Tarry for the Nonce

February 23, 2006

Adding Injury to Insult

Filed under: Religion — lmwalker @ 4:05 pm

A German court on Thursday convicted a businessman of insulting Islam by printing the word “Koran” on toilet paper and offering it to mosques . . .

Manfred van H. printed out sheets of toilet paper bearing the word “Koran” shortly after a group of Muslims carried out a series of bomb attacks in London in July 2005. He sent the paper to German television stations, magazines and some 15 mosques . . .

He also offered his toilet paper for sale on the Internet at a price of 4 euros ($4.76) per roll, saying the proceeds would go toward a “memorial to all the victims of Islamic terrorism.”

The maximum sentence for insulting religious beliefs under the German criminal code is three years in prison.

‘Tis a good reminder that European notions of free speech aren’t quite that of America.

Imagine if Germany had held such views in, say, October of 1517.

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6 Comments

  1. Three years in a German prison in 1517 might have done Luther some good.

    Poor deluded excommunicate.

    Comment by auntlori — February 23, 2006 @ 5:12 pm

  2. Yikes.

    Comment by Matt C. Abbott — February 23, 2006 @ 10:01 pm

  3. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0602210123feb21,1,2843260.story?ctrack=1&cset=true

    How about free speech in Austria? David Irving, an historian known for denying the Holocaust, was sentenced to 3 years in prison last week, for his promotion of that, Holocaust denial. I don’t know, should someone be allowed to deny events such as the Holocaust? In my view, it’s kind of like yelling “Fire!” in a crowded theater, something you just don’t do.

    Comment by Mueller — February 24, 2006 @ 2:36 pm

  4. While I think it’s preposterous to deny the Holocaust, I don’t know that I agree with putting a Holocaust-denier in jail.

    What if they decide to put in jail Catholics who speak out against abortion or homosexual “marriage”? Such could happen at some point.

    Freedom of speech is vital in this day and age.

    Comment by Matt C. Abbott — February 24, 2006 @ 2:54 pm

  5. [S]hould someone be allowed to deny events such as the Holocaust?

    Well, sure. They also should be allowed to burn U.S. flags and postulate that Mary Magdalene was Christ’s mistress.

    And the rest of us should be allowed to think that they are idiots.

    Comment by laura — February 24, 2006 @ 3:10 pm

  6. Matt C. Abbott said:
    “What if they decide to put in jail Catholics who speak out against abortion or homosexual “marriage”? Such could happen at some point.”

    Already has happened in Canada.

    Comment by Dave R. — February 24, 2006 @ 3:46 pm


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