Snubbed! Danish PM Shuns Radical Muslims, Meets with Moderates
Moderate Muslims Stand Up, Claim a Place in Denmark!
Here is the DANISH VIDEO of the gathering of Moderate Muslims today in Denmark.
(It is in Danish, but the message is clear.)
Denmark’s Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen rejected all of the disinformation spread by radical Muslim Leaders in the Middle East:
Denmark’s prime minister said distribution of false pictures, stories and rumours had tarnished the Scandinavian country’s image in the Muslim world.
Nice of Rasmussen to recognize the great work done by Neander News in finding the Non-Muhammad hog calling picture.
According to polls, most Danes hold their country’s Imams responsible for fanning the crisis, especially the leader of the Islamic Community in Denmark, Ahmed Abu Laban. Well, yeah!
Naser Khader (front L), Danish MP for the Social Liberal Party, and Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen (front 2nd R) pose with members of the ‘Democratic Muslims’ at the prime minister’s official residence in Marienborg, some 15 km (9 miles) north of Copenhagen, February 13 2006. Khader was invited to the meeting with 21 other members of the newly founded Naser Khader (front L), Danish MP for the Social Liberal Party, and Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen (front 2nd R) pose with members of the ‘Democratic Muslims’ at the prime minister’s official residence in Marienborg, some 15 km (9 miles) north of Copenhagen, February 13 2006. Khader was invited to the meeting with 21 other members of the newly founded Danish organization ‘Democratic Muslims’ of which Khader is the spokesman. (Reuters)
The Silent Muslim Majority met with Prime Minister Rasmussen on Monday while the radicals stewed:
Denmark’s prime minister was set to meet on Monday with a newly formed network of moderate muslims in an effort to defuse tensions over the Prophet Muhammad cartoons.
However, critics said the group, led by centrist lawmaker Naser Khader, was not representative of Denmark’s estimated 200,000-strong Muslim population, and suggested the meeting could cause internal division in the Muslim community.
Khader founded the Democratic Muslims network on February 5 to counterbalance a group of conservative imams who have been accused of fueling the outrage against Denmark in Muslim countries.
Thomas Hoejup, an ethnologist at Copenhagen University, said Khader is considered “as someone who splits (Muslims) and hurts Islam.”
Elected to parliament in November 2001, Khader has been threatened repeatedly by more radical Muslims and has police protection.
Khader says that it is the radical imams in his country and abroad that are stoking up the flames of violence. The Lebanese federal minister of Social Affairs agrees:
The Syrian government and the Hamas party have been accused of flexing their militant Muslim muscles. Nayla Mouawad, the Lebanese federal minister of Social Affairs, says the protests in Damascus looked like dress rehearsals for the incredibly violent protests in Beirut.
“The Syrian regime took advantage of the frustration to transform this demonstration into a violent one,” she says. “They do that by sending people who are under their orders to the demonstrations in Lebanon.
“We’ve seen that amongst the 174 people arrested during the first six hours, there were 74 Syrians, 38 Palestinians, 25 without identification, and only 36 Lebanese. Some of them, we are sure, and I know, are Syrian agents.”
“I know several people who’ve gotten involved in the debate and subsequently pulled out of it altogether. One woman called me, quite shaken, and said she’d been threatened. Maybe the rest of us are tougher, but the fact remains that freedom of speech is the breath of democracy – and if you take that away, then democracy dies,” said Khader.
Standing out as a Muslim moderate is a brave venture. Danish Centrist lawmaker Naser Khader requires police protection but still is willing to mobilize the majority of the moderate Muslims in Denmark despite the threats on his life.
Dozens of Danish Muslims are joining the network of moderate Muslims, the Demokratiske Muslimer (Democratic Muslims). About 700 Muslims have already become DM members and 2,500 Danes have expressed their will to support the network. The initiative has caused anger among the Danish imams and their leader, Ahmad Abu Laban, who have referred to the moderates as Ârats.Â The imams feel that they are beginning to lose their control over part of the Muslim population.
Moderates such as Kamran Tahmasebi say they have had enough of fanatic Islamism and its intimidation of the Muslim immigrants in Denmark. “It is an irony that I am today living in a European democratic state and have to fight the same religious fanatics that I fled from in Iran many years ago,” Mr Tahmasebi says. He came to Denmark as a refugee in 1989. Today he works as a social consultant and is very grateful for the life Denmark has made it possible for him to have. He says he no longer wants to keep a low profile to avoid attracting the attention of the imams. The cartoon affair was an incentive for him to stand up and warn against the Islamist imams in Denmark, whom he says are damaging the integration process with their misleading criticism of Danish values and norms.
Well, alright! This is what we all have been waiting for!