The White House press secretary today “question[ed] the judgment” of someone publishing cartoons critical of Mohammad and Islam.

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Cowards: The White House press secretary today “question[ed] the judgment” of someone publishing cartoons critical of Mohammad and Islam.

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One comment

  • Cotour

    Welcome the official and government sanctioned dark road to hell, read it and weep for the people of Europe yoked with this now further oppressive form of governance.

    The EU has sealed its fate and has ensure they in time it will be entirely Islamic by law, a suicide pact with the devil. This is Globalism and political correctness run amok. Feel free to mock any other religious figure that you like, but not Mohammad.

    “The Strasbourg-based ECHR ruled that insulting Islamic prophet Muhammad “goes beyond the permissible limits of an objective debate” and “could stir up prejudice and put at risk religious peace.”

    Threaten enough violence in the exercise of your religion and you too can carve out your own special “Free speech” exceptions and begin your drive to dominance, no warfare necessary. Islam is invited to usurp Western civilization by the Liberals that have in time secured absolute power. Liberal insanity offered as reasonable thought process.

    The concept of free speech has just been redefined by the powers that be in the courts of the EU, its just a matter of time now. And if the people of America choose for some reason to in time re embrace the Democrats and their plain to see similar insanity we will not be far behind because this is how they think. AND NOW ITS BY LAW.

    “The court’s decision comes after it rejected an Austrian woman’s claim that her previous conviction for calling Muhammad a pedophile, due to his marriage to a 6-year-old girl, violated her freedom of speech.

    The ECHR ruled Austrian courts had “carefully balanced her right to freedom of expression with the right of others to have their religious feelings protected.”

    (Q: Is pedophilia now to be legalized as the next logical step? Because that is exactly where this leads.)

    Liberal / Leftist politically correct Globalist / One World Government thought process, the gift that keeps on giving and giving. You can not make it up, why bother, its true.

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