Friday, March 27, 2009

Defamation, Blasphemy, and the End of Free Speech in Finland

The Finnish author and journalist Jussi Halla-aho has made guest appearances in this space previously. We have also written about the attempts of the Finnish establishment to silence him for his hate speech. These attempts intensified when Mr. Halla-aho was elected to the Helsinki city council last fall.

Now the Finnish government has taken the next logical step: it has charged Jussi Halla-aho with incitement of an ethnic group (the Finnish equivalent of hets mot folkgrupp) — and blasphemy.

And was his “blasphemy” perhaps against the Lutheran Church in Finland? Or maybe the Holy Catholic Church?

What do you think?

Tundra Tabloids has this report:

Jussi Halla-aho to stand trial for blasphemy against Allah

Believe it or not, Finland still has blasphemy laws on the books, but there have been repeated attempts to rescind Section 10 of chapter 17 of the Finnish penal code. All attempts however, at removing the anti-modern statute from the law books have proved unsuccessful, with the latest attempt failing in 1998.

Helsinki city councilman, Jussi Halla-aho was charged with blasphemy and incitement of an ethnic-group in the Helsinki district court today, and ordered to stand trial for publishing on his blog that Islam’s prophet was a pedophile. According to the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Jorme Kalske:

Halla-aho had uploaded to the Internet and submitted writings to the general public, in which Islam and its sacred institutions were combined with pedophilia, and in which was also presented the robbery of pedestrians and the looting of tax revenue was a certain national group or a specific genetic characteristic.

The charges were presented in the Helsinki District Court. Halla-aho denies the charges

Courtesy of the blogger Vasarahammer, here is Helsinki City Councilman, Jussi Halla-aho’s post that the Finnish state wants him prosecuted for. It is addressed to Mika Illman, the Finnish state prosecuting attorney, in response of the Finnish state’s prosecution of Seppo Lehto last year:
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A couple of baits for Mika Illman

[Begins with an account of the successful prosecution of “filth blogger” Seppo Lehto]

According to state prosecutor Mika Illman and Tampere district court insulting the prophet Muhammad is illegal, because Muhammad is revered by Muslims.

(On the other hand professor Hämeen-Anttila could certainly confirm that in Christianity Jesus and God are holy figures. Of course, this doesn’t prevent anybody from defaming Jesus or God freely in the way he or she chooses.)

Next I intend to throw Mika a bait:

Prophet Muhammad was a pedophile and Islam reveres pedophilia as a religion. Islam is a religion of pedophilia. Pedophilia is Allah’s will.

Are these statements illegal? They certainly insult Muslims’ religious feelings. Let’s approach the issue logically:

As a 50 year-old man Muhammad was engaged to six or seven year old Aisha. Their marriage was “consummated” when Aisha was nine years old. It is possible to think that they were living in another age and Muhammad’s deeds must not be judged according to today’s standards, but as we have learned during the last few years, schoolbooks from the 50’s were racist when they spoke about “negroes” (even if “negro” was not a racist term at the time by anybody’s standards), it’s equally justified to call a child rapist who lived 1400 years ago a child rapist.’

What has to be done so that the bolded statements were not true? You must insist that

a) Quran is not literally true (i.e. Muhammad did not have sexual relations with a nine year old girl). This will not do, since according to Islamic doctrine and Muslims’ opinion Quran is a literal word of Allah. Consummation and Aisha’s age cannot be denied without insulting Muslims.

b) Muhammad’s actions were not always acceptable. This will not do either, since according to Muslims (and Tampere district court) criticizing Muhammad is the same as criticizing Allah and therefore blasphemy. The penalty is death. Muslim’s believe that Muhammad’s actions were the will of Allah. Because Muhammad had sexual relations with a child, that was Allah’s will as well.

As we see, all the argumentative ways to disprove the bolded statements have been theologically exhausted. The fact that Muhammad was a pedophile and Allah supported pedophilia can only be denied either by denying the literal truthfulness of Quran or Muhammad’s status as a messenger of Allah whose actions are according to the will of Allah.

Therefore I repeat my claim:

Prophet Muhammad was a pedophile and Islam reveres pedophilia as a religion. Islam is a religion of pedophilia. Pedophilia is Allah’s will.

Go over to Tundra Tabloids to read the second “bait”. Regular readers of Jihad Watch and other Counterjihad sites will recognize the Koranic basis for Jussi Halla-aho’s statements about Mohammed.

But that’s not enough to protect him. The truth is no defense. And quoting the Koran defames Islam!

Funny about that.

Needless to say, Mika Illman took the bait, and Mr. Halla-aho will be hauled into court. The International Free Press Society is on the case. We’ll keep you informed as it develops.

But don’t expect any major human rights group to organize a defense fund for an Islamophobic Finn.

Like the UN, they’re all in favor of free speech — until someone starts telling the truth about Islam.

7 comments:

RtL said...

Do you think that our European country's law courts are actively to start civil war in their own countries?
Are they so badly under control of Saudi Arabia and gorging themselves on the perks of being in their pockets that they are so blatantly ignorant to see that they are trampling over the basic civil liberties of their countrymen?
Do these imbeciles not remember their history? It seems they do not but here's a link for them to have a read of(if any are reading that is) that may just waken them up to a scenario they're creating and will very much be part of.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guillotine

PatriotUSA said...

Prophet Muhammad was a pedophile and Islam reveres pedophilia as a religion. Islam is a religion of pedophilia. Pedophilia is Allah’s will.


Absolutely pathetic that this man is going to prosecuted for writing the truth about isalm. You read that right, THE TRUTH. Halla-Aho is another hero in my book and just like Gert Wilders, they will come after him. The islamofacist apologizers can whitewash islam, mohammed and allah all they want. You CANNOT change what was recorded and written down in the qur'an, hadith and sura's. Period, no exception. islam is a lie. there is nothing peaceful, noble or worthwhile about, it in my mind. And yes, I do and am continually reading about islam to become more educated about this ancient, most filthy and perverted enemy

Halla-aho; keep on doing what you are doing, writing what is the truth. We know what you have written is true and that is WHY they have come after you. I hope this man has 24/7 protection from here on out. There are many who stand with a brave man like this!
COUNT ME IN.



Do these imbeciles not remember their history? It seems they do not

No. they do not. Nor do they recall or even know about islam's jihad and warfare since it's inception. All they seem to care about is sucking of the islamic teat that is connected to the body, that has the hands that hold the sowrd that would just kill as soon kill them, for being kuffars or infidels.


Like the UN, they’re all in favor of free speech — until someone starts telling the truth about Islam.


So true, and is this the future we want for our children.........
Be of courage and great faith, be not a afraid to speak out against islam for freedom, as we know it is truly at stake. I will glady give my life for cause of freedom,
to give my children the chance to live in freedom. To be free from the death and destruction that is islam.

BE THE WATCHER OF THE GATE FOR NO MAN KNOW'S THE HOUR!

thll said...

Who benefits from this apart from Muslims? Can anyone suggest an explanation for this behaviour?

puolimieli said...

Halla-aho is one of the very few politicians in Finland to speak against Islamization and multiculturalism and for reduced immigration. When he was elected to the Helsinki City Council last Autumn, the media and several leftist and Green politicians started the worst mudslinging campaign I've ever seen in Finnish politics, painting Halla-aho essentially as a Nazi. In reality, Halla-aho is a moderate even if combative character with rather liberal views on most issues. The prosecution is the culmination of this political persecution, brought about by some activist lawyers who essentially want to ban all overt criticism of Islam and immigration in Finland.

The blog post of which Halla-aho stands accused is a sarcastic take on the double standards that make it illegal to make criticisms of certain groups and a certain religion, while similar criticisms of other groups and religions are allowed. The post is more about these double standards and the state of free speech in Finland, and less about the sexual proclivities of Muhammad or crime in the Somali community. The prosecutor, however, seems to have willfully missed the context in which Halla-aho discusses Muhammad and the Somalis, preferring to zero in on a couple of inflammatory sentences.

Finland does not in fact have laws against blasphemy as such anymore. Previously, there was a section in the Penal Code that made it illegal to blaspheme Christianity, but that section was replaced with something called breach of the sanctity of religion. In principle, it's possible to be prosecuted for breaching the sanctity of any religion. In practise, however, one can blaspheme Christianity to one's heart's content and not be prosecuted. In light of recent legal cases, it seems that Islam is the only religion whose sanctity one can violate in Finland. It was this double standard that Halla-aho targeted.

The political nature of Halla-aho's prosecution is highlighted by the fact that the decision to take him to court was publicized a day before the True Finns Party was to decide whether or not to choose Halla-aho as one of their candidates in the coming EU Parliament elections. The leadership of the True Finns Party has been under heavy pressure from other political parties and the media to cast out Halla-aho, and that's exactly what they did today. This is a victory for the elites, who knew that Halla-aho was popular among the people, and could have amassed a sizable share of the votes in the election.

All in all, the prosecution of Halla-aho is one of the most disgraceful chapters of the recent Finnish legal history.

Geist said...

What?? This kind of Islamophilia in the name of political correctness is exactly what we need to fight against. As for "robbery of pedestrians and the looting of tax revenue", since when has telling the truth been punishable by law??

Do read my blog if you've got some moments to spare...
Global Reconquista

extropolitca said...

Who benefits from this apart from Muslims? Can anyone suggest an explanation for this behaviour?
No one and many.
The judiciary is not full of muslim appeasers, is full of leftists and usually they are idiots.
The prosecutor take the bait and swallowed it, with hook, weights, wire and fisherman.
Now, the prosecution will be public and will earn Halla-aho a large number of followers. In the same time, the much more tepid politicians that ousted him will lose their votes.

Confrontation is not a bad thing, because it force our adversaries to show their true colors.

Anti Muhammed Cartoon Contest for Finn people said...

Good day dear fellows

Jussi Halla-aho is those very few people who can think in Finland

Behalf of Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Jorme Kalske his dog Mika Illman state procecutor demands 2 years 7 months prisonery still to Lehto Seppo according to blasphemy laws

Seppo Lehto Muhammed caricaturist`s next trial justice days are in 26-27.5.2009 in Turku hovioikeus

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO_gQmKt8kM
This muhammed video is also under investigation

Not yet this Stop islamisation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUE-ejAeCCk video

My latest production against islamisation is this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiUQLRi_7Tg&feature=related
in name of Jesus Christ ;)

Seppo Lehto had uploaded to the Internet and submitted writings to the general public, in which Islam and its sacred institutions were combined with pedophilia, and in which was also presented the robbery of pedestrians and the ooting of tax revenue was a certain national group or a specific genetic characteristic.

The charges were presented in the Turku Hovioikeus Second class District Court. Lehto denies the charges

Enjoy

All support against islamisation is needed

Seppo Lehto thinker and muhammed caricaturist
Tampere Finland