Blasphemy in Denmark

Punishing thought crime is making a comeback in Scandinavia.

A man whose named has not been made public has been charged with ‘blasphemy’ in Denmark. The 42-year-old allegedly made a film of himself burning a copy of the Quran and shared the film online.

He gave the video the title: “Consider your neighbour: it stinks when it burns” and posted the video to a Facebook group (“YES TO FREEDOM – NO TO ISLAM”) which contains numerous hateful and racist posts.

Jan Reckendorff, from the public prosecutor’s office in Viborg, said: “It is the prosecution’s view that circumstances involving the burning of holy books such as the Bible and the Quran can in some cases be a violation of the blasphemy clause, which covers public scorn or mockery of religion.

“It is our opinion that the circumstances of this case mean it should be prosecuted so the courts now have an opportunity to take a position on the matter.”

The accused could face a fine or even a prison sentence for the ‘blasphemy’ charge.

(Read the rest here)

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