Thursday, October 27, 2005

Turkish government backed Ambassador

Turkish government backed Ambassador

The Turkish Foreign Ministry fully supported the Turkish ambassador to Denmark when he, together with 9 other ambassadors, asked the Prime Minister to intervene in a case involving the media. A daily Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, had published a number of cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed. The letter urged Prime Minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, to call the newspaper to account for "abusing Islam in the name of democracy, human rights and freedom of expression." Liberal party foreign spokesperson, Troels Lund Poulsen, says EU candidate country Turkey's approval of the letter underlines how important it is for Turkey to live up to freedom of expression demands.

Turkish PM: "Anti-Islamism is crime against humanity"

Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed that anti-Islamism must be treated as a crime against humanity just like anti-Semitism, the Turkish daily Zaman reported on Tuesday, September 6. Addressing the sixth meeting of the Eurasian Islamic Council meeting in Istanbul Monday, September 5, Erdogan said his government has added an article to the declaration in the European Council regarding Islamophobia stipulating that anti-Islamism be accepted as a crime against humanity.

"The Fall of Europe" by Ali Sina

Anti-Islamism as well as anti-Semitism will be dealt with within the framework of legal proceedings. The Council reports will include anti-Islamist movements. The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) will closely monitor these movements.

The European Court of Human Rights Kneels to Islam

The applicant was prosecuted under Article 175 §§ 33 and 4 of the Criminal Code for publishing insults against “God, the Religion, the Prophet and the Holy Book”. The applicant alleged that his conviction and sentence had infringed his right to freedom of expression. he issue for the Court to determine was whether the interference had been “necessary in a democratic society”. However, the present case concerned not only comments that were disturbing or shocking or a “provocative” opinion but an abusive attack on the Prophet of Islam. Believers could legitimately feel that certain passages of the book in question constituted an unwarranted and offensive attack on them. In those circumstances, the Court considered that the measure in question had been intended to provide protection against offensive attacks on matters regarded as sacred by Muslims and had therefore met a “pressing social need”.


At October 27, 2005 3:42 PM, Blogger Pastorius said...

Anti-semitism is defined as:

1. Hostility toward or prejudice against Jews or Judaism.
2. Discrimination against Jews.

Islamism is defined (by the friendly Wikipedia) as:

"Islamism refers to a set of political ideologies derived from various conservative religious views of Muslim fundamentalists, which hold that Islam is not only a religion, but also a political system that governs the legal, economic and social imperatives of the state. Islamist movements seek to re-shape the state by implementing a conservative formulation of Sharia."

In other words, to be anti-Islamist is to be against the idea of political Islam. It is to be against the Caliphate, Sharia, and Jihad.

In other words, it is to be a sane and rational member of Western Civilization.

At October 27, 2005 4:07 PM, Blogger Mad Minerva said...

Thanks, Fjordman, for a greta post and for your coverage of the cartoon controversy.

It is a strange world we live in. These days, the word "anti-Semitism" is verboten, but the idea is alive and well under the name of "anti-Zionism," as in elite circles, it is very chic to support Palestinians and criticize Israel.

At the same time the term "anti-Islamism" is so broadly defined that it could mean almost anything. It seems to mean "doing anything that Musim extremists don't like." The recent news that Britain had banned piggy banks and the cartoon character Piglet is probably just the silliest recent example.

At October 28, 2005 4:55 AM, Blogger felix said...

This highlights one of the reasons I have decided hate speech laws won't work. If Moslems use hate speech against Jews, then EU governments won't do much about it because they are afraid to. They are dhimmis. However, any criticism of Islam is called Islamophobia, etc. and will be pursued.

At October 31, 2005 4:42 PM, Blogger oskar said...

Thank's for some very important information. It's fine for Turkey to want to include 'islamophobia' in the intl. conventions on human rights. That's their right. However, it's nuts for the European Court of Human Rights and other European institutions to accomodate such demands.

We recently had a case in Sweden where a pastor said that the 'Prophet' Mohammed was a pedophile. Lots of muslims became very upset and started demonstrating and so on. Sad to see that, despite living for so long in Sweden, many muslims didn't seem to understand the concept of free speach

However, the media and politicians backed the pastor's right to way what he wanted.


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