May 27, 2005

In Case You Missed It: Falacci On Trial For Blasphemy
— Ace

That's not the formal charge, but that is the gist of the complaint.

Despite prosecutors' attempts to get the whole matter dismissed -- even the prosecutors want nothing to do with this! -- the trial of former-leftist, now pro-American, pro-war, anti-Muslim extremism writer Oriana Falacci will go forward. She's accused of "insulting Islam" and inciting hatred of a religion.

There must be a dozen venomously anti-Catholic books published in Europe every year, but I haven't heard about any trials for those.

Europe, despite its pretenses, is not a very free society at all.

Posted by: Ace at 07:43 AM | Comments (7)
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1 I'm reminded of a dictum of Jean-Francois Revel's which Instapundit misattributed to Thomas Wolfe the other day.

To paraphrase: the long, dark night of fascism is always falling in America, yet it always seems to land in Europe.

Posted by: Rocketeer67 at May 27, 2005 07:56 AM (F6QHz)

2 Can one of you European-loving liberals explain to me why European countries would want to put people in jail for saying things that are true? How progressive (not).

Posted by: BrewFan at May 27, 2005 07:57 AM (Byr3j)

3 I'd love it if Miss Fallaci actually condescended to go there. I imagine there'd be a bit of a silence, then a slowly building crescendo of voluble, vicious, rapidfire Italian, followed by a sudden blinding white light and a small mushroom cloud rising from the ruins of the courthouse. The cloud would drift away to reveal Oriana standing alone in the middle of the rubble, slightly singed, lighting a cigarette and still muttering and fuming to herself.

I swear that lady's tongue could whip enough sparks off cement to light up Manhattan for a year and a day...

Posted by: Megan at May 27, 2005 08:04 AM (LoCa8)

4 This is how the smart Islamofascists and the left operate.
The Islamofascists play the PC card and demand special protections as a minority religion. The special protections turn into privileges that they use to club their opponents into submission. Look at the attempts to establish Sharia courts in Canada, the British anti-defamation of religion laws, and this stupid law in Italy among other things.
If a theologian criticizes the philosphy of Islam, he's defaming the religion and committing a hate crime. Soon people will be afraid to criticize Islam for fear of prosecution.
The left goes along because the primary targets are Christians.

Posted by: Iblis at May 27, 2005 08:12 AM (ShzoE)

5 What does the average Italian think of this nonsense?

Posted by: at May 27, 2005 09:16 AM (S0i1E)

6 I remember Gilda Radner doing Fallacci on SNL...the hair, the cigarette, the voice.

Posted by: Lipstick Dynamite at May 27, 2005 12:02 PM (1f7Hp)

7 "What does the average Italian think of this nonsense?"

We're trying to organize and react to this judiciary insanity. For more infos, please visit (and other posts with a similar title).

Posted by: at May 29, 2005 08:49 AM (ByTzj)

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