Denmark’s Race to the Bottom
The prospect of an Islamic takeover of Denmark becomes a real possibility.
During a discussion in May 2004, Amir Taheri noted that Islam is incompatible with democracy for the simple reason that democracy is based on one fundamental principle, namely equality.
The very concept of democracy is anathema in Islam, according to which power belongs only to God.
In Islam the people cannot have any say over legislation because Allah revealed his eternal law to his prophet 1400 years ago, wherefore it would be blasphemous for men to change a single word.
Almost all Muslim states have man-made laws, but the true believers regard these laws as an affront to their religion and the regimes upholding them as illegitimate imposters. Which goes a long way towards explaining the constant instability and occasional bloodshed throughout the Muslim world.
But surely, such medieval ideas cannot long survive a confrontation with the enlightened West? Regrettably they can.
Take Denmark as an example – a country that just a few decades ago was seen as progressive, humane, egalitarian and having one of the world’s most generous and all-encompassing welfare systems. The Danes were the world’s happiest people benefitting from a healthy dose of “social capital”, i.e. trust in each other.
When the Muslim immigration picked up speed in the 1970s followed by the world’s most generous immigration law in 1983, almost everyone took it for granted that the newcomers would eventually assimilate or at least integrate and thus blend into the native population as had happened with previous waves of immigrants. By the 1970s, the vast majority of Danes of all political persuasions, the entire media, the academic experts and the cultural establishment didn’t hesitate to call a tiny band of vociferous immigration skeptics “racists”, “xenophobes” or even “fascists”. Many of the less than enthusiastic supporters of the government’s immigration policy were permanently ostracized from polite company and prevented from writing in the press.
Alas, despite the high hopes and an untold number of billions forked over to entice the growing Muslim ummah to become Danes, the past 50 years have been marred by one disappointment after another. It has gradually dawned on a great number of Danes that the sine qua non for integration to take place is a willingness by the new arrivals to become integrated. And what would be the incentive as long as the state – at the latest count – provides a yearly net outlay of 36 billion kroner to maintain a foreign population that show few signs of gratitude but constantly complain about how ill they are being treated.
Nor should this state of affairs come as surprise.
The enormous sums wasted on integration have a further consequence. It is a sprawling number of public employees, academic experts, integration consultants, and members of state-supported NGOs eager to assist people from far away lands. The majority of these thousands of people would be out of a job, if they actually succeeded in their laudable endeavors.
But their jobs should be reasonably secure as there is no indication that Muslim integration is taking place. In fact quite the opposite is happening.
A poll published in October 2015 showed that 77% of Muslims living in Denmark believed that the Koran should be followed to the letter – up from 62% a decade earlier. As it turns out, each new Muslim generation is more “religious” than their parents and grandparents – if religious is the proper term for what is essentially a political ideology.
Gradually, however, some politicians are beginning to come clean and admit that it might nor have been such a great idea to import the 375,000 Muslims that are now estimated to be living in the country thus constituting a bit over 6% of the population – a figure that is expected to double over a few decades.
Even former Prime Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen – previously a staunch supporter of open borders – admitted in his October 2015 opening speech to the Folketing (the Danish Parliament) that integration had failed:
[Of] all immigrants from non-Western countries, not even half are working despite the fact that many have been here for 10, 20 or 30 years. That is worrying.
Rich words from a prime minister who only a month before had refused to close the Danish-German border and so allowing tens of thousands of migrants to march through the country totally unchecked.
Many Danes lost confidence in the politicians’ willingness to protect the country from foreign invasion, which was one reason why Mr. Rasmussen lost the 2019 parliamentary elections and had to resign.
Leading up to the 2019 election, the leader of the Social-Democratic Party and new Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, had promised a “firm but fair” immigration policy. That was soon forgotten, as one of her first actions was to substantially increase the monthly handouts for immigrants with children.
Nobody really has an idea of how to reverse a social reality where the Muslim population is mainly concentrated in ghettoes in and around the big cities, Copenhagen, Odense, Aarhus and Aalborg setting up Sharia zones and administering justice the Koran way.
These enclaves may aptly be described as areas ceded to a foreign power and have little in common with the rest of the country – except for their willingness to receive billions from the Danish taxpayers, who they despise.
Back to the question: What happened between 2006 and 2017 that might account for the sudden jump in Islamic devotion? If we understand that Islam’s essence is conquest until Allah’s religion reigns supreme in all corners of the Earth, it is not that difficult to explain.
The prospect of an Islamic takeover of Denmark has suddenly appeared as a distinct possibility. The Danes have but a few years to wake up to this new reality. If not, Mohammed will have his way.