Robert Spencer speaks about the power to define terms such as Islamism or Jihad. And what the consequences are to free societies when they lose that power. Check it out by clicking the link.
Below Pat Condell covers a lot of ground in explaining how it is possible to oppose an ideology and yet not be a racist at the same time. Who would have thunk it? Salman Rushdie basically speaks about the same as Pat Condell above but does it in a lower tone of voice. Same amount of sarcasm, however. Fast forward to 2:50 into the file to get to the important parts about multiculturalism: You can find the entire interview with Salman Rushdie and Irshad Manji here.
Exciting and important stuff. This past Thursday at least 12.000 Danes went on the streets of Copenhagen to protest the denial of asylum to some 200 asylum seekers who were unable to explain why they should have asylum here, other than living in their own country of Iraq was not as pleasant as living in Denmark. Of course that is just my version of the story. One of the organizers (whose name I forget) of the Copenhagen protests said to TV2 NEWS that “they don’t stand a chance” (if they are sent).Well, currently almost 30 million other Iraqis are living just fine in Iraq.
Furthermore, each week hundreds of Iraqis living in Denmark go back there on vacation. Once they secure legal stay here, going back isn’t all of a sudden so dangerous after all. If some parts of Iraq are safe and some are unsafe, what is then wrong with going back to live in the safe parts? These people are obviously willing to live far from “home”. Why is a different province of their home country so utterly wrong when a different part of the world, such as Denmark, is so right? I don’t think anyone is telling them to go live on top of a bomb factory. Not to their faces anyway.
The Iraqis in question had occupied a Danish church, Brorsons Kirke, for several months, possibly thinking that normal laws don’t apply there. For the record: they do. When the police came and talked them into leaving the church a couple of hundred activists showed up and tried to block the police cars from leaving – mostly by sitting down in front of it but the bus did also leave with a broken front window. When the police used force to remove them they appeared to be shocked and appalled and now complaints over the police are flying like cobble stones in the air. The same day police was chased out of the notorious Muslim ghetto of Vollsmose by automatic weapons’ fire. Yes, let’s add another 200 immigrants to these ghettos… That’ll help. 🙂