October 29, 2013
A terrifying EU law proposal has been discovered. This report, named “A European framework national statute for the promotion of tolerance”, suggests EU-wide laws against thought crimes. Behind it we find the Israeli Yoram Dinstein, Professor at Tel Aviv University.
Here are a few extracts from the full proposal. Note that, as usual, the Jewish author uses codewords such as “intolerance”, “hate speech”, “group libel” and “Holocaust denial”.
Selected groups should receive preferential treatment:
Members of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups are entitled to a special protection, additional to the general protection that has to be provided by the Government to every person within the State. . . . The special protection afforded to members of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups may imply a preferential treatment.
To ensure implementation of this Statute, the Government shall: . . . set up a special administrative unit in order to supervise the implementation of this Statute. . . . The special administrative unit should preferably operate within the Ministry of Justice (although the Ministry of the Interior is another reasonable possibility).
Expressing certain opinions or publishing un-kosher facts will be criminalized:
The following acts will be regarded as criminal offences punishable as aggravated crimes: . . .
(iii) Group libel as defined in Section 1(b). [= “defamatory comments made in public and aimed against a group as defined in paragraph (a) – or members thereof – with a view to inciting to violence, slandering the group, holding it to ridicule or subjecting it to false charges. (i) This definition covers ‘blood libels’ and anti-Semitic slurs, as well as allegations that, e.g., ‘gypsies are thieves’ or ‘Moslems are terrorists’.”]
(iv) Overt approval of a totalitarian ideology, xenophobia or anti-Semitism.
(v) Public approval or denial of the Holocaust.
Juveniles convicted of committing crimes listed in paragraph (a) will be required to undergo a rehabilitation programme designed to instill in them a culture of tolerance.
The Government shall ensure that: (a) Schools, from the primary level upwards, will introduce courses encouraging students to accept diversity and promoting a climate of tolerance as regards the qualities and cultures of others. . . . It is very important to start such courses as early as possible in the educational programme, i.e. in elementary school. Yet, these courses must be offered also at higher levels of education, up to and including universities.
The production of books, plays, newspapers reports, magazine articles, films and television programmes – promoting a climate of tolerance – will be encouraged and, where necessary, subsidized by the Government.
The Government shall ensure that public broadcasting (television and radio) stations will devote a prescribed percentage of their programmes to promoting a climate of tolerance, as per Section 8(f).
(b) The Government shall encourage all privately owned mass media (including the printed press) to promotea climate of tolerance, as per Section 8(f).
(c) The Government shall encourage all the mass media (public as well as private) to adopt an ethical code of conduct, which will prevent the spreading of intolerance and will be supervised by a mass media complaints commission.