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.

English example of Gregorius Nekschot
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.

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  2. Jack Snyder:


    I disagree. Saying the actions in the Netherlands “proves” that liberals are intolerant is utter and complete nonsense. You’ve made a blanket judgment of all the liberals in the world. I don’t even consider myself liberal, yet I’ve been called a traitor by conservatives (shades of Ann Coulter’s “Treason”) by just questioning the actions of the Bush Administration (just questioning it!).

    So-called “classic liberals” and conservatives are the true intolerant bunch. Don’t think so? Then why don’t you go to Dean’s World (a “classic liberal”/conservative website) and do a front-page post criticizing Islam. What do you think would happen? Well, let’s see now—the post would be immediately removed (as hate speech) and you would be put on “probation” at the very least, if not right-out banned. But you would never do that, Scott. You don’t want to banned by that intolerant site, because Dean reaches more readers than you do. You would rather sing in the chorus of the conservative choir “over there” than stand by your convictions. Sounds pretty hypocritical to me.

  3. Scott Kirwin:

    Do me a favor and cross post this at DW. Dean’s “purge” has never sat well with me and I criticized it extensively at the time. But don’t confuse the issue of jailing an artist for expressing himself with a media outlet choosing what – and what not – to publish. There’s a big difference between a magazine, newspaper or even film distributor refusing to print or distribute artwork which it dislikes – and the government jailing someone for producing the art in the first place.

    Take my site. I don’t get near as much traffic as Dean’s World, but I do delete spam and inappropriate comments. Who decides if they are inappropriate? I do. The difference is that I don’t jail those who make them. They are free to publish whatever they want on their own websites.

    Beyond that I’ve lived in a predominantly Muslim country and count several Muslims as my friends (mostly Muslims form India), so I do not consider myself anti-Islamic. I’m not a particular fan of incitement for art’s sake. It’s easy to do but hard to top. But I don’t like seeing people jailed for expressing themselves. And yes, that includes “Flag Burning” and Code Pink’s protests – both of which I may detest but view as protected as a human, cross-cultural, absolute right.

    At the same time don’t forget that Dean posted the Mohammed cartoons, so your characterization of Dean’s site seems stuffed with straw. I think your problem is with the terms liberal/conservative. They are all but meaningless, and I had hoped that by using the term “classical liberal” I would show that I meant people who supported free expression in all forms regardless of their politics.

    Using hate speech laws to stifle expression is not liberal, Jack. It’s not conservative either. It’s just another form of oppression dressed up in modern clothes. But right now it’s being used by those in Academia and on the Left wing – hence the tendency to see it as liberal.

    But you’re right: it’s not.

  4. Jack Snyder:


    Both sides are full of hypocrites and blind to their own shortcomings.

    I think what happened in the Netherlands is terrible, but I take exception to you using that event to characterize all liberals that way. For the most part, you and other classic liberals/conservatives/whatevers describe far left behavior and hypocrisy as though it was mainstream liberalism. I think that’s being a bit extreme.

    I would say the same thing to a liberal who used Ann Coulter or Michael Savage as the measuring stick for mainstream conservative views or behavior.

    We both painted broad pictures by our examples. Both were clearly wrong, but I think (I hope) you got my point.

    I just get very sick of the demonization of each side by the other. There is no civil discourse anymore. It just seems that most posts devolve into the yapping dogs of sarcasm and ad hominem attacks. It saddens me. More and more, I’m beginning to think we as a society, and possibly a species, are doomed!

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