Wednesday, 4 May 2011
Murdering Free Speech
This world is full of contrasts, and we see these all too often when it comes to the prevailing attitudes of Western authorities towards Islam, versus the realities of Islam itself.
Yesterday, Danish writer and cartoonist Lars Hedegaard was found guilty of hate speech and "racist statements" after he spoke during a 2009 interview about the intra-familial violence often experienced by women and girls in the Muslim world. Obviously, he was not insinuating that every Muslim woman in the world is being attacked, raped or killed by their own families. What he was talking about was the depravity of a general culture that treats women as possessions of men, disobedient and rebellious, who can be beaten by men when they step out of line and whose murder often carries no penalty under Islamic law.
Hedegaaard's discussion of this was deemed a crime by a Danish court.
Also yesterday, it was reported that a man went to suburban Detroit and fatally shot his 20-year-old stepdaughter in the head because she left Minnesota to live with her father and was not adhering to Muslim customs.
Jessica Mokdad now joins the sad ranks of Aqsa Parvez, Amina and Sarah Said, Noor Faleh Almaleki, Sandeela Kanwal, and several other Muslim girls who have in just the past few years been murdered in honour killings - not in some deprived part of the Middle East, but in the United States of America.
Lars Hedegaard will be fined approximately £600 for noticing this.
Shame on Denmark.