Friday, May 16, 2008

The Thought Police Are Coming.

Dutch cartoonist arrested for 'insulting people'
Cartoonist known for mocking Muslims, leftists has received death threats

updated 7:05 a.m. PT, Fri., May. 16, 2008
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - A Dutch political cartoonist was arrested this week on suspicion of insulting people because of their race or religion through his work, authorities said Friday.

How enlightened of them. Must be their muzzie masters and their outrage.

The cartoonist, who works under the pseudonym Gregorius Nekschot, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of violating hate speech laws and held overnight before being released, a spokeswoman for his publisher Uitgeverij Xtra said.

"Hate Speech" Not too far removed from "hate crime", which we know is a criminal act, but one committed against a minority.

"He was arrested with a great show of force, by around 10 policemen," the spokeswoman said.

Of course, the offender is much more threatening then the outraged parties screaming for beheadings.

She asked that her name not be used, and declined to give Nekschot's real name, because the cartoonist and publisher have both received death threats.

Can't say I blame her. The police would probably be kind enough to give the assassins an escort, just to be sure that justice was done.

Nekschot is known primarily for cartoons mocking Muslims and leftists, though the spokeswoman said he is a satirist who targets "any strong ideology."

Two groups deserving of mockery. Also derision and scorn.

Amsterdam public prosecutor spokeswoman Sanne van Meteren said Nekschot remains a suspect in a criminal investigation.

But the people who have undoubtedly threatened him are no doubt walking around unfettered, swinging their rusty scimitars in outrage.

"We suspect him of insulting people on the basis of their race or belief, and possibly also of inciting hate," she said.

How dare he say what he is thinking.

Each is a crime punishable by up to a year in prison under Dutch hate speech laws — or two years for multiple offenses.

Prison time. Think, people. The Obamessiah would love to see this here. Can't attack his hopey changeyness.

Police seize computer, sketches
Nekschot publishes primarily on several Web sites, including his own, but has also been featured on the Web site of Theo van Gogh, the filmmaker who was murdered by a Muslim radical in November 2004.

The same Theo van Gogh that was murdered for speaking out against the pestilence of islam that is infesting his country?

The cartoonist also works for HP/De Tijd, a major Dutch language weekly news magazine, and he has published two books.

One recent cartoon on his Web site caricatured a Christian fundamentalist and Muslim fundamentalist as zombies who met at an anti-gay rally and now wished to marry.

Funny, as a Christian, I don't feel moved to call for his head. What's the mood on Arab Street?

Van Meteren said prosecutors were investigating a complaint that dated from 2005. They are now focusing on eight or nine published cartoons, she said, but prosecutors are not disclosing which ones.

Speedy are the wheels of Dutch 'justice'.

Nekschot did not answer police questions during his arrest, she said, appealing to his right to remain silent to avoid self-incrimination.

I'd have given them the finger. All night long.

The spokeswoman for Xtra said police had seized Nekschot's computer, sketches, CDs, DVDs and telephone at the time of his arrest.

Because his CDs and DVDs are no doubt filled with hate speech. Either that or he had a few ultra-rare CDs and the cops took a shine to them.