Saturday, May 28, 2005

How Would the ACLU Take This One

In the ever so enlightened Europe, a notable pro-American author is being persecuted in the courts for daring to say things that might possibly be offensive to Islamo-fascists.

ROME -- Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci, who has made waves by denouncing Islam in her books, is to face trial for purportedly insulting the Muslim faith in her latest work, a court in Northern Italy ruled yesterday.
A judge refused a request by prosecutors to throw out the case, brought by the president of the Muslim Union of Italy, Adel Smith, and ordered magistrates to proceed in the matter, Agence France-Presse reported.

The prosecutors tried to get the case dismissed, how telling is that if the prosecuting lawyers don't want to move forward? How bad is it when the muslim community can sue an author because they don't like what she writes?

The magistrates have until tomorrow to formally charge Miss Fallaci, the author of "The Rage and the Pride," a post-September 11 polemic over the dangers of Islamic extremism, with "insulting religion."
The accusations stem from her last book called "La Forza della Ragione," ("The Force of Reason"). Mr. Smith says the book -- not yet available in English -- contains "words that are without doubt offensive toward Islam."

Offensive toward islam? If that were the criteria in the U.S. numerous authors would be out of work for publishing writings offensive to Christianity. This is why the founding fathers included both the freedom of religion and the freedom of speech in the first amendment. So where would the ACLU be on this issue? Would the support the right of an author to write anything they want about a religious movement, or would they support the rights of the Islamo-fascists in quelling "intolerant" speech that questioned their religion? Oh, and can someone explain to me why the left keeps pointing to Europe as an example of what America should be?

h/t Ace.