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Less admiring, however, was Dr. Megren Ibrahim Al-Megren, the director of the König Fahd Akademie (King Fahd Academy, also written Fahad) a Saudi-funded secondary school (grades 1-12) in Bonn, Germany, serving some 150 students mostly from Arab countries. As described by the press release from Geus’ lawyers, he is “not only a towering natural scientist, but also a combative man” who sent a copy of Die Krankheit des Propheten with its “undoubted medical-historically proven psychiatric understandings concerning the Prophet Mohammad” on May 11, 2012, “precisely” to the academy. Al-Megren subsequently initiated the prosecution against Geus with a legal complaint.
The König Fahd Akademie itself is no stranger to controversy and legal difficulties. Founded in 1995 by the Saudi royal family with 30 million Marks, the school faced closure in 2004 after the violent, hateful nature of some of its Saudi-approved instructional materials became known. The extremist tendencies of various Friday sermons at the school mosque and their congregants from the surrounding Muslim community were also troubling. Although local German officials wanted to close the school, the German Foreign Ministry intervened with warnings of damage caused by the school closure to German-Saudi relations and to the prospects of maintaining a German school in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Subsequent compromises reached with German educational officials allowed the school to stay open with more German oversight of its programs and more limited access to the school by students freed from the ordinary compulsory attendance at German schools.
Geus’ lawyers, however, still see in the König Fahd Akademie the “extended arm of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in German educational policy and dialogue culture.” This school’s leadership “unofficially exercises the oversight over what may or may not be published in Germany without endangering oil supplies and weapons exports.” These lawyers also express in their statement the suspicion that the reporting of Al-Megren to the Saudi ambassador has likewise turned Geus’ prosecution into a “political matter [Politikum]” under the ambassador’s supervision.
At any rate, Geus’ lawyers do not see any evidence for an objective, unbiased treatment of him by German officials. They note that Chief Inspector [Kriminaloberkommissar] Kesseler of the Bonn police headquarters (Telephone: 0228-15-8131; Fax: 0228-15-1231) merely read an advertisement for Die Krankheit des Propheten and Junker’s review in order to judge the book criminal. This “thought watcher” Kesseler thus did not have to justify his “foreordained” conclusion that Geus’ analysis is “not scholarly, but rather pseudo-scholarly…not serious, but rather unserious.” “Whoever wonders,” the lawyers explain,
how a simple policeman can judge a tried and tested academician who is already 75 years old and looks back upon 50 years of recognized research, should not think causally, that is, asking for reasons, but rather in final terms, that is, asking for the goal: Where does a chief inspector stand, and how from there is the way to the police chief?
Geus’ pending case indicates the far-reaching implications of the “slander” of Islam’s prophet denounced by Obama and others. Whether in a poor quality film like Innocence of Muslims condemned by Obama at the UN, or in Geus’ scholarly treatise, any unflattering factual investigation of Muhammad, the Koran, and Islam will be impermissible in those countries referenced by Obama at the UN as not having the same strict respect for free speech “enshrined” under the United States Constitution. Given various Muslim threats and sensitivities of free societies, Islam will enjoy an untouchable status protected against any insult and/or iconoclastic inquiry into the faith’s possible falsity, a protection not enjoyed by other faiths. Intellectual freedom and equality before the law, cornerstones of any system of liberty under law, will correspondingly suffer.
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