The cartoon-rage-based war on free speech spreads, and is still based on the fiction that Christianity and Judaism are somehow protected from criticism by European laws. From The Telegraph, with thanks to Sr. Soph:
Abdullah Gul, the Turkish foreign minister, sparked disagreement among his EU counterparts at a weekend meeting in Austria, when he called for European nations to review existing laws, to ensure they outlawed the “defamation” of all religions.
Mr Gul told a meeting of EU and Balkan foreign ministers in Salzburg that many Muslims believed that European laws amounted to a double-standard, protecting established Christian religions, and banning anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial, while doing nothing to defend Muslims who felt offended….
However, Bernard Bot, the Dutch foreign minister, told reporters: “We have freedom of speech. That means that Mr Gul can say what he wants and I can say what I want. And I think that this [Mr Gul’s idea] is superfluous.”
Bot, I hope you win.