LA News Release, "No Place for Fascists in European Union: Suspend Sweden now" (August 2004)

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NEWS RELEASE FROM THE LIBERTARIAN ALLIANCE
In Association with the Libertarian International

Release Date: 9th August 2004
Release Time: Immediate

Contact Details: Sean Gabb, 07956 472 199, sean@libertarian.co.uk
Chris R. Tame, 07957 644 519, chris@libertarian.co.uk

"NO PLACE FOR FASCISTS IN EUROPEAN UNION: SUSPEND SWEDEN NOW", SAYS FREE MARKET AND CIVIL LIBERTIES THINK TANK

The imprisonment of a Christian preacher in Sweden for offending homosexuals reveals Sweden as a sinister police state eager to deny freedoms of speech and worship, says the Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and civil liberties think tank and pressure group. It calls on The European Commission to suspend Swedish Membership of the European Union pending a full human rights investigation.

The Facts

Ake Green is pastor of a Pentecostal congregation in Borghol in Sweden. In 2003, he preached a sermon during which he referred to homosexuality as "abnormal, a horrible cancerous tumour in the body of society." He also quoted some of the standard biblical injunctions against homosexuality. He was denounced to the authorities and charged under "hate crime" legislation passed in 2002. He stood trial in June 2004, and was in July sentenced to imprisonment for one month. He remains at liberty, pending appeals into higher courts.

Comment

Libertarian Alliance Director of Communications, Dr Sean Gabb commented:

"This is an outrageous attack on rights of speech and worship. It is a denial of some of the most fundamental freedoms that we in Europe at the beginning of the 21st century thought could be taken for granted.

"The Libertarian Alliance calls on the European Commission to suspend Swedish membership of the European Union while a full human rights investigation is mounted in the country. We call on Sweden to be treated as Austria was when it elected a government of the "far right" - though Austria was not accused of having breached any human rights, whereas Sweden glories in its authoritarian bigotry.

"We shall ourselves be making an official submission to the United Nations about this denial of the right to freedom of speech and worship."

Background

The Libertarian Alliance believes in the right to freedom of speech. This includes, though is not limited to, the right to say anything about public policy or alleged matters of fact. If someone wants to say that homosexuals are the spawn of Satan, or that black people are morally or genetically inferior to whites, or that the holocaust did not happen (but should have), or that the Prophet Mohammed was a demon-possessed, epileptic paedophile, that is his right. If he causes offence, hard luck on those offended. They have no right to legal protection against such views.

The libertarian position of homosexuality is equally predicable. The Libertarian Alliance believes that consenting adults have the right to do as they please without intervention by the law. But freedom for homosexuals does not mean legal privilege against the hatred and contempt that others - however unjustly - may feel for them."

The Libertarian Alliance advocates the following with regard to freedom of speech:

  • No controls of any kind on the expression of opinion on matters of public policy;
  • The repeal of all laws that make it illegal to express opinions on matters of race, religion, sexuality, or any similar matter;
  • The repeal of all laws against discrimination and incitement to discrimination on any grounds whatever;
  • The abolition of the Commission for Racial Equality, the Equal Opportunities Commission, and all similar bodies;
  • The cutting off of all tax-payer funding for any group that disagrees with the above.

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Note(s) to Editors

Dr Sean Gabb is the Director of the Libertarian Alliance. He is the author of ten novels and ten other books, plus about a million words of journalism. He can be contacted for further comment on 07956 472 199 or by email at sean@libertarian.co.uk

His latest novel, The Break, has been nominated for the 2015 Prometheus Award.

His recent book, Freedom of Speech in England: Its Present State and Likely Prospects, is a defence of freedom of speech without exceptions. 

Or his book, Cultural Revolution, Culture War: How Conservatives Lost England, and How to Get It Back, explains how its current ruling class has turned England into a totalitarian police state, and how this ruling class can be overthrown and utterly destroyed.

Or another of his books, Smoking, Class and the Legitimation of Power, explains how the current "war" on smoking has nothing to do with making individuals healthy, but everything to do with enhancing the power of a totalitarian ruling class, and enriching its relevant client groups.

You can see other books by Sean Gabb here.

Extended Contact Details

The Libertarian Alliance is Britain's most radical free market and civil liberties policy institute. It has published over 800 articles, pamphlets and books in support of freedom and against statism in all its forms. These are freely available at http://www.libertarian.co.uk

Our postal address is

The Libertarian Alliance
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2 Lansdowne Row
Mayfair
London
W1J 6HL
Tel: 07956 472 199