Saturday, September 08, 2007

Muslim Countries Demand Sweden Change Laws

The Local (Sweden) reported Thursday on recent demands from several Muslim countries.

Ambassadors from Muslim countries have indicated that they intend to present the Swedish prime minister with a list of demands when they meet for talks on Friday.

Fredrik Reinfeldt invited the ambassadors from 20 Muslim countries to government offices on Friday following a wave of protests from Muslim countries after the publication of a caricature of Muhammad in local newspaper Nerikes Allehanda.

Egyptian ambassador Mohamed Sotouhi told news agency TT that he and a group of fellow ambassadors had agreed on a list of measures Sweden needed to take if it was to secure a long-term solution to the Muhammad cartoon controversy.

According to Sotouhi, "comprehensive measures" were required if Sweden was to prevent some "amateur artist" from reawakening tensions every other month.

"We want to see action, not just nice words. We have to push for a change in the law," he said.

"Muslims need legal protection against the desecration of the Prophet Muhammad, maybe something similar to the protection enjoyed by Jews and homosexuals."

While praising the "very constructive steps" taken by Fredrik Reinfeldt, the Egyptian ambassador said that Sweden had much work left to do.

"In the long term the school curriculum has to convince pupils that if they want to express their opinion they should do so in such a way that it doesn't cause offence or hurt. This should also be part of journalism training," said Sotouhi.

"A permanent parliamentary committee also needs to be established to tackle islamophobia," he added.

Those Muslim countries aren't asking for much...

I'd like to see Sweden tell those sissified crybaby ambassadors where to shove their demands, but since Sweden's prime minister actually invited the ambassadors for a meeting, that doesn't look very likely.

I've had it up to here (above the head) with all the professional victim groups bellyaching about being offended. Grow a thicker skin and: Get. Over. It.

But the key point in this is Sotouhi's statement, "Muslims need legal protection against the desecration of the Prophet Muhammad..." No they don't. Do Jews get legal protection against the desecration of Moses and Abraham, or maybe King David? Hardly. Do Christians get legal protection against the desecration of Jesus? Don't make me laugh. Do homosexuals get legal protection against the desecration of Oscar Wilde or Barney Frank? Heck no. So why should Muslims be so special?

The legal protection Muslims need is the same protection everyone needs. They need to be protected against bodily harm and theft and all the rest of the normal legal protections. But the right not to be offended? Forget about it.

1 comment:

All_I_Can_Stands said...

European appeasement never seems to end.