I’ve written before about the case of Lars Hedegaard of the Danish Free Press Society, my hosts in Copenhagen a year and a half ago. Today, in the third round of a long legal battle, Lars was at the Supreme Court of Denmark appealing his conviction and 5,000 kroner fine for some observations made about – what else? – Islam.
This case shames the Danish legal system, but it’s also representative of a far broader trend. Scandinavia, like France, like the Netherlands, like Britain, Canada, Australia, and many other established democracies, has grown far too comfortable with policing speech. And, as Lars noted in his observations to the court, the policing is only one way:
One-way multiculturalism is slowly throttling ancient liberties. For the US perspective, see here . (For any upstate New Yorkers in these parts, I’ll be speaking on this and related matters in Toronto on April 24th .)
UPDATE: More fun from the new Denmark .