Friday, September 21, 2012

Death of Free Speech Report: Germany bows to Islamic threats, postpones placing posters for fear of more attacks

Nothing like cowering in the corner and hoping that you will be eaten last.

From Al-Arabiya September 20

Germany postpones posters aimed at countering radical Islam
Germany’s Interior Ministry has postponed at the last minute a poster campaign advertising a hotline aimed at countering radical Islam because of fears it could have incited violence by extremists.

Western governments are keen to avoid exacerbating Muslim anger after a film made in California ridiculing the Prophet Mohammad surfaced on the Internet and ignited violent protests around the world, some of them deadly.

The posters had been due to go up in German cities with large immigrant populations from Friday. They were aimed at those who suspected that a friend or family member might be drifting towards radical Islam.

“With everything that is going on right now, we’re afraid that it wouldn’t take much to trigger more religiously motivated violence,” an interior ministry spokesman said.

“We’re talking specifically about fanatic individuals who could use events they perceive as being Islamophobic as an opportunity to take action.” The spokesman said the ministry had no reason to believe such an attack was imminent.

The very existence of non-Muslims is an event that can be used to justify taking action.  After all, we are talking about the religion of the perpetually insulted.

Protesters angered by the California-made film stormed the German embassy in Sudan on Friday and Berlin withdrew some staff.

Sudan had criticized Germany for allowing a protest last month by far-right activists carrying caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad and also for giving an award to a Danish cartoonist whose depiction of the Prophet in 2005 sparked global protests.

Some Muslim groups had criticized the planned poster campaign because they said it stigmatized them.

The stigmatization comes from those of your co-religionists who believe it is mandated for them to attack any non-Muslim, not from those pointing out said activities.

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