As a stratagem to encourage censorship of the Mohammed cartoons and other materials they deem offensive, Danish Muslims are in the habit of citing Denmark’s blasphemy law to support their case.
In the wake of the latest Motoon crisis, the leaders of the Danish People’s Party and the New Alliance have joined forces to advocate the repeal of that blasphemy law.
Our Danish correspondent TB has translated an article about the issue from Avisen.dk:
Khader and Kjærsgaard: Stop protecting God.
Naser Khader and Pia Kjærsgaard are making a joint effort against the Danish blasphemy laws. God does not need protection, they argue.
Naser Khader is ready to go along with the Danish People’s Party on a suggestion to get rid of the paragraph about blasphemy.
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“In the year 2008, I don’t think that we need a paragraph that protects God. If DF [Dansk Folkeparti, Danish People’s Party] agrees, we can make a joint proposal suggesting that we get rid of that paragraph,” Khader says, according to nordjyske.dk.
Earlier DF had argued in favor of deleting the paragraph, and Kjærsgaard is happy about the support from Khader.
“If Khader can fully accept what we proposed earlier, I can see no reason whatsoever not to cooperate. We would like to put it on the table again. Against the background of all the terrible things that have happened lately, it would be very fine to have a debate in Folketinget (parliament),” Pia Kjærsgaard says, according to nordjyske.dk
I reported last week on the two recent defections from Naser Khader’s party, which eliminated any need for the government to curry favor with New Alliance.
Naser Khader formed his party as a counterweight to the dreaded Danish People’s Party, and yet now he finds it expedient to announce a joint venture with them against the blasphemy law.
A reed in the wind.