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Massive Muslim confusion

Reader comment on item: How the Cartoon Protests Harm Muslims [by Leading to a Separation of Civilizations]
in response to reader comment: Europe's Double Standards

Submitted by Vijay (United Kingdom), Feb 21, 2006 at 08:35

In the west and in other parts of the globe, while the Holocuast is generally accepted as a well-established historical truth, in Germany, Austri and France a denial of this invites prosecution. This is due to the historical legacy of these countries which gave rise to nazism which did the Holocaust. Due to their historic experience with nazis Germans know the early stages of Nazi thinking, of which Holocaust denial is a part. That is why they nip it in the bud by jailing such people.

Laws in civilised countries generally allow lampooning of religious ideas, people, leaders. If any religious figure is going to make self-righteous noises, even while being a parasite on the wider society, and along with that make menacing gestures with murder threats and actual murders (like that of Van Gogh), you can rest assured, they will invite lampooing to the extent laws of the land will allow.

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