I almost missed this story. Dutch Cartoonist Arrested on Suspicion of Violating Hate Speech Laws
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.
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, said a spokeswoman for his publisher, Uitgeverij Xtra.
“He was arrested with a great show of force, by around 10 policemen,” the spokeswoman said.
She asked that her name not be used and declined to give Nekschot’s real name because the cartoonist and publisher have received death threats.
Example of Nekschot’s Work
Nekschot as you might surmise means “shot in the neck” – “the preferred method of execution by fascist and communist forces to get rid of their opponents” according to the artist. Gregorius refers to Pope Gregory IX who started the Inquisition. Nekschot’s work is extreme from what I’ve seen on his site, but it doesn’t just pillory one group. He’s insulted nearly all major religions and upset Dutch religious leaders of all sects.
Seeing the Netherlands, a country where drugs and the sex trade are all but formally legalized, arresting an artist in the 21st Century only proves that liberals are a greater threat to classical Liberal values like the freedoms of speech and expression than conservatives. It also proves that those who claim to value tolerance are in fact unable tolerate opinions that differ more than slightly from their own.
One solution to fight these draconian PC laws is for conservatives and “true liberals” to use them against the Left. I’m sure you wouldn’t have to look through too many Dutch periodicals to find cartoons and artwork that “incites hatred” of Americans, the Bush administration, or Christians. This is a type of jujitsu employed by terrorists, who receive training to claim torture and being subjected to anti-Muslim comments after being detained. True liberals on both sides of the conservative/liberal divide should use these stupid but dangerous PC laws to undermine them.