UN Pressures Germany to Bow to ‘Hate Speech’ Hysteria


United Nations signA recent decision by the United Nation’s (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) foreshadows an ominous future for free societies should Muslim entities like the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) achieve their goal of having “Islamophobia” defined internationally as a form of prejudice.

Former German central bank board member Thilo Sarrazin has got himself in trouble with the UN, as the Turkish Union in Berlin-Brandenburg (Türkischer Bund in Berlin-Brandenburg or TBB) stated with satisfaction in an April 18, 2013, German-language press release.  The spokesman of this German-Turkish interest group, Hilmi Kaya Turan, praised a February 26, 2013, “historic decision” by the CERD condemning Germany for not having prosecuted Sarrazin’s criticism of Arab and Turkish immigrants.

Sarrazin, a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands or SPD), produced a storm of controversy with his August 2010 book Deutschland Schafft Sich Ab: Wie Wir Unser Land aufs Spiel Setzen (“Germany Abolishes Itself:  How We Are Risking Our Country”).  In the context of this controversy, CERD’s detailed 19-page decision extensively excerpted in English translation a fall 2009 interview with Sarrazin.  In the interview, the Berlin magazine Lettre International discussed some of the upcoming book’s themes.

CERD complained that “[i]n this interview, Mr. Sarrazin expressed himself in a derogatory and discriminatory way about social ‘lower classes’, which are not productive’ and would have to ‘disappear over time’ in order to create a city of the ‘elite’.”  Sarrazin specified that about 20% of Berlin’s population depended on welfare payments, which he wanted to cut, “above all to the lower class.”

Berlin’s indigent included within the immigrant population a “large number of Arabs and Turks in this city, whose numbers have grown through erroneous policies, have no productive function, except for the fruit and vegetable trade.” Compounding the problem for Sarrazin was a birthrate among Arabs and Turks about three times their percentage of the population.  Sarrazin thereby saw “Turks…conquering Germany just like the Kosovars conquered Kosovo: through a higher birth rate.”  Sarrazin “wouldn’t mind if” these immigrants “were East European Jews with about a 15% higher IQ than the one of Germans.”  Central to Sarrazin’s thesis was the assumption that “human ability is to some extent socially contingent and to some extent hereditary.” Sarrazin’s “solution to this problem” was “to generally prohibit influx, except for highly qualified individuals and not provide social welfare for immigrants anymore.”

As noted by CERD, Sarrazin’s interview comments prompted on October 23, 2009, a criminal complaint by the TBB under the German Criminal Code’s Article 130 against “Incitement to Hatred” (Volksverhetzung).  Yet upon review, German prosecutors suspended their investigations on November 23, 2009, deciding that Sarrazin’s views fell under the protection of free speech contained within Article 5 of Germany’s Basic Law (Grundgesetz).  Prosecutors quoted by CERD had judged Sarrazin’s statements as a “contribution to the intellectual debate in a question…very significant for the public.”

Following this domestic defeat, the TBB turned in 2010 to Article 14 of CERD’s governing convention (Article 14), the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.  Article 14 provides that the CERD may “consider communications from individuals or groups of individuals within” a consenting State Party’s “jurisdiction claiming to be victims of a violation by that State Party of any of the rights set forth in this Convention.”  In response, CERD agreed with TBB that Sarrazin had made discriminatory comments and that the German “State party failed to provide protection against such discrimination.”  CERD thus wanted the “State party” to “review its policy and procedures…to give wide publicity to the Committee’s Opinion,” and to deliver “within 90 days, information from the State party about the measures taken.”

CERD’s decision did not involve Islam directly, for Sarrazin had referenced the ethnicity of Arabs and Turks, not their majority-Muslim faith.  Yet CERD’s decision noted various party submissions according to which in Germany the “labels ‘Turks’ or ‘Arabs’ are applied as synonyms for Muslims.”  Citing various evidence examples, CERD agreed with one submission that “Mr. Sarrazin’s statements led to public vilification and debasement of Turks and Muslims in general.”

Any such foreign judgment of a country raises sensitive questions of national sovereignty, particularly when involving limitations of free speech.  Sarrazin’s case was no exception, especially in light of CERD members mocked by the German conservative website Politically Incorrect as “torches of democracy and human rights.” Analyzing this roster, Germans might well wonder what they could learn in equality under the law from members hailing from Algeria, Burkina Faso, China, Niger, Pakistan, Russia, Togo, and Turkey, among other countries.

The Sarrazin case exemplifies how international law and its institutional developments can impact domestic matters.  Observers of the OIC, an international organization of 57 majority-Muslim nation-states (including “Palestine”), would be well advised to keep Sarrazin in mind when considering the OIC’s longstanding campaign against “Islamophobia.” This campaign would only too willingly extrapolate from Sarrazin’s comments about Arab and Turk immigrants, however controversial, to a condemnation of criticizing Islamic ideas as well.

Defenders of free speech should beware.  The transnationalist, multiculturalists and OIC have a new mechanism to override domestic legal hate speech decisions.  Precedent is slowly but surely being set.

This article was sponsored by the Legal Project, an activity of the Middle East Forum.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    The UN is setting the global agenda, and it receives a tailwind due to Obama Inc. How so? Well, when the chief law enforcer of America, AG Holder, prescribes criminal charges against those who criticize Islam, well, then all bets are off. To be sure, once the leader of the free world gladly falls in line, then all is lost – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/07/28/alert-radical

    In effect, why should anyone be surprised that Germany, and all the rest, marches in tandem.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • Drakken

      Make no mistake Adina, if this abomination goes through, it will drive the average German right into the arms of the right in droves and there will be open warfare in the streets of Germany.

    • Abe

      I think it is wrong to put the blame on the 'UN' because there is no such thing as the UN. Western governments play a great role in formulating the pro-Islam global stance under the guise of tolerance and multiculturalism (= advancing the cause of Islam while disrespecting your own cultural roots).

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Western governments play a great role in formulating the pro-Islam global stance under the guise of tolerance and multiculturalism (= advancing the cause of Islam while disrespecting your own cultural roots)."

        Yes, lobbied by the OIC and other mortal enemies of the West that are allowed to coordinate their conspiracies in New York. That doesn't seem like a good thing for those that care about American sovereignty.

  • Rostislav

    If to go to the very bottom of the problem, then the title of the article must be re-christened to "The World's Taxpayers Pressures Germany to Bow to ‘Hate Speech’ Hysteria". Is it really so? No, but of course not: both your American majority and my Russian one have natural common-sense distaste for the multiple UN hysterias, be it climate warming or hate speech. I understand that any hysterias are quite dear for Obama and Putin's private tastes, so I have nothing against their funding the UN from their personal accounts. Nevertheless, our governmental mafias continue to support the UN with OUR money, – just how long we are going to lament our own submissiveness to the lawless activities? They are 100% lawless even here in Russia, to tell nothing about your Land of the Free! Rostislav, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

  • jacob

    I don't know whether I'm the only stupid one in the world or I have one hell of a lot of company …

    Is there perchance anything different to expect from a useless organization totally dominated by
    MUSLIMS and sitting in the back pockets of the Arabs….?????

    Our own President "suggested" his servile and abject media to call terrorists "INSURGENTS"
    and his sidekick HOLDER is probably concocting a law to make it criminal to criticize Islam
    I wonder he would for for another criticizing Judaism…..

  • geneww1938

    We are entering the time where "right is wrong and wrong is right".
    We are taught to hate the inerrant, absolute truthful Bible which God authored and accept the confusing, contradictory and hate filled Koran authored by Allah [aka Satan]?
    What can be said to defend the Koran?
    The Bible contains over 450 Messianic and 1000+ general prophecies where each was precisely fulfilled [if each had a 50-50 chance the odds exceed 1 in a number with 435 digits]. It prophesied the unique celestial constellation that were precisely coincident with the conception, birth, Magi visitation and death of Jesus Christ. The Gospel has change the vilest into healthy God-fearing productive people. Volumes more!
    If we wish to eliminate hate and hate speech, start by eliminating the Koran, its tenets and radical followers.

  • retired

    Soon it will be over.Soon it will no longer matter!
    The Central Bankers and politicians in the Industrial,1st world are deathly afraid of economic deflation.Deflation is a black hole,which if not stopped,will destroy the extremely leveraged financial elites.Their answer is to reflate away their debt by printing a never ending stream of Euros,Dollars,Yens,Ad Infinitum….forever!When all of this paper money and price inflation hits the 3rd world,which is largely Moslem,these 3rd world societies will fall apart.Very cheap,inflated money will not buy the food these nation will need to survive (unless they can learn to eat sand or eat each other!)When these financial events destroys most of the Arab world they will also be the kiss of death for the U.N.!The U.N. will finish it's dreary existence in the same vein as the League Of Nations in the 1930's.

  • http://twitter.com/PWaliser @PWaliser

    In today's world, "Truth" is the new "Hate" speech. Enough already!

  • LindaRivera

    Founder of Islam, Mohammed: “I have been made victorious with terror”, “Wage war on the infidel and kill them until Islam is dominant” (Quran 8:39)

    Muslim immigrants have created HELL ON EARTH for non-Muslims in Germany, Europe, and Britain. The OIC 56 Muslim nations want us to be silent about constant Muslim violence and severe persecution of non-Muslim innocents. Muslims want us to ACCEPT non-stop Muslim threats and violence and be prosecuted if we protest.

    Turkish Prime Minister, Erdogan: The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers…

    Quran 9:5 “Kill Jews and Christians wherever you find them”.

    MUSLIMS IN (BERLIN) GERMANY : School Rioting & Welfare http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csOvTKkMBtM

    Muslim Immigration Destroying Sweden http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KA1VB2ZMyDY

    The Islamisation of sweden http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIrcNL9PfUU

  • LindaRivera

    In America, Obama is considering replacing Holder with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

    VIDEO: GRAB ONTO the GUN, and the SWORD,and DO YOUR JOB – BOSTON IMAM to MUSLIMS

    The Boston Mosque imam who asked Muslims to go out and kill is hugged
    by Governor Deval Patrick. America, wake up to the enemies within!

    “Grab onto the shovel, grab onto the gun, and the sword, don’t be afraid to step out into this world and do your job.”

    WHY do police and government agencies DELIBERATELY IGNORE these threats to America? Do the authorities WANT Muslims to wage violent jihad against us?

    Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and the Imam http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embed

  • http://www.clarespark.com clarespark

    German Romantics thought up multiculturalism, so we have an ironic situation as their Counter-Enlightenment programs have returned to bite them in their posteriors. See any of my many blogs on the origins of Multiculturalism and its application in the West, especially the US, here: http://clarespark.com/2011/03/28/index-to-multicu…. "Index to multiculturalism blogs." It is de rigeur here, and may be very difficult to dislodge. Progressives put it in place and until they are defeated in both parties, identity politics will rule and divide us from one another, and will further erode the idea of the individual with a rational mind.

    • Drakken

      And German cold hard Teutonic nationalism will do away with this multicultural bloody nonsense, funny how history always come full circle.

  • LindaRivera

    THE TELEGRAPH: ‘Imams promote grooming rings’, Muslim leader claims
    The Oxford grooming ring was promoted by imams who encourage followers to think white women deserve to be “punished”, an Islamic leader has claimed.

    Earlier this week seven members of a child sex ring from Oxford were found guilty of forcing under age girls to commit acts of "extreme depravity".

    Their victims, aged between 11 and 15, were groomed and plied with alcohol and drugs before being sexually assaulted and forced into prostitution. They targeted "out of control" teenagers…

    All the men – though of different nationalities – were Muslim and they “deliberately targeted vulnerable white girls…

    “Terrified of accusations of racism, desperate not to undermine the official creed of cultural diversity, they took no action against obvious abuse.”
    The men were allowed, he said, to come and go from care homes by the authorities, and if the situation had been reversed with gangs of white men preying on Muslim teenagers ”the state's agencies would have acted with greater alacrity.”

    True Islam preaches respect for women but in mosques across the country a different doctrine is preached – “one that denigrates all women, but treats whites with particular contempt,” the Imam said.

    The men are taught that women are “second-class citizens, little more than chattels or possessions over whom they have absolute authority," he claims in the column.

    “The view of some Islamic preachers towards white women can be appalling. They encourage their followers to believe that these women are habitually promiscuous, decadent, and sleazy — sins which are made all the worse by the fact that they are kaffurs or non-believers.

    “Their dress code, from miniskirts to sleeveless tops, is deemed to reflect their impure and immoral outlook. According to this mentality, these white women deserve to be punished for their behaviour by being exploited and degraded.” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/1006

  • http://twitter.com/historyscoper @historyscoper

    When will the world wake up, oust the OIC from the U.N., declare Islam a criminal organization, and make it a world crime to give a Quran to a minor? That's the world I want to live in, not this one. Read my Winslow Plan for Defeating Islam to see how it might be done.

  • Drakken

    Today the progresive left and islamist try to shut down peoples voices, tomorrow they will hear the sound of rifles in response. There is only two ways this all ends, complete surrender to a bunch of desert savages or open warfare against them, my money is on warfare, a Balkans on steroids type scenerio.

  • JohnQPublic

    When it comes to any legal attack by Muslim organizations against so-called "Islamophobia," in the U.S. at least, there is a primary requirement that the plaintiffs are acting in "good faith" and with "clean hands." But by ignoring their declared war against infidels, incitement, etc., they violate both requirements, whether on a local or UN level.

    The "clean hands" is a basic rule of law that a person coming to court with a lawsuit or petition for a court order must be free from unfair conduct (have "clean hands" or not have done anything wrong) in regard to the subject matter of his/her claim.

    "Bad faith" is the intentional dishonest act by misleading others, such as the press, allying with enemy organizations or violating basic standards of honesty in dealing with others. Clearly, organizing and engaging in UN supported blockade running is a violation of international law. An organization suspected or prosecuted for supporting through words or actions a terrorist organization should be blocked.

    The list of "unclean hands" and "bad faith" by the plaintiffs could be miles long and should nullify any validity to their claims. And the UN itself, which continually violates both doctrines, like the UNRWA recently posing with an Israel-less map with no legitimate reason, should not even be allowed to support such a decision.

  • Stephen_Brady

    This is going to backfire on the UN and Muslims in Germany, in a huge way.

    I have dual-citizenship with the United States and Germany. Most of my German relatives live in the Magdeburg area. Every time something like this happens, it adds fuel to the fire which is already stoking the neo-Nazi fire, in Germany. Of course, the National Socialist groups and parties are underground, at the present. But if this kind of outside pressure keeps building, well … we know the results of the first go-around, don't we?

    Germany is the most powerful nation in Europe. Push them too far, and we could see a repeat of two world wars which had their beginnings in that continent. This time, does anyone have an idea how fast Germany could become part of the nuclear community?

    Stop the pressure on Germany. Stop the UN, one of the most destabilizing entities on the planet. It has proved its uselessness, anyway.

    • http://twitter.com/PWaliser @PWaliser

      The difference this time is that the Germans average .8 children per family. Everyone there is elderly other than the Muslim youth. If they are going to act, it better be soon.

      • Stephen_Brady

        I would hope that their action would be to ignore the UN, and make their policies with regards to Muslims national, and not international. Any action towards the nation's radicals would be disastrous.

    • Drakken

      It won't be neo-nazi groups they will be joining, it will be neo-nationalist groups people will be flocking too, big difference.

  • Stephen_Brady

    This is why I don't post here, often. I spent considerable time composing a post, last night which had no offensive language in it, whatsoever, and basically said, "Is is really a good idea to push Germany into radicalism, again?", and the post is gone, today. Very frustrating …

  • TheRealCowboyLogic

    Mr. Brady, I have seen you post here, and read your material. It is intelligent, well reasoned and rational. I also have had my material removed. I still read here, but with the exception of this post to you, no longer post anything. It is bothersome, that people can take the time and effort to compose something, only to see it disappear. What is further disconcerting, is wading through the hundreds and hundreds, even thousands of posts between that Roger person, and the ongoing juvenile battles he has with his tribe of miscreants. They have ruined this website, just like they have ruined numerous others. That is the reason I left CV.

    • Stephen_Brady

      Nice to hear from you CL, and thanks for the kind words. We sure miss you, that's for sure.

      I was surprised to see the post referenced above back, this morning. Never saw that, before …

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "I was surprised to see the post referenced above back, this morning. Never saw that, before …"

        Gentlemen, it only seems arbitrary. The comments are initially filtered automatically. Learn which words trigger the comment audits. Na zee is one of them. If you want to be sure your comments make it, just use creative spelling to learn how to avoid the audits. You can also quickly copy and past your comment in to a note until your comment is published and that way if rejected you can review to see if you can figure out why you got rejected.

        I got many comments deleted myself and I honestly think that the editors working for FPM do very little of it. They outsource it from what I understand. That means a lot of the political references are over the heads of the admins who choose whether or not to delete it.

        A lot of childish stuff gets by while reasonable comments are deleted because the rules are a compromise to serve the needs for automation. People here will help you understand the rules and once you've learned "the real" rules you will have a lot fewer problems.

        For example, about half the times I discuss nazee-ism, my comments are deleted and it seems like they are most sensitive about this word more than any other not counting blatant profanity.

        In no time at all I think you can count on learning how to have at least 99% of your comments going straight online with no impediments. It's not that hard but it seems a bit esoteric until you understand the logic.

        • Stephen_Brady

          It would seem to me that "outsourcing" their editing duties doesn't seem like a good idea. Perhaps, this explains why the trolls get past the censors and many conservatives do not.

          That said, I used to post here almost exclusively, to any other website. I have many of David's books. Perhaps it would be a good idea to hire one or two people whose sole job is to look at deleted posts, and get the good ones back online, in short order.

          Also a possibility … instead of just the guidelines, have a "stickied" post that everyone can consult, to see what the statistical probability is that their post will be deleted.

          Thanks for the information, though. I appreciate your comments and help!

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "It would seem to me that "outsourcing" their editing duties doesn't seem like a good idea. "

            In the greater scheme of things, I don't know enough about the organization to know is the pitfalls are worth the savings. I guess loyal conservatives feel like they have better things to do…but maybe with some training they could get volunteers to supervise or manage remotely, which is how most of it's done anyway.

            I'd think it would be a great job for a few interns to at least sit in and give feedback to management about what's happening.

            Self-sufficiency is really the only clear choice we have here though so I hope you're able to get comfortable with the circumstances.

  • KTShamim

    Muslims would do well to remember their religion champions patience in the face of hate speech:

    [Qur'an 3:187] "… you shall surely hear many hurtful things from those who were given the Book before you and from those who set up equals to God. But if you show fortitude and act righteously, that indeed is a matter of strong determination."

    Muslimsforlife(dot)org – successfully collected 10,000 pints of blood to honor 3,000 dead of 9/11 (by saving 30,000 lives.
    Muslimsforpeace(dot)org – condemning terrorism, promoting Islamic value of loyalty to ones nation, peace, bus-ads and flyers and leaflets to promote the same.