At the risk of being called arrogant for daring to tell another country what they should and shouldn’t do (not that I really care, mind you – if it’s arrogant to insist that liberty be protected everywhere at all times, then I’m proudly arrogant), here’s yet another instance of our European allies throwing away free speech:
A German court on Thursday convicted a businessman of insulting Islam by printing the word “Koran” on toilet paper and offering it to mosques.
The 61-year-old man, identified only as Manfred van H., was given a one-year jail sentence, suspended for five years, and ordered to complete 300 hours of community service, a district court in the western German town of Luedinghausen ruled…
The maximum sentence for insulting religious beliefs under the German criminal code is three years in prison.
Was the man’s stunt juvenile and stupid? Absolutely. Was it criminal? Absolutely not. And anyone who would run screaming to the government to throw someone who did it in prison just needs to grow up. Join the real world, where you are going to be offended from time to time. You want to villify the guy as an idiot? Be my guest. I’ll join you. You want to throw him in prison? Then you’re a tyrant, plain and simple.