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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

The Danish government wanted a culture war?

Here is another persepctive on the whole Cartoon crisis thing, from a Dane who believes that the Newspaper who published the cartoons wanted to instigate trouble, and that the government wanted a culture war. I don't buy it, but hey, I've been on Denmark's side this whole time, so I might as well present the counter-argument, no?


At 2/08/2006 02:11:00 AM, Anonymous Adrian from Denmark said...

I only saw the part of the article that was free, so I have no opinion to add as such, but I do wanna point out that she base her opinion on interviews with 300 muslim clerics in europe.

Anyway, alwas nice to add another perspective to get both sides of the story.

At 2/08/2006 02:16:00 AM, Blogger Mr Holger said...

This is reffered to ind denmark, as being an "Halal-hippie" meaning that you are an leftwing nut, taking all of the politically correct attitudes, not trying the wide perspective of things! The frase "Halal-hippie", really doesn't need translation, and was made up by a immigrant politician from the middle east, elected for the danish parliament, really fed up with the hippie+foreign-culture-too-much-respect. He wanted the immigrants to blend into their new country instead of continuing the middle east life, with their own Qur'an schools and seperatism, that hurt their children on a daily basis!
There has been some sort of culture-fight about how to integrate people into our society, and that fight have also fired back on the lefties in denmark (because of their lazyness not working for integration when they were in power) - so now they shot at anything not down their politically correct alley!
Nobody needs the Halal-hippie in denmark anymore - but they havent really figured that out yet!

At 2/08/2006 06:10:00 AM, Blogger Mr Holger said...

Anout the level of discussion in denmark, and about if the danes can print a denounciation of the holocaust:

In denmark you can say that the holocaust didn't happen - but it makes us stronger to have free speech, because everytime some idiot bursts out with comments like this - we can see that idiot, and we can teach our children in school to show respect, and we can talk about what we know... its a much STRONGER way of dealing with lies - of course the debate can sometimes get a little heated; but truth prevails, because we have to keep telling eachother about whats right and whats not!

This have also implied to other discussions in our society: as with neo-nazis, radical islamism, integration and such.
Understand that the danes might have the most free discussion of political and religious topics in the whole world - and we are proud of it!

(we are not proud if some newspaper offended the muslims unnecesarily, but we are proud that we can debate freely!)

At 2/08/2006 06:52:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is it so difficult for us to separate between Muslims and Murderers?

Is it because the two words beginns with the letter M? Let me try to explain. Muslim is a person who practise a religion. Murderer is aperson who murder other people. Muslims are good. Murderers are bad. How difficult can it be?

As I understand the satiric cartoons they were critical towards people murdering other people in the name of the wholy profet Muhammed. That is why boms and swords and suecide bombers was shown. If it was only intend to insult Muhammed and Muslim people, then the artist could have displayed Muhammed as a homosexual, whore, lawyer, politician, pedofile or as a Jude or American or communist or something like that.

It is unpolite to insulte people for practising a religion. It is right to critize people who are murdures, especially when people murder innocent people in the name of God or Jesus or Muhammed or Islam. Simple as that.

Obviously theese distinctions was not understood by many and also it is against the religion of islam to depeicture Muhammed but not everywhere, it is not against the law of Denmark. People have the right to demonstrate and speak there mind, but not to burn embassies and threaten to kill people.

Per, Sweden

At 2/08/2006 07:47:00 AM, Anonymous Limagolf said...

Denmark is currently fighting a culture war (like all societies are all the time!) - but unlike what the start of the article suggests, it is a culture war between the Danish socialist left and liberalist right.

This has been an ongoing saga since the beginning of the 20th century, with both sides gaining the upper hand occasionally. Right now the current liberalist government has seized on the complete implosion of the socialist opposition to parts of their agenda forward, much to the dismay of the Danish leftwing.

This has resulted in gratitous name-calling from the left, I have personally been called both a warcriminal and fascist recently, with some counter namecalling from the dweebs in the Danish Peoples Party (center-populist, but the really son´t like immigrants).

To cut a long story short, our current culture wars is about Denmark and Danish politics (like the cartoons!).

Bluntly speaking very few Danes gives a toss about race or religion, but we do care about what direction our country is headed in.



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