Foreign Minister’s Announcement Aims to Address Religious Insults While Preserving Freedom of Speech
The Danish foreign minister announced Sunday that the government is planning to make it illegal for people to profane the Quran or any other holy religious books before foreign embassies within Denmark. Nordic country.
Foreign Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said in an interview with Danish television station DR that burning holy texts “only serves the purpose of creating division in a world that actually needs unity.”
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“That is why we have decided in the government that we will look at how, in very special situations, we can put an end to mockery of other countries, which is in direct conflict with Danish interests and the safety of the Danes,” the minister said.
A recent series of public Quran desecrations committed by a group of anti-Islamists in Denmark and the neighbouring Sweden have provoked protests throughout Muslim countries.
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Lokke Rasmussen said the Cabinet of the Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen is determined to discover “a legal tool” to restrict such actions without compromising freedom of speech, however he acknowledged that this would not be an easy task.
“There must be room for religious criticism, and we have no thoughts of reintroducing a blasphemy clause,” the minister told the DR. “But when you stand up in front of a foreign embassy and burn a Quran or burn the Torah scroll in front of the Israeli embassy, it serves no other purpose than to mock.”
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The comments came after an announcement issued late Sunday night by the Danish government that said freedom to express one of the most significant values in Danish society.
It added, however, the discretion of a Muslim sacred book of Denmark has led to the country being perceived by many countries around the globe “as a country that facilitates insult and denigration of the cultures, religions, and traditions of other countries.”
The government reiterated its condemnation of these deceitful acts, saying that they’re “deeply offensive and reckless acts committed by few individuals” and “do not represent the values the Danish society is built on.”
In Sweden the Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson posted on Instagram on Sunday Instagram that the government is looking into the legality of burning holy books like the Quran as well as other holy texts due to the resentment these actions are causing against Sweden.
“We are in the most serious security policy situation since the Second World War,” Kristersson declared.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has set up an emergency remote meeting on Monday, to talk about concerns about Quran burns occurring in Sweden as well as Denmark.
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