Tuesday, February 07, 2006

You’ll take my beer when you pry it from my cold dead fingers?

Self-image doubts are surfacing in Denmark:

Danes tend to regard their nation as a paragon of reason and liberalism, pointing to the many immigrants it has accepted in recent decades, its willingness to take part in peacekeeping but not combat, and the presence of Danish aid workers in some of the world's most wretched places.

But Muslims in Denmark — 200,000 of the country's 5.4 million people — often see a much different image. They complain of being discriminated against and being denied jobs because of their religion. Many were distressed by statements by Queen Magrethe II in an official biography last year.

There is "something scary about such totalitarianism that is also part of Islam," she said. "Resistance must sometimes be shown, although one risks getting a not-so-flattering label."

.... the comments added to tensions for Muslims in a country where the prevailing secularity, liberal sexual mores and affection for beer are deeply at odds with Islam.

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