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Danish man convicted, ordered to pay fine for Facebook comment comparing Islam to Nazism

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On Thursday, Cecilie Guldberg reported (an English translation, via Google, can be seen here) that Flemming Nielsen was ordered to pay a daily fine of 400 kroner (about $60.60 USD) for four days for a total of 1600 kroner over a comment on Facebook that a court determined was “racist.”

“The ideology of Islam is just as loathsome, disgusting, suppressive and dehumanizing as Nazism. The mass immigration we are now seeing is the most destructive (thing) that has happened for the Danish society in recent history,” he wrote in a comment on Facebook.

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Prosecutors said his rhetoric was racist, even though Islam is a religion and not a race.  The court agreed and sentenced him under Denmark’s criminal code regarding racist comments.

Nielsen disagreed, saying he was referring to Islamists, not Muslims in general.  But prosecutors said they were unable to tell the difference.

“I see it as a principle. They must not be allowed to suppress people’s freedom of speech,” Nielsen said.  Worse yet, Nielsen can’t appeal the fine because it’s less than 3,000 kroner.

Last year, Denmark accepted some 20,000 refugees.  Recently, Facebook announced an initiative to stamp out speech it doesn’t like in Europe.

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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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