Tom Wolfe once said that while it was constantly asserted that fascism was descending on the U.S., it always seemed to land in Europe. I wonder if the same will hold true for theocracy – or at least parts of it.
Important reading, if you’re interested in international free speech issues ? or in what might happen in the U.S. if those who support European-style “hate speech” bans prevail here.
Europe and Free Speech: The European approach to speech that conveys disfavored viewpoints ? often defended by many Europeans and some Americans as more “reasonable” and “flexible” than the American “absolutist” approach ? is apparently on display in the criminal prosecution of Oriana Fallaci for allegedly libeling Islam. ( Dagger in hand ) I hope Chris Newman, who has blogged a good deal about Fallaci in the past, will have more on the subject soon.
By the way, the story says “Grasso’s ruling homed in on 18 sentences in the book, saying some of Fallaci’s words were ‘without doubt offensive to Islam and to those who practice that religious faith.’” Is there a list somewhere of those 18 sentences?
UPDATE: Chris Newman is looking for the 18 sentences, but in the meantime posts a translation of a likely relevant passage from Fallaci’s book. ( Dagger in hand )