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Submitted by Dane (United Kingdom), Oct 18, 2009 at 15:10

But it is very simple; yes, Denmark does have what many people would consider segregation laws and racist law-makers. It should be explained that I, like many Danes, protest against the use of the word "racism" to descibe what is mostly an aversion to Islam. Muslims are not a race. They are a faith and a faith which must suffer all the taunts and ridicule that all other faiths do. There are both black, white and asian muslims. It is not their race that many Danes object to, it is their faith which many consider barbaric and un-fit to belong in a democratic society. So yes, there are many people who object to the so-called "racist" laws in Denmark. But the simple fact of the matter is that the laws are dictated by a democratic parlaiment representing a majority of the Danish population. We acknowledge the rule of the majority and if anyone - be it other Europeans, Americans or the Muslim minority - then they may leave.

If they cannot accept the rule of law and the fact that these laws are legally implemented by a democratic assembly, they have no place in the country. They can complain about it, of course. But the only way they can attempt to change it is to vote for politicians with other views. There seems to be a general view in many of these discussion topics, especially from some americans, that the danish population need to "develope" and "evolve" and stop being "racist". The Danish population does not need to do anything dictated by an american. We have proven that we are a more liberal society than America (gay rights is a good example of this) - the saving of the Jewish minority during WWII is another example. Maybe the Americans and all others who object to the Danish ideas on - especially the muslim minority - should think what could cause one of the most liberal countries in the world to suddenly turn 180 degrees around and start cracking down hard on the muslim minority.

The Danes have had enough of several factors and they react by lashing out. Numbers from the Danish Ministery of Economy and the Ministery of Justice show some very interesting tendencies for instance: The Muslim minority represents less than 5% of the population. Yet they are responsible for claiming more than 40% of the national benefits paid out every year. The Muslim minority represents less than 5% of the population. Yet more than 80% of young criminals charged with acts of violence in Copenhagen last year were either immigrants of 2. generation immigrants - almost exclusively from Muslim countries. It is exploitation of the welfare society that we built after the WWII that the Danes object to. It is the blatant disregard for the law and for the democracy which we encounter that naturally provokes both the population and the politicians to respond with harsh laws and an even harsher attitude to the muslim minority.

I do not deny that racism has always been present in Denmark (like in any other society on the planet) but it is within recent years that it has virtually exploded. And I still maintain that it is not for any foreign subject or union to decide that this is to be changed. If foreigners, immigrants and even the descendants of immigrants living in the country, have a problem with the politics or the population, they can work to change it (not that they will succeed) or they are more than welcome to get out and stay out.

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