And I wonder who tossed that little 'European arrest warrant' gem into the mix?
Cartoonist faces Greek jail for blasphemy
He meant it as a piece of religious satire, a playful look at the life of Jesus.
But Gerhard Haderer's depiction of Christ as a binge-drinking friend of Jimi Hendrix and naked surfer high on cannabis has caused a furore that could potentially land the cartoonist in jail. Haderer did not even know that his book, The Life of Jesus, had been published in Greece until he received a summons to appear in court in Athens in January charged with blasphemy.
He was given a six-month suspended sentence in absentia, but if he loses his appeal next month his sentence could be increased to two years. Haderer's book is the first to be banned in Greece for more than 20 years, and he is the first artist to fall prey of the European arrest warrant system since it was introduced in June 2002.
Sorry, no prizes there, guys.
Now listen to the moonbats scream about that strange quirk of nature they seem to have so much trouble grasping: the double-edged sword. . .
Yesterday in Vienna, a group of prominent writers and poets called a press conference to draw attention to the plight of Haderer, an Austrian, whose case they claim is crucial to the freedom of international artists.Uh huh? And who wants to bet Nikki (and her ilk) were front row centre when the arrest warrant system first came up for discussion? After all, who doesn’t want to go out and get all those nasty Nazis, wherever they may be lurking. . .
"It is unbelievable that a person can write a book in his home country and be condemned and threatened with imprisonment by another," said Nikki Conrad, a human rights expert who organised yesterday's press conference.
"This campaign is crucial for the future freedom of international artists. Haderer is unique and situations like this will inhibit his artistic style," said the poet Gerhard Ruiss.I wonder what’ll happen when Tony Blair gets his religious vilification laws up and running?
The Austrian comedian Hubert Kramar, who is next week due to star in a new satirical play about Christ, turned up to the press conference dressed as Jesus. "We are supposed to be living in a democratic society. Greece is in Europe and the whole idea of the European Union is that everything is supposed to be more open. But what happened to Haderer is scaring artists like me," he said.
I guess Hubert and his Lefty artiste buds will need to find a new avenue of expression. Abstract finger painting might be safe. Then again, I wouldn’t count on it. Even a Rorschach ink blot is going to annoy someone, somewhere, sometime. . .
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