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Though Europe Rots, We Must Defend the West

With free speech under attack, our civilization's survival is at stake.

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Alyssa A. Lappen

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January 18, 2011 - 12:11 am
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Defending Lars Hedegaard’s right to free speech equals defending the right of Western civilization to survive. As editor, columnist, and Danish and International Free Press Society president, Hedegaard dares to exercise his right to criticize Islam as freely as one may Christianity or Judaism. [1]

Barring an effective international outcry — or a rare fever of Sudden Enlightenment Syndrome striking common sense into the head of Denmark’s public prosecutor — Hedegaard will face trial on Danish racism charges and conviction alike on January 24, 2011: a veritable auto da fé. [2]

In December 2009, Hedegaard remarked in a taped interview that a certain kind of domestic violence was peculiar to Muslim families (“they” rape their own children). He was charged as a common criminal. [3]

Denmark’s public prosecutor charged Hedegaard with racism for allegedly violating article 266 b of its penal code — a.k.a. the “racism clause” — which allows a prosecutor to infer criminal offense in any statement that he believes threatens, demeans, or ridicules anyone based on race, skin color, national or ethnic origin, religious faith, or sexual orientation. In other words, the law gives the prosecutor endless latitude to levy criminal charges over a wide range of easily misconstrued statements by or about almost anyone. [4] This absurdity of law in effect lets Denmark’s public prosecutor lavish his taxpayer-funded time on perusing news and other taped records of public figures for factual statements on Islam or predominantly Muslim behaviors; and that is how he seems to cast his own prejudiced net.

In 1969, Denmark’s proud history of supporting freedom, whatever the cost, enticed me to live for a summer with a family of potters in Grena, Jutland. In the 1940s, Denmark saved virtually its entire Jewish population from a regime whose totalitarianism many Islamic leaders now hope to best.

Since then, Denmark may have gone rotten.

The state apparently deems it far less criminal for groups driven by ideological or religious belief to behave criminally than for anyone to publicly observe their heinous deeds. Should a modern Danish coven of warlocks and witches regularly rape and roast their teenage daughters, doubtless the public prosecutor would charge no one for saying as much.

Alas, Hedegaard challenges modern Danish liberalism too, as he did in a Jan. 2009 interview with me. [5]

In North America, free speech is a fundamental right cemented into the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution — the first article in the Bill of Rights passed by Congress, ratified by the states, and adopted as U.S. law on December 15, 1791. It naturally includes the right to criticize almost anything, short of treason — a charge for which the U.S. has not prosecuted in a very long while. Moreover, foreigners can no longer easily rebuke Americans, through foreign lawsuits, for taking full advantage of that enshrined U.S. freedom. [6]

But in the early 1960s, orthodox Islamic believers calling themselves the Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan, in Arabic) initiated global efforts to destroy the West and its values, free speech foremost among them. By their thinking, God alone can make laws, not man — the only just laws, therefore, being Islamic (sharia). All others must go, especially secular Western laws — and particularly those allowing what Islamic law considers blasphemy and a capital offense. That includes any criticism of Islam or Mohammed.

In 1982 and again in 1991, the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) put to paper their long-held plans to decimate Western societies and impose global Islamic law. They declared war on basic human rights — evolved from Judeo-Christian traditions codified in King Henry I’s 1100 C.E. Charter of Liberties [7], and expanded into various forms of due process [8] via Britain’s 1215 Magna Carta [9], King Edward I’s 1305 writ of habeas corpus ad subjiciendum [10], New York’s 1683 Charter of Liberties and Privileges [11], William Penn’s 1701 Pennsylvania Charter of Privileges [12], the 1791 U.S. Bill of Rights, article § 77 of the Danish Constitution (letting anyone publish without censorship or government consent) — and a host of like statutes in most Western nations. These culminated in the United Nation’s 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, affirming human rights to “enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want [...].” [13]

Upon first hearing of MB plans, Westerners generally react with stupefied incredulity. Some furiously rage at the messenger. Yet global MB spiritual leader Yusuf Qaradawi concretely stipulated [14] its plans on December 1, 1982, in “Towards a worldwide strategy for Islamic policy (Points of Departure, Elements, Procedures and Missions)[15], which Swiss officials discovered in Nov. 2001 at the villa of MB chief financial officer Yusuf Nada. [16] North American MB chief Mohamed Akram on May 22, 1991, created a similar “regional” outline in an “Explanatory memorandum for the General Strategic goal for the Group in North America[17], presented as evidence by U.S. prosecutors to help convict five Holy Land Foundation officials of 108 terror-financing related charges. [18]

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