Criticize Islam at Your Own Risk

“I’ve often heard of coincidences, but I’ve never seen one. Instead, I saw that a few weeks ago the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg convicted the French journalist Eric Zemmour of insulting Islam. Zemmour goes around with a larger escort than many French ministers. And now I see that French Muslims are taking Michel Houellebecq to court for his critical sentences of Islam. These political trials on Islam began in 2002, when a Paris court examined a complaint against Houellebecq, who in his novel ‘Platform’ had defined Islam as ‘the stupidest religion’. Oriana Fallaci also ended up on trial that year for her book ‘Rage and Pride’. When she died in 2007, Oriana Fallaci was still on trial in Bergamo, Italy. Since 2014, the Council of Europe has organized the ‘European Day against Islamophobia’. After the Second World War and the horrors of Nazism and Stalinism, a fundamental principle of Western democracies was that people could be put on trial, but not ideas and opinions. Europe is today allowing dangerous Islamist and ‘human rights’ groups to restrict the boundaries of our freedom of expression, exactly as in the Soviet show trials.”

“Criticize Islam,” Arutz Sheva, Jan. 9, 2023