Belgian Man Sentenced to 4 Months in Jail for Tearing Koran

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


In Belgium. Blasphemy law, it’s not just for Pakistan anymore.

Arne S., originally from Blankenberge, was sentenced on Wednesday, by the criminal court of Bruges, to four months in prison for having torn a copy of the Koran in front of a group of Muslims, in June 2012, in Ostende.

On 8 June last year, in the early evening, the accused participated in a demonstration in Ostende. After the demonstration, he went into a café where he exchanged words with around a dozen Muslims. In front of their eyes, Arne S. tore a copy of the Koran.

According to the statements of the accused, the Muslims threw the sacred [sic] book at his head, which provoked his action. Olivier Ryde, the accused’s lawyer, requested this his client be acquitted. According to him, there was no question of any infringement of the law on racism.

But racism or the specter of hate crimes is being used to ram through Islamic blasphemy law by another means. Blasphemy law is still unacceptable in the West, so those being charged with it have to be charged with other offenses.

Obama locked up the Mohammed moviemaker for a parole violation, but most targets don’t have such convenient tags. So instead hate crime laws are used to punish acts of blasphemy and appease Muslims.

No one is actually intimidated by these acts. There is no racism. Theocracy is being implemented without legal recourse.

 

  • Toni_Pereira

    If i were his defence attorney, i would claim that my client confused the Koran for the Bible. Not only he would be acquitted, he would also get a state pension and a lighter…

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Not that's smart thinking

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Now that's smart thinking

      • Peter B

        Heard You the first time..

        • Illwill

          Probably not. ;)

  • JacksonPearson

    No wonder Western Europe is going down the bottomless sinkhole.

  • Mary Sue

    If he'd only torn up a Bible, he'd be in the clear! [/sarcasm while being totally serious]

  • SCE2AUX

    Liberated from the Nazis, sure. But it looks like the Europeans haven't learned a damned thing about free speech.

    • Illwill

      You have no idea how bad it really is. One of the political parties in Sweden is trying to introduce a (unsure about the correct English term) "group of legal representatives" that will ensure that people won't vote "wrong". I.e. we should only be allowed to vote for 7 out of the 8 parties in our "Riksdag", since the 8th party is pro-Sweden (and we can't have that!).

      Swedish media makes Fox News seem unbiased (albeit in the opposite direction). 56% of Swedish "journalists" vote for one of the two communist parties (0% vote for the pro-Swedish parti of course).

  • democraticdialogue

    I will tell you about a Free Speech Event coming up! Beware of the Modoggies! http://freespeech.nu

  • Edward Cline

    Europe has never actually recovered from its penchant for collectivism. Liberated from the Nazis, Europe was liberated from the necessity of protecting itself from the Soviet Union. This allowed Europe, once it was back on its economic feet, to splurge on welfare states that coddled Europeans from reality, just as the U.S. coddled it from the necessity of looking after its own defense. Spoiled by the welfare state, Europe invited hordes of illiterate and hostile Muslims to perform the work pensioners and early retirees disdained. And now they're being swamped with more immigrants and the second and third generations of those hostile immigrants. Governments were complicit in the invasion. And all they can do is accommodate the invaders, by offering up sacrificial lambs like Arne S. It's the pragmatic thing to do. But the pragmatism will end when Islam drowns out European culture and proclaims victory.

    • rodger the dodger

      ” Europe invited hordes of illiterate and hostile Muslims to perform the work pensioners and early retirees disdained.”

      Not so much in the UK. Here, 53% of Muslim males, and 76% of muslim females are unemployed. Instead, they just collect their Jizya, naturally.

    • somebody

      I live in Sweden, the most MENA immigrant-friendly and most generous welfare state. I can assure you that Sweden (and Europe) will not go down. Yes, there have been moments in history, when a violent minority could take over the state, but the conditions for this do not exist. And the majority of both Europeans and immigrants do not want to live in an Islamic state. There is a paradox: the most vocal opponents of prayer calls from minarets and the suppression of women here are Muslims: feminists and other activists from Iran, who have come here to freedom and dont want to be strangled by Islam again. While the locals are quiet… There was an absurd interview in the radio once, where "enlightened Marxist" explained why prayer calls from mosques are good for you, and a Muslim from Iran explaining why they are a form of terror and he said the population should not be subjected to them here in Sweden. Useless to say, the Marxist won, we have now prayer calls from more and more mosques in Sweden, while the Muslims who fight for freedom from religion are abandoned by our politicians. We will see how long the apathy will last…

      • Andvare

        So, on one hand we need not worry, since the majority of both natives and immigrants do not want this. And on the other hand, that same thing which the majority do not want gets introduced anyhow, and is spreading.

        Wow, mate. You really got your brain washed good.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    What this man did was anger Muslims who anger him, no big deal but he was the one
    assaulted. Had the Koran hit him hard enough in the head and it killed him would his
    corpse be tried and sentenced to four months in the cooler, probably. The Court is
    being decidedly overboard with this incident, so I think they must be part of a cowardly
    agenda of appeasement. Next they will be finding people guilty of what they are thinking,
    it is on the way……………………………..William

    • JacksonPearson

      The court, or judge that sentenced this dude performed a form of blackmail, or extortion. In other words, do this and don say that, or else. You're right, this judge was in addition, a thought cop.

  • defcon 4

    Um, in the USA if I throw a book at your head it's called assault, a crime the last time I checked.