Danish man who burned Quran charged with blasphemy

A man who filmed himself burning the Quran has become the first person to be charged under Denmark’s blasphemy law in 46 years.

The 42-year-old filmed himself burning a copy of Islam’s holy book in his back yard in December 2015. He then posted the video on the anti-Islamic Facebook group, “Yes to freedom – no to Islam” along with the words, “Consider your neighbour: it stinks when it burns.”

Danish prosecutor Jan Reckendorff announced his decision to bring charges in a press statement issued on Wednesday afternoon.

“It is the prosecution’s view that circumstances involving the burning of holy books such as the Bible and the Quran can in certain cases be a violation of the blasphemy clause, which covers public scorn or mockery of religion.”

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  • Tooth&Claw

    If it was his Koran, his property to destroy. Blasphemy laws don’t apply.

    • PaulW

      The thing that has me mystified is that blasphemy laws are still on the books in certain Western nations, and being enforced. It appears that the Enlightenment is being reversed.

    • Ed

      “It is the prosecution’s view that circumstances involving the burning of holy books such as the Bible and the Quran can in certain cases be a violation of the blasphemy clause…”

      Show us one example where you’ve charged someone for burning a bible.

      Just one.

  • shasta

    “public scorn or mockery”

    There is something fundamentally wrong with any philosophy or religion which cannot stand public ridicule and feels compelled to bring the full force of the state down on the perpetrators. Most religions seem guilty of this, some much more than others. It seems that many governments are complicit nowadays.

    • Will Quest

      Your shallow moral outcry steeped in moral relativism…..There is one religion that insists on the force of the state to violently submit people to it’s dogma , in the 21st century and it’s Islam …. full stop….

      • shasta

        You seem to be in disagreement with something that I have not said. Blasphemy laws have been around for much longer than the last few years, and I stated that they were “fundamentally wrong”. It is also a fact that many religions and political philosophies have played this game. I fail to see any “moral relativism” in those statements. As for the 21st century, Islam may be the largest and most forceful proponent of submission but it is hardly the only one.

        • G

          Oh, of course, because you must have been referring to the giant protest marches by fundamentalist Christians calling for assholes, Bill Maher, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens to be jailed for ridiculing Christianity.

          Oh…..wait … I forgot. That never happened.

          Stop trying to lump Christians in with Muslims. It’s a bull shit move.
          Unfortunately it’s a move common to atheists because they are such dishonest dickheads.

          • shasta

            “referring to the giant protest marches”

            Oh please; Read the first sentence of my first reply. That is the point. I did not compare religions with each other or with atheists. Blasphemy laws are wrong, period. – dishonest dickhead

          • G

            I’ve read all your postings. My reply stands unchanged.

        • Will Quest

          Islam is the one & only peddler of Blasphemy in the 21st century…. stating other religions { no concrete example } are implicated is obfuscating the issue and nothing but cheap ‘ moral relativism’ virtue signalling …. the progs are expert at this crap & I refuse to nod and accept their blanket statements that never gives concrete evidence …..
          Please give me concrete evidence of other religions, and stay in the 21st century , that scream blasphemy …..

          • shasta

            Here is a recent one.

            https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/16939-polish-authorities-investigate-croatian-theatre-director-for-blasphemy

            Wikipedia has an article, though I don’t know how accurate it is.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blasphemy_law

            I don’t understand why you wish to limit yourself to the last 17 years, perhaps you think history is not relevant.
            As an aside, I think you give Islam too much credit by calling it a religion. As practiced, and although it claims a supernatural source, I find it much closer to a political philosophy that promotes conquest and submission.

          • Will Quest

            Well stop the presses , let’s all scream for the end of Christians imposing blasphemy laws on their vulnerable religious minority . What a travesty , an “INVESTIGATION ” into blasphemy , Christian alleging other Christians of being blasphemous , when will the horrors and violence end ~!?!
            Wikipedia mentions the laws of blasphemy exist in dusty old books, it is not preached from the pulpits of churches… both examples are not morally equivalent to the current savagery of islamic blasphemy ….. for a real eye opener google Pakistan & Blasphemy and wallow into that sewage…. you everything is morally equivalent village-idiot ….. you are pathetically ignorant.

          • shasta

            If I may summarize then.

            Will – Blasphemy laws in Islamic countries – Bad because of savage punishment.
            – Blasphemy laws in western countries – Ok because of light punishment.

            Shasta – Blasphemy laws in all countries – Bad because they offend basic human rights of free thought and speech.

            And yet you call me pathetic. I might add it is really pathetic to expect anything but savage punishments within a savage society.

          • Will Quest

            Your obsessive attempts at equivocation is really pathetic and marks you as one of those retard progs ….. I don’t suffer fools like you ……. crawl back under your rock …… oh and go blaspheme islam in any Islamic enclave and enjoy the lapidation … actually Paki-style blasphemy is fast & furious you’re sure to enjoy the subtleties ….. Your absolute moral equivalency is mocked by right thinking people …..

          • Will Quest

            Your obsessive attempts at equivocation is really pathetic and marks you as one of those retard progs ….. I don’t suffer fools like you ……. crawl back under your rock …… oh and go blaspheme islam in any Islamic enclave and enjoy the lapidation … actually Paki-style blasphemy is fast & furious you’re sure to enjoy the subtleties …..

  • WalterBannon

    Danish prosecutor Jan Reckendorff should be hanged for treason.

    • Dave

      Drawn and quartered, as it gives him more time to think about his “crime”

  • k1992

    Blasphemy laws – because it’s 2017.

  • Clausewitz

    Coming to a Canadian Court near you soon.

  • bargogx1

    Uh, yeah, I totally believe the prosecutor totally meant that “such as the Bible” part. Totally.

  • Lo

    ”…violation of the blasphemy clause, which covers public scorn or mockery of a religion”

    Te problem with Islam is that it is much, much more than just a ”religion”. It is an intricated political, social, legal and religious system. With an integrated Blasphemy law forbidding to criticize any aspect of Islam.

    How could criticizing a political party fall under a blasphemy law ? Well, it could with Islam, if Motion M 103 is adopted by Trudeau Gov. He is resolute to have it accepted, and he has a majority Gov…

    Here are 2 petitions from The Rebel, and Kellie Leitch

    http://www.therebel.media/freedom-to-offend-free-speech-not-sharia

    http://www.stopm103.ca/

  • Uncommunist

    Progressives ? more like Regressives !

  • Kathy Prendergast

    Blasphemy laws in Europe, as stupid and archaic as they are, were made when all those countries were Christian countries. It was Christianity that they were meant to protect from “public scorn or mockery“. I wonder if a case could be made in this man`s defense that Islam is not included in these laws.