Tuesday, April 1, 2008

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Shariah Finance Watch: "Joke of the day-”Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam”

The Sharia-compliant ‘Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam‘ (CDHRI) charter, adopted by 45 Muslim nations 45 Muslim nations in August 1990 and officially supported by the Organization of Islamic Conference in June 2000, is being touted to replace the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by Islamic nations. The recently adopted UN resolution which denounces Islamophobia and criticisms of Islam paves the way forward for the CDHRI eventually to replace the UDHR at the UN. The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) — a world union of Humanist organizations — has responded clarifying that the CDHRI is neither a replacement of, nor is complementary to, the UDHR (...) >>>

Updated: 9th July 2008
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... the 'idealism' emanating from the postmodern Spanish, French and Belgian
meddling in sovereign states is leading to its natural conclusion: Jordanian
Courts prosecuting Danish and Dutch parliamentarians and Rwanda threatening
France over genocide ...

FT: "Rwanda threatens Paris over genocide"

(...) In February, a Spanish judge indicted 40 Rwandan officials for their alleged role in the killing of thousands of Hutus in Rwanda and Congo in the years after the RPF took power. Mr Kagame was named but enjoys immunity as head of state. “There is no basis [for the Spanish and French charges] . . . They are indicting the people who actually stopped the genocide,” he says, adding: “One would expect there to be an international regulatory mechanism. Otherwise you will have chaos – everyone will be indicting everyone.” If European countries could extend their judicial powers to Africa, he warned, African countries should be able to do the same. “Hopefully, our judges will also enjoy indicting some of them [French nationals], he says. I don’t rule that out unless these issues are sorted out.” (...) >>>

Updated: 4th July 2008
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... muzzl'im and the rest as well! ... once again our transnational 'idealism' prevents us from defending democratic values ... the Dutch Government prefer the soft approach of diplomacy, because the tough line proposed by Wilders is directly in opposition to our preaching to third world Governments that Courts should be independent, free from political interference; what is lost on the Dutch Foreign Minister is that the Jordanian judiciary are not independent entities, but extentions of the crypto totalitarian royal Hashemite state; Jordan is meddling in the affairs of sovereign states - a diplomatic sin of the highest order ... today's Front Page article hits bull's eye:

Front Page Magazine: "Jordan's Legal Jihad"

In a brazen attempt to stifle free speech in the West, a Jordanian court recently summoned twelve European citizens to answer criminal charges of blasphemy and inciting hatred.
Among those sought by the court is Geert Wilders, the Dutch liberal politician who made the anti-Islamist film, Fitna. (...) Now a Middle Eastern court would like to prosecute Wilders for the “crime.” (...) The Jordanian court’s move is only the most ambitious attempt to silence debate about Islam. Until now, the preferred strategy has been to file civil lawsuits in western courts to intimidate critics. The latest version of what may be called the legal jihad is even more disturbing. (...) This new campaign of intimidation against the West is being mounted by a Jordanian organization calling itself “Messenger of Allah Unite Us”, which is made up of “… media outlets, professional associations, parliamentarians and thousands of volunteers.” This organization, according to one account, arose as a “civilized response” to the Mohammad cartoons’ republication in 17 Danish papers last winter, after which it took the matter to a Jordanian court and successfully had charges pressed against the Danes, and later against Wilders. (...) Citizens of western countries who criticize Islam, and are even willing to face lawsuits in civil courts their own countries for doing so, may now exercise restraint if they risk facing criminal charges in a Muslim country (...) But what is most disturbing is that an Islamic country would dare subpoena citizens of another state for an action not committed within its borders but in a land where no laws were broken. Besides being meant as a weapon of intimidation, this tactic also represents a frightening extension of Islamic law into the heart of western countries.

But perhaps most ominously, this incredibly brazen measure shows that even a small Islamic country like Jordan has no fear of Europe. And, indeed, no retaliatory response met the Jordanian court’s action against European citizens. Europe’s appeasement is also evident in the second part of Messenger For Allah group’s anti-blasphemy campaign. This part calls for a commercial boycott of all Danish and Dutch products in Jordan (...) The overall goal of the Messenger of Allah group’s legal and commercial campaign against the two European states, it says, is the enactment of “a universal law that prohibits the defamation of any prophet or religion”, especially of the Prophet Mohammad. Islamic countries are already pushing for such a law at the United Nations.

“The boycott is a means but not an end,” said Zakaria Sheikh, a spokesperson for Messenger of Allah Unite Us. “We are not aiming at collective punishment, but when the Danish and Dutch people put pressure on their governments to support the creation of an international law, we are achieving our goal.” Well, there you have it. The Muslim organization wants Denmark and Holland not just to muzzle themselves but to help it muzzle the rest of the world as well.
But just the opposite should occur. All western countries should help put a muzzle on Jordan’s ridiculous campaign to squelch free speech, meddle in the internal affairs of two sovereign, western states and intimidate their citizens. (...) >>>

Updated: 3rd July 2008
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Politeia: "Liberty for Sausages: boycott the cowards!"

Last Friday we reported here that Jordan is seeking the extradition and prosecution of Dutch Freedom Party politician Geert Wilders on three counts: - racism - incitement to hatred - insulting Muslims and Islam - An Amman Court last Monday accepted the charges against Wilders on account of the short film "Fitna" pressed by a Jordanian group called "The Messenger of Allah Unites Us." "Fitna" outlines the dangers of radical Islam for democratic society. (Link to "Fitna")

Today we know which Dutch companies have 'distanced themselves' from Fitna. Politeia proposes a ban of its own against these companies which sell out democratic principles for sausages (...) >>>

Updated: 23rd June 2008
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Politeia: "Wilders Prosecuted by Jordanian Court"

(...) An Amman Court on Monday accepted the charges against Wilders pressed by a Jordanian group called "The Messenger of Allah Unites Us." Wilders is accused of racism, incitement to hatred and insulting Muslims and Islam. This will be an important test-case in respect of legal Jihad. According to Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant both the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the terrorism czar are on the case because of the implications the matter could have for freedom of expression in the Netherlands. For once it seems the Government is siding with liberty instead of signaling inter-religious solidarity. (...) >>>

Updated: 20th June 2008
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NY Times: "Unlike Others, U.S. Defends Freedom to Offend in Speech" - Hat Tip: American Power (...)
“It’s hate speech!” yelled one man. “It’s free speech!” yelled another. In the United States, that debate has been settled. Under the First Amendment, newspapers and magazines can say what they like about minorities and religions — even false, provocative or hateful things — without legal consequence. The Maclean’s article, “The Future Belongs to Islam,” was an excerpt from a book by Mark Steyn called “America Alone” (Regnery, 2006). The title was fitting: The United States, in its treatment of hate speech, as in so many other areas of the law, takes a distinctive legal path. “In much of the developed world, one uses racial epithets at one’s legal peril, one displays Nazi regalia and the other trappings of ethnic hatred at significant legal risk, and one urges discrimination against religious minorities under threat of fine or imprisonment,” Frederick Schauer, a professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, wrote in a recent essay called “The Exceptional First Amendment.” “But in the United States,” Professor Schauer continued, “all such speech remains constitutionally protected.” Canada, England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, South Africa, Australia and India all have laws or have signed international conventions banning hate speech. Israel and France forbid the sale of Nazi items like swastikas and flags. It is a crime to deny the Holocaust in Canada, Germany and France. Earlier this month, the actress Brigitte Bardot, an animal rights activist, was fined $23,000 in France for provoking racial hatred by criticizing a Muslim ceremony involving the slaughter of sheep. By contrast, American courts would not stop a planned march by the American Nazi Party in Skokie, Ill., in 1977, though a march would have been deeply distressing to the many Holocaust survivors there. (...) >>>
Updated: 12th June 2008
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Pajamas Media: "The Kafkaesque Show Trial of Mark Steyn," by Kathy Shaidle
(...) Canadian Human Rights Tribunals boast a 100% conviction rate on such “hate speech” cases, and have already handed down lifetime bans against the likes of Rev. Scott Boision. That Christian preacher is now forbidden for life from ever citing Bible verses regarding homosexuality in his sermons, or “in newspapers, by email, on the radio, in public speeches, or on the Internet.” So Mark Steyn’s guilty verdict seems a fait accompli. As he predicted in May, his “career in Canada will be formally ended next month.” (...) "We want to lose so we can take it to a real court and if necessary up to the Supreme Court of Canada and we can get the ancient liberties of free-born Canadian citizens that have been taken away from them by tribunals like this. We want those ancient civil liberties restored." (...) >>>
Updated: 11th June 2008
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Tundra Tabloits: "Finnish Court Serves Seppo Lehto Two Year Jail Sentence For Insensitivity Against Islam......."
Finland now stands on the brink of being one of Europe's foremost suppressors of free speech, with both the process and speed in which it has tackled Internet "political thought crimes" over the last year and a half, being nothing short of stunning. The Finnish Court's case against well known racist, Seppo Lehto, revolved around (...) >>>
Updated: 6th June 2008
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Atlas Shrugs: "Danish Cartoons: Jordan Summons Danes for Prosecution"
(...) A Jordanian organisation wants to prosecute the Danes responsible for the publication of cartoons considered blasphemous to the Islamic Prophet Mohammed. According to Danish media reports, 11 Danes have been summoned to appear before the Jordanian public prosecutor to answer charges of blasphemy and threatening the national peace. Summoned to Jordan?
The media reported the action a day after a bomb attack outside the Danish Embassy killed at least eight people and injured several others in Islamabad.Those facing legal action include the cartoonist who drew one of the Mohammed cartoons and editors from 10 of the 17 newspapers that reprinted them. (...) >>>
Updated: 4th June 2008
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Politeia: ""Fitna": of Farce and Fall-out IV"
Geert Wilders has today been acquitted of charges brought by the Dutch Islamic Federation (NIF) of disseminating hatred and calls for violence against Muslims. (...) "Wilders [is] provocative from time to time, but a Member of Parliament must be able to express his point of view". NIF's original objective was to restrict the screening of the film "Fitna", but Wilders published the film on the eve of the lawsuit. A new lawsuit brought by NIF wanted Wilders muzzled altogether, but the Court deemed Wilders' opinions not unlawful. (...) >>>
Updated: 7th Apr 2008
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Muslims Against Sharia: "RACHEL's LAW* unanimously Passed by NY Legislators - Legislature Passes Libel Terrorism Protection Act To Protect American Journalists and Authors From Overseas Defamation Lawsuits"
The New York State Legislature today unanimously passed the “Libel Terrorism Protection Act” (S.6687/A.9652) (...) this legislation will protect American journalists and authors from foreign lawsuits that infringe on their First Amendment rights. (...) “This is a great day for free speech and freedom of the press (...) This law will protect our journalists and authors from trumped up libel charges in kangaroo courts in overseas jurisdictions which don’t share our commitment to free speech and freedom of the press,” [it] will give New York's journalists, authors and press the protection and tools they need to continue to fearlessly expose the truth about terrorism and its enablers, and to maintain New York's place as the free speech capitol of the world (...)truth is a critically-important component in the War on Terror,” said Senator Skelos. “This important new law will protect American authors and journalists who expose terrorist networks and their financiers. In its decision, the Court of Appeals called upon the State Legislature to revise the law. Today, we made clear that New York State will safeguard the First Amendment and these courageous writers.” (...) >>>
* reference to case of Rachel Ehrenfeld, to also video footage
Updated: 1st Apr 2008
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Muslims Against Sharia: "Savage lawyers target CAIR's paymasters: Muslim group bankrolled by Arab states tied to 9/11"
Preparing an appeal of a dismissed lawsuit against the Council of American-Islamic Relations, talk radio host Michael Savage and his legal team have taken a new tack, investigating CAIR's foreign financial backers, WND has learned. CAIR is registered as a nonprofit organization recognized as tax-exempt under IRS code section 501(c)(3), which restricts "lobbying on behalf of a foreign government." CAIR's website claims that it receives no foreign government support.However, CAIR's headquarters near the U.S. Capitol until recently was owned by the ruler of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and the ruler's foundation has pledged $50 million to capitalize a long-term CAIR public-relations campaign. "This should start to get interesting," said a member of Savage's legal team. (...) >>>
Updated: Mar 14, 2008
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Muslims Against Sharia: "Islamofascist-Dhimmi Axis Assault on Free Speech: Latest Casualties" JUST IMAGES - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - A MUST SEE!
Updated: 20th Jan. 2008
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Muslims Against Sharia: "Belarus jails Prophet Mohammad cartoon publisher"
Belarus on Friday jailed for three years an editor of an independent newspaper who reproduced cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad Read more ... (...) >>>
Updated: 20th Jan. 2008
...so, now we know the totalitarian standard for this criminal offence ... just curious to see where the jurisprudence in the 'civilized' world will lead us ....
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Politeia: "Europe's Speechless, Frantic Surrender"
Elsevier is reporting today (link in Dutch) that the police admitted to have been instructed to treat those pressing charges against Wilders with leniency. Charges of 'insult' and discrimination need not be beefed up by criminal evidence. If one didn't know any better, one would almost suspect a plot. (...)
The EU has in numerous agreements with Muslim countries made it clear that "Islamophobia" is a form of racism and hate speech. The EU is now practicing this media censorship. (...)
"Should it come to riots, bloodshed and violence after broadcasting the Quran movie by PVV-leader Geert Wilders, then Wilders will be responsible." This was said by the Grand Mufti of Syria, Ahmad Badr Al-Din Hassoun (...) If Wilders tears up or burns a Quran in his film 'this will simply mean he is inciting wars and bloodshed. And he will be responsible' (...) it is 'the responsibility of the Dutch people to stop Wilders'."If you read the official texts by the EU media, this threat has been totally removed. >>>
Updated: 19th Jan. 2008
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Middle East Forum: "Mark Steyn Is Not Alone", by Brooke M. Goldstein
(...) The public inquisition of Steyn has triggered outrage among Canadians and Americans who value free speech (...) major player on this front is Khalid bin Mahfouz (...) sued more than 30 publishers (Rachel Ehrenfeld) and authors in British courts, (...) This is troubling. The United States was founded on the premise of freedom of worship, but also on the principle of the freedom to criticize religion. (...) >>>
A COMPRESENSIVE RECOMMENDED UPDATE ON LEGAL JIHAD
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Updated: 17th Jan. 2008
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Calgary Herald: "In rebuttal: Squashing debate like mosquitoes", by Mark Steyn
"The amount of Muslims is expanding like mosquitoes."(...) they're not my words. Rather, they were said by a prominent Scandinavian Muslim (...)
Updated: 2nd Jan. 2008
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1389 Anti Jihadist Tech Blog: "Michael Savage Sues CAIR to Expose 9-11 Terror Links"
You may recall that CAIR launched a boycott against companies that advertise on Michael Savage’s show. (...)
Updated: 31st Dec. 2007
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Ironic Surrealism II: "The United Caliphate of The United Nations" - Hat Tip: My Flanders Fields: "UN Sold"
(...) the UN General Assembly has passed a resolution against the “defamation of religions (...) We discussed the UN Human Rights Council's Resolution at length in "Quick. while it's still legal" ...
Updated: 23rd Dec. 2007
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Atlas Shrugs: "Italy Soccer Officials "Astounded"by Muslim Lawsuit"
A Turkish lawyer is taking legal action against Inter Milan, (...) for wearing a strip with “Crusader-style” red crosses (...)
Updated: 12th Dec. 2007
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Muslims Against Sharia: "'Islamophobia' Used to Crush Muslim Dissent, Panel Says"
Updated: 1st Nov. 2007
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Front Page Magazine: "Sued For Terror Watching"
Updated: 26th Oct. 2007
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The Lighthouse: "Quick, While it's Still Legal"
Updated: 2nd April 2007
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Front Page Magazine: "Muslim Target", by Robert Spencer (on frivolous lawsuits)
Updated: 14th June 2005

Related:
- Terror Finance Blog (Rachel Ehrenfeld video link, Darko Trifunovic)
- The Legal Project (protection of analysts from predatory lawsuits to silence free speech)

Dossiers:

- "The Unholy Alliance"
- "In Defense of Liberty"
- "The Jihad Project"
- "The Balkan Caliphate"
- "Stop Islamization of Europe"
- "Eurabia"
- "Islamization=Apartheid"
- "Apostating Islam"
- "Muslims versus Sharia"

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