2002 September 16 Monday
Houellebecq could do French jail term for insulting Islam

Here's the longest quote of what Houellebecq said to anger Muslims that I can find:

In an interview with Lire, he said: "The dumbest religion, after all, is Islam."

"When you read the Koran, you're shattered," he added, referring to Islam's holy book.

"The Bible at least is beautifully written because the Jews have a heck of a literary talent."

Houellebecq also told the interviewer that he felt Islam was "a dangerous religion right from the start."

Well, now he's on trial in France for inciting racial hatred because some Muslims filed suit against him. He could do jail time:

He faces a year in jail or a 52,000 euro (33,000) fine if he loses the case.

I think the trial is a violation of his basic right to free speech. But then many (all?) European countries do not have as strong a protection of the right to free speech as the US does.

You can learn about what Houellebecq believes in this article in The Guardian.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2002 September 16 11:59 AM  Civilizations Decay


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