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.”
Ten people have been arrested for allegedly attacking two Muslims from the An’Nur Winterthur mosque for talking to journalists.
The group are alleged to have physically attacked and detained the two Muslims inside the mosque and threatened their families back in November 2016 after they gave information to journalists about an imam who called for non-practising Muslims to be killed.
Well, I knew I shouldn’t have said anything. A few days ago I bragged in this space about having overcome my years-long addiction to the New York Times. Then, in the wake of President Trump’s remark on Saturday in Melbourne, Florida, about “last night in Sweden,” I noticed on Facebook that the Times had run a “news story” by one Sewell Chan headlined “‘Last Night in Sweden’? Trump’s Remark Baffles a Nation.” I couldn’t resist.
As it turned out, of course, Trump hadn’t baffled the entire Swedish nation. What had really happened was that a great many members of the Swedish establishment – politicians, journalists, business and academic elites, and so on – had professed that they were baffled. “Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking?” asked former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt. Chan himself maintained that some news media (those, you understand, that lean right and have less rigorous journalistic standards than than the august Times) had presented “numerous exaggerations and distortions” about Sweden, “including false reports that Shariah law was predominant in parts of the country and that some immigrant-heavy neighborhoods were considered ‘no-go zones’ by the police.” (False reports, min röv.) Chan went on to quote various Swedish officials who roundly denied that Muslim immigrants had had a significant impact on crime and rape statistics.
It’s as though the anti-Islamophobia Motion-103 has already passed.
For example, last week when a small group descended on the Masjid Toronto mosque to protest Islam, Sharia law, honour killings and ISIS, political leaders were tripping over each other on Twitter to denounce this happening.
“There is no place for Islamophobia in Ontario. Thankful for those who stand with the Islamic community against hate,” tweeted Premier Kathleen Wynne, who herself was seated at the back of this mosque during prayers recently.
There are a few similarities between the country once known as ‘Sweden’ and the country still (but not for long) known as ‘Canada’.
Both are large northerly countries with rather chilly winters. Both have loads of lakes and fir trees and not too many people: Canada’s population density is 4 people per sq km and Sweden’s is 22 people per sq km compared to England’s rather frightening 413 people per sq km.
And both are ever so eye-wateringly liberal and progressive and libtardian and migrant-loving.
Antonio Tajani, the new President of the European Parliament, has made a bold opening statement of intent: “No Jew should be forced to leave Europe.” While this is an admirable position to hold, it sadly could not be farther from the truth. The poison of anti-Semitism festers in Europe once again.
Europe is seeing yet again another rise in the number of Jews leaving the continent. Jonathan Boyd, Executive Director of the Institute of Jewish Policy Research (IJPR), notes that the number of Jews leaving France is “unprecedented”
The results of the study show that 4% of the French and Belgian Jewish populations had emigrated those countries to reside in Israel.
Muslim community leader Keysar Trad says an angry husband can beat his wife as ‘a last resort’.
The president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils made the remarks after Sky News presenter Andrew Bolt quoted a verse from the Koran, saying: ‘It is permissible for him [the husband] to beat her [the wife] light with his hands.’
The controversial Muslim leader, who has previously called for polygamy in Australia, said he had studied the text with ‘a number of Islamic scholars’ to reach a conclusion about the meaning of the verse.
Germany’s domestic security and intelligance agency (the BfV) said on Wednesday that the radical Islamist scene in the country had grown considerably, from only about 100 people in 2013 to some 1,600 today. Indeed, according to BfV chief Hans-Georg Maassen, the number had jumped by several hundred in a matter of months.
“We receive between two and four credible tips on planned terrorist activity in Germany each day,” Maassen said. “We have to recognize that we are living in a different situation now than was normal.”
The BfV explained that part of the reason for the uptick was the heavy press coverage of terror plots, as well as the increased ease in connecting with extremists online. It also cited an increased danger in young people being radicalized online, saying that then their friends and relatives might not be able to see what is happening.
Paris and the surrounding region lost 1.5 million tourists on 2016 as visitors, especially from the Far East, stay away due to ongoing terror fears.
According to the Comité Regional du Tourisme, the Paris Ile-de-France region also lost 1.3 billion euros in tourist income, while the number of nights spent by foreign visitors in the region’s
hotels also fell by 10.8 per cent.
Some sights in particular “have suffered deeply from the lack of tourists and cancellations by school groups”, the committee says, including the Arc de triomphe which saw a 24 per cent drop in visitors.
Another poll shows a majority of voters support President Donald Trump’s executive order curbing travelers from seven terror-exporting countries, and shows that a majority want fewer refugees imported into American communities overall.
Pollsters found that 51 percent of respondents want the U.S. to accept fewer refugees than the 100,000 per year President Barack Obama wanted to import. Trump’s new White House plan trims that number to 50,000 per year.
Rami K. – Muslim Head-chopper – gee that’s so blurry and to think the Germans used to be known for the quality of their camera lenses.
Iraqi “refugee” on trial for war crimes in Germany
An Iraqi ex-soldier on Wednesday appeared before a Berlin court charged with war crimes.
Rami K. is accused of posing for photographs with the decapitated heads of two fighters from the so-called “Islamic State” (IS), before sharing the images online.
The 28-year-old came to Germany seeking refuge in 2015, the same year hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, Syrians and others did the same. He lived in the capital before being arrested last August.
The photos are believed to have been taken in March of 2015, while he was fighting in the Iraqi army against IS near the town of Tikrit, north of Baghdad.
K. has defended himself before the court, saying he was ordered by his superiors to pose with the heads. He told judges, via an interpreter, that “had I disobeyed the order, the punishment would have been execution.”
Not sure that “only following orders defense” is gonna go over well in Germany.
A Dutch secret service agent assigned to protect anti-Islam campaigner Geert Wilders has been suspended on suspicion of leaking details to a criminal group.
The agent has been identified as an experienced officer in his mid-30s with a ‘Moroccan background’ who was part of a team responsible for looking after the frontrunner in next month’s Dutch elections.
Wilders, who campaigns on an anti-Islam platform that includes closing mosques and banning immigration from Muslim countries that has led to the protection, condemned the alleged breach, saying he cannot function without adequate security.