Bornholm is a Danish island in the Baltic south of Sweden, east of the rest of Denmark. Every year a political festival is held on the island, attracting representatives from various parties as well as ordinary citizens, who engage in informal political discussions.
This year’s event has been in the news because of the planned attendance of various “far right” politicians from all over Europe, including Geert Wilders of the PVV in the Netherlands. Yesterday the event became even more controversial when it was announced that a selection of Mohammed cartoons would be on display:
Mohammed Cartoons Coming to Denmark
Next month’s political festival on the island of Bornholm has already attracted Islam critics and nationalists — now it will also include the Mohammed drawings that were the target of a shooting in the US earlier this month.
The People’s Meeting (Folkemødet) on Bornholm grows more controversial by the day.
After the uproar surrounding the invitation to Dutch politician and prominent Islam critic Geert Wilders, it was announced that a host of European nationalists will attend at the invitation of the far-right Danes’ Party (Danskernes Parti).
But later yesterday it emerged that no Motoons will be allowed at Folkemødet after all. Many thanks to Liberty DK for the translation from Politiko, a slightly different version of which was published earlier at Vlad Tepes:
The people’s meeting must be held with words and arguments, not with deeply provocative drawings.
So says Mayor of Bornholm Regional Municipality, Winni Grosbøll (S), who flatly refuses to let the works from the recent “Draw the Prophet Mohammed” competition by the American Islam-critic Pamela Geller be exhibited at the political festival.
“The people’s meeting is about words and arguments. The drawings would completely short-circuit the debate. There is no reason to do that, and you can easily have discussions without doing so with pictures and drawings,” she says, calling it an unnecessary provocation:
“They do not belong here. They will have to find a gallery or an art exhibition that will show that sort of stuff,” she says.
The organizations “Stop the Islamisation of Denmark” (SIAD) and “Free Denmark” organized the political “Progress Party” tent at the public meeting, and wanted to include the drawings. Anders Gravers Pedersen, the head of SIAD, explains that they had intended to exhibit the drawings from Islam critic Pamela Geller’s competition. The competition was the victim of an attack in early May.
Two armed assassins, self-proclaimed Islamists allegedly linked to the Islamic State, were shot and killed as they tried to penetrate the venue in Garland, Texas.
Pamela Geller is known as a very vocal critic of Islam. She has, amongst other things, fought against the building of an Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero in New York. She has also accused President Barack Obama of being a secret Muslim who wants to destroy the United States.
Hat tip for The Local: Fjordman.