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The Lisbon Treaty threatens Freedom of Speech

By Ib Christensen

Translated from Jyllands-Posten June 14, 2008

Pakistan has recently approached the European Union, and demanded EU legislation which would ban publication of 'provocative expressions' and 'blasphemic caricatures' of the prophet Mohammad.

And Pakistan could easily get its demands fulfilled, because the European Union has formerly agreed to a joint statement with the UN General Secretary and the president of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) [Association of 56 Islamic states promoting Muslim solidarity in economic, social, and political affairs.]

With the Lisbon Charter and the attached charter about fundamental rights, the EU will get the right to legislate about, and enforce the rules, regarding freedom of expression.

Important general clause:

In the charter article 52, section 1 there is a general clause which gives a wide framework for limiting civil liberties, amongst others freedom of expression:

'Every limitation in the exercise of rights and freedoms which are recognized by this charter, will be regulated in legislation and shall respect the essential most important content of these rights and freedoms. Observing the principal

Article 52 section 1:

Any limitation on the exercise of the rights and freedoms recognized by this Charter must be provided for by law and respect the essence of those rights and freedoms. Subject to the principle of proportionality, limitations may be made only if they are necessary and genuinely meet objectives of general interest recognized by the Union or the need to protect the rights and freedoms of others.

 
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Since those 'objectives of general interest recognized by the Union' are open to any and all interpretations, and since among them are references to religious values and religious communities, there is a wide open barn door, for rigorous legislation and law enforcement surrounding 'blasphemy' and 'racism'.

This is the case so much more, since there is a notion, that freedom of expression must be 'weighted' against freedom of religion. But it is not freedom of religion which is to be protected, but on the contrary sensibilities among believers. Had there been strictly enforced legislation against blasphemy, the Age of Enlightenment would never have come, and hardly the [protestant] reformation.

Actually the laws against blasphemy ought to be abolished all together, and a majority in the Danish Parliament would be ready for that if they only dared. But they don not dare to do that, because they are afraid to get into conflict with Islamic forces and the European Union.

 

Published in Jyllands-Posten June 14 2008 - Traktat truer ytringsfriheden

Ib Christensen is a former member of both the European Parliament and the Danish Parliament.

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More information about this legislation and links to the relevant EU documents here:

Ireland The Wise Up Journal: The Lord giveth… and the EU Charter of Rights taketh away


Actuality on more EU censorship and media control:

Euro-med June 13 - EU on Blogs: “Potential Malicious and Dangerous Cyberspace Pollution”

Euro-med June 13 - Mail to the EU Parliament on EU Control of the Blogosphere


Balder.org - Articles about Eurabia, Euromediterranean, Barcelona Declaration, Unlimited Immigration to Europe. English Deutsch Dansk

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