Update: Thanks to Laller for informing us in the comments that Naser Khader is no longer the leader of Democratic Muslims.
Naser Khader is an interesting figure in Danish politics. A totally assimilated “moderate” Muslim, he has campaigned tirelessly against Islamic extremists. He is the leader of the Democratic Muslims (Demokratiske Muslimer), a political organization dedicated to the integration of Denmark’s Muslims with the country’s democratic political institutions.
His political stance is that of a typical left-Socialist European sophisticate, and he helped found the New Alliance (Ny Alliance ), a coalition of “halal hippies” and trendy leftists that was intended to provide a hip parliamentary alternative to the vulgar and jingoistic Danish People’s Party (Dansk Folkeparti). Alas, the New Alliance was all but destroyed in the last elections, and is no longer a significant force in Danish politics.
Naser Khader, however, will not be disappearing from public view anytime soon. Our Danish correspondent TB didn’t have time to translate the entire text of Mr. Khader’s latest opinion piece, but he has left us with some choice quotes from it:
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Islamism is the racism of our time
“There is one part of this war we have never declared: the war against political Islam”
“The Islamists of today are stronger than ever.”
“Their influence in international organizations, international business, and through lobbying is growing every day.”
“Now we should simply wake up.”
“A united democratic world should turn against Islamism, not to seek dialog but with direct opposition.”
“In Durban II the Danish government should seek support for condemning political Islam as a racist ideology.”
“It’s nonsense to fight the Taliban on the battlefield if we do not confront this at the same time.”