An original Translation by Liberty Dk.
The Court in Elsinore has sentenced a man fined for comparing Islam with Nazism.
By: JOHANNES KAAS FALLESEN, Jyllands Posten
‘… The ideology of Islam is every bit as loathsome, nauseating, oppressive and dehumanizing as Nazism. The massive immigration of Islamists here to Denmark, is the most devastating event Danish society has suffered in recent historical times. ”
Thursday morning these words cost Flemming Nielsen 1,600 kroner. He was sentenced to four-day fines of 400 kroner for violating the Penal Code § 266 b paragraph. 1, also called the racism paragraph. This is from a judgement rendered by a Court in Elsinore.
The accused, Flemming Nielsen, had written the words on Facebook in late November 2013.
“I have not violated the article I have been accused of. I did not mention the religion of Islam or Muslims with one word. I referred to islamists and the ideology of Islam, “said Flemming Nielsen, immediately after the verdict to tv2.dk.
It would therefore be obvious that Flemming Nielsen should be able to appeal the verdict, which he believes has restricted his freedom of expression, to a higher court.
However, he will not be able to do this as the fine falls below the minimum limit by which such judgments can be appealed.
Flemming Nielsen wrote the words as a comment to a post one of his friends on the social media had posted regarding a residents association where the board had been overthrown by members of the extremist Muslim association Hizb Ut-Tahrir.
The Elsinore Court claimed in its judgement that Flemming Nielsen had written in general about all Muslims, not Islamists in the narrower sense, as the convicted claimed.
‘The Court has in this context interpreted the “ideology of Islam” as relating to Islam in general and not only to the extreme part of Islam.
But it is a dangerous expansion of the racism paragraph the Court of Elsinore potentially has made, says Jacob Mchangama, director of the legal think tank Justitia.
“Thus, the Court in Elsinore has taken a major step towards expanding the racism paragraph to constitute a kind of blasphemy clause which indirectly protects religions from insult. We have otherwise rejected this in this country, since no one has been convicted of blasphemy since 1946, “writes Mchangama in his blog in Berlingske’s website.