Islamists Against Free Speech in Europe / Ann Snyder

Hedegaard's Appeal to the Danish Supreme Court
Apr 12, 2012
Once again, freedom of speech is under attack in Europe. Lars Hedegaard's appeal to the Danish Supreme Court will be heard April 13th along with the prosecutor's cross-appeal seeking a higher fine. Court proceedings are anticipated to wrap up the same day and a decision is expected within a week.

Americans should take an active interest in the state of free speech in Europe, because it is a forewarning of the direction our own country is heading if we don't take steps to reverse course. In a previous interview with the Legal Project, Lars Hedegaard remarked:

We live in an increasingly internationalized, globalized order where people look to other countries for guidance and inspiration. Of course, where Europe goes the U.S. may well go. You see the same pattern in Canada and other places. I don't think you should believe that the U.S. can remain an island of freedom in a world of suppression and dictatorship.

If you think that "hate speech" laws could never take hold in the United States, consider the current Administration's complicity in the OIC's efforts to limit speech through UN resolutions, including hosting the first in a series of meetings called the "Istanbul Process" behind closed doors last December. The OIC's latest resolutions do not mention "defamation of religion" but they have retained the "hate speech" concept. And now, the West—including the U.S.—is working to implement them.

The Legal Project has followed Hedegaard's case over the last two years—covering Hedegaard's acquittal, then his retrial and conviction, and now his appeal (and the prosecutor's cross appeal) at the Supreme Court. The Legal Project will continue bring you updates on this important case as they are available.

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