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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Freiheit der Rede verlor in Deutschland

Translated: Freedom of speech lost in Germany. And so it must be, along with other forms of expression less we be further intimidated by Islam. xxx

A German court on Thursday convicted a businessman of insulting Islam by printing the word "Koran" on toilet paper and offering it to mosques. xxx The 61-year-old man, identified only as Manfred van H., was given a one-year jail sentence, suspended for five years, and ordered to complete 300 hours of community service, a district court in the western German town of Luedinghausen ruled. xxx Prosecutors said that in an accompanying letter Manfred van H. called Islam's holy book a "cookbook for terrorists." He also offered his toilet paper for sale on the Internet at a price of 4 euros ($4.76) per roll, saying the proceeds would go toward a "memorial to all the victims of Islamic terrorism." xxx The maximum sentence for insulting religious beliefs under the German criminal code is three years in prison. Was this really about religious beliefs or political correctness? Germany should enforce it's laws on terrorism and not suppress speech, distasteful or not.
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Source: Reuters

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