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Swedish uni sacks man over pro-Breivik blog
Photo: Jan Åre Berg Jakobsen/Scanpix; Mid Sweden University

Swedish uni sacks man over pro-Breivik blog

Published: 17 Nov 2011 12:19 GMT+01:00
Updated: 17 Nov 2011 12:19 GMT+01:00

A 45-year-old trainee at the Mid Sweden University (Mittuniversitetet) has been sacked after his employers found out he was writing a racist blog during working hours.

”The contents in his blogs are on every point contrary to everything the university stands for,” said university dean Tomas Berglund to Sveriges Television (SVT).

The man, who had received his placement with the university from local authorities in Härnösand, northern Sweden, describes himself as a radical conservative and used his blog to spread a number of xenophobic and right wing extremist views, according to SVT.

The man had furthermore been blogging during working hours and on more than one occasion expressed his sympathies for Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik.

According to SVT there were also blog entries that could be interpreted as urging armed resistance against a multicultural society.

The trainee was employed at the Department for Humanities at the university campus in Härnösand.

”I was made aware of his blogging activities last week. We immediately took the decision that he should be relieved of his duties at the department,” said Berglund to SVT.

”Breivik was too impatient” and ”Utöya – a second class Auschwitz” were among the statements the man had made public on his blog.

”In that case, the war has started. Breivik saw himself as a soldier in that war. But what's with the impatience? Well, I for one, think that the PC regime will fall within the next few years,” the man wrote on his blog, according to SVT.

Despite running one Swedish language blog, one English language blog and having published several books online, all with the common theme of a new society emerging from the rubble of the old, the trainee was not known to the Swedish Security Service, Säpo.

”But this material seems interesting and the connection to Breivik especially makes me react,” said Dick Lindberg of the Security Service in Umeå to SVT.

The man has been dismissed on the grounds of blogging during working hours, but according to the university it was also the content of the man's writing that made them decide to relieve him from his duties.

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13:46 November 17, 2011 by Token-not-found
Western universities have become nothing more than liberal, PC indoctrination camps.

Free though, free speech and the free exchange of ideas will get you terminated.

Think about it , you don't have to like or agree with this person, but next time you say something the establishment doesn't like - it will happen to you next!

Blogging during working hours is just a bull excuse to fire him for expressing his views.

If management really wants to fire you - they will find a reason- a mean stare to someone, not flushing the toilet etc.

Like i said, you don't have to agree with the guy that got fired or sympathize with him, but do you really want to live in a world where expressing your views can get you fired or put in jail?
14:15 November 17, 2011 by joeyt
I actually want to live in a world where I can fire my employee for having views that are extremely against my company's set of values. And any serious company asks their employees to sign a contract that includes a code of conduct.

And for sure I want to live in a world where a person that promotes hate gets pushed aside.

There, you got you answer.
14:22 November 17, 2011 by Iraniboy
Freedom of expression doesn't include supporting murderers and murder!
14:40 November 17, 2011 by Opinionfool
@Iraniboy

George W Bush? Tony Blair? The former a former president of a country that has "freedom of speech" enshrined in its constitution, the latter a former prime minister who said "freedom of speech" was important (he's recanted on that recently) but I'm sure that the governments of certain states, say for example Iran, might consider either or both of them as murderers. Blair almost certainly was lying with his suggestion of stock-pied WMDs in Iraq. Either way both f them used fredom of expression to support their own murderous actions.

A nation that limits free speech even that by murderers promulgating murderous acts has become decadent and will like previous regimes before it, e.g. Persia, ancient Rome, will fail. There's speech in the film "The American President" worth noting here.

'"You want free speech? Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who's standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can't just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the "land of the free".'

If only all politicians would say that not just fictional ones, then such idiocy as dismissing trainees would be seen for what it is ... idiocy. It would have to be discussed in the open and the majority opinion really take over.
14:43 November 17, 2011 by philster61
And with free speech comes responsibility.. Best thing to do was to sack him....Besides, the concept of free speech in Sweden is confusing at best.....
15:08 November 17, 2011 by krrodman
Everyone agrees with the concept of Freedom of Speech, but the practical application of the right of free speech opens complex, semantic legal issues.

For example,

If I were to shout, "All Swedes must die," that would be protected speech.

However, if I were to shout, " Let's kill Sven Svenson, the Swede," that would be a threat against an individual and it would not be protected speech.

As for the trainee in question, it all comes down to what he saying on his blog and how he was saying it. If he were speaking broadly, the his rantings should be protected. If, on the other hand, he was making specific, directed threats, his speech should not be protected.

Of course, if I were him, I would hire a good lawyer to investigate the use school computers for personal use. I am certain that he is not the only teacher to use a school computer for personal use during work hours.
15:25 November 17, 2011 by Douglas Garner
I also agree that it is one thing to support freedom of the press, free speech, and even civil disobedience. It is another to incite to riot or support criminal activity, What should our reaction be, however to those that support overthrowing a government... Who should decide what is tyranny and what is insurection?

I will never support what happened in Norway, and I would find it difficult to work with a hardcore right winger... but I wouldn't want to deny him the right to his views in so much as he did not shove his views upon me or abuse his right to opinion during working hours.
15:36 November 17, 2011 by stupr
Freedom of speech is one thing but if you use that freedom to express yourself in a way that goes directly against the values of the organisation you work for then you are most likely going to be reprimanded for it. Especially if you have a contract of employment that specifically refers to a code of conduct.
15:41 November 17, 2011 by fedotovskiy
European people don't have "freedom of speech" right because they are all guilty of Hitler crimes. Yes.
15:51 November 17, 2011 by stupr
@fedotovskiy

That doesn't even make any sense.
15:52 November 17, 2011 by fedotovskiy
O really?

So, if you know the reason why europeans don't have fredom of sppech right - tell us about it.
15:53 November 17, 2011 by Shibumi
Again... freedom of speech guarantees that you will not be imprisoned nor executed by the state for voicing your opinions. It does not guarantee that you get to keep your job, or your wife, or your friends, or the respect of others for voicing your opinions.
16:18 November 17, 2011 by Tanskalainen
If a University staff member says it is good for a mother to seduce her son he gets away with it. But if he/she says something right wing they get fired. It's all bullcrap. I don't agree with what this twerp said but I've heard a lot weirder sh_t being said on campuses over the years.
17:31 November 17, 2011 by martiancat
This looks like a photo of Stadsbiblioteket in Härnösand, not mittuniversitetet... Please correct.
17:35 November 17, 2011 by Token-not-found
@Tanskalainen

That's the thing, he was not even saying on campus, he was saying it on a blog , on the internet.
18:14 November 17, 2011 by RobinHood
When you take a job, you become part of the public face of the institution. Like it or not!

If you start to publicly praise mass murderers, sensible people start to question the wisdom and values of your employer for keeping a wacko on the payroll. If you take the next step, and actually commit mass murder yourself, your employer's brand value takes a further and much more serious knock.

No one in their right mind will ever give this guy a job again. Maybe some of his supporters here can give him something to do.
20:50 November 17, 2011 by rumcajs
C'on!!! I was told not to go to work with a Motorhead t-shirt coz it had some "nice" words on the back. I was told not to go to work with jeans in another job I had. I was even told not to make noises when I had a bronquitis ( didn't know yet ). etc etc etc........... and there are still some people wandering why they sacked this guy for bloging racist crap in working hours????? gimme a brake!!!
08:08 November 18, 2011 by Grokh
good thing they fired him...

but an iman saying death to converters is free speech -_-x.
08:59 November 18, 2011 by Harry®
Some quotes from so othejudgers may

Anders Behring Breivik (ABB)

"I know that there are hundreds, even thousands of incidents per year (I have personally witnessed around 50 incidents) where ethnic Norwegian youths ranging 14-18 are harassed, beaten, raped and robbed and it's getting worse every year."

"Oslo used to be a peaceful city. Thanks to the Norwegian cultural Marxist/multicultural regime they have transformed my beloved city into a broken city, a bunkered society, a multicultural s**t hole where no one is safe anymore, to use blunt language."

"It is meaningless to participate in the Democratic process when you are not allowed to raise important issues without being subjected to political and social persecution through stigmatization and ridicule. It is time to acknowledge that we the cultural conservatives of Western Europe, are deceiving ourselves to believe that it is remotely possible to change the system democratically."

"There is no freedom of speech in Europe. If you don't cheer and embrace your own annihilation you are a racist bigot, an enemy of the establishment and must be suppressed, ridiculed, undermined and persecuted."

"In order to successfully penetrate the cultural Marxist/multicultural media censorship we are forced to employ significantly more brutal and breath taking operations which will result in causalities. In order for the attack to gain an influential effect, assassinations and the use of weapons of mass destruction must be embraced."

"The primary goal of the shock attacks is not the immediate physical manifestation of the attack (destroying a few buildings, Killing a few hundred traitors) but rather the indirect effects. Shock attacks will have the potency to penetrate the strict censorship regime of the cultural Marxists/multicultural."

"unfortunately, spectacular operations like these are the only way to be heard. Everything else we have tried has failed and yielded nothing. The Muslims showed us that deadly shock attacks are the only tool we have at the moment which will guarantee that our voice is heard."
17:10 November 18, 2011 by Token-not-found
@Harry

Good point.
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