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“. . . SOMETHING ROTTEN IN THE STATE OF DENMARK”

Hamlet Act 1, scene 4, 87–91

It was the proud Danish response to attempted fascist totalitarian control during the Nazi occupation of Denmark during World War II that inspired this blog. Just in the past week that history has been over-written by appeasement and capitulation.

Whereas Holland did the right thing and acquitted Geert Wilders (protecting at least a modicum of free speech in Holland against those who would stifle all dissent) Denmark convicted Free Speech advocate Lars Hedegaard of violation of their hate-speech legislation. [1]

§ 266b of the Danish penal code:

“Whoever publicly or with the intent of public dissemination issues a pronouncement or other communication by which a group of persons are threatened, insulted or denigrated due to their race, skin colour, national or ethnic origin, religion or sexual orientation is liable to a fine or incarceration for up to two years.”

The larger issue is the same as in the Geert Wilders case. It should not be a fine distinction within jurisprudence whether or not it is a violation of hate-speech legislation to ‘blow the cover’ off an anti-democratic, authoritarian and basic-human-rights-violating ideology. As a result of this verdict, it appears that what matters more than truth in modern, post-Christian Denmark is whether or not a powerful and threatening group feels insulted by the facts.

The religio-cultural practices of Islamist ideology are clearly on record: dressing women in black in 40 degree Arabian temperatures, genital mutilation (WHO reports 2 million per year), purchase of nine-year-old girls for marriage and introduction into Saudi harems, treating women as property, honour-killings, public flogging, stoning and Koranic permission for corporal punishment by husbands. [2] These are well-established and well-reported practices endorsed by various Sheiks and Imams. [3] Authoritarian control in shame-honor cultures prevents adequate reporting of such incidents yet those who attempt to advocate for the rights of these culture-victims within western cultures now face prosecution: so much for liberal-democratic principles.

It is a dark day for Denmark. After the Jyllands-Posten 30 September 2005, ‘Mohammad Cartoon’ incident (which eventually cost the lives of some 20 innocents at the hands of Muslims who felt insulted) it looked as though Denmark was going to support the principle of free expression. But then the Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen described the controversy as Denmark’s worst international crisis since World War II . Indeed it was because whereas the Nazi-invasion was not successful in breaking the back of Danish democracy, the Jihadist invasion has been.

The hypocrisy of the leftist Secular Humanist Religionists (SHR) in North America and Western Europe is visceral:

Critics of the cartoons described them as Islamophobic or racist,[5] and argued that they are blasphemous to people of the Muslim faith, are intended to humiliate a Danish minority, or are a manifestation of ignorance about the history of Western imperialism. [4]

While the leftist elitists defend the anti-democratic Sharia forces, the National Endowment for the Arts in the USA will use public funds to display a crucifix in a jar of urine and countless other gross blasphemies against Christians while talk-show hosts mockingly ask the ‘artist’ the question: “whose urine was it”?

Christians did not riot.

The murder of Theo van Gogh (who was ‘convicted’ on the grounds of artistic expression) by a Muslim is of course, inconsequential. After all, he had offended Islam and it is the ‘religion of peace’. The gutless western press remains silent because their presses and studios might be blown up.

But this is just a symptom. Post-Christian, Islamic Europe is now fact, not fiction. The witch-hunts and blasphemy trials have begun in Holland and Denmark and gutless, bankrupt, pathetic Europe will slide into Sharia without even noticing it happened.[5]

In the words of Bruce Thornton:

This self-abasing posture and acknowledgement of Muslim superiority has traditionally characterized the dhimmi whose fate is to be subordinated to Islam. [6]

Instead of ‘Donning the Yellow Star’, post-modern Denmark has donned the Crescent Moon. For saying such things, I may be subject to prosecution.

Endnotes

[1] http://www.internationalfreepresssociety.org/2011/05/president-of-the-free-press-society-lars-hedegaard-declared-guilty-of-racist-statements/ SHAME ON DENMARK! Lars Hedegaard found guilty of hate speech

[2] Bruce Thornton. Decline and Fall: Europe’s Slow-Motion Suicide. Encounter Books New York, 2001. p.84

[3] The example being that Hedegaard quoted the Imam directly in his address to the court prior to his conviction. http://www.internationalfreepresssociety.org/2011/01/awaiting-the-verdict/

[4] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jyllands-Posten_Muhammad_cartoons_controversy

[5] http://deborahgyapong.blogspot.com/2011/01/mark-steyn-on-lars-hedegaard-trial.html

[6] Thornton, Decline, op.cit p. 95

Roger Brian Neill.

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The story goes that the King of Denmark (during the Nazi occupation of his country) was told of Jews in occupied Europe being required to wear a yellow Mogen David with the inscription ‘Juden’ on it. In response he is said to have put a yellow star arm-band on his uniform as he took his daily horse-ride through the streets of Copenhagen. Then the whole population of Copenhagen donned the yellow star and the Jews of Denmark were saved from being shipped to the extermination camps.

It didn’t happen! But something much better DID happen.

It is a well-known fact that if the Christians of occupied Europe had donned the yellow star, the holocaust could not have taken place: they didn’t and the holocaust did.

What’s happening in the modern world is an escalation of propaganda promising the next genocide against the Jews: it is already at the ‘3-Ds’ phase (delegitimization, demonization and double-standard). It has only been 60 years.

This time the target is embodied in the existence of the Jewish State: Israel.

What did happen in Denmark was that the Legend became more effective than the act it portrayed in that the Danish people began actively smuggling the Jews out of the country [1] and thus spared most from the horrors of the death camps.

“. . . To me, the truth is an even greater honor for our country than the myth.”

Quote from: Danish Queen Margrethe II in the book: Queen in Denmark by Anne Wolden-Ræthinge

In the new propaganda blitz against Israel, the name of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is enlisted as a symbol for the Palestinian ‘liberation’.

But as Dr. King stated in his “Letter to an Anti-Zionist Friend,” Saturday Review_XLVII (Aug. 1967), p. 76.

“And what is anti-Zionist? It is the denial to the Jewish people of a fundamental right that we justly claim for the people of Africa and freely accord all other nations of the Globe. It is discrimination against Jews, my friend, because they are Jews. In short, it is antisemitism.

Reprinted in M.L. King Jr., “This I Believe:
Selections from the Writings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”

This log is written to encourage all our Christian bothers and sisters to ‘don the yellow star’ in order to prevent the impending holocaust and right a tragic, historic wrong.

Endnote:

[1] See: The Danish Solution: The Rescue of the Jews in Denmark
http://www.thedanishsolution.org/history.html

Roger Brian Neill BA, MA, RSW