Danish Conservatives campaign for elimination of ‘Nazi Islamism’
Brand new political slogans and posters have started to appear in the country despite it not currently being in the throes of an election. The most controversial ones are those of the Conservative party. Its leaders Søren Pape Poulsen and former MP Naser Khader have published an opinion piece in Århus Stiftstidende newspaper, saying that “Nazi Islamism” must be “fought and eliminated”.
“Islamists are using the same argumentation for their hatred of Jews that the Nazis did in their day,” the politicians wrote, as cited by The Local. “They exterminate those people who they have labeled as subhuman. They burn books and destroy priceless cultural artifacts in the Middle East because everything foreign is considered evil. They strive after a new millennium just as the Nazis did.”
The politicians acknowledged that the 1.5-billion-strong religion is predominantly peaceful, but insisted that “there has developed a dangerous political ideology – we would almost call it a cancerous tumor – that unfortunately is dominating more and more”.
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In a statement to RT, the Danish Conservative Party said: “What we are saying in our campaign is that we want to stop this form of Islamism, a form that has many ideas in common with Nazism, and this is what we call Nazi-Islamism. It is the form of Islamism that Boko Haram and Islamic State are executing.”
While the Danish election campaign has not yet been officially initiated, these kind of statements are “a kind of an election campaign everyone can see,” Fatih Alev, chairman of the Danish Islamic center, told RT.
“It is going to be about immigration and Muslims, I have no doubt about that. And it is something that influences many Muslims, young Muslims here in Denmark in a negative way,” Alev says.
The new campaign triggered an immediate reaction among Conservatives’ opponents. Social Liberal MP Zenia Stampe wrote on Facebook: “The Conservatives must be completely desperate to fight their way into the values debate. The strategy seems clear enough: ‘We dare to be the bad kids in the classroom. We dare to say that Christianity is better than Islam. We dare to call Islamists Nazis.’ Dear Conservatives: this isn’t brave. It is just childish.”
Making up 4.8 percent of the population, Islam is the largest minority religion in the Scandinavian country of over 5.6 million people. With anti-Islamization movements gathering thousands of new supporters across the continent, European Muslims have felt intensifying anti-Islamic moods in society.
The EU countries have seen a massive public backlash against Islamic radicalism following the January attacks in Paris, that left 17 people killed.
Back in February, one civilian was killed and three police officers were injured at a cafe in Copenhagen during a free speech discussion, which was attended by controversial artist Lars Vilks and the French ambassador to Denmark.