Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Out of touch, Leftist, freedom hating judges

…in Italy. More I&W from the coming European Civil War. Here we have another case of Europe trying to surrender to a retrograde philosophy that wishes to throw the fruits of The Enlightnment in the sewer and replace it with an authoritarian legalistic thought control regime.

Leftist and Muslim Fundementalism are finding
common cause: the destruction of Western Civilization. Neither can compete in the marketplace of ideas, so instead of arguing against other opinions, they want to outlaw them.

A judge has ordered best-selling writer and journalist Oriana Fallaci to stand trial in her native Italy on charges she defamed Islam in a recent book. … In "La Forza della Ragione," Fallaci wrote that terrorists had killed 6,000 people over the past 20 years in the name of the Koran and said the Islamic faith "sows hatred in the place of love and slavery in the place of freedom."

State prosecutors originally dismissed accusations of defamation from an Italian Muslim organization, and said Fallaci should not stand trial because she was merely exercising her right to freedom of speech.

But a preliminary judge in the northern Italian city of Bergamo, Armando Grasso, rejected the prosecutors advice at a hearing on Tuesday and said Fallaci should be indicted.

Grasso's ruling homed in on 18 sentences in the book, saying some of Fallaci's words were "without doubt offensive to Islam and to those who practice that religious faith."

Adel Smith, a high-profile Muslim activist who brought the original law suit, hailed the decision.

"It is the first time a judge has ordered a trial for defamation of the Islamic faith," he told reporters. "But this isn't just about defamation. We would also like (the court) to recognize that this is an incitement to religious hatred."

I’m not going to hold my breath for Judge Grasso to rule on The Last Temptation of Christ.

At least someone it Italy if fighting this attack on freedom of speech.

Justice Minister Roberto Castelli, who has a prickly relationship with the Italian judiciary, said the ruling represented an attack on freedom of expression.

"In Europe we are seeing the birth of a movement that is looking to silence those who don't follow a single mindset, within which it is forbidden to speak ill of Islam, of homosexuals or of the children of homosexuals," Castelli was quoted as saying in an interview with Radio Padania.

"In Fallaci's book there is very strong criticism but not defamation," Italian news agency ANSA quoted him as saying.

There was no immediate comment from Fallaci who is in her 70s and suffers from cancer.

Piss off the Islamofascist and the Dhimmi; buy her book.

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