Danish Muslim Apostate Faces Hate Speech Charges

Yahya_HAssan_788776y“Muslims love to take advantage of” free speech, Danish-Palestinian poet Yahya Hassan says, “and as soon as there is someone else saying something critical against them, they want to restrict it.”  In an action previously indicated by this writer, Hassan is now personally facing this double standard in Danish “hate speech” charges for his anti-Islam comments.

Following Danish-Iranian artist Firoozeh Bazrafkan’s conviction under Danish Penal Code Section 266b (in Danish here) for condemning Islam as misogynist, a local Muslim Aarhus politician demanded a similar prosecution of Hassan.  His poetry “says that everybody in the ghettos like Vollsmose and Gellerup steal, don’t pay taxes and cheat themselves to pensions,” the Somali-Dane Mohamed Suleban stated after reporting Hassan to the police on November 27. “Those are highly generalizing statements and they offend me and many other people.”  Authorities are currently considering Section 266b charges for, according to one English translation, any public “communication by which a group of persons are threatened, insulted or denigrated due to their race, skin color, national or ethnic origin, religion or sexual orientation.”

The 18-year-old Hassan’s eponymous debut book contains about 150 poems, “many of which are severely critical of the religious environment he grew up in” according to Wall Street Journal reporters Clemens Bomsdorf and Ellen Emmerentze Jervell.  Written in all capital letters, Hassan’s poems treat “issues like the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, child abuse, and the interplay between violence and religion” with “[p]rofanity and vivid analogies.”  Yahya Hassan has sold 80,000 copies following an October 17 release in the comparatively small Danish market and is expected to exceed 100,000 copies by Christmas.  Hassan’s publisher Gyldendal reports that Danish poetry books are fortunate to sell 500 copies.  A recent book forum honored Hassan as the debut author of the year and an English translation of his poetry is underway.

Hassan first became prominent with an October 5 Danish newspaper interview entitled “I F**king Hate My Parents’ Generation.”  In it he blamed poor Muslim parenting for the juvenile delinquency and social maladjustment experienced by many Danish Muslim youth such as Hassan himself.  With more than 85,000 social media shares, the interview became the most shared Politiken article of the year.

Days thereafter Hassan recited from his “LANGDIGT” or “LONG POEM” before his book’s release on the Danish news program Deadline.  Extract:  “between the Friday prayers and the Ramadans/you want to carry a knife in your pocket/you want to go and ask people if they have a problem/although the only problem is you.”  Such verses brought Hassan more death threats than any other previous Deadline guest.  Hassan has subsequently reported 27 Facebook threats against him, of which the police investigated six as serious and pressed charges in one case of a 15-year old boy.  A subsequent assault against Hassan occurred on November 18 in Copenhagen Central Station by a 24-year old Palestinian-Danish Muslim who had previously received a seven-year terrorism sentence.

Hassan now wears a bulletproof vest and receives protection from Denmark’s domestic intelligence agency PET at speaking engagements.  A November 26 reading by Hassan from his book in a school in the Danish town of Odense, moreover, required an estimated one million kroner in security costs, more than the amount spent on a high-risk soccer game.  Several hundred policemen had observed the school for two days before the event occurred with road checkpoints, a bomb sweep, and a five kilometer no-fly zone around the school.

Police safety concerns had forced the cancellation of an earlier, sold-out reading at a public library in Odense’s troubled district of Vollsmose.  Along with Hassan, Culture Minister Marianne Jelved and several other Danish politicians criticized the Vollmose cancellation as “completely unacceptable.”  Jelved demanded that police in Vollmose “make the necessary precautions” in order “to hold on to what democracy is, or otherwise we reduce it day by day.”

Yet Suleban’s charges might succeed in silencing Hassan where violence has failed.  Jacob Mchangama, legal affairs director at Denmark’s liberal think-tank Cepos, sees a “strong case” against Hassan, particularly given a “range of similar preceding cases” like Bazrafkan’s.  Hassan’s media attention and public popularity, though, might make conviction difficult, as “his poems are important social commentary.”  Hassan’s acquittal “for making statements similar to what other people have been convicted for,” Mchangama nonetheless observed, “will expose a random legislation where no-one can be sure of what is legal to say.”

Calling for Section 266b’s abolition, Mchangama further questions the law’s “arbitrary limits.” What “is sufficiently degrading” and why should, for example, homosexuals receive protection, but not disabled people.  Mchangama also sees no “good science” correlating speech laws with “less hate crimes.”  Other commentators, moreover, have argued that speech trials simply bring more attention to the offending statements.

Hassan’s case presents speech codes functioning not just as a de facto blasphemy, but also as a de facto apostasy law protecting Islam.  How, after all, can an atheist like Hassan, who says that there is “something wrong with Islam,” decide upon his religious views without rigorous testing of all faiths?  For that matter, how could anyone answer Hassan’s call for a “reformation” in an Islam that “refuses to renew itself” without similar scrutiny?  Such questions aside, Hassan remains committed to his criticisms, stating that he does not “care about getting convicted of racism.” Muslims threatening violence can likewise “all come and get me if they want.  I don’t give a s**t about these morons.”  “I know these people,” Hassan adds, “They can’t handle criticism…they’re not interested in dialogue.”

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

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  • Hank Rearden

    Hillary Clinton would be on board with this. When the bodies came back from Benghazi, she promised the families that she would make sure that the person who made the video would be punished.

    • defcon 4

      Shrillery kept her promise!

      • johnnie the jew

        Clinton just loves to empathize with muslimes. It’s so good for her little soul. Here’s an idea, How about considering FGM just to feel like what it must be to be born female into this medieval, retarded death cult…and where are all those angry western feminists on this subject. Another deafening silence from the self righteous liberal left.

        • DownTurn

          How about considering MGM just to feel like what it must be to be born male into this medieval, retarded death cult.

          (Err, was this antisemitic now?)

          • defcon 4

            I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but male and female genitalia are different. MGM isn’t FGM.

  • Coastliner

    The ‘Somali Dane’ LOL – you couldn’t make it up!!!!!!!!

  • Bamaguje

    “Several hundred policemen had observed the school for two days before
    the event occurred with road checkpoints, a bomb sweep, and a five
    kilometer no-fly zone around the school” – Andrew Harrod.

    All that elaborate security just for someone to read poems Muslims didn’t like.
    My question is why do Danes and the West put up with Muslims who refuse to integrate and are intent on destroying Western civilization

    • johnlac

      Why?….all conservatives know the answer. Euro libs, like libs everywhere, live in this fantasy world where Christian conservatives and evil capitalists are the biggest dangers to the world. Since, to the lib mind, Muslims are almost the opposite of evil, money-grubbing, war-loving capitalists, they must be embraced. Libs will gladly take the knives out of the hands of the people who would like to kill them and put them to their own throats.

    • ssmith

      Because Europe is probably already under Sharia and UN blasphemy laws. Deals were made with Saudi Arabia.
      Former GB PM Tony Blair, has admitted this. What deals, what concessions,we can only guess ,but yes for oil.
      It does not explain Switzerland though a non-EU country accepting so many Muslims. Nor Norway another non member although it has close ties with the EU.

      • Marisa Martin

        Death wish

    • defcon 4

      Yet lieberals and muslimes have the gall to continue to call islam a religion of peace.

    • DownTurn

      >

      My question is why do Danes and the West put up with Muslims

      The same reason Hitler kept pushing Germans to Russia for years after it was clear that the war can not be won: he didnt want to lose face. He’d rather die and kill everybody else in the process than admitting that he was wrong.

      So it is with the liberals. They’d rather have Muslims take over the West than admitting that the fairy tale about universal human rights, equality, non-discrimination, rule of law, does not work does not work in the case that the enemy is already in your house and is playing the numbers game and will stop pretending the moment it outbreeds you. The post-religious, post-national, post-homogeneous system is simply not capable of handling organized mass infiltration.

      At some point in time, I suppose after the horrors of WW1 and WW2, the west simply decided that they will “never again” let something like that happen. They forgot that to get rid of Hitler you had to actually kill millions of Nazis with your own hands. They imagined that war can be prevented solely by wishful thinking like “What if they gave a war and no one came?”.

      And like the quote continues, “Then the war will come to you”. And exactly this is what is happening. Islam is waging a war and the west is trying to sit it out by growing their hair long, getting naked in public places and chanting peace songs.

      • Dyer’s Eve

        Your comment about ‘losing face’ is spot on. Lefties are the most narcissistic, self-centered and insecure people on the planet. I know dirty ole Adolf wasn’t a leftie, but he may as well have been. His narcissism was legendary. A leftie is a pig-headed, often mis-educated dimwit who will swear black is white until they’re blue in the face. All to save face. All to convince us that they’re right and to also convince themselves that they’re not wrong. Logic and reason does not become one who will not listen.
        And… what hard drugs are the Danish authorities doing?

    • John Magne Trane

      One day it will be too expensive to have police guard those the muslims want to kill. And cheaper to guard the muslims who want to kill.

  • mutton

    The real problem is that the process is irreversible.
    If Islam dominates the religion/political mandate forbids, in a very violent way, any opposition. Think about that before sleepwalking into a place you don’t want for your family.

    • defcon 4

      How many geographic areas have EVER thrown off the yoke of islam once enslaved? I can only think of two in modern history: Israel and the Southern Sudan.

      • Canadianpatriot

        Spain, although it occurred slightly before what we would call modern history.

        • Hass

          And now Spain is bending over to accommodate them at the expense of it’s own citizens.

      • Marisa Martin

        Still being attacked for the effrontery. God bless them though.

  • john spielman

    According to the spirit of “hate speech”, Islam itself must be banned because the Koran and hadiths of Mohammed isfull of hateful words against unbelievers esp the Jews!

    • Hass

      Very true, but Western Libs accept Islam as a so called religion of peace. How anyone with half a braincell can read their book of Subjugation and War and still call it a religion is beyond me.

      There is zero Holiness in that warmongering self appointed Paedophile prophet and his army of Charlatans.

      A Religion of God? Yeah, the one downstairs.

    • Tanks-a-lot

      The Talmud would need to be banned as well for the hate of Goyim which is the basis for the quranic hate for Kuffar.

      • defcon 4

        Please enumerate this hatred.

        • Tanks-a-lot

          lol. It’s a very simple fact of Arabian history.
          Desert dwelling Jews taught Arabs about the way they live. Between Judea and Babylon there is a vast desert. What do you think was going on for 500 years after the Temple was destroyed?

          Perhaps you can tell me why there used to be a ‘Jewish’ King of Yemen?

          • jackson

            Please just STFU, you do not know what you’re on about. Fool!

          • Tanks-a-lot

            If you accept Robert Spencer’s claim that Mohammad did not exist, and you take into account the partnership between early muslim invaders of Iberia and the treacherous Jews that helped that invasion happen, you will come to the conclusion that Jews are the reason islam exists at all.

          • defcon 4

            Yeah, it’s the Jews’ fault that islam exists! Psychiatry has come a long way over the last 50 years, they have well established treatments for delusional thinking. Maybe you should look into them?

  • Hass

    “Hassan remains committed to his criticisms, stating that he does not “care about getting convicted of racism.” Muslims threatening violence can likewise “all come and get me if they want. I don’t give a s**t about these morons.” “I know these people,” Hassan adds, “They can’t handle criticism…they’re not interested in dialogue.”

    My total respect for this courageous man. How I wish more Apostates in Denmark would openly support him.

    I’ll be writing to him to do just that.

    • Christian

      Voltaire said: to learn who rules (or wants to rule) over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.
      In 1957 there was a lawsuit about obscenity in a poem of Alec Ginsberg..
      Judge Clayton W. Horn ruled that ,,Howl” was not obscene, adding: would there be any freedom of press or speak if one must reduce his vocabulry to vapid innocuous euphemisms?

  • Paul Austin Murphy

    … MEANWHILE, OVER IN ENGLAND: MAN CHARGED OF “HATE CRIME”

    “… our
    doughty boys-in-blue as, hunched before flickering screens, they
    endlessly trawl Facebook and Twitter for the crime… the unforgivable
    crime of criticising Islam… Last week Liberty GB radio host, Tim
    Burton, was charged by West Midlands Police with racially aggravated
    harassment, after his post on Twitter described a prominent individual
    as “a mendacious grievance-mongering taqiyya-artist”… none other than
    Mr Fiyaz Mughal OBE, founder of the Tell Mama organisation, who in June
    2013 was revealed as a deceiver by Telegraph journalist Andrew
    Gilligan… Tell Mama had its public funding discontinued.. did Tim
    Burton again in the following tweet: ‘… scumbag Fiyaz Mughal agrees to
    stop telling porkies if the British Government gives him his £214,000
    back’… The government (whose dupes have given him wads of our cash) and
    the police (ever fearful of Muslim reaction), seek to stave off
    criticism of Mughal, and are now following his example and busily
    transforming every robust verbalisation (i.e. free speech) into a ‘hate
    crime’…. Tell Mama has previously threatened numerous members of the
    public with libel actions for criticising it on Twitter. … ‘they are
    just trying to shut down debate’….Tim Burton’s trial is set for the
    afternoon of Tuesday 18th February 2014 at Birmingham Magistrates’
    Court….”

    http://libertygb.org.uk/v1/index.php/home/root/news-libertygb/6218-liberty-gb-radio-host-charged-with-hate-crime

    • defcon 4

      When the laws are corrupt, armed resistance is the answer.

  • elizabeth cohen

    I will never bend over for the muslim. America is free to do as it wishes with free speech, freedom of religion, the right to bear arms and so on. They can spew all they want but all they are doing is making us hate them more and more. I used to defend the rights of those who believe differently from me. Now, not so much. I can’t even tolerate their vitriolic hate speech. Maybe they should go to jail for hate crimes.

  • Nelson Stanley

    The Koran and Islam is for goat herders only !!!

    • defcon 4

      “goat herders” haven’t slaughtered some 250 million najjis kaffir over 1400 years.

  • Adhemarde

    “Hate speech” is an idiotic concept useful only to persons who wish to restrict opposition speech. For augmented penalties from hate speech to be legitimate, one would have to show increased damage due to that speech. That is preposterous because a person is equally dead whether or not his assailant yelled an ethnic slur while killing him. It is also impossible to know what was in the mind of the assailant at the time, and how can you possibly legislate against thought? It is absurd. On the other hand, if you create a bunch of laws protecting muslims, queers, racial minorities, women, and every other group on the liberals’ most favored list, the few people left, notably straight Christian white men, will be silenced, because they will be presumed guilty. The complete lunacy of this was seen in the Trayvon Martin affair where much of the discussion centered around his and Zimmerman’s racial identity to decide who belonged to the most favored group, which presumably, at least in the eyes of the liberals, would determine guilt.

  • mcbee555

    The elaborate security arrangements for this young poet should further verify to all thinking people that Islam cannot exist where a Bill of Rights provides for Freedom of Speech.

  • doruss03

    Islam was never a religion of peace. Don’t get yourself trapped in the biggest Muslim lie that have ever been told. Islam is a religion of JIHAD.

  • eionneb

    Europe is now Eurabia and has fallen under UN and the anti defamation laws. every country has. Goodbye Europe and America is next.

  • marineh2ominer

    I used no fowl language in my last comment , so if it isn’t printed know that ” FRONT PAGE MAG ” is staffed by COWARDS !!!

    • defcon 4

      Fish or fowl?

      • objectivefactsmatter

        Eh, you beat me to it.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      What was the topic?

      This is not the place to talk about birds. Just kidding. Seriously, try again using phonetic spelling, or clever tricks like replacing character$ or ad-d-ing das-hes or spa ces or something along those lines.

  • ignaciopxm321

    My Uncle Jeremiah recently got an almost
    new Hyundai Sonata Sedan by working online at home… Look At This B­i­g­2­9­.­ℂ­o­m

    • Haraazs

      I’m Big29. Uncle Jeremiah wasn’t that smart. I sold him a Hyundai with a lawnmower engine. I touched up the paint with a few spray cans from the store. The steering wheel was wrapped in duct tape. Now I’m laughing all the way to the bank. “Almost new” my shiny pink rear end!

  • vladimirval

    This double standard backed up by government’s crude police tactics, so prevalent in many countries of Europe is spreading across America like canine fices on a wet sidewalk and making a similar mess. While Christians and Jews are having their right to free speech and individual liberty constrained Islamist hateful calls for the despotic Sharia Rule are protected and in some cases encouraged by governments cowardly acts. The solution is clear, vet all candidates, work hard to elect the right ones to replace the cowards now in office.

  • Marisa Martin

    Suleban is “offended?” Aren’t Danish women “offended” at being rape and assault victims? What about threatened and beaten Jews, conservatives and Christians there? They better grow a much thinner skin and louder voice if they want to survive..

  • herb benty

    Wow, even an atheist can see the error that is Islam.

  • Michelle

    It would be funny if it were not true and it shows just how severe is the evil corruption of the west and its virtues in the name of the left..
    Islamic apostates should be rewarded not punished for their courage.