Diana West writes: Alyssa Lappen pulls it all together in an excellent piece at Pajamas Media:
In December 2009, Hedegaard remarked in a taped interview that a certain kind of domestic violence was peculiar to Muslim families (“they” rape their own children). He was charged as a common criminal. 
Denmark’s public prosecutor charged Hedegaard with racism for allegedly violating article 266 b of its penal code — a.k.a. the “racism clause” — which allows a prosecutor to infer criminal offense in any statement that he believes threatens, demeans, or ridicules anyone based on race, skin color, national or ethnic origin, religious faith, or sexual orientation. In other words, the law gives the prosecutor endless latitude to levy criminal charges over a wide range of easily misconstrued statements by or about almost anyone. Denmark, and other Western national governments, has imposed a "safety" on its people. Those who tamper with the safety are therefore "dangerous." We are all supposed to live with this Noble Lie of the Philosopher Kings for the sake of living rightly, that Islam is a religion of peace, and that all cultures are equally good in their own terms and so on. It is the safety of a certain Moral. If everyone at least pretends to believe the lie, then all is safe in the cosmos. Anything that goes wrong can be sorted out according to a pre-packaged lie, for example, that Muslim terrorism is a matter of rage against racism. There is a pat answer for everything that all must pretend to adhere to. It makes no difference if it is obviously stupid, the point is the Lie is the Safety. So, when a man like Lars Hedegaard speaks an obvious truth about Islam, he disrupts the safety of the elites in Denmark, prompting them to arrest him and put him on trial for disrupting the safety of the established public Moral. The Law is all about preserving the Lie for the sake of the people and the utopia of the Left Moral. Sense? Right and wrong? These things have nothing to do with the point of the Lie. It's all about not having to think about Truth. We can all get along so long as we all pretend to get along.
West continues to quote Lappen, in part:
And in May 2008, Gregorius Nekschot, a pseudonymous Dutch cartoonist, was similarly arrested and charged with discriminatory speech. In September 2010, Dutch prosecutors finally dropped charges against Nekschot (on the eve of Holland’s next travesty of justice). Despite a court order that he dismantle his personal website, Nekschot was victorious.
Then came five charges of hate speech against Dutch MP Geert Wilders. Prosecutors initially ruled that Wilders’ statements might hurt Muslim feelings but weren’t crimes. But in January 2009, Amsterdam’s Appeals Court reversed the finding and ordered prosecutors to proceed. 
Next up was Austria’s Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff — [....] In September 2010, Sabaditsch-Wolff learned she was accused of “defamation of religion” during a 2009 three-part seminar on “Islamization of Europe” for the Freedom Education Institute (FEI).
That same month, the European Union required member states to implement the “framework decision on combating racism and xenophobia,” a measure adopted on November 28, 2008, to combat “certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law.” This EU legal provision required all EU member states to comply fully by November 28, 2010, Sabaditsch-Wolff asserts, and to punish “intentional conduct” considered a pretext to target “a group of persons or a member of such a group defined by reference to race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin.”  Oblique or not, this means Muslims.http://www.dianawest.net/Home/
Most people believe what most people believe. It makes life easier. If one challenges what most people believe, one is likely to be friendless, to be seen as, at best, a crank, maybe as a lunatic, or even a criminal, as dangerous. That's not a career move most people would like. Those who see through the obvious lies often enough shrug it off as not worth the fight. Why bother going to gaol for a mere principle? Why cause trouble? Why upset anyone? Yes, Islam is a terrorism. Yes, anyone who looks into it knows this. But the government has decided to pursue a Lie for the good of all, and to provoke the government is to bring down harm on oneself for nothing more than principle. It's not worth the loss.
Today, Lars Hedegaard was acquitted of the charges against him in Denmark. Tomorrow someone else will be attacked for something similar.
By chance, an hour after posting the copy above I see this at Jihad Watch:
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Accused terrorists planned to cut the throats of reporters at a Danish newspaper that printed Mohammed cartoons, police wiretaps reveal.http://www.jihadwatch.org/
The men hoped to kill as many people as possible at Jyllands-Posten within 20 minutes, recordings made by the Danish security service PET and published Monday in the Ekstra Bladet newspaper show.
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