We just got word about a German journalist, Michael Stürzenberger respectively, who was sentenced to 6 months in jail for free speech basically. Even if he received a suspended sentence, i.e. he’ll not go to jail this time (maybe later), putting people in jail for dissenting opinion is something that you’d expect in Nazi Germany or USSR, not 2017’s Germany.
Michael Stürzenberger was sentenced to jail for hate speech as he uploaded a historical photo on social media, arguing that Islam is a fascist ideology. The German journalist is well known in the country for his militantism against the construction of a mega mosque in Munich. The historic photo he posted on Facebook as an argument for Islam being a fascist ideology depicts the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem during War World 2, Amin al-Husseini respectively, shaking hands with a high ranked Nazi.
The text accompanying the picture claims that Islam is a fascist ideology and that this would have been long known world wide if it wasn’t for political correctness suppressing historical facts. Michael Stürzenberger went on further comparing Adolf Hitler’s book Mein Kampf (my struggle) with the Koran (jihad also means struggle by the way). Obviously, he presented arguments to prove his thesis (by the way, there were 3 S.S. Muslim forces raised with German officers: 21st Waffen Mountain Division of the S.S. Handschar, the 13th Waffen Mountain Division of the S.S. Handschar and the 23rd Waffen Mountain Division of the S.S. Kama), but that did not matter to German thought-police, as he was slapped with a 6 months in jail sentence, fortunately suspended, and one hundred hours of community service.
The reason for his suspended jail sentence was hate speech, i.e. Michael Stürzenberger was accused by the German prosecutors of disseminating propaganda and preaching/inciting hatred against Islam, and also of denigrating Islam . Basically, Germany just proved that sharia law trumps free speech. Under sharia law, criticizing Islam, which is not a person but an ideology,or criticizing the prophet Muhammad is completely forbidden under punishment of death.
To make a long story short, publishing a photo on social media depicting the FACT that Muslim governments collaborated with Nazis in War World 2 will put you in jail in Merkel’s Germany. To make things even more Kafkaesque, the court said that Michael Stürzenberger quoting from a book written by an Egyptian political scientist entitled Islam is Fascism constitutes a violation of public peace. Perhaps the new Germans should start burning books now, just like they did not so long ago.
If Michael Stürzenberger will have the nerve to criticize Islam again (in the next three and a half years), he will go to jail. Obviously, criticizing other religions, especially Christianity, is not werbotten, because unlike Muslims, other religious people will not violently attack you for questioning their beliefs. Here’s an interview with the German journalist: