EU Pres against cartoons

The President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pottering, has told reporters in Doha that he is:

against any cartoons that could instigate violence. [...]
We are committed to the freedom of the press but I am against publishing cartoons that hurt the feelings of others. As a Catholic, I would feel insulted if someone derides the Pope. We might disagree with others but we have to respect them.

The wittering Mr Pottering did not elaborate upon the reasons why it was necessary to respect the irrational metaphysical opinions of others. It just is.

UPDATE: (April 16) By contrast, and in mitigation for the institution of the EU, European Commissioner for External Relations and Neighborhood Policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner has ruled out the adoption of anti-blasphemy laws in Europe. Speaking in Riyadh yesterday about Fitna, she said:

There are two principles involved in this matter: freedom of press and freedom of religion. Every individual has a right to express what he thinks is correct. Similarly, the other individual, who is not in agreement, can rebut in the same way [...] It is an individual opinion. We practice freedom of religion. You have to understand that Muslims have freedom to practice their religion in our country


4 Responses to “EU Pres against cartoons”

  1. Stuart H. says:

    If he’s against cartoons that might instigate violence where does he stand on Tom & Jerry?
    Come to think of it, why hasn’t he shut EuroDisney yet?

  2. [...] MediaWatchWatch has picked up a particularly idiotic quote from Hans-Gert Pottering, the President of the European Parliament who is: against any cartoons that could instigate violence. [...]

  3. EvilEuropean says:

    You can judge his comments in the light of two simple facts. First he was in Doha…nice comment for that domestic consumption. Secondly, and far more importantly, he has no say over freedom of speech…and can do nothing about.

  4. G. Tingey says:

    Pottering is an UELECTED bureaucrat.

    People like him are the reason why people like me, enthusiastic supporters of the EU 1960-2000 are now desperate that Britain ought to either withdraw, or renegotiate our conditions.
    The new constitution Lisbon treaty is a disaster.