Press reports about Chardon’s comments in English-language media contained no details of Chardon being detained in a psychiatric ward.
Local officials subsequently denied the AFP report and claimed that Chardon had been hospitalized for cancer treatment, although the mayor had been undergoing such treatment for months.
The AFP story said that Chardon had been committed to the mental institution “by someone close to him for reasons of incoherent statements.”
Selwyn Duke sums up the chilling prospect of Chardon being forcibly detained over his political beliefs.
“One tactic Soviet-bloc countries would use to stifle dissidents was involuntary confinement to mental institutions. After all, you have to be crazy to oppose state ideology, right? Now, though, 26 years after the Berlin Wall’s fall comes a similar shocking story — from well west of where the wall stood.”
While those who disparage or merely criticize the religion of Islam are finding themselves under increasing scrutiny in Europe, some countries are extending political correctness to the point of directly aiding ISIS jihadists.