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Sarkozy’s legacy

July 6, 2009

This is what tolerance and progress look like in Europe in the 21st century: ‘The body of a Muslim woman, killed in a German courtroom by a man convicted of insulting her religion, has been taken back to her native Egypt for burial. Marwa Sherbini, 31, was stabbed 18 times by Axel W. […] Medics were unable to save Ms Sherbini who was three months pregnant with her second child. Her three-year-old son was with the family in court when she was killed. Axel W and Ms Sherbini and family were in court for his appeal against a fine of 750 euros ($1,050) for insulting her in 2008, apparently because she was wearing the Muslim headscarf or Hijab.’

4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 6, 2009 23:33

    No one should ever be brought into court for insulting someone’s religion.
    And if Sarko wants to ban the burka he should ban the cloistering on nuns. If he were willing to do that I might be for it.

    No sympathy for Axel however, or anyone who defends “christian europe” in 1933, or now.

  2. southissouth permalink
    July 7, 2009 18:47

    Anybody should be entitled to sue for being libeled as a ‘terrorist’ as she was.

  3. July 7, 2009 19:33

    I’ve been called worse.
    My parents were both working with the ACLU when they defended the Nazis right to march in Skokie.

    What really offends me is that Germany only changed the nationality law recently. That should have been mandated at the end of the war. The fixation on race is still prevalent and still obscene. And Israel was founded by exiles from a Germanic culture. A good description of Germany here.

    For all the difficulties that’s still a difference between the old world and the new.

  4. July 8, 2009 02:34

    This was good though. The Guardian:
    “The general secretaries of both the Central Council of Jews and the Central Council of Muslims, Stephen Kramer and Aiman Mazyek, who on Monday made a joint visit to the bedside of Sherbini’s husband, spoke of the “inexplicably sparse” reactions from both media and politicians.

    They said that although there was no question that the attack was racially motivated, the debate in Germany had concentrated more on the issue of the lack of courtroom security. “I think the facts speak for themselves,” Kramer said.”

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