Could Norway Lock Up the Westboro Crazies?

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This is not going to fly in Norway. Photo: Monika Graff/Getty Images

Oh, look who plans to protest the funerals of dead people. It's the Westboro Baptist Church, of course, because they are the only people who do that. The Kansas-based group, always striving to dream up ever-scummier field trips for its band of inbred soulless degenerates, says it will to go to Norway to inform everyone that the country's acceptance of homosexuality (but they'll say fags) is what really killed all those innocent people two weeks ago. This is obviously disgusting and horrible. Then why are we kind of looking forward to it?

Because, as the Atlantic Wire points out, Norway, while extremely tolerant of many things, is quite intolerant of ... intolerance — hate speech, that is. Indeed, public hate speech can get you three years in one of Norway's beautiful prison resorts. The relevant law states:


Any person who willfully or through gross negligence publicly utters a discriminatory or hateful expression shall be liable to fines or imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years. An expression that is uttered in such a way that it is likely to reach a large number of persons shall be deemed equivalent to a publicly uttered expression, cf. section 7, No. 2. The use of symbols shall also be deemed to be an expression. Any person who aids and abets such an offense shall be liable to the same penalty.

We can't think of a more fitting comeuppance than if, after years of complaining about the evils of the United States while basking in the protection of the First Amendment, the Westboro people take their traveling freak show abroad and get thrown in prison.

Westboro Baptists to ‘picket’ funerals [Views and News From Norway]
What Will Norway Make of the Westboro Baptist Church? [Atlantic Wire]