August 17, 2012

Free Speech Victory in Germany: Mo-Toons OK in Protest

I'd like to see all hate-speech laws repealed everywhere, but this is a step in the right direction. A German court has said that displaying offensive cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad does not constitute hate-speech:

The court said it “rejected the urgent complaint filed by three Islamic mosque congregations to prevent the ‘citizens’ movement Pro Deutschland from showing so-called Mohammed caricatures in front of their premises during demonstrations on Saturday”.

It said the cartoons were protected as “artistic freedom” and could not legally be considered as abuse of a religious group.

“Simply showing the Mohammed cartoons does not qualify as a call to hatred or violence against a specific segment of the population,” the court said.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:41 PM | Comments |