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“She died for nothing you son of a bitch!”, screamed Nick Nolte at Treat Williams in the dramatic climax of the 1996 film ‘Mulholland Falls’. Thankfully, Nolte managed to atone for the death of his former love interest by throwing her murderer (Williams) from a plane (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qszc6dWdp7g). But who will atone for the deaths of all those brave journalists at Charlie Hebdo? I ask this because 12 employees there were brutally murdered in January 2015 by a crazed Islamic nutjob, who took his revenge because the magazine in question was famed for its lampooning of the Prophet Muhammad. Old Moe wasn’t singled out by Charlie Hebdo because of who he was, he was singled out because the magazine flourished under the sacred principle of all advanced democracies: namely that religious particularities and personalities should not be beyond the reaches of satire.
Where stands that now in the light of the baffling judgement by the European Court of Human Rights? Yesterday, the court ruled that insulting this prophet “goes beyond the permissible limits of an objective debate” and “could stir up prejudice and put at risk religious peace.” Roughly translated from legal text into layman’s language the ruling means, ‘if you take the piss out of Proph Moe, you’re gonna enrage the Muzzas who will then probably start blowing things up and rioting’. Is that any way to run a continent?
I guess the biggest irony here is a court of human rights ruling in favour of a religion that spends an inordinate amount of time in so many parts of the world crushing fundamental human rights. A ruling like this runs contrary to long-established European principles of freedom of expression, liberty and tradition. In short, because so many European leaders (not least our own) are now busily turning their once-fine countries into germinating Islamic satellites, and doing so without seeking the permission of us ordinary plebs who have to dwell amongst this encroaching menace, they think it best to have all legal means in place to facilitate the demands of barbarians at the expense of the rest of us. If Charlie Hebdo is a casualty of this ruling, then those 12 journos really will have died for absolutely nothing.