Tuesday, October 17, 2006

The Dark Side of Denmark

Just so people of the 'Buy Danish' movement know, this is part of what you're supporting. Apparently inoffensive little Denmark has something of a xenophobia problem.

Here's a description of what the video depicts:
Danish state TV on Friday aired amateur video footage showing young members of the anti-immigrant Danish Peoples' party engaged in a competition to draw humiliating cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad....

The images, filmed by artist Martin Rosengaard Knudsen who posed as a member of the party for several months to document attitudes among young members, show a number of young people drinking, singing and drawing cartoons ridiculing the Prophet Mohammad.
And this is not some obscure political party. The DPP (Dansk Folkeparti) has been a strong ally of rightist Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen for years, and they got 13% of the vote in last year's election.

Freedom of speech is a sacred thing, but defending it doesn't require one to cheerlead the bigotry of others. The Danish cartoon incident was not so innocent as it appeared (as I wrote at the time), and while "Muslim society" is certainly in need of some repairs, so is the vaunted "liberalism" of an Enlightened West.
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