the trigger by Sarah Palin and conservative talk radio. The point of all this hysterical bloviating (all without one shred of evidence to back it up) was to try to quickly set the narrative that the right, simply by telling the truth about the left and organizing an effective opposition to their policies and political candidates was somehow guilty of a hate crime and had the blood of the Tucson victims on their collective hands.
Denied - for the time being - the legal power to drag Republicans and conservatives into court and prosecute them for their beliefs and their political opposition and their damned truth-telling the Democrats are forced to settle for demonization as the means to shut up their opponents.
But in both circumstances, Europe and the US, the ultimate goal is the same. To silence any opposition and completely control the public discourse.