Lara Hedegaard, A Danish Free Speech Hero


An Interview with Lars Hedegaard


In George Orwell’s 1984 the totalitarian credo of the Party is ”Who controls the past, controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.” If one looks at what passes for speech control in the European Union (EU), we see continued assault on basic freedoms. Freedoms that we take for granted in America under our Constitution’s First Amendment – the masthead of the Bill of Rights.

Notwithstanding this American bulwark in defense of free speech, we are witnessing the lawfare of Muslim Brotherhood front groups abetted by the US Department of Justice that seek to derogate and even supplant basic Constitutional protections via intimidation and the gradual insinuation of Shariah into our judicial system. That would explain the efforts led by David Yerushalmi, Esq. and the Public Policy Alliance who are endeavoring to introduce bills in a number of state legislatures seeking to bar Shariah from being used in our legal system based on the model ”American Laws for American Courts.”

The EU unfortunately views criticism of Islam as tantamount to racism and official hate speech. It is a stalking horse for de facto adoption of Islamic blasphemy laws as sought by members of The Organization of Islamic Conference. Their most recent effort was overturned by the UN Council on Human Rights in late March. Criticism of any religion is protected under the US Constitution. Not so in many EU member countries.

This is evident in several legal actions brought by public prosecutors in Holland against Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders, in Austria against Elisabeth Sabaditsch–Wolff and in Denmark against Lars Hedegaard, President of the Danish Free Press Society,who is also leader of the International Free Press Society. They all have dared to criticize Islam, a protected religion in many EU countries.

Hedegaard’s case is particularly troubling, because he was ensnared in an interview, disseminated without his permission, during which he told the truth about Shariah – Islamic doctrine – that permits rape within a Muslim family and honor killings of women – daughters and wives. He was tried on a Kafkaesque hate speech complaint under an arcane Danish law and was acquitted on a technicality in late January, 2010, only to have the matter appealed by the public prosecutors.

The case will be be heard again on April 26th by the Superior Court in Copenhagen. It is a show trial not seen since the Moscow purge trials in Stalin’s Russia in the 1930’s; this in liberal, tolerant Denmark. Hedegaard is seeking to advance the view that Islam is a totalitarian doctrine seeking world domination with what we have called, ”the thin veneer of religious practices.” Hedegaard has clearly rankled the politically correct ruling Danish elite by taking on the cause of criticizing Islam. They are trying to muzzle him for telling the truth by bringing him to trial a second time. He was informed by public prosecutors that the matter of truth about Islam has nothing to do with the adjudication of the hate speech charges brought against him.

Hedegaard will not be muzzled. In this regard he joins courageous Scandinavian champions of free speech and free expression, fellow Dane and political cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, and Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who have dared to criticize, at great personal risk, the exemplar of Jihadist Islam, Mohammed. The Danish prosecutors’ arguments are akin to the exchange between Humpty Dumpty and Alice in the topsy turvy world of Though the Looking Glass:

    “When I use a word,’ ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”

    “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”

    “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master — that’s all.”

Prior to Hedegaard’s Copenhagen Superior Court hearing, we were afforded the opportunity to interview him.

Watch this incisive RT interview with Lars Hedegaard about his legal battle for free speech in Denmark and note his comment: ”the Fate of Free Speech in the Europe is being determined, now.” (Read More)

May 1, 2011 | 9 Comments »

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  1. What you have to do in such a war, as in the FREEDOM OF SPEECH WAR, is give to democrats what democrats give to others – a taste of their own medicine by treating them as they treat others.

    When BOTH sides learn that oppression, hate, violence, murder, fighting, verbal harrassment, provocation, insults are WRONG and AGAINST GOD’S WILL, eventually there can be peace when both sides agree to disagree and disagree to agree without all the bull puckey.

    Most people want to replace violence with HUMOR. If you can’t laugh at yourself, your own race, your own country, your own people, then you are taking life too seriously.

    The Islamic side never ever has a sense of humor.

    The only thing you can do is the old school EYE FOR AN EYE deal when it comes to FREE SPEECH. They are fine with EXPRESSING their point of view without being open to other people’s points of view and those of us who aren’t Islamic savages and barbarians can simply return their HATE speeches right back at them, meeting them on their own terms.

    But they’ll never wake up and get a clue. They are so blinded by hate because of what their evil religion teaches – it is only a miracle from God that can change their minds. In my countrym, the USA, I can say and do whatever I want to do and it doesn’t matter what they think! We are FREE.

    Islamic countries are not FREE. They are oppressed slaves and many are crying out for FREEDOM, but WORLD PEACE and WORLD FREEDOM will never come until the world gets rid of its hatred of Israel, hatred of Christians, and hatred of each other.

    Unfortunately the devil wants to destroy us all, so there can never be peace and there will always be fighting and God’s people can only practice their GOD BLESSED RIGHT to defend themselves.

    When the devil is confronted with himself – would he change? Probably not.

    Change can only come when people realize they are their own worst enemies. I do it with humor designed to give back to democrats the evil they give to others – Muslims can only be treated as they treat others.