To the extent they had it, anyway…
‘Freedom of expression doesn’t mean the right to offend,’ said Maxime Verhagen, the Foreign Minister, who was in Madrid to attend the Alliance of Civilisations, an international forum aimed at reducing tensions between the Islamic world and the West.
This sounds like the lede to a “Not” joke, per Borat.
If there is a general right to not be offended, there is no longer any freedom of expression in any meaningful sense.[/quote]
This is a frightening statement, but not all that surprising, coming from the EU.
Interestingly, the articles refers to the political party making the video as “extremists” when they are trying to demonstrate via the video that the Koran promotes “intolerance”. I have no truck with the political party, but I find it a curious choice of journalistic phrasing to suggest that those trying to combat “intolerance” are the “extremists” - it would seem the opposite, especially from a cultural establishment that worships multiculturalism and relativism.
This article reminds me of the mercurial Pim Fortuyn - a flamboyantly gay politician who wanted to “conserve” the Netherlands’ hyper-liberal culture and public policy - who as labelled an “extremist” and a “far-right winger” for daring to say he wanted to restrict immigration to protect his extremely permissive and tolerant culture.
He was, of course, murdered by a radical leftist.