Saturday, January 21, 2006

Viking Courage and True Moderate Muslims

The Jyllands-Posten affair continues to reverberate. Recent developments include Islamic international action against Denmark. For a moment, it looked like Denmark might crumble. Comments by the Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moller seemed to indicate that he had given in, and ignited a frenzy of truimphalism in the Muslim World.
Luckily, this hollow "victory" (actually some superficial and failed diplomacy) was short-lived. In fact, Denmark's heroic Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen made it clear that he was shocked at the ungrateful and mendacious behaviour of his supposed countryment of Muslim faith.
“I am speechless that those people, whom we have given the right to live in Denmark and where they freely have chosen to stay, are now touring Arab countries and inciting antipathy towards Denmark and the Danish people”
Misrepresent they did, even adding three new and rather crude cartoons to the original twelve.

But now it appears that Denmark is not caving after all. An appeal against the cartoons has been overtunred by the Danish public prosecutor. They have now taken the case to the EU court of human rights (presumably their human right not to hear criticism of their 1300 years dead prophet trumps any human right to free speech)
A recent article in the Brussels Journal shows that in Denmark and Norway at least, the Vikings are very much alive and Eurabia will be fought, stopped at the gates and perhaps even defeated. Recent events show that Scandanavian fortitude is alive, kicking, increasingly confrontational and consistently truimphant.
Norways' cartoonists have taken up the struggle, and the Norwegian Press Association is right behind them, serving Islamists who would re-educate Western journalists a well-deserved slap.

Last week, a number of Norwegian papers decided to support Denmark by publishing the controversial cartoons. They, too, have received death threats from Muslim radicals. Nevertheless, the general secretary of the Norwegian Press Association, Per Edgar Kokkvold, has said that he supports the decision by the Norwegian papers to publish the Muhammad cartoons. Muslim organizations in Norway have suggested that the media should be obliged to respect Muhammad and offered to give them some lessons about Islam, but Mr Kokkvold has another suggestion: Perhaps the Islamic Council in Norway should invite its members to a course about freedom of expression. “We have to stand up and fight for freedom of expression every single day. Freedom of expression is not something which comes as an appendix to other human rights, it is the premise for the other rights,” he said.

Most importantly: real Moderate Muslims in Denmark are finally speaking out about the far from moderate leadership that represents them. They want to be Westerners first and Muslims second. Inshallah, their voices will be heard around the world, and true Moderate Muslims will join the right side of the Clash of Civilisations. One wonders if their courage was made possible by that of their non-Muslim compatriots.

Instead of the Danish government surrendering to Muslim radicals, moderate Danish Muslims are now speaking out against the extremists. A group of Muslims in the Danish city of Århus intend to organize a network of Muslims who do not want to be represented by
fundamentalist Danish imams or others who preach the Sharia laws and oppression of women. “There is a large group of Muslims in this city who want to live in a secular society and adhere to the principle that religion is an issue between them and God and not something that should involve society,” said Bünyamin Simsek, a city councillor and one of the organizers. Århus
witnessed severe riots after the publication of the cartoons in the newspaper Jyllands-Posten last Autumn.
In Copenhagen, too, moderate Muslims are speaking out. Hadi Kahn, an IT consultant and the chairman of the Organization of Pakistani Students in Denmark (OPSA), describes himself as a modern Muslim living in a Western society. He says that he
does not feel he is being represented by the Muslim groups. When he goes to the mosque for Friday prayers he says the imam does not say much that is useful for him. “We have no need for imams in Denmark. They do not do anything for us,” he says. According to Mr Kahn the imams are not in touch with Danish society. He says too few of them speak Danish and too few of them are opposed to stoning as a punishment.

Hold fast Scandanavia. Let us hope the rest of Europe learns from your examples. And may Sweden come to its senses before it is too late...
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