Jason Pappas, at Liberty and Culture, has some nice things to say about Gates of Vienna.
Over at Gates of Vienna, the dynamic duo has been blogging on the anti-Islamic resistance in … Denmark. There may be those that would write-off Europe as hopelessly submissive in the face of the Islamic threat (i.e. Mark Steyn) or fearful that Europe will become a repeat of the 1930s (i.e. Ralph Peters). A more likely course of action is emerging in Denmark.
Imagine being favorably compared to Mark Steyn! Obviously, “Liberty and Culture” is a most discerning blog. Umm… could somebody tell Mark Steyn?
I do declare, “dynamic duo” is going to swell my head, Mr. Pappas.
I don’t know remember exactly we stumbled upon that remarkabley idiosyncratic country. It must have been when I first read the review of Queen Margrethe II’s biography. Last time I checked, the book is still not available in English, unfortunately.
This is an amazingly forthright woman. Back in April, 2005, she was saying out loud what others were only able to whisper: [emphases are mine – D]
COPENHAGEN — Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II warned against the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Denmark and the world in a new book out on Thursday, saying people must on occasion “show their opposition to Islam”.
“It is a challenge we have to take seriously. We have let this issue float about for too long because we are tolerant and very lazy,” she said in the authorized biography “Margrethe” written by journalist Annelise Bistrup.
While she did not specifically refer to fundamentalism, she spoke of “these people for whom religion is their entire lives”.
“We have to show our opposition to Islam and we have to, at times, run the risk of having unflattering labels placed on us because there are some things for which we should display no tolerance,“ she said.
“And when we are tolerant, we must know whether it is because of convenience or conviction,“ added the queen, who has reigned since 1972…
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Denmark has in recent years been accused of fuelling xenophobic tendencies after implementing a slew of measures aimed at curbing immigration. The government has argued that it wants to focus efforts on improving the assimilation into Danish society of immigrants already in the country.
Queen Margrethe, who professes a knowledge of Islam due to her interest in archaeology, said it was “natural that young Muslims would be attracted” to the faith’s absolute values and seek refuge in religion “as they are cut off from our community because of their lack of (Danish) language skills.”
“It’s not just a matter of speaking and understanding” Danish, she said, but also “understanding the language’s codes, and we have to help them.“
[Calling Queen Elizabeth, calling Britannia’s Majesty. Come in Your Majesty, come in. Hellooo?? Anybody home?]
Though not by design, we’ve been in a Denmark groove ever since. Of course, they did put themselves on the map with “those” cartoons. And now they’re determined to push the envelope with their novel traffic control ideas.
A strange and wonderful place is Denmark — not a place for the faint-hearted.