Time Magazine: Denmark and Sweden’s Commitment to Free Speech Is Wilting in the Face of Quran Burning


Justitias Jacob Mchangama forklarer i Time Magazine, at Danmarks og Sveriges planer om at kriminalisere koranafbrændinger varsler en mere dyster fremtid, hvor demokratiets grundlæggende rettigheder skal ligge under for religiøse doktriner:

“On the one hand, there are good reasons to be critical of book burnings. It is a poor substitute for reasoned debate and one that will forever be associated with totalitarian states, such as Nazi Germany, in our collective history. But however noxious the ideas of the far-right protestors who torch Qurans, they are not state agents, they are not speaking for the government, nor do they have the power to censor or discriminate. They are private individuals whose non-violent symbolic expressions are intended to convey a message, which however, offensive to those who disprove, is part and parcel of free expression.”

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