Sweden is a bastion of free speech.
Just ask the Swedish government, or the Swedish media. When it comes to speaking out in favor of avant-garde gay lifestyles, or against Christianity, or in support of transgressive antinomianism, Sweden is in the forefront.
But there are limits, and criticizing Muslims crosses the line.
Don’t you know that free speech must be responsible speech?
From The Local:
Man sentenced for carrying offensive placard
A man who displayed a placard accusing immigrants of group rape at an anti-racism rally has been convicted of agitation against an ethnic group.
During a March 2007 rally organized in the south west coast town of Ängelholm by SSU, the youth wing of the Social Democratic Party, the man was seen holding a sign reading, “While Swedish girls are being group raped by immigrant gangs the SSU is fighting racism.”
The man was arrested and eventually indicted on charges of agitation against an ethnic group, according to the Helsingborgs Dagblad newspaper.
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During his trial, the man claimed he simply wanted to point out the absurdity of holding a demonstration against racism and hoped the sign would spark debate. He asserted he was simply expressing an opinion, which is a right afforded to him under the European Convention on Human Rights.
But District Prosecutor Lars Danielsson disagreed, arguing that the man “expressed disrespect for a group of people with reference to their national or ethnic background.”
The court agreed with Danielsson, fining the man 4000 kronor ($650).
In its decision, the court found the placard made gross generalizations that immigrants are inclined to rape Swedish girls, which falls under the legal definition of disrespect.
The court furthermore rejected the man’s free speech argument by pointing out that he could have expressed his opinions in a manner other than wandering around the Ängelholm central square on a Saturday morning carrying an offensive sign, and that even the human rights convention has its limits.
“Agitation against an ethnic group” (hets mot folkgrupp in Swedish) is the catchall offense for those who violate the norms of multicultural political correctness in Sweden. Dahn Pettersson was hoist by that particular petard for daring to assert that Kosovar Albanians controlled the vast majority of the heroin trade in Sweden. For that sin against Multicultural Orthodoxy he was convicted and fined.
The fact that what he asserted was true — just ask Interpol — had no bearing on his case. He was manifestly guilty of insulting a folkgrupp, so he had to pay.
The same is true in this case. The (unnamed) offender has spoken the simple truth — immigrants (mostly Muslims) are responsible for the majority of rapes in Sweden, in vast disproportion to their numbers, and their victims are mostly “persons of Swedish background”.
The authorities are prevented from gathering statistics on the ethnicity of accused or convicted rapists, but a statistical analysis of surnames or residential addresses for the convicted perps yields unambiguous results: newly-arrived Third World immigrants are far more likely to commit rape than is Svensson.
So the man’s placard stated a plain fact. But that fact constituted an insult to an ethnic group, and had to be punished.
O wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! O brave new world that hath such people in’t!
Hat tip: TB.