Thursday, March 11, 2010

Racists want Racism Clause Abolished


Who makes the decisions in Denmark? The poster asks. What a silly question. You just read, on, and you'll get the answer.

Politics is the art of the ludicrous. Imagine a town hall with demonstrators before it, not understanding that they are demonstrating in front of a place of non-decision!
Anyway, that is what the Danish People's Party (PPP) seems to presume, when it comes to where the seat of power is. When it comes to actually deciding things, the people's own parliament is arguably a place of power. Who can understand this contradiction?

On the party's website there's a demand for the abolition of the ban in the penal law against racist utterances. Here is at least one law that is not passed in Brussels, but in the Danish parliament!
The spokesperson for the party, Mr. Soeren Espersen, has a charming way of putting it. It's a "demand to the government".
Who in Danish society, apart from the Queen, is so almighty that they can make such a request?

You guessed right: The Danish People's Party, and its chairwoman Pia Kjaersgaard. They call the shots. No Dane has any doubts about it. The party also wants the blasphemy clause done away with. This is more surprising, as the clause has seldom been used in Danish court rooms. But, as Mr Espersen puts it: It's a problem if you cannot make criticism of religion.

What about a civil discussion of the issues? Mr Espersen cannot distinguish between civil conversation and criticism!

No way, that is not DPP. When they criticise religion they really mean criticise religion. And it is not a laughing matter. You have the right to call muslims anything you want. If you had said to Jews some of the things DPP say about muslims, you would have been dragged in front of the UN and European Human rights councils and courts.
Some of the DPP people, for instance the representative in the European Parliament, Morten Messerschmidt, have got racism verdicts for statements about minorities. That has not been a hindrance for the Danish VK-government in its parliamentary affection for the party as a close and trusted ally. A position that has made Pia Kjaersgaard the most powerful woman in Denmark. Some people even mean she is the most powerful politician of all. When she looks inquisitive or when she raises her voice, the PM, Mr. Loekke Rasmussen is trembling. Good bye chauffeur driven limousine. Good bye all the perks of the premiership.
So now all Danish are expectant: Will the anti-racism and blasphemy rules disappear from Danish law.
The party with no longer accept "democratic debate being stepped upon", as Mr Espersen puts it. He doesn't go into any detail about other things in Denmark that get the feel of the big boot - and that can be understood in more than one sense!

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