Tuesday, 29 July 2008
Badly animated Dutch authorities arrest fun cartoonist.
Sid Vicious Junior, the last British rebel to holdout against the EU's [Eurabian Union's] total banning of free speech in the year 2000 and something. Your guess is as good as mine, Squire. Let the self-censorship begin! "I did it their waaaaay!"
“It is always more difficult to fight against faith than against knowledge”. Adolf Hitler.
”People are afraid, but when you laugh you are not afraid, and if you are not afraid, you are free”. Gregorius Nekschot, the recently arrested Dutch satirical cartoonist. Guess which religion ya get arrested for laughing at? Nope, it's not the Anglicans or Taoists!
Dig. There ‘s probably no need to control a lotta people at all really, if it can appear that a majority ain’t that curious about 'eff all really. Or a recent poll in Australia wouldn’t be able to say and even if it’s bogus, that over 90% believe the mass hysteria and scam of global warming. Go figure. If you can sell that worthless turd pie to even half the people, you can sell anything. Anything. Even the endgame of uber multicultism. Oh but it’s worth billions to the already pollutingly rich. Ironic, is it not?
“How fortunate for leaders that men do not think”. Adolf Hitler.
But then, an MSM largely made of Leftard hacks and governments, celebrities and assorted richelites that relentlessly promote such a big lie, will have some effect eventually. Oh yes they will.
“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it”. Adolf Hitler.
Roy on Pajamas Media comments: “It is humorous that you can have a sense of humor and wit in the Netherlands...as long as you don’t joke with Islam. Anything is ok to kid about or make a sarcastic comment...EXCEPT Islam.
It would be curious if I made up a religion...like MOlam, where men walked around women and told them to wear head coverings, treated women like cattle, and talked about killing anti-MOlam folks because they bother me. The creator of my new imaginary MOlam religion? Mosihammi, of course. Luckily in the Netherlands…one can still make up imaginary religions…or have they made that illegal as well?”
“He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future”. Adolf Hitler.
Colonel Neville: "Dear sports, there are some very interesting and swingin’ elements for what it’s worth, to this disturbing fiasco. The one that caught me was the revelation of a Dutch government section actually called “The Interdepartmental Working Group on Cartoons!” Ad I kid you not".
From Andrew Higgins: “Justice Minister Hirsch Ballin revealing the existence of a previously secret bureaucratic body, called the Interdepartmental Working Group on Cartoons. Officials later explained that the cartoon group had no censorship duties and had been set up after the 2006 Danish cartoon crisis to alert Dutch officials to any risks the Netherlands might face.
The group examined Mr. Nekschot's work, say officials, but played no part in his arrest. Headed by a senior bureaucrat from a national agency coordinating counterterrorism, it draws from the intelligence service, the interior minister, the prosecutor's office and various other government bodies”. Andrew Higgins.
Colonel Neville: "Think what this drivel means. While their country collapses, rots, implodes and is utterly demoralised by the logical end of Leftard multicultism, neoocialism and Islam, the authorities put a vigorous focus on a cartoonist. Yet Islamist loons in Holland can comfortably call for beheadings, murder and Jihad, and they just take another toke of a joint. Oh, and they also fund and utterly support the Islamisation of Holland. Gotta be great then".
Andrew Higgins: “Why Islam Is Unfunny for a Cartoonist. The arrest of a controversial Dutch cartoonist has set off a wave of protests. The case is raising questions for a changing Europe about free speech, religion and art. By Andrew Higgins July 12, 2008.
On a sunny May morning, six plainclothes police officers, two uniformed policemen and a trio of functionaries from the state prosecutor's office closed in on a small apartment in Amsterdam. Their quarry: a skinny Dutch cartoonist with a rude sense of humor. Informed that he was suspected of sketching offensive drawings of Muslims and other minorities, the Dutchman surrendered without a struggle.
"I never expected the Spanish Inquisition," recalls the cartoonist... A fan of ribald gags, he's a caustic foe of religion, particularly Islam. The Quran, crucifixion, sexual organs and goats are among his favourite motifs". Andrew Higgins.
Colonel Neville: "Gotta love those motifs!"
Andrew Higgins: "...He hasn't been charged with a crime, but the prosecutor's office says he's been under investigation for three years on suspicion that he violated a Dutch law that forbids discrimination on the basis of race, religion or sexual orientation”.
”All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach". Adolf Hitler.
Andrew Higgins: “...a shock to a country that sees itself as a bastion of tolerance, a tradition forged by grim memories of bloody conflict between Catholics and Protestants. The Netherlands sheltered Jews and other refugees from the Spanish Inquisition, and Calvinists fleeing persecution in France. Its thinkers helped nurture the 18th-century Enlightenment. Prostitutes, marijuana and pornography have been legal for decades”.
Colonel; Neville: “Another thang I dug, is that a Muslim creep made a lot of the complaints. So Islamist freaks in a Western Democracy are calling the er, shots so to speak and literally. That’s the end logic of PC multiculti Left liberalism, I’m afraid.
You do eventually disappear, as someone else naturally fills the vacuum of your inane self-abasement. This is because PC Leftoidism has no real core beyond the fashionable, ideological abstract and the self loathing.
Thus when seriously challenged by harsh facts as Holmes would say, it collapses like so much relativist and suicidal wet bread when it meets a stronger force, such as hey, Islam Murder Inc, or a wet kitten”.
Andrew Higgins: “The cartoonist blames his woes on what he calls Holland's "political correctness industry," a network of often state-funded organizations set up to protect Muslims and other minority groups. One of these, an Internet monitoring group known as MDI, says it received dozens of complaints about the cartoonist's mockery of Islam and first reported him to the prosecutor's office in 2005.
"We're not sure what he does is illegal, but there is a possibility that it is not legal," says the group's head, Niels van Tamelen.
Many of the complaints, he says, came from followers of a controversial Muslim convert called Abdul-Jabbar van de Ven.
Mr. Van de Ven caused an uproar after the 2004 murder of Mr. Van Gogh, when he seemed to welcome the killing on national TV. He said Mr. Wilders, the anti-immigrant legislator, also deserved to die, preferably from cancer. Mr. Nekschot, appalled by the outburst, caricatured the convert as a fatwa-spewing fanatic.
Mr. Van de Ven says he's glad to see Mr. Nekschot in trouble. The cartoonist deserves prosecution, he says, for "disgusting cartoons about our beloved prophet Muhammad, may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him."
Politicians who cry about free speech, he says, "shouldn't stick their noses into judicial matters..."
"This is serious. It is about freedom of speech," says Mark Rutte, the leader of a center-right opposition party. Some of Mr. Nekschot's oeuvre is "really disgusting," he says, "but that is free speech”. Andrew Higgins:
Colonel Neville: “I beg to differ, Jim. The average PC boob lacks the objective logic to see the true connections in their er, offence. They confuse form with subject and thus content. They are simply upset at someone holding up a mirror to the plain and harsh facts. And this time it’s the untouchable subject for laughs of the beyond Pythonesque madness, contradictory crap and absurdity of Islam”.
“It is not truth that matters, but victory”. Adolf Hitler.
Andrew Higgins:“...His predicament reprises, with a curious twist, a drama that debuted in Denmark just over two years ago...
...has followed a very different script. This time the state has stepped in to rein in the artist rather than protect him, and it is secular champions of free speech who are angry.
"Denmark protects its cartoonists. We arrest them," says Geert Wilders, ...denunciations of the Quran as an Islamic version of Hitler's "Mein Kampf."
The arrested cartoonist, says Mr. Wilders, is "a bit obsessed" with Muslims and sex, but "it is not bad for artists to have a little obsession”. Andrew Higgins.
“The victor will never be asked if he told the truth”. Adolf Hitler.
Andrew Higgins:“Islam is Europe's fastest-growing religion, with immigrants from Muslim lands often rejecting a drift toward secularism in what used to be known as Christendom. About 6% of Holland's 16.3 million people are Muslims, and nearly half of Amsterdam's population is of foreign origin. Some predict the city could have a Muslim majority within a decade or so.
The contrasting Danish and Dutch responses "show that there is a serious struggle of ideas going on for the future of Europe," says Flemming Rose, a Danish newspaper editor who commissioned the drawings of Muhammad in Jyllands-Posten. At stake, he says, is whether democracy protects the right to offend or embraces religious taboos so that "citizens have a right not to be offended".
In Britain, a local police force got caught up recently in a flap over its use of a German shepherd puppy to promote an emergency hotline. A Muslim councilor, noting that dogs are viewed as unclean in Islam, complained that the puppy could turn off believers. The police force apologized and regretted not consulting its diversity officer.
In Switzerland, meanwhile, a bombastic anti-immigration political party is campaigning to ban all Muslim prayer towers, known as minarets. This week it gathered enough signatures to force a national referendum on the issue. The Swiss government says such a ban would violate freedom of religion and pose a security threat by provoking Muslims”. Andrew Higgins:
Colonel Neville: “Hey, always the threat of violence, eh? But er, they’re “bombastic?” Better than spastics with bombs, I say! Er, but can ya say that? Nope, if a Muslimkiller don’t get ya, your own government will! Welcome to a taste of the coming Hell, matey”.
Andrew Higgins: “Afshin Ellian, an Iranian-born history of law professor at Holland's Leiden University, says he fled Tehran to escape religious taboos and now worries that Europe is "importing problems from the Middle East." He understands why Muslims, Christians and other devout believers might take offense at certain cartoons, paintings or texts, but he calls it "a matter of aesthetics not criminal law”. From Andrew Higgins.
Colonel Neville: “Ooh, an anti-Jihadist Muslim intellectual! Does not fit Left paradigm! Arrest or no? Malfunction!”
“What do we do? Quick! PC confusion alert! I don’t understand! Warning Will Robinson! Warning!” EU auto-discrimination detectorbot EU29/2008.
Andrew Higgins:“Mr. Nekschot, who calls the investigation "surreal," says, "Not even Monty Python could have come up with this." (His pen name, Gregorius Nekschot, is a mocking tribute to Gregory IX, a 13th-century pope who set up a Vatican department to hunt down and execute heretics. Nekschot means "shot in the neck" in Dutch.) Some Muslim groups have voiced dismay at his arrest as well. The head of an organization of Moroccan preachers in Holland said authorities seemed "more afraid" of offending Islam than Muslims.
"We are led by the law," says Franklin Wattimena, a spokesman for the Amsterdam Public Prosecutor's Office. He denies any attempt to squelch free speech and says locking Mr. Nekschot up overnight was probably a "mistake”.
If formally charged and taken to court, Mr. Nekschot risks up to two years in prison and a maximum fine of €16,750, or about $26,430, says his Amsterdam lawyer, Max Vermeij. He thinks the odds on his client being prosecuted are better than even but draws some comfort from recent Dutch court rulings in discrimination cases that mostly came down on the side of free speech.
Mr. Nekschot himself is very worried. "I'm afraid of getting a judge who doesn't have a sense of humor," he says.
...worried that his identity will get exposed if he goes to court. This, says the cartoonist, could make him a target for attack like Theo van Gogh...
Until his brush with the law, Mr. Nekschot was barely known outside a narrow circle of Internet-savvy aficionados. Newspapers shunned his caricatures. "They all said 'no way,' " he recalls. "They thought I was too offensive, too explicit and too strong on sensitive issues like religion."
Today, he's a cult phenomenon. Hits on his Web site went from a few thousand a day to over 100,000 a day when news of his arrest broke, he says. Newspapers that wanted nothing to do with him now print his work...and his work is currently on display in the Parliament building, where Mr. Rutte, the politician, has set up a "free-thinkers space”.
The case has also stirred much speculation in the media and Parliament about why an apparently dormant investigation first launched in 2005 suddenly became so urgent that Mr. Nekschot had to be snatched from his home without warning. The prosecutor's office says it simply took a long time to figure out Mr. Nekschot's true identity and then find him.
...his arrest suggests an attempt by authorities to soothe Muslims angry over the March release on the Internet of "Fitna"...
Officials deny any connection. The prosecutor's office notes that it has also taken action against Muslims suspected of discrimination. A Moroccan-born Dutchman was recently convicted of discrimination for writing in a blog that homosexuals should be tossed from rooftops and thrown down stairs. A court ordered him to do community-service work”. Andrew Higgins.
Colonel Neville: “Ooh, community service. Europe is saved from Islamisation! Er, nope”.
Mr. Nekschot makes no apologies for causing offense. "Harmless humor does not exist," he says. "I like strong stuff."
But, eager to stay out of prison, he's pruned his Web site of eight cartoons that prosecutors say are the focus of their investigation. Deleted were cartoons of a Muslim at the North Pole engaging in deviant sex, and of a black youth waving two pistols at a left-wing do-gooder wearing a peace sign.
Mr. Nekschot says everyone is entitled to their opinions. "If people say my cartoons are disgusting that is fine by me. I see lots of things I don't like. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." Andrew Higgins.
Colonel Neville: "Sadly we're only entitled to someone elses shrivelled opinion now. Any deviation needs re-education. That's the smiley Left fascism for ya!".
Write to Andrew Higgins at firstname.lastname@example.org
Article 19. UN International Declaration of Human Rights.
"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers".