‘We do not want it to be legal in Sweden to burn holy scriptures such as the Quran’


“We do not want it to be legal in Sweden to burn holy scriptures such as the Quran, the Bible and the Jewish scriptures, and that at the same time it should be forbidden to mock the various religions,” imam Hussein Farah Warsame said.

It sounds so reasonable, right? But no one starts rioting and murdering when people burn Christian or Jewish scriptures, so what Warsame is really saying is that he wants to outlaw burning the Qur’an, and forbid mockery of Islam. Mockery is a hard hill to die on, because many people, particularly Christians (such as Antje Jackelén here), think it is wrong in every case to mock anyone else’s religion (I Kings 18:27 notwithstanding). Very well, but that is not the only issue here. Also at stake is whether or not Sweden, and ultimately the Western world in general, will surrender the freedom of speech and establish the precedent that it is forbidden to offend certain groups. It is a short jump from there to a tyranny that works its will unchallenged because it is forbidden to challenge those who are in power.

“Muslims Seek to Amend Swedish Constitution to Ban Mockery of Religion as Qurans Continue to Burn,” by Igor Kuznetsov, Sputnik News, September 14, 2020 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

In recent weeks, the Danish Hard Line party has torched several copies of the Quran in what it dubbed “Swedish ghettos”, ostensibly to protest the spread of Islam and celebrate freedom of speech.

After Danish politician Rasmus Paludan’s Hard Line party launched a Quran-burning tour across Sweden, 15 Muslim congregations have voiced their desire to change Sweden’s laws to ban the mockery of religion. They’ve indicated that this should specifically include the burning of holy scriptures.

“We do not want it to be legal in Sweden to burn holy scriptures such as the Quran, the Bible and the Jewish scriptures, and that at the same time it should be forbidden to mock the various religions,” imam Hussein Farah Warsame told the newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

The Quran-burnings have also been condemned by multiple Swedish politicians across the political spectrum, as well as Archbishop Antje Jackelén. As a member of the Swedish Christian Council, she strongly disapproved the “conscious violations of people’s faith”, according to the newspaper Expressen.

“To burn books is barbaric. Not least books that many hold as holy,” the council wrote in a statement, warning that these actions “stoke polarisation between people, and counters integration efforts”. “We express our strong sympathy with the Muslim believers in our country,” the Christian leaders concluded.

Since the end of August, the anti-Islamic ethno-nationalist Hard Line party has burned several Qurans in what it described as “Swedish ghettos”, most notably in Malmö’s ethnic enclave of Rosengård, in defiance of a police decision not to grant demonstration permits.

This stoked Islamic riots that led to several police officers being injured. The Swedish authorities failed to stop the demonstration, and the city of Malmö subsequently denied any religious undertone to the riots. Since then, Hard Line members have torched Qurans in Stockholm’s Rinkeby, Gothenburg’s Angered and Trollhättan.

​Rasmus Paludan himself, a Danish lawyer turned politician, suggested that the Quran-burnings are intended to “help Sweden against Islamisation”.

“The goal is to stop the Islamisation of Sweden. To withdraw Islamisation back to the levels of the 1960s or so. There should be about one million people travelling back to the Muslim countries where they belong, or converting to something other than Islam. It is clear that this is the goal,” Paludan said, pledging to go on until “no Islam” is left in Sweden.

Meanwhile, the police’s decision not to grant permission for an anti-Islam demonstrations that feature Quran-burnings and well as the near-universal condemnation by politicians means in practice “the re-introduction of blasphemy laws” in Sweden, lawyer and columnist Nima Rostami wrote in his opinion piece in the news outlet Nyheter Idag, suggesting that it undermines democracy and empowers Islamists by giving them legitimacy….

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