European Muslims and Freedom of Expression

Dunbar-Van Cleve Professor in Arts & Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis
2005 Carnegie Scholar
March 6, 2006 | Washington, DC

"The Danish penal code allows for the prosecution of anyone that disseminates information that would insult or degrade a group on account of their beliefs, origins, or race. No need to prove incitement. So when Muslims in Europe ask for respect of their sensibilities, they are well within the range of European norms and laws on this issue. There is nothing "third worldly" about it. The initial demands, first made in Denmark, and then further into Europe, including some suits that are underway in France and elsewhere, are well within the range of European practices." ~Professor John Bowen

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