Salute the Danish Flag Symbol of Western Freedom
by Susan MacAllen
(Also entitled: The Muslim Trojan Horse.)
In 1978-9 I was living and studying in Denmark.
But in 1978 - even in Copenhagen , one didn't see Muslim immigrants. The Danish population embraced visitors, celebrated the exotic, went out of its way to protect each of its citizens. It was proud of its new brand of socialist liberalism - one in development since the conservatives had lost power in 1929 - a system where no worker had to struggle to survive, where one ultimately could count upon the state as in, perhaps, no other western nation at the time.
The rest of Europe saw the Scandinavians as free-thinking, progressive and infinitely generous in their welfare policies. Denmark boas ted low crime rates, devotion to the environment, a superior educational system and a history of humanitarianism.
Denmark was also most generous in its immigration policies - it offered the best welcome in Europe to the new immigrant: generous welfare payments from first arrival plus additional perks in transportation, housing and education. It was determined to set a world example for inclusiveness and multiculturalism. How could it have predicted that one day in 2005 a series of political cartoons in a newspaper would spark violence that would leave dozens dead in the streets - all because its commitment to multiculturalism would come back to bite?
By the 1990's the growing urban Muslim population was obvious - and its unwillingness to integrate into Danish society was obvious. Years of immigrants had settled into Muslim-exclusive enclaves. As the Muslim leadership became more vocal about what they considered the decadence of Denmark 's liberal way of life, the Danes - once so welcoming - began to feel slighted. Many Danes had begun to see Islam as incompatible with their long-standing values: belief in personal liberty and free speech, in equality for women, in tolerance for other ethnic groups, and a deep pride in Danish heritage and history.
The New York Post in 2002 ran an article by Daniel Pipes and Lars Hedegaard, in which they forecasted accurately that the growing immigrant problem in Denmark would explode. In the article they reported:
- "Muslim immigrants constitute 5 percent of the population but consume upwards of 40 percent of the welfare spending."
- "Muslims are only 4 percent of Denmark's 5.4 million people but make up a majority of the country's convicted rapists, an especially combustible issue given that practically all the female victims are non-Muslim. Similar, if lesser, disproportions are found in other crimes."
- "Over time, as Muslim immigrants increase in numbers, they wish less to mix with the indigenous population. A recent survey finds that only 5 percent of young Muslim immigrants would readily marry a Dane."
- "Forced marriages - promising a newborn daughter in Denmark to a male cousin in the home country, then compelling her to marry him, sometimes on pain of death - are one problem"
- "Muslim leaders openly declare their goal of introducing Islamic law once Denmark's Muslim population grows large enough - a not-that-remote prospect. If present trends persist, one sociologist estimates, every third inhabitant of Denmark in 40 years will be Muslim."
It is easy to understand why a growing number of Danes would feel that Muslim immigrants show little respect for Danish values and laws. An example is the phenomenon common to other European countries and the U.S.: some Muslims in Denmark who opted to leave the Muslim faith have been murdered in the name of Islam, while others hide in fear for their lives.
Jews are also threatened and harassed openly by Muslim leaders in Denmark, a country where once Christian citizens worked to smuggle out nearly all of their 7,000 Jews by night to Sweden - before the Nazis could invade. I think of my Danish friend Elsa - who as a teenager had dreaded crossing the street to the bakery every morning under the eyes of occupying Nazi soldiers - and I wonder what she would say today.
In 2001, Denmark elected the most conservative government in some 70 years - one that had some decidedly non-generous ideas about liberal unfettered immigration. Today Denmark has the strictest immigration policies in Europe . ( Its effort to protect itself has been met with accusations of "racism" by liberal media across Europe - even as other governments struggle to right the social problems wrought by years of too-lax immigration.)
If you wish to become Danish, you must attend three years of language classes. You must pass a test on Denmark's history, culture, and a Danish language test. You must live in Denmark for 7 years before applying for citizenship. You must demonstrate an intent to work, and have a job waiting. If you wish to bring a spouse into Denmark , you must both be over 24 years of age, and you won't find it so easy anymore to move your friends and family to Denmark with you.
You will not be allowed to build a mosque in Copenhagen . Although your children have a choice of some 30 Arabic culture and language schools in Denmark , they will be strongly encouraged to assimilate to Danish society in ways that past immigrants weren't.
In 2006, the Danish minister for employment, Claus Hjort Frederiksen, spoke publicly of the burden of Muslim immigrants on the Danish welfare system, and it was horrifying: the government's welfare committee had calculated that if immigration from Third World countries were blocked, 75 percent of the cuts needed to sustain the huge welfare system in coming decades would be unnecessary. In other words, the welfare system as it existed was being exploited by immigrants to the point of eventually bankrupting the government. "We are simply forced to adopt a new policy on immigration. The calculations of the welfare committee are terrifying and show how unsuccessful the integration of immigrants has been up to now," he said.
A large thorn in the side of Denmark 's imams is the Minister of Immigration and Integration, Rikke Hvilshoj. She makes no bones about the new policy toward immigration, "The number of foreigners coming to the country makes a difference," Hvilshøj says, "There is an inverse correlation between how many come here and how well we can receive the foreigners that come." And on Muslim immigrants needing to demonstrate a willingness to blend in, "In my view, Denmark should be a country with room for different cultures and religions. Some values, however, are more important than others. We refuse to question democracy, equal rights, and freedom of speech."
Hvilshoj has paid a price for her show of backbone. Perhaps to test her resolve, the leading radical imam in Denmark, Ahmed Abdel Rahman Abu Laban, demanded that the government pay blood money to the family of a Muslim who was murdered in a suburb of Copenhagen, stating that the family's thirst for revenge could be thwarted for money.
When Hvilshoj dismissed his demand, he argued that in Muslim culture the payment of retribution money was common, to which Hvilshoj replied that what is done in a Muslim country is not necessarily what is done in Denmark. The Muslim reply came soon after: her house was torched while she, her husband and children slept. All managed to escape unharmed, but she and her family were moved to a secret location and she and other ministers were assigned bodyguards for the first time - in a country where such murderous violence was once so scarce.
Her government has slid to the right, and her borders have tightened. Many believe that what happens in the next decade will determine whether Denmark survives as a bastion of good living, humane thinking and social responsibility, or whether it becomes a nation at civil war with supporters of Sharia law.
And meanwhile, Americans clamor for stricter immigration policies, and demand an end to state welfare programs that allow many immigrants to live on the public dole. As we in America look at the enclaves of Muslims amongst us, and see those who enter our shores too easily, dare live on our taxes, yet refuse to embrace our culture, respect our traditions, participate in our legal system, obey our laws, speak our language, appreciate our history . . we would do well to look to Denmark, and say a prayer for her future and for our own.
Susan MacAllen is a contributing editor for FamilySecurityMatters.org
Have the Islamists won?
From the beginning Danish Prime Minister Rasmussen has tried pandering to Muslims even though their uncalled for violence has nevere relented. Now Rikke Hvilshoj, not wanting her children in danger, is getting out. This all started because of fear of Muslims to begin with.
Update Nov. 24, 2007: Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen on November 16 continued talks on a new platform for his minority centre- right government, which will include a new immigration minister to replace Rikke Hvilshoj, who said she will leave parliament after the next term and vacated her cabinet position. Rasmussen said he "regretted" her decision had to be taken, but gave no further details on why she was leaving. Hvilshoj in June, 2005 was the target of an extremist group which said it said fire to her car to protest the government's policies on immigration. Hvilshoj, her husband and two young children were rescued from their house, which also caught fire as a result of the attack. A group calling itself "Beatte Without Borders" said it carried out the attack, condemning the government's "racist immigration policy". She and other senior politicians were assigned guards. Rasmussen promised in his campaign a softer approach to asylum-seekers, including allowing some families with children to live outside asylum centres.
The Danish government had introduced some of Europe's toughest restrictions on immigration, leading to criticism from Europe's human rights watchdog, the Council of Europe. The centre-right government insisted the measures are right and fair. Ref: http://www.neurope.eu/articles/80191.php
Yet Muslims still refuse to understand what this is all about, that totalitarian Sharia Law will not be tolerated in a free society. There is nothing to discuss; freedom of speech overrules Sharia. What does IslamOnline.net have to say?
- The Protests At Mecca Meeting, Cartoon Outrage Crystallized
- Cartoon jihad is not about hate censorship but Islam
Danish Imams Fume at Cartoon Punishment
(Extract) COPENHAGEN, February 11, 2006 (IslamOnline.net) - Danish imams have criticized Immigration Minister Rikke Hvilshoj's call to exclude some of them from integration dialogue...the Danish Muslim delegation who visited Muslim countries, told IslamOnline.net. "We are in a dire need now to open a direct dialogue to listen to each other without barriers."
Twelve blasphemous cartoons of Prophet Muhammad were published last September by Denmark's mass-circulation Jyllands-Posten. Angered by the Danish government's lack of response to their protests, Danish Muslim leaders toured a number of Muslim countries with a 43-page dossier, including the 12 cartoons and three other pictures that had been sent to Muslim e-mails by anonymous people. Hvilshoj said on Wednesday, February 8, that the government would exclude imams who took part in the tour, accusing them of whipping up anti-Danish anger. "I think we have a clear picture today that it's not the imams we should be placing our trust in if we want integration in Denmark to work," Hvilshoj told the Berlingske Tidende newspaper.
...Imams who took part in the tour had frequently said they only embarked on this trip after their appeals to the government and the newspaper at issue fell on deaf ears. The Muslim minority, estimated at some 180,000 people, had sued the newspaper, but the lawsuit was rejected by a local court on the grounds of freedom of expression. Muslims have then taken their case to the attorney general and threatened to raise the issue before the European Human Rights Court. Also at the outset of the crisis Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen refused to meet the ambassadors of eleven Muslim countries, including heavyweights Egypt, Turkey, Iran and Indonesia, to discuss the crisis.
...A total of 58 percent of Danes surveyed in a Megafon poll released Thursday, February 9, said the Danish imams were responsible for the worldwide protests while 22 percent blamed Jyllands-Posten. A further 11 percent of 1,033 people polled put the blame on Middle East governments. Just five percent of respondents felt the responsibility lay with the Danish government. An overwhelming 82 percent said they believed that the imams were hampering immigrants' integration, while a mere six percent said they were helping the process.
Denmark Decides Free Speech Has Limits In World With Terror; Many In Europe Debate The Balance Of Security And Personal Freedom Washington Post - September 3, 2005 (edited extract)
Said Mansour believes Muslims have a right to kill Americans in Iraq because, "This is war; it's not a picnic." He had no qualms about downloading and making CDs of Internet videos depicting beheadings in Iraq and speeches by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the terrorist mastermind behind much of the Iraqi insurgency.
As is typical of many Muslims, he is on welfare: "He said he had come to Denmark in 1983 to join a sister who lived here. He married a Danish woman the next year; they now have four children who attend public schools. His wife is a public school teacher, but Mansour said he was unemployed and collected a monthly government welfare benefit of about $1,800." If he spent less time with jihad and would act Danish, (and wasn't just lazy) he could be employed. To quote, "Mansour, who arrived for an interview in long Muslim robes and sandals, insisted on praying before speaking to a journalist."
Now, Danish police intend to make Mansour, 45, a Moroccan-born Danish citizen, the first person ever charged under an antiterrorism law enacted in 2002 that forbids instigation of terrorism or offering advice to terrorists..."We have to look at reality," Rikke Hvilshoj, Denmark's minister of refugee, immigration and integration affairs, said, noting that some have abused Denmark's free speech guarantees to encourage violence and killing. "The day we don't have freedom of speech, the fundamentalists have won," she said. "On the other hand, we can't be naive."
France, with Europe's largest Muslim community - 6 million people - recently announced plans to strengthen its anti-terror laws, already among Europe's strongest. Britain now plans to ban or deport those who incite terrorism, close bookshops or places of worship used by radical groups and criminalize speech that "foments, justifies or glorifies" terrorism. Human rights groups and Muslim civic leaders called those measures too broad. "What may be seen as a glorification of terrorism by one person might be seen as an explanation of the causes of terrorism by another person," said Azzam Tamimi, a senior leader of the Muslim Association of Britain. (Note that Tamimi, a so-called Palestinian, openly advocates terrorism.)
A recent survey found that 80 percent of Danes supported the new laws to battle terrorism and control immigration. In Britain, 73 percent polled by the Guardian newspaper in mid-August said that they were willing to give up some civil liberties to improve security.
Gaza Arabs burn the Danish flag,
while living off welfare provided by the EU and US.
Good News: Immigrant population tumbles downward By The Copenhagen Post August 7, 2006
A new population forecast shows that birth rates among immigrant women have dropped from four to 2.4 children. The fall in proportion is due to the older age of women immigrating to the country. There are also fewer immigrants from the lesser developed countries.
Compared to the last population forecast in 2004, the predicted number of immigrants and their descendants has almost halved from 15.3 percent. The lower birth rate means that immigrants and their descendants from countries like Turkey, Somalia, Lebanon and Iraq will constitute just under eight percent of Denmark's population in 2080.
Fact: According to the 2004 FBI hate-crimes report, the latest published, there were 156 incidents of anti-Muslim hate crimes; in comparison, there were 95 anti-Christian, and 954 anti-Jewish attacks in the United States. Rather than fear American freedom, most Muslims embrace it. At more than $42,000, average income for Muslim families is higher than the American average.
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