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Man Arrested In Greece For "Blasphemous" Facebook Page 412

An anonymous reader writes "A 27-year old man was arrested yesterday in Greece (Greek-language original) by the electronic crime police, for creating a Facebook page "Geron Pastitsios" which made fun of an extremely respected Orthodox Christian monk who lived in Mount Athos, as well as the Greek Church. The arrest came promptly after the Greek far-right party — which holds 7% of the parliament seats — submitted an official petition asking the government to take down the page. The charges that the young man faces are 'blasphemy' and 'disrespect to the religious beliefs of others.'" What would the UN say?
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Man Arrested In Greece For "Blasphemous" Facebook Page

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  • by pla ( 258480 ) on Tuesday September 25, 2012 @01:30PM (#41451987) Journal
    'disrespect to the religious beliefs of others.' is exactly what he have done.

    People need to earn my respect. You don't automatically get it by virtue of your gender, you don't get it because of your age, you don't get it because you have nice hair, you don't get it because some morons voted for you... And you certainly don't get it just because you have the older fairy tale.

    When you can rephrase a law that still amounts to an anachronism in a way that it doesn't refer to thoughtcrime, let me know.

    We need to get over this BS of "religious tolerance". I "tolerate" anything that doesn't affect me. If your brand of delusions negatively affect me, then no, I will not tolerate that.
  • by OnlineAlias ( 828288 ) on Tuesday September 25, 2012 @01:41PM (#41452193)
    Indeed these guys stole billions from the Greek government (and therefore the people) through unheard of levels of corruption. No doubt, that is what the site was about. Seems the priests are now defending themselves through that very same corruption. Greeks are unbelievable.
  • by Natales ( 182136 ) on Tuesday September 25, 2012 @02:19PM (#41452865)
    Sam Harris has a very good post on the freedom to offend an imaginary god []. It was written with a focus on the unrest in the Middle East, but it's equally applicable to this particular case.
  • by arth1 ( 260657 ) on Tuesday September 25, 2012 @03:01PM (#41453663) Homepage Journal

    In a democracy the majority should get their way - by definition.

    No, the definition is that the state is ruled by the people. Demos = people, kratos = strength.

    Whether it's by the people's needs, or by the people's representatives, or by universal suffrage (for everyone except those we don't want to be enfranchised) is not per definition.
    I can fully support a system where you have to earn votes by passing classes and tests, and this would likely be a democracy more in line with what Cleisthenes, Aristotle and Plato wanted. Uneducated and ignorant voters is the downfall of democracy. You don't let a child climb a branch hanging over a cliff just because that's what he wants.

  • by hairyfeet ( 841228 ) <bassbeast1968 AT gmail DOT com> on Tuesday September 25, 2012 @05:13PM (#41455915) Journal

    Well lets see..we had politician from the POTUS on down talk about how "deplorable" the video was even though ironically it was based on the events in the Koran, then we have the state trying to see if they can revoke his parole because he used a PC to upload the video, oh and they DID broadcast his name and whereabouts all over the media, so that now he and his family is in hiding. Yeah...not seeing anybody in the USA government saying a damned thing about free speech anywhere.

    Of course this is the problem with the lie that is political correctness, one has to bend the law, even warp reality, to follow the path of appeasement. Notice how the try to blame everything on a cheesy video that came out months ago, when all the rioting started on 9/11? Notice how they have a royal fit at someone pointing out what is written in their own book but do NOT have a problem with blatant anti-Jewish and Christian propaganda on their own networks, going so far as to make children's videos about how great jihad is?

    This is the problem with political correctness and appeasement, it makes "special classes" that one can't say anything about, even when its the truth, and must bend over backwards for even when they show no courtesy or compassion for any view but their own. I'll end this with some quotes from their very own book, although I wouldn't be surprised if I was modded down and told what a racist I was for using their own words..

    Quran 4:89: They (infidels) desire that you should disbelieve as they have disbelieved, so that you might be (all) alike; therefore take not from among them friends until they fly (their homes) in Allah's way; but if they turn back, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them, and take not from among them a friend or a helper.

    Quran 8:12: Instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers;

    Quran 2:191: kill the disbelievers wherever we find them

    Quran 22:19-22: for them (the unbelievers) garments of fire shall be cut and there shall be poured over their heads boiling water whereby whatever is in their bowels and skin shall be dissolved and they will be punished with hooked iron rods.

    Quran 8:12: Your Lord inspired the angels with the message: I will terrorize the unbelievers. Therefore smite them on their necks and every joint and incapacitate them. Strike off their heads and cut off each of their fingers and toes.

    Quran 8:7: Allah wished to confirm the truth by His words: Wipe the infidels out to the last.

    Quran 8:59: The infidels should not think that they can get away from us. Prepare against them whatever arms and weaponry you can muster so that you may terrorize them. They are your enemy and Allah's enemy.

    Yeah religion of peace my ass.

  • by arth1 ( 260657 ) on Tuesday September 25, 2012 @05:37PM (#41456207) Homepage Journal

    the success of American religious tolerance

    Tell that to Heather Smith and Chris Stevens' family.

    The way I see it, the only solution is religious intolerance - don't tolerate any confabulation presented as "truth", whether it's one religion or another. We eradicated smallpox, it's about time we eradicate the mental pox too.

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