Winds of Jihad cartoonist Shem just received this letter from a friend Denmark and asked us to publish it. Please pass it on:
InÂ 1978-9 I was living and studying in Denmark. But in 1978 – evenÂ inÂ Copenhagen, one didn’tÂ see Muslim immigrants.Â
The Danish populationÂ embraced visitors, celebrated the exotic, wentÂ Â out ofÂ its way to protect each of its citizens. It was proud of itsÂ newÂ brand of socialistÂ liberalism one in development since the conservativesÂ hadÂ lost power in 1929 – aÂ system where no worker had to struggle to survive,Â where one ultimately couldÂ count upon the state as in, perhaps, no otherÂ Â western nation at theÂ time.
Â The rest of Europe saw theÂ Scandinavians as free-thinking, progressiveÂ Â andÂ infinitely generous in their welfare policies. Denmark boasted low crimeÂ rates, devotion to theÂ environment, a superior educational system and aÂ history ofÂ humanitarianism. Denmark was also mostÂ generous in its immigration policies – itÂ Â offered the best welcome inÂ Europe to the new immigrant: generous welfareÂ Â payments from first arrivalÂ plus additional perks in transportation, housingÂ Â andÂ education. It was determined to set a world example forÂ inclusiveness andÂ multiculturalism.
Â How could it have predictedÂ that one day in 2005 a series of politicalÂ Â cartoons in a newspaperÂ would spark violence that would leave dozens deadÂ in the streets -allÂ because its commitment to multiculturalism would comeÂ back to bite?Â ByÂ the 1990’s the growing urban Muslim population was obvious -Â andÂ its unwillingness toÂ integrate into Danish society was obvious.Â Years of immigrants hadÂ settled into Muslim-exclusive enclaves. As theÂ Â MuslimÂ leadership became more vocal about what they considered theÂ decadenceÂ of Denmark’s liberal way ofÂ life, the Danes – once so welcoming – began toÂ feel slighted. Many DanesÂ had begun to see Islam as incompatible withÂ theirÂ long-standing values: beliefÂ in personal liberty and free speech, in equality forÂ women, in tolerance for other ethnic groups, and a deepÂ pride in Danish heritage andÂ history. An article by Daniel PipesÂ and LarsÂ Hedegaard, in which theyÂ forecasted accurately that the growing immigrantÂ problem in Denmark wouldÂ explode. In the article they reported:
Â ‘MuslimÂ immigrants constitute 5 percent of the population but consumeÂ upwards of 40 percent of theÂ welfare spending.’ ‘Muslims are only 4 percentÂ of Denmark’s 5.4 million people but makeÂ up a majority of theÂ country’s convicted rapists, an especially combustible issue given thatÂ practically all the female victims areÂ non-Muslim.Â Similar, if lesser, disproportions are found in otherÂ crimes.’
‘Over time, as MuslimÂ immigrants increase in numbers, they wish lessÂ Â to mixÂ with the indigenous population. A recent surveyÂ finds that only 5 percent of young Muslim immigrantsÂ would readily marry aÂ Dane.’Â ‘Forced marriages -Â promising a newborn daughter in Denmark to a maleÂ cousin in the home country,Â then compelling her to marry him, sometimes onÂ pain of death – are oneÂ problem’Â ‘Muslim leaders openlyÂ declare their goal of introducing Islamic lawÂ once Denmark’s MuslimÂ population grows large enough – a not-that-remoteÂ prospect. If present trends persist, one sociologistÂ estimates, every thirdÂ inhabitant of Denmark in 40 years will be Muslim.’Â ItÂ is easy to understand why a growing number of Danes would feelÂ that Muslim immigrants showÂ little respect for Danish values and laws.Â AnÂ example is the phenomenon common to other European countriesÂ andÂ Canada .: some Muslims inÂ Denmark who opted to leave the Muslim faith haveÂ Â beenÂ murdered in the name of Islam, while others hide in fear forÂ their lives. Jews are alsoÂ threatened and harassed openly by Muslim leadersÂ inÂ Denmark, a country where once Christian citizens worked to smuggleÂ out nearly all of their 7,000Â Jews by night to Sweden – before the Nazis couldÂ Â invade. I think of my DanishÂ friend Elsa – who as a teenager had dreadedÂ Â crossing the street to theÂ bakery every morning under the eyes of occupyingÂ Â NaziÂ soldiers – and I wonder what she would say today.Â InÂ 2001, Denmark elected the most conservative government in someÂ 70Â years – one that had someÂ decidedly non-generous ideas about liberalÂ Â unfettered immigration.Â
Muslims in Denmark bury the deceased agit prop andÂ hate-mongerÂ Abu Laban
Today Denmark has the strictest immigrationÂ policiesÂ in Europe. ( Its effort toÂ protect itself has been met with accusations ofÂ Â ‘racism’ by liberal mediaÂ across Europe – even as other governmentsÂ struggleÂ to right the social problemsÂ wrought by years of too-lax immigration.)Â IfÂ you wish to become Danish, you must attend three years ofÂ languageÂ classes. You must pass aÂ test on Denmark’s history, culture, and a DanishÂ Â languageÂ test.Â You must live in Denmark forÂ 7 years before applying for citizenship. You mustÂ demonstrate an intent to work, and have a job waiting. If youÂ wishÂ to bring a spouse intoÂ Denmark, you must both be over 24 years of age,Â andÂ you won’t find it so easyÂ anymore to move your friends and family toÂ Denmark withÂ you.Â You will not be allowed toÂ build a mosque in Copenhagen. Although yourÂ Â children have a choice ofÂ some 30 Arabic culture and language schoolsÂ Â inÂ Denmark, they will be strongly encouraged to assimilate to DanishÂ society in ways that past immigrantsÂ weren’t.Â InÂ 2006, the Danish minister for employment, Claus HjortÂ Frederiksen spoke publicly of the burdenÂ of Muslim immigrants on the Danish welfare system, and it wasÂ horrifying: the government’s welfare committee hadÂ calculated that ifÂ immigration from Third World countries were blocked,Â 75Â percent of the cuts neededÂ to sustain the huge welfare system in comingÂ decades would beÂ unnecessary. In other words, the welfare system asÂ itÂ existed was being exploitedÂ by immigrants to the point of eventuallyÂ Â bankrupting the government.Â ‘We are simply forced to adopt a new policy onÂ Â immigration.Â
Â The calculationsÂ of the welfare committee are terrifying and show how unsuccessful the integrationÂ of immigrants has been up to now,’ he said.Â AÂ large thorn in the side of Denmark’s imams is the MinisterÂ ofÂ Immigration and Integration,Â Rikke Hvilshoj. She makes no bones about theÂ Â newÂ policy toward immigration, ‘The number of foreigners coming toÂ theÂ country makes a difference,’Â Â Hvilshoj says, ‘There is an inverse correlationÂ between how many come hereÂ and how well we can receive the foreigners thatÂ Â come.’Â And on Muslim immigrants needing to demonstrate a willingnessÂ toÂ blend in, ‘In my view,Â Denmark should be a country withÂ room for different culturesÂ and religions. Some values, however, aremore important than others.Â We refuse to question democracy, equal rightsÂ and freedom ofÂ speech.’Â Hvilshoj has paid a priceÂ for her show of backbone. Perhaps to testÂ Â herÂ resolve, the leading radical imam in Denmark, Ahmed Abdel RahmanÂ AbuÂ Laban, demanded that theÂ government pay blood money to the family of aÂ Muslim who was murdered in aÂ suburb of Copenhagen, stating that the family’sÂ Â thirstÂ for revenge could be thwarted for money. When Hvilshoj dismissedÂ hisÂ demand, he argued that inÂ Muslim culture the payment of retribution moneyÂ was common, to whichÂ Hvilshoj replied that what is done in a MuslimÂ countryÂ is not necessarily what isÂ done in Denmark. The Muslim reply came soonÂ Â after:Â her house was torched while she, her husband and children slept.Â AllÂ managed to escape unharmed,Â but she and her family were moved to a secretÂ Â location and she and otherÂ ministers were assigned bodyguards for the firstÂ Â time -Â in a country where such murderous violence was once soÂ scarce.
Her government has slid toÂ the right, and her borders have tightened.Â Â ManyÂ believe that what happens in the next decade willÂ determineÂ whether Denmark survives asÂ a bastion of good living, humane thinking andÂ Â socialÂ responsibility, or whether it becomes a nation at civil warÂ withÂ supporters of ShariaÂ law.
And meanwhile, CanadiansÂ clamor for stricter immigration policies, andÂ Â demandÂ an end to state welfare programs that allow many immigrants toÂ liveÂ on the public dole. As we inÂ this country look at the enclaves of Muslims amongstÂ us, and see those who enter our shores too easily,Â dare live on our taxes,Â yetÂ refuse to embrace our culture, respect our traditions, participateÂ inour legalÂ system, obey our laws, speak our language, appreciate ourÂ history.Â Â We would do well to look to Denmark, and say a prayer for her futureÂ andÂ for ourÂ own..