In today’s Politiken we are told that several people have been arrested for threats against “Dansk Folkepartis formand, Pia Kjærsgaard“, that is the ring leader of the fascistic, ultra right-wing, Islamophobic and generally xenophobic and racist, socalled Danish People’s Party. The first article tells no more than that, but soon others were to follow.
It is now declared that the five people arrested are supposed to have a Somalian background and that threatening a hate speaker is a threat to democracy. “If you threaten an elected politician you threaten all the people who voted for them”, says an appeaser of the Conservative Party, while the Prime Minister, also in dire need of some popularity, calls the threats “totally unacceptable“. (EDIT: It has now been stated that one of the Somalians is a “self-taught imam” another is a director of a bank, allegedly with connections to al-Hikmah, that in turn relates to a school in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, called Ibnu Baz Islamic Center, and that “some of the school’s youth are suspected of having joined Hisbul Islam og al-Shabaab“).
Although colonos are not in favour of threatening people, we are also not in any possible way surprised: When you threaten an entire religion and way of life, then you threaten – or at least insult – all of those people who identify with that religion and way of life. How difficult can it be to understand that? Moreover, the vice-president of the party’s youth organisation, a local council member, has just been excluded for violent threats against named Danish individuals who are said to collaborate with legal muslim activities, such as the building of a mosque. In this case, the party does not deem it relevant to report the threat to the police – “they leave such doing to others“?!?
In a “funny” article in today’s Guardian about the 15 British sailors first captured and then released by the Iranian authorities Polly Toynbee notes that the Daily Mail – what we can call a guardian of “good ole conservative, christian family values” – shares its outlook on “life” with the Iranian president – in other words, as has been glaringly obvious for a thousand years: X-tianity or Islam or whatever distorted reality in question – extremism is alive and well, pretty much indistinguishable, breeds like a cancer and threatens the freedom of everyone:
“Still, amid all the high tension, here was a revelatory moment: the Daily Mail believes pretty much the same as President Ahmadinejad. The fundamentalist Iranian opined: “How can you justify seeing a mother away from her home, her children? Why don’t they respect family values in the west? Why was the difficult task of searching the seas given to a mother thousands of miles from home? Why is there no respect for motherhood, for the love of her child?” The fundamentalist Mail printed those words in bold letters in a special box. Paul Dacre couldn’t have put it better himself. Bewailing the west’s lost family values, his paper finds ways to warn against the moral danger of mothers working every day of the week.”
This kind of “news” could hardly come at a “better time” – Easter – a time where extremist Christians around the world in particular are whipping and crucifying themselves (recall the mad Opus Dei monk in the “da Vinci Code”) to be forgiven for their sins?!!!?
Whatever happened to atheism?