Comedian is accused of ‘hate speech’
Germany’s Dieter Nuhr, above, is being investigated by the authorities for ‘insulting a faith community’ – Islam.
The investigation against Nuhr was prompted by a complaint by German Turk
According to this (Google translated) report, Nuhr – in tackling the issue of freedom of expression – said that free speech has never been under greater threat in Germany since the Third Reich.
It’s the first time since 1945 that you worry that you will be killed for saying the wrong thing.
Nuhr has repeatedly triggered protests by Muslims with his performances. For years, he has been strong critic of Islam – and not just on stage.
In 2011, writing in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, he said that tolerance was “alien” to Islam, a religion he described as “regressive”.
There is tolerance in Islam only where it has no power.
He said the same climate of fear was gripping the rest of the West.
If someone makes fun of Islam, I do not mind.
But he insisted that the contents of Nuhr’s shows were “stupid, silly propaganda” against a minority under the guise of satire.
Reinhold Mokrosch, spokesman for the Round Table and emeritus professor of Protestant theology, also criticised Noor, saying he is promoting “Islamophobia” in many parts of society.
Migration researcher Klaus J Bade accused Nuhr of lacking an understanding of the religion, saying he is confusing Islam with the Islamic State.
But in a Die Welt op-ed (Google translated) Henryk M Broder suggested that if any offence be taken, it should be against the “barbarism” of a religion that allows, for example, the recent hanging of a victim of rape in Iran.
This Stern report (Google translated again as the case seems to have been totally ignored by English language media) suggests that a prosecution against Nuhr is unlikely to proceed.