Monday, January 26, 2009

Are "Human Rights" Undermining Free Speech and Public Safety?

The values I grew up with and understood to be the law, are being cast aside and replaced with new values that are changing the world in disturbing ways. I post some of the news stories that demonstrate the problem, but often I don't post them because I am unsure, so confused. Today I am puzzled by these recent events:

Austrian far-right legislator convicted of anti-Muslim incitement
Vienna - Austrian far-right parliamentarian Susanne Winter was convicted Thursday of incitement because of her anti-Muslim statements, including the claim that Islam's prophet Mohammed was a paedophile. A court in Winter's home town of Graz also found the 51-year-old politician guilty of humiliating a religion. She was sentenced to a fine of 24,000 euros (31,000 dollars) euros and a suspended prison term of three months, Austrian news agency APA reported. Hat Tip Islam in Action

Gay paedophile lovers abused boys in flat they were allowed to share 'because of human rights legislation'
Two predatory paedophile lovers who abused young boys at their flat were jailed indefinitely today ... The authorities were powerless to prevent them living together on their release because of human rights legislation, Preston Crown Court heard. The pair, who both have a string of paedophile convictions dating back to the early 1980s, met in Strangeways prison in Manchester and then went on to live in Blackpool, Lancashire ... The Probation Service and police were aware the men - both on the Sex Offenders Register - were living together but could only monitor them. Even if the couple are eventually released they will still be able to move back in together under current laws. Richard Howarth, prosecuting, said: 'The Crown would have wanted an order that the defendants do not reside with each other because it is when they are together they are most dangerous, but I believe that may offend human rights legislation.' Hat Tip Stand Firm

And just to finish, here is some video I saw last night showing the police in Sweden shutting down a peaceful pro-Israel demonstration that had a permit instead of arresting the mob (without a permit) who attacked the pro-Israel group:

Hat Tip Ted Ekeroth

This is the third case I know of where the police are silencing legal behavior to appease a mob committing illegal behavior. Instead of protecting innocent citizens and arresting the guilty, the police silence "unpopular opinions" and let the majority violence go unpunished. The other two cases were:

The demonstration in Germany where police broke into an apartment to tear down an Israeli flag but did not arrest the demonstrators throwing objects at the apartment building. Isn't it legal to display an Israeli flag and illegal to vandalize a building? See the story here at Get Religion.

The Christians singing in the Castro where the police insisted the Christians leave the Castro and did not arrest the gay men grabbing at the Christians and physically abusing them. Isn't it legal to sing on a public street and isn't it illegal to pull people's pants down and pour coffee on them? See the story here and here.

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