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Be careful of whom you take advice…

by Sunny, on 9th February, 2006

An interesting situation is developing in Denmark, with Danish Muslims becoming increasingly split on how to proceed over the cartoon row. According to the Beeb, top Muslims are declaring that they are proud of being Danish and “supporting Danish values”. Even the right-wing MPs are suprised, prompting one to declare: “I didn’t know there were so many Muslims in Denmark who are supporting Western values.” Erm, it might help to talk to some of them occasionally you know.

Two months ago, a group of Danish writers warned that “the harsh tone in the national debate about Muslims and integration was comparable to Nazi rhetoric against Jews”. The most instructive part of the article comes after:

However, some of the strongest protests against the cartoons have come from imams who are part of the government’s integration think tank.

For the Danish integration minister, Rikke Hvilshoj, that stance is a wake-up call. “It is very clear that we cannot trust the imams any longer if we want integration to succeed in Denmark,” Mrs Hvilshoj says.
The Labour party and Ken Livingstone could learn a lot from that, not just for Muslims but all Asian communities.

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