Free Speech Netherlands PC Crap

Dutch Authorities Arrest Cartoonist For Discriminating Pictures…….

First they came for the film makers and I did nothing, then they came for the bloggers and again I did nothing, then they came for the cartoonist and still I did nothing, then they came for me….

MPs from across the political spectrum have urged justice minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin to explain the arrest of a cartoonist on discrimination charges. The cartoonist, who operates under the pseudonym Gregorius Nekschot, was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of publishing work which discriminates against Muslims and ‘people with dark skins’. The arrest follows a complaint made against Nekschot in 2005.

Nekschot, an established cartoonist whose work features in magazine HP/De Tijd amongst others, was released after spending Tuesday night in custody. His house was searched and a quantity of work taken away.

In a statement, the public prosecution department said cartoonists are by nature satirical and often insulting to others. However, Nekschot’s work broke the boundaries of freedom of expression and artistic licence, the department said.

We are raising this affair at the highest level,’ Labour MP Ton Heerts told news agency ANP. ‘Taking legal action against a cartoonist goes too far.

While I myself might find some of his pictures to be offensive, it in no way justifies the authorities to be dragging him into jail, and acting as society’s “morality police”. Their actions are more offensive than any picture Gregorius Nekschot could ever draw. It also happens to be that the “offending” cartoonist, who works under the alias of “Gregorius Nekschot”, was a cohort of the slain Dutch film maker, Theo Van Gogh.

Theo was murdered by an Islamist thug, and now a cartoonist for whom he published his cartoons on his website, is hauled into the dock for “offensive speech”. Looks like Anna S. was right:

After the murder of Theo van Gogh and during the Danish cartoon crisis, freedom of speech was still generally defended, and the murder as well as murderous threats were condemned – but now it was done with a certain reservation, in a “yes, but”-mode: yes, we do have the freedom of speech, but you should not use it to offend someone’s faith; yes we do condemn the murder (or threats), but he (they) did everything to provoke the murderers. In Scandinavia and especially in the left leaning academic environments, there was a strongly articulated assumption that van Gogh “got what he begged for”. But at the same time, people still remembered to add that murder, in any case, is wrong.

In contrast, the Fitna controversy proved that we now have reached a stage in which the defense of free speech and the condemnation of death threats and other threats of violence is no longer forthcoming when offended Muslim feelings are at stake, not even with a “but” added to it. The overwhelming majority of politicians, media and other representatives of the elites in the West and the world just condemned Wilders and his film, with no reference whatsoever to death threats, threats of violence or the hate speech by the Muslim preachers depicted in the film.

Wilders alone was the villain now, and Muslims the victims of unjustified and intentionally evil hate speech. Ironically, there was an awareness of the threats and potential of violence involved, but somehow, the makers of those threats have been, by now, released from all responsibility for their words and deeds. The only thing about them that still matters is their offended feelings.

It’s time to roll back the clock to a saner day, where rational & logical thinking ruled the day, not “mamsy pamsy” political correctness that wants to smother us with warm, fuzzy good intentions. To hell with that. More here. *L* KGS

H/T Baron Bodissey

NOTE: here is a video of an interview of the cartoonist in Dutch.

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  1. “Neo-Liberal-Socialist left-wing-Dhimmi Axis Assault on Free Speech”:

    Her comes a probable new victim: the antiislamist
    – – – – – – –
    …sorry for bringing up something disagreable!

    AN ALMOST TYPICAL DAY IN MULTICULTURAL SWEDISH DHIMMISTAN
    or
    EN NÄSTAN VANLIG DAG I MULTIKULTURELLA SVENSKA DHIMMISTAN

    AN IMMIGRATED MUSLIM WOMAN FALSELY AND INTENTIONALLY ACCUSES A 73 YEARS
    OLD SWEDISH PENSIONER FOR MURDER THREAT – SHE DEMANDS SEK 50,000 ($8,000)
    IN DAMAGES.

    FÄLSCHLICH UND ABSICHTLIG BESCHULDIGT EINE EINGEWANDERTE MUSLIMISCHE FRAU EINEN 73-JÄRIGEN SCHWEDISCHEN RENTNER WEGEN MORDBEDROHUNG. SIE FORDERT EINEN SCHADENERSATZ VON 5500 EURO –
    SO KANN MAN HEUTZUTAGE UNVERZÜGLICH IN SCHWEDEN REICH WERDEN

    On the blogsite http://mordhotadmuslima.blogspot.com/ please read a description in condenced form in English of an event that probabely will become increasingly common as time goes on and the friction between various immigrants of non western origin (cultural enrichers) and ethnic Swedes are increasing.
    The condenced story was originally published at Gates of Vienna
    The present event has been reported to the police by the muslim party. For ‘good reason’ a Swedish perpetrator is suspected for murder-threat.
    On the blogsite then follows the unabridged original description in Swedish (including argumentation) of the event, in form of a polis(counter)report.

    GET RICH QUICK in SWEDEN
    A legal practice has evolved in Sweden whereby any Swedish citizen who is not a person of Swedish background – i.e. not belonging to the indigenous Swedish population but in most cases has an exclusive immigrant background – can bring legal action against anyone they allege has hurt their feelings or insulted them, in reference to gender, sexual orientation, skin colour, religion, nationality and more and with damages amounting anywhere from $2,000 to $20,000 USD, under penal code (brottsbalken) 16:8 – a totally insane rubber paragraph.
    Anybody in Sweden can become a victim of this modern thievery. The money after minor judicial proceedings is confiscated from the offender by the state and then handed directly to the offended party. The law is so lax that you could conceivably ask any foreigner the time, to which they might take offense and set the police on you from their cellphone.

    Please spread this URL: http://mordhotadmuslima.blogspot.com/ around the Net as far as you can in order to break the silence around this travesty of law. Copies of this message and the URL will be distributed to as many people as possible, the press. public authorities etc. and to individual bloggers and readers all over Europe.
    In the end of the blogsite there will be a register of all addresses this humble and urgent request has been sent to.
    Thank you for you cooperation!

    PS As a novice I am still working on the blog – me and the Google HTM-editor are no friends! Sorry!

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