Sunday, August 29, 2010

Denmark Stands Up

The below article by Susan MacAllen has been going around the Internet for awhile now. I saw it several weeks ago. Now I have decided to post it with some comments of my own. Though our experience with Muslim immigrants has been different from that of Europe, it is still important for Americans to be aware of what is going on over there lest it spread to our country.


Susan MacAllen, a Canadian citizen, is a contributing editor for (

Salute the Danish Flag - it's a Symbol of Western Freedom
By Susan MacAllen

"In 1978-9, I was living and studying in Denmark. But in 1978 even in Copenhagen, one didn't see Muslim immigrants.

The Danish population embraced visitors, celebrated the exotic, went out of its way to protect each of its citizens. It was proud of its new brand of socialist liberalism, one in development since the conservatives had lost power in 1929. It was a system where no worker had to struggle to survive, where one ultimately could count upon the state as in, perhaps, no other western nation at the time.

The rest of Europe saw the Scandinavians as free-thinking, progressive and infinitely generous in their welfare policies. Denmark boasted low crime rates, devotion to the environment, a superior educational system and a history of humanitarianism.

Denmark was also most generous in its immigration policies. It offered the best welcome in Europe to the new immigrant: generous welfare payments from first arrival plus additional perks in transportation; housing; and education. It was determined to set a world example for inclusiveness and multiculturalism. How could it have predicted that one day in 2005 a series of political cartoons in a newspaper would spark violence that would leave dozens dead in the streets . . . all because its commitment to multi-culturalism would come back to bite?

By the1990s the growing urban Muslim population was obvious, and its unwillingness to integrate into Danish society was obvious. The immigrants had settled into Muslim - exclusive enclaves. As the Muslim leadership became more vocal about what they considered the decadence of Denmark's liberal way of life, the Danes, once so welcoming, began to feel slighted. Many Danes had begun to see Islam as incompatible with their long-standing values: belief in personal liberty, free speech, equality for women, and a deep pride in Danish heritage and history.

An article by Daniel Pipes and Lars Hedegaard, in which they forecasted, accurately, that the growing immigrant problem in Denmark would explode. In the article they reported:

"Muslim immigrants constitute 5% of the population but consume upwards of 40% of the welfare spending."

"Muslims are only 4% of Denmark's 5.4 million people but make up a majority of the country's convicted rapists . . . an especially combustible issue given that practically all the female victims are non-Muslim. Similar, if lesser disproportions are found in other crimes."

"Over time, as Muslim immigrants increase in numbers, they wish less to mix with the indigenous population. A recent survey finds that only 5% of young Muslim immigrants would readily marry a Dane."

"Forced marriages, promising a newborn daughter in Denmark to a male cousin in the home country, then compelling her to marry him, sometimes on pain of death, is one problem.:

"Muslim leaders openly declare their goal of introducing Islamic law once Denmark 's Muslim population grows large enough, a not-that-remote prospect. If present trends persist, one sociologist estimates that every third inhabitant of Denmark in 40 years will be Muslim.'"

It is easy to understand why a growing number of Danes would feel that Muslim immigrants show little respect for Danish values and laws.

An example is the phenomenon common to other European countries and Canada: some Muslims in Denmark who opted to leave the Muslim faith have been murdered in the name of Islam, while others hide in fear for their lives. Jews are also threatened and harassed openly by Muslim leaders in Denmark, a country where once Christian citizens worked to smuggle out nearly all of their 7,000 Jews by night to Sweden during the Nazis occupation in World War II. I think of my Danish friend Elsa, who as a teen-ager, had dreaded crossing the street to the bakery every morning under the eyes of occupying Nazi soldiers, and I wonder what she would say today.

In 2001, Denmark elected the most conservative government in some 70 years: one that had some decidedly non-generous ideas about liberal unfettered immigration. Today, Denmark has the strictest immigration policies in Europe. Its effort to protect itself has been met with accusations of 'racism' by liberal media across Europe, even as other governments struggle to right the social problems wrought by years of lax immigration.

If you wish to become Danish, you must attend three years of language classes. You must pass a test on Denmark 's history and culture, and a Danish language test.

-- You must live in Denmark for 7 years before applying for citizenship.

-- You must demonstrate an intent to work, and have a job waiting.

If you wish to bring a spouse into Denmark, you must both be over 24 years of age, however you won't find it so easy anymore to move your friends and family to Denmark with you.

You will not be allowed to build a mosque in Copenhagen. Although your children have a choice of some 30 Arabic culture and language schools in Denmark, they will be strongly encouraged to assimilate to Danish society in ways that past immigrants weren't.

In 2006, the Danish minister for employment, Claus Hjort Frederiksen, spoke publicly of the burden of Muslim immigrants on the Danish welfare system, and it was horrifying: the government's welfare committee had calculated that if immigration from Third World countries were blocked, 75 percent of the cuts needed to sustain the huge welfare system in coming decades would be unnecessary. In other words, the welfare system, as it existed, was being exploited by immigrants to the point of eventually bankrupting the government. "We are simply forced to adopt a new policy on immigration. . . . the calculations of the welfare committee are terrifying and show how unsuccessful the integration of immigrants has been up to now," he said.

A large thorn in the side of Denmark's imams is the Minister of Immigration and Integration, Rikke Hvilshoj. She makes no bones about the new policy toward immigration, "The number of foreigners coming to the country makes a difference'. Hvilshoj says, "There is an inverse correlation between how many come here and how well we can receive the foreigners that come." And on Muslim immigrants needing to demonstrate a willingness to blend in, "In my view, Denmark should be a country with room for different cultures and religions. Some values, however, are more important than others. We refuse to question democracy, equal rights, and freedom of speech."

Hvilshoj has paid a price for her show of backbone. Perhaps to test her resolve, the leading radical imam in Denmark, Ahmed Abdel Rahman Abu Laban, demanded that the government pay blood money to the family of a Muslim who was murdered in a suburb of Copenhagen, stating that the family's thirst for revenge could be thwarted for money. When Hvilshoj dismissed his demand, he argued that in Muslim culture the payment of retribution money was common, to which Hvilshoj replied that what is done in a Muslim country is not necessarily what is done in Denmark.

The Muslim reply came soon after: her house was torched while she, her husband and children slept. All managed to escape unharmed, but she and her family were moved to a secret location and she and other ministers were assigned bodyguards for the first time in a country where such murderous violence was once so scarce.

Her government has slid to the right, and her borders have tightened. Many believe that what happens in the next decade will determine whether Denmark survives as a bastion of good living, humane thinking and social responsibility, or whether it becomes a nation at civil war with supporters of Sharia law.

Meanwhile, Canadians clamor for stricter immigration policies, and demand an end to state welfare programs that allow many immigrants to live on the public dole. As we in Canada look at the enclaves of Muslims amongst us, and see those who enter our shores too easily, dare live on our taxes, yet refuse to embrace our culture, respect our traditions, participate in our legal system, obey our laws, speak our language, appreciate our history. We would do well to look to Denmark, and say a prayer for her future and for our own."

I first vsiited Denmark in 1968 as a young American serviceman stationed in Germany. I fell in love with Copenhagen for many reasons including its exciting nightlife and beautiful girls. What Ms. MacAllen says about the welcoming atmosphere of Denmark several decades ago was very true. Africans and African-Americans found the atmosphere more welcoming in Denmark than any other European nation.

In contrast to Europe, most Muslim immigrants to America were well-educated, professional and have not been a drain on the taxpayers. In contrast, most Muslim immigrants to Europe have historically been manual laborers. The Europeans for decades, made no effort to assimilate them, allowing them to gather in suburbs around the major cities and live in their own enclaves. Eventually, lack of jobs and the rise of the Islamist movement has caught up with them. What Europeans see now is a hostile, militant force that has no regard for the culture and traditions of their "adopted" countries. Crime is rampant and the few Jews living in Europe face daily harassment and assaults from young Muslim males and neo-Nazi types. I have written about many of these situations in various European countries including Holland and Scandinavia.

To welcome foreigners in your country is a great thing, and Denmark was known for decades as a tolerant, welcoming place. It is also important to be a good guest. Call it Islamophobia or whatever you will. The fact is that Europeans are pretty much fed up with the actions of many (not all) of their Muslim immigrants. They are saying, "Enough is enough". Their political leaders have heretofore been afraid to crack down on intolerant and intolerable behavior. Maybe Denmark is going to lead the way.


Siarlys Jenkins said...

Sounds like a good set of moves by Denmark. A long-ago co-worker of mine had a friend, met while living in Denmark, who was originally from South African, granted political asylum, married a Danish man, integrated very well into Danish society. It is true that open arms for immigrants assumes that each immigrant arrives as an individual, and finds something of value in their new country. When whole groups move, with the stated intention of subverting the laws of their host, counter-measures are needed.

Nothing is more important than to make clear that "our laws are our laws. If you seek a totally different framework, then you should move back to a country willing to adopt such laws. It won't happen here."

Gary Fouse said...

Say Siarlys, are you the same Siarlys who comments on my posts at that other site?

Or are you any relation to the Siarlys who just commented on Denmark?

Siarlys Jenkins said...

Its all me Gary. We human beings are an ornery lot of individualists, who insist on being much more complex and nuanced than our PC liberal and conservative rhetoreticians give us credit for.

I'm assuming the information given here is true and accurate. It might be exaggerated, but a federal cabinet minister getting their home torched is a pretty hard one to fake. Also, I know that Europe has, in general, for many reasons, been both lethargically PC and hysterically xenophobic about its Islamic immigrants, which is a really bad combination.

What you describe happening in Denmark is precisely the kind of events that touch, for me, the same nerves that are touched when I read Paul Blanshard's American Democracy and Catholic Power, or an Op-Ed piece by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, or a Jerry Falwell rewrite of the United States Constitution.

Muslims who act in the same vein don't get any breaks in my book. You can worship any way you want. You can teach your kids at home that evolution is a communist plot to promote godless atheism. But you can't stockpile guns in the church basement, you can't rewrite the legal code to suit you, and laws of general applicability are generally applicable, period.

Where we part company is, you see an imminent threat of such things in America. I think that is grossly exaggerated. I find some of the questions raised about CAIR legitimate, at least, they are legitimate to ask, and they appear to have been evaded in an evasive manner suggesting "you doth protest too much." I don't see pervasive influence by CAIR in American politics, voting blocs, government policy, or extensive networks of Muslim gangs spreading across the landscape.

Gary Fouse said...

"I don't see pervasive influence by CAIR in American politics, voting blocs, government policy"

They only get invited to the White House, give sensitivity lessons to the FBI et al and insert themselves into every controversy. They were also unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation Trial in Dallas. Yes, there are big contradictions there, but they are not of my making.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

Why weren't they indicted?

Don't blame Obama, that was on George Bush's watch.

Seriously, I would have to hear from a lot of Muslims about this before I claimed to KNOW what is happening in "the Muslim community," who are the good guys, who are the bad guys, etc.

The Muslim I know best is too busy running a very good middle eastern restaurant to have much time for me to ask him about these things. His son's god-mother is an African American Baptist.

Getting invited to the White House may or may not be a good move, but it hardly means that they are rewriting our nation's laws. That's a big difference, and I don't need to put Joe Biden's modifier in for emphasis.

Anonymous said...

This is an old blog. Good to see a 2010 set of comments. Just wanted to say many are watching and are aware.