These days it is very popular to put up statements to prove how daring, modern, and radical you think you are. The next upcoming proof of that is the “A History of Sex”- exhibition in Alingsås, Sweden. I don’t like the “paintings” they present and I think the whole idea is rather silly. But I support it, of course, with all my heart and I only feel sorry for the protesters, choosing to place themselves on the same field of the pitch as Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Al Quida’s Usama bin Ladin. The funniest thing with it all is that they support their comical beliefs with exactly the same arguments.
It shouldn’t be news for anybody that I am a staunch supporter of freedom of speech. In these days this is really needy, because it is more threatened than ever – in the Muslim world, in the last communist countries, but also in our own safe democratic haven. Or so we want it to appear. But the truth is quite the reverse. We have laws that say that you cannot proclaim that you are a Nazi and/or shout Nazi slogans, German uniforms from the Second World War, and denying the degree of veracity in the Holocaust, for instance. But on the other hand we have people denying the existence of Gulag at the very top of one of our political Parties in the Diet, The Left Party. It is OK to wear the hammer and sickle but it is punished by law to wear a swastika? Now, how stupid isn’t that?
But it gets worse! Conservatives who firstly applaud caricaturist and cartoonists mocking Islam and their Prophet and then claim to feel “insulted” by an art exhibition dealing with sex. That’s so hypocritical! They’re all a bunch of asswipe! Either you are pro freedom of speech and democracy and you support people’s right to state opinions and/or perform art, even though these things might not be your thing, or you are against it. What gives us the right to decide what values should be allowed to be heard in our society?
Now the Swedish Christian Democrats have followed in the footsteps of radical Islamic terrorist groups like Al Quida and Hizbollah and other groups that are against freedom of speech. The exhibition in Alingsås, Sweden, will stay, nevermind how much the Conservatives complain. I fail to see why they put so much prestige in these questions. This will only result in them getting less voters and the risk for them missing the 4.0 % entry finishing tape for the next general election 2010. They are already way under it (3.4 %, to be exact). It’s an outrage that the Christian Democrats undermine the non-socialist Alliance’s work as much as they do with their own silly maneuvers. We have to ask ourselves; do we even want these people in the Swedish Diet?