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“Den svenske regering har travlt med at undskylde, meningsdannere taler om dialog, og alle synes at drømme om forsoning, alt imens dødstruslerne regner ned over broderlandet. Det er som om, man hele tiden prøver at fortrænge, hvad vi dog som en konsekvens af den danske Muhammedkrise endelig erkendte: At kulturkonflikter ikke sådan kan bilægges, og at de kæmpende parter ikke uden videre kan forsones gennem dialog. At det forholder sig sådan skyldes jo, at kampen mellem den vestlige kultur og den islamiske kultur er en veritabel kulturkamp. Netop en kamp mellem kulturer. Men hvem har for alvor forstået det?  […]

Formår alle de velmenende foreninger, initiativer og institutioner virkelig at udstikke en tredje vej hinsides de forskellige frontholdninger, sådan som de selv postulerer?Nej, de udviser snarere symptomer på en udbredt blindhed, der særligt gør sig gældende i Vesten. Det dæmrer ikke, at kultur ikke blot er noget, vi som menneskeart har tilfælles. Kultur er også noget, der splitter menneskearten op, for så vidt som forskellige grupper har – og hævder – deres egen specifikke kultur, hvilket kan udløse fjendskab. Fjenden er netop den anden, den fremmede. Og kultur er også en andethed og fremmedhed hos ”de andre”, der ikke altid kan integreres i den hjemlige kultur i kraft af det bedre argument, selv om det er populært at tro det.

Det er derfor, at retorikken om en tredje vej, om alliancer og sameksistens er suspekt. Der er tale om et bedrag, der tilslører reelle uenigheder og reelle konflikter. En ny realisme er derfor påkrævet. Fjendskabet skyldes dybe forskelle, der ikke kan overvindes, men nok inddæmmes, så de ikke får voldelige udslag.“ Nomos blog ( KULTURKRITIK.DK, Ph.d.-stipendiat, forfatter og debattør Kasper Støvring)

Mauricio  Rojas der helt  synes saneret  bort fra svensk politik og Folkpartiets  frontlinje, nu hvor der er mest brug for ham:

I skriften Att Förstå Islam, som togs fram av den nuvarande ordföranden för Sveriges Muslimska Förbund, Mahmoud Aldebe, kan följande läsas:

“Islam ger åsikts – och yttrandefrihet åt alla medborgare i den islamiska staten, på villkor att denna rättighet utnyttjas för utbredningen av dygd och sanning och inte för spridningen av ondska och omoral. Den islamiska idén om yttrandefrihet är betydligt överlägsen den som är rådande i västerlandet.”

Det är frihetsidén som skrämmer

Daniel Pipes interviewer Flemming Rose og Naser Khader

MEQ: Do you expect further such cases?

Rose: Yes. This is just the first major case in the twenty-first century. We will see several others and maybe not only with Muslims. There was the Behzti [“dishonor” in Punjabi] affair in Birmingham where a Sikh author wrote a play, Behzti, which caused grievances among the Sikh community. There were threats to burn down the theater. The issue here is cultural difference as a cause of conflictIf you go back to the establishment of the United Nations and the United Nations charter of human rights, it was taboo to speak about cultural differences because of World War II and Nazism and fascism. There was a strong belief that while there were societies dominated by nationalism and also tribal societies, every single culture was moving in the same direction toward melding into one worldwide culture. Ironically, this was discriminatory in a way—to think that everyone else should become like our part of the world. But it didn’t work out that way. So, the multiculturalists and cultural relativists appeared, espousing that if everybody cannot be the same, then you have to accept everybody as they are. Muslim immigration was not such a hot issue at its inception because it was passively believed that if Muslims and representatives of other minorities live long enough among us, then they become like us. But now even European progressives would admit that this multicultural model has failed. And this has given rise to the debate about Britishness and, here, about what it means to be a citizen in Denmark.
MEQ: My assessment is that, in the end, the debate that you began about self-censorship has become more, a debate about the Shari‘a and its application in the West.

Rose: Exactly. Initially, I thought otherwise. When I wrote the accompanying text to the publication of the cartoons, I said that this act was about self-censorship, not free speech. Free speech is on the books; we have the law, and nobody as yet has thought of rewriting it. This changed when the death threats were issued; it became an issue of the Shari‘a trumping the fundamental right of free speech. […]

Rose: This is untrue. I never could have imagined this. Along the lines of Bernard Lewis’s argument regarding the difference between my case and Rushdie’s, I never thought that the Muslim world cares about what infidels are doing in the land of infidels. I continued to believe this for several months after the cartoons were printed.

MEQ: If you knew the outrage that publishing the cartoons would generate, would you still have commissioned them?

Rose: That’s like asking a rape victim if she regrets wearing a short skirt at the discotheque Friday night. I have been asked that question many times, and no matter how you answer, it is problematic. If I say, I do not regret and think it was the right thing to do, a lot of people would say that I am a cold-hearted, cynical character. On the other hand, if I say that this was the wrong thing to do, I would give in to the kind of intimidation that I am trying to fight.

Naser Khader and Flemming Rose: Reflections on the Danish Cartoon Controversy
Middle East Quarterly,  Fall 2007

Axess: Ibn Warraq

DefendingTheWest.jpgNär Saids lärjungar analyserar orientalistisk bildkonst hänfaller de åt fullkomligt godtyckliga tolkningar. Alltför liten vikt fästs vid hur den värld som målningarna avbildar faktiskt såg ut.
Av Ibn Warraq

Ibn Warraq är författare och debattör. Artikeln är ett bearbetat kapitel ur hans studie Defending the West. A Critique of Edward Saids Orientalism, som utkommer i september 2007 på Prometheus Books.

“Tendentiös teori skymmer sikten” –  TEMA  SAID OCH ORIENTALISMEN

Too late to speak the truth about immigration

The Labour government, in its 10 years of office, has allowed more than a million new people from all over the world to settle in this country. That is little short of a social revolution. Twenty-five per cent of babies born here have at least one foreign-born parent. Several large cities will have a nonwhite majority within a few years. We have seen almost uncontrolled immigration ? Labour has lost control of our borders.It is shocking that this massive, historic change was forced upon us without consultation and without our consent.Who wanted it? Who is responsible for it? And why?   Times Online

Swedish Muslims Upset by Cartoon Ruling
en nyhed som svenske medier åbenbart ikke synes er interessant – endnu, selvom den unægtelig  indeholde nye oplysninger. Hvis Islamonline  refererer korrekt, har Reinfeldt haft hemmeligheder for. Det hele minder om en vis konference i maj 2006, som  dog hverken danske medier eller politikere villle have meget at  gøre med (undtagen Qureshi og Seidenfaden):

Swedish Muslims will hold a know-Islam conference soon in coordination with the government.

CAIRO — Swedish Muslims were disappointed  at a ruling by Justice Chancellor Goeran Lambertz, who said the anti-Prophet Muhammad cartoon published in a local newspaper did not constitute incitement to racial hatred.
“Of course we reject the ruling, but we can’t help but respect it,” Stockholm-based Chaka Benmakhlouf, President of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe, told IslamOnline.net over the phone.

Benmakhlouf said the powerful Jewish lobby in Sweden had lost a similar case in the past after suing the Stockholm Mosque for alleged anti-Semitism.

“Jewish leaders translated some Islamic books which they said contained anti-Jews materials and forwarded them to Chancellor Lambertz, who overturned the lawsuit on free speech grounds,” added Benmakhlouf, who holds Swedish citizenship.

Three Swedish Muslim organizations had asked Lambertz — the only official in Sweden entitled to indict in cases concerning freedom of the press — to press charges of incitement to racial hatred against the newspaper Nerikes Allehanda and its editor-in-chief Ulf Johansson.

The newspaper published in August a cartoon that depicted Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) as a dog, citing freedom of speech.

Lambertz noted Thursday, September 20, that for the charge to stick, it needed to be proven that “contempt” was expressed.

“Neither the leader nor the sketch, which has a satirical tone, expresses contempt against any ethnic group,” the judge said in a statement.

“The justice chancellor will therefore not pursue the matter.”

Know-Islam Conference

The Swedish Muslim leader revealed plans to hold a conference to acquaint Swedes with Islam.

“We are organizing a know-Islam conference in coordination with the Swedish government, which won plaudits for its positive handling of the cartoon crisis,” Benmakhlouf said.

“The conference will bring together a galaxy of intellectuals, politicians and clerics to draft a common charter that calls for respecting all religions,” he noted.

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt was quick to nip the crisis in the bud. He did not hesitate to condemn the offensive cartoon and met Swedish Muslim leaders, who hailed the talks as constructive.

Benmakhlouf said many Swedes, though they are not religious, have disapproved of the cartoon and expressed solidarity with Muslims.

“They saw the cartoon offensive, immoral and repugnant,” he said.

Benmakhlouf said Swedish Muslims, estimated at 500,000 of the country’s nine million population, are resolved not to blow the crisis out of proportion.

“They refused to be provoked into violent action like burning consulates or flags as happened in the aftermath of the Danish cartoon crisis,” he said.

The cartoon provoked peaceful protests by Muslims in the town of Oerebro, west of Stockholm, where the paper is based.

Swedish Muslims also refused to internationalize the crisis, arguing that it was an internal affair.In September 2005, Denmark’s mass-circulation daily Jyllands-Posten printed 12 cartoons including portrayals of a man the newspaper called Prophet Muhammad, wearing a bomb-shaped turban and another showing him as a knife-wielding nomad flanked by shrouded women.

The insulting cartoons triggered a firestorm of protests across the Muslim world and strained Muslim-West ties.The Danish government’s adamancy to condemn the cartoons sparked a Muslim boycott of Danish products worldwide, costing the country’s leading companies like Arla billions of dollars in a couple of months.
Islam online

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