A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Free Speech Triumphs in Denmark

Via the CBC:

"A court in Denmark has dismissed a lawsuit against the Danish newspaper that first published the Prophet Muhammad cartoons that sparked a firestorm of protest around the world.

The City Court in Aarhus dismissed the defamation lawsuit against Jyllands-Posten on Thursday, explaining its decision by saying that while the cartoons had offended some, there was no reason to believe the dozen drawings were intended to insult Muslims.

"It cannot be ruled out that the drawings have offended some Muslims' honour, but there is no basis to assume that the drawings are, or were conceived as, insulting or that the purpose of the drawings was to present opinions that can belittle Muslims," the court said.

Jyllands-Posten officials called Thursday's decision a victory for freedom of the press, while the Muslim groups who jointly filed the lawsuit say they plan to launch an appeal."

Thankfully, This ruling has now set a precedent for striking down future challenges to legitimate social commentary. Maybe Europe isn't lost after all.


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