Deadly Mistake… Egyptian News Misquotes Danish Politician

Danish Socialist People’s Party Leader Villy Sovndal lashed out at Hizb ut-Tahir on his blog after the radical Islamist group threatened Denmark. Sovndahl said the group should leave Denmark for Saudi Arabia or Iraq if they wanted to introduce a Muslim state. Unfortunately, he was misquoted in the Egyptian news who said he told all Muslims to “go to hell” and now he is in fear for his life.
The Copenhagen Post reported:

Socialist People’s Party leader Villy Søvndal’s picture appeared on the front page of an Egyptian newspaper Wednesday (al-Gomhuria) with the quote ‘Muslims can go to hell’ attributed to him.

Søvndal has been a hot subject in the news lately, but this most recent front page appearance is one over which he is not especially pleased, as he was misquoted.

Søvndal’s ‘go to hell’ remarks were made over a week ago in response to radical members of the Islamic fundamentalist group Hizb ut-Tahrir’s protests against the reprinting of the Mohammed drawings. The drawings were published again in connection with the arrest of three people who planned to murder the cartoonist.

The newspaper, Al-Gomhuria, did not mention Hizb ut-Tahrir in the accompanying article.

‘Everyone knows what it is I said and that I was talking explicitly about Hizb ut-Tahrir,’ said Søvndal. ‘I would naturally never dream of generalising about people of another religion.’

Islam in Europe has more.

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