Oct 26 2009
27 member states of the European Union are pushing a common hate crimes legislation, which will turn disapproval for Islamic practices (or homosexual lifestyles) into crimes.
But, but, but, Muslims consider homosexuality a crime against Islam, punishable by death, so how will that work out under this law? What about Muslim hate speech against non-Muslims? In Europe, minorities NEVER get charged with racism or hate speech, only white people do.
Europe’s Christian churches are trying to stop the plan of the European political establishment, but it is not clear if they will be successful.
Last April, the European Parliament approved the European Union’s Equal Treatment Directive. A directive is the name given to an EU law. As directives overrule national legislation, they need the approval of the European Council of Ministers before coming into effect. Next month, the Council will decide on the directive, which places the 27 EU member states under a common anti-discrimination legislation. The directive’s definition of discriminatory harassment is so broad that every objection to Muslim or homosexual practices will be considered unlawful.
The directive applies to social protection and health care, social benefits, education and access to goods and services, including housing. American citizens and companies doing business in Europe are also required to adhere to it.
Originally intended to serve as an equal treatment directive for the disabled by prohibiting discrimination when accessing “goods and services, including housing,” activist European politicians and governments had the directive’s scope expanded to include discrimination on the basis of religion, age and sexual orientation.
Under the directive, harassment – defined as conduct “with the purpose or effect of violating the dignity of a person and of creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading,humiliating or offensive environment” – is deemed a form of discrimination.
Harassment, as vaguely defined in the directive, allows an individual to accuse someone of discrimination merely for expressing something the individual allegedly perceives as creating an “offensive environment.” The definition is so broad that anyone who feels intimidated or offended can easily bring legal action against those whom he feels are responsible.
Aha. An opening. If this crushing legislation passes, the anti-jihad opposition needs to get smart lawyers trained to take their own cases of “discrimination” arising from the “offensive environment” created by spreading sharia — Islamic no-go zones; sexual segregation in public spaces; harassment due to political or religious beliefs. If the definition is “so broad that anyone who feels intimidated or offended can easily bring legal action, let’s bring it — right back at the EU overlords.
Moreover, the directive shifts the burden of proof onto the accused, who has to prove the negative, i.e. demonstrate that he or she did not create an environment which intimidated or offended the complainant. If the accused fails to do so, he or she can be sentenced to paying an unlimited amount of compensation for “harassment.”
The IslamoFascist apologists of the European press have mostly remained silent on the topic so far. Hudson NY
But don’t feel safe, America:
The same phenomenon, a lack of interest on the part of European and also American public opinion, is apparent with regard to the semi-legal initiatives taken at the level of the United Nations. On October 2nd, the UN Human Rights Council approved a free speech resolution, co-sponsored by the US and Egypt, which criticizes “negative racial and religious stereotyping.” American diplomats said the decision to co-sponsor the resolution was part of America’s effort to “reach out to Muslim countries.” The resolution passed unanimously, with the support of Obama and all Western nations. Though the resolution has no immediate effect in law, it provides Muslim extremists with moral ammunition the next time they feel that central tenets of Islam are being treated disrespectfully through the creation of what they perceive to be an ‘offensive environment. DIANA WEST
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