Euro-Weenie Alert

Good. Grief.

In an interview with Britain’s Daily Telegraph, EU Justice and Security Commissioner Franco Frattini said the charter would encourage the media to show “prudence” when covering religion.

“The press will give the Muslim world the message: We are aware of the consequences of exercising the right of free expression,” he told the newspaper. “We can and we are ready to self-regulate that right.”

In other words, the EU’s official policy on free speech, when challenged by violent, immature, brainless barbarism is, “RUN AWAY! RUN AWAY!”


14 Responses to “Euro-Weenie Alert”

  1. Gerry N. Says:

    And the nutless asshats wonder why WE win.

  2. Channeling An Islamo-Leftist Says:

    “Sticks and stones will break your bones if you print words that hurt us,…so submit or be broken.”

  3. E. Nough Says:

    You know all that negative press the U.S. gets in Europe? I think we might have a way to stop it…

  4. emerson Says:

    It’s this exact line that killed me:

    “The press will give the Muslim world the message: We are aware of the consequences of exercising the right of free expression,”

  5. Aladdin Says:

    Very disappointing.

    Hey, maybe Google should apply for EU membership.

  6. rbj Says:

    Gee maybe the EU could start bonfires to burn anything offensive to the radical Muslims. Hey, start it off with a torchlight parade and all. Oh, and a filmmaker to document it all. . .

  7. Eric Says:

    This shouldn’t surprise anyone, considering all of the laws already on the books in Europe proscribing “hate speech” and material deemed offensive to a religion or racial/ethnic group.

    If the Islamists were a little smarter, they wouldn’t have spent their time clamoring about the need to curtail freedom of the press, which naturally leads the Europeans to defend it, but would’ve spent it calling out the Euros regarding their double standard.

  8. tefta Says:

    The media should just try telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

  9. utron Says:

    “We can and we are ready to self-regulate that right.”

    Why am I all but certain this bureaucrat means the EU Justice and Security Commission can and will regulate everyone else’s right to free expression?

  10. tsohg Says:

    “We can and we are ready to self-regulate that right.”

    If this statement means “we are considering putting governmental regulations on the press”, it is dispicable.

    The essence of free speech is protecting the rights of others to say things you don’t agree with or are offended by! This is more BS political pandering, just like the “decency” legislation our senators are constantly trying to ram down our throats.

  11. tim maguire Says:

    He does seem to be saying the press will regulate itself.

    But it certainly leaves the door open for governmnent regulation if the media doesn’t properly roll over and expose its belly to the men with the long knives.

  12. aaron Says:

    Wolf Blitzer relayed the best bit of moral equivalence yet last night when he was interviewing the cleric who created the cartoon controversy. To paraphrase:

    “Why do you think we didn’t see rioting and protests like this when people were being kidnapped and heads cut off?”

    Many countries and papers have chosen not to publish the incitive cartoons. Some call this censorship, but there is nothing wrong with not publishing the cartoons. The most important aspect of the cartoon controversy has been overlooked.

    The Cartoons Suck!

    They are not clever or amusing. I am offended that they received any attention at all.

    If they were funny or interesting, I would be all for them being published globally. I want to see who is so fucking off their rocker that a cartoon sets him off. Maybe even a few of the radical idiots will kill each other. I’m all for it. It’s just like Iraq. If our presence there radicalizes people, GREAT! I’d rather they be open about it. I want them to go underground and blow themselves up instead of passively propagating their fragile ideology. Pussies.

    But the cartoons suck.

  13. A.W. of Says:

    I don’t have a problem with the idea that with great freedom comes great responsibility (with apologies to spider man comics). I have long told liberals the same thing, in relation to their excesses. Besides the founders didn’t create freedom of speech, because they liked course, obnoxious speech, but because they didn’t trust the government to regulate speech. So advocating self-regulation is entirely appropriate.

    But what creeps me out is two things. 1) that they are doing this IN RESPONSE TO VIOLENCE. and 2) what will it do to put this into the constitution? It says freedom of speech will be protected, but I wonder what the truth will be. I hate to ever say “Iran has a point” on any subject, but those holocaust cartoons cannot be legally published in much of europe. And that kind of thing goes to ridiculous lengths; i have literaly seen articles where a man was arrested for training his dog to do a hitler salute. I mean, yes, the guy really was a nazi, and all, but i don’t think a dog will start the return of the 3rd Reich. So its not quite like anything goes in european discourse, you know?

  14. charles austin Says:

    Is it just me or is Europe acting like Grandpa on The Simpsons?

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