Saturday, December 10, 2005

We Are All Danish

Category: [in English] [Global politics] [Islamophobia]

Photo in the Davao City bus station, Mindanao, Philippines. Picture taken a couple of weeks after the Valentine bombings on this very spot, earlier this year.
The bombings were claimed immediately by Muslim Jihad fighter Abu Solaiman, an Abu Sayyaf leader. Another case of freedom of speech as understood by the True Religion?

In his blogspot, Fjordman calls for support for the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. It published about 12 cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, to test the tolerance of his followers in a Western European secular context.
Email addresses to send the support to can be found on Fjordman.

I would hereby like to express my support for the newspaper Jyllands-Posten publishing cartoons of Islam's prophet Muhammad. Freedom of speech is the lifeblood of a democratic society, and cannot be tampered with. Muslims in Denmark freely exercise this right, even to say things that people in Denmark find greatly offensive.
A leading Danish mufti in 2004 said that Danish women not wearing the veil "were asking for rape". Another imam wanted to import the sharia concept of blood money to Denmark, and pay the equivalent of 100 camels for a man's life.

If Muslims in Denmark think these are acceptable statements, they cannot by any right claim to be offended by a few simple drawings. At least not if they really mean that Islam is compatible with Western democracy.

Jyllands-Posten should know that this case is being followed by individuals from all around the world, and that you have the support of thousands of people who don't want to see their freedom slip away.
Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen should also be commended for his clear and principled stand in this case, as Dutch ex-Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali points out.
In an age where too many political leaders shy away from defending the basic values of our societies, it serves to Denmark's credit to have a leader who still possesses a backbone.

I would also like to condemn the actions made by the ambassadors of several Muslims countries in this case, and those of Turkey in particular. The behavior of the Turkish government is incompatible with that of a nation with a desire to become a part of a Western community such as the EU.
If Turkey thinks that the EU shouldn't be a Christian club, then Turkey should respond in kind by withdrawing from all "Islamic clubs" such as the OIC.

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan has earlier stated that anti-Islamism should be viewed as a "crime against humanity", has pushed for criticism of Islam to be treated as racism within the EU and is now backing an effort to curtail the freedom of speech of the citizens of an EU nation.
These actions are not those of a secular politician such as Ataturk, but more closely mirror the attitude of the Ottoman sultans. They indicate that a Turkey within the EU would threaten the freedom of European citizens, and clearly demonstrate that Turkey is not yet ready to become a part of the European community.

The 12 cartoons are mirrored here. © Jyllands-Posten.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

'They indicate that a Turkey within the EU would threaten the freedom of European citizens, and clearly demonstrate that Turkey is not yet ready to become a part of the European community.':

What do you mean, '...not YET ready...'?! Is there a reason to believe that they ever will be?

3:26 PM  
Anonymous Fustigator said...

Dear Hugo,

Congratulations!!! Great stuff about the intolerance of Muslims: the popular outburst in Damascus, where they burned two European Embassies confirm that the Third Word War will be between the Islâm and the rest of the world. We should all prevent Europe to return to the Middle Ages under Islamic rule. May we never become dhimmis!


al fusti al hakim wa al aziz

10:27 PM  
Blogger Mike's America said...

You were really out front and ahead of the curve on this one.

Good work.

6:17 AM  
Blogger Mike's America said...

P.S. Where did you get the song attached to this post? It's GREAT!

I tried to get it to play again, but I am using IE, so that explains it.

7:01 AM  

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