Eurabia Alert: Pamela Geller has a useful roundup of battles for the freedom of speech, all revolving around Islam in one way or another, that are currently raging all over Europe: “Free Speech Battles Rage in Europe,” from Atlas Shrugs, February 15. One of the most outrageous challenges to this freedom comes from the unlikeliest of sources: Motoonist Kurt Westergaard has successfully sued Anders Gravers of our sister organization, Stop Islamisation of Europe (SIOE), for unauthorized use of his Muhammad cartoon in a demonstration:
Political Judgement SIOE
On 15th February 2008 SIOE held a demonstration in Aalborg to defend free speech in Denmark and the rest of Europe here and here.
This demonstration was also intended to show solidarity with the cartoonist Kurt Westergaard who was under police protection at the time due to death threats from Muslims across the world following the publication of his Mohammed turban-bomb cartoon.
This internationally famous cartoon may be seen all over the internet and has been seen in various places for various reasons, including demonstrations. It really became public property, morally speaking and is still an icon for free speech.
However, Kurt Westergaard took exception to SIOE using his cartoon, even when the demonstration concerned was in support of him and free speech in general. Therefore, SIOE was taken to court to prevent the use of the cartoon. The court case was a farce as the prosecution did not understand the difference between SIOE and SIAD, and this was made perfectly clear by SIOE representatives.
The court ruled that Kurt Westergaard’s Mohammed cartoon may not be used by SIOE and SID for any political purposes including demonstrations….
There is much more, including updates on the legal ordeals of freedom fighters Geert Wilders, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, and Lars Hedegaard. Read it all.