Sie haben das Recht zu schweigen. Henryk M. Broders Sparring-Arena

Henryk M. Broder

09.09.2010   18:51   +Feedback

Westergaard: From Pariah to Guest of Honor in Five Short Years

German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered the keynote address, and Joachim Gauck, a respected German pastor who was a human-rights activist in East Germany, paid tribute to Westergaard in a speech. Both celebrated Westergaard as a pioneer of free speech who has left his mark in history. “Regardless of whether or not we view the caricatures as necessary or helpful,” Merkel explained, “Europe is a place where a cartoonist is allowed to do something like this.” For his part, Gauck said that bestowing the award on Westergaard was an “appeal to all to remain steadfast, value-oriented and courageous.”

The two statements could hardly have been clearer or more unambiguous: for freedom and against fundamentalism; for the values of the Enlightenment and against cultural relativism. While Merkel read her speech from prepared notes, Gauck primarily extemporized, saying things such as: “I am filled with disgust when our advocacy of freedom is defamed in the culture pages as Western hegemony.” Merkel declared: “Freedom of religion does not mean that Shariah stands above the German constitution…. No cultural difference can justify the disregard for fundamental rights.”,1518,716665,00.html

Permanenter Link

Achgut  Kultur  

Die Achse des Guten