Before forming your opinion, stop to consider the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’.
They are blocking foreign governments from financing mosques within their territories.
The Danish Parliament has approved a new law that bans foreign governments from financing mosques in Denmark. The measure is aimed at preventing Muslim countries, particularly Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, from promoting Islamic extremism in Danish mosques and prayer facilities.
Denmark joins a growing list of European countries — including Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland — which have taken varying degrees of action to prevent foreign governments from financing the construction and upkeep of mosques on their territories.
Why would all those countries want to block that? Is it grounded in bigotry or something else?
To answer that question let’s take a closer look at the law:
“The purpose of the Act is to prevent natural and legal persons, including foreign state authorities and state-run organizations and companies, from working against or undermining democracy and fundamental freedoms and human rights by making donations.
“The Minister of Immigration and Integration Affairs may … make a decision on whether natural and legal persons, including foreign state authorities and state-run organizations and companies that oppose or undermine democracy and fundamental freedoms and human rights, be placed on a public ban list….
“Anyone who receives one or more donations that individually or together exceed DKK 10,000 (€1,350; $1,600) within 12 consecutive calendar months, from a natural or legal person who is included on the public ban list … is punishable by a fine.
“Anyone who … has received one or more donations that individually or together exceed DKK 10,000 within 12 consecutive calendar months … must return the donation to the donor within 14 days from the time when the person in question became or should have become aware of this….” –Gatestone
Legislation source can be found here. You will note that the legislation carefully avoides mentioning gropus or individuals by name, even calling them ‘lawful’.
What, exactly, are they trying to prevent this funding from being used for?
That was explained by Foreign Minister Mattias Tesfaye:
“Today there are extreme forces abroad that are trying to turn our Muslim citizens against Denmark and thus divide our society. Several times in recent years, the media have reported on Danish mosques receiving millions from the Middle East, among others. The government will oppose this.
“This bill is an important step towards fighting attempts by Islamic extremists to gain ground in Denmark. With this, we can take a targeted approach to the donations that undermine the values on which Danish society is based.
“The bill will not solve all the problems that extreme Islamists and anti-democratic forces can give rise to. But it is a good step on the road, and it will be a benefit to society every time we can stop an anti-democratic donation in Denmark.” –Gatestone
It is a matter of fact, not of opinion, that some of the extremism seen rising in Denmark has been traced back to specific large and influential mosques that have received well over $1M USD in foreign funding.
Some of the foreign funding examples the article goes on to describe include The Taiba Mosque, which had a number of members convicted of terror offences and was funded by Saudis, the Grand Mosque of Copenhagen funded by Quatar and home of a group that would be rebroadcasting Hamas-based television, which will ‘not be a moderate mosque and will present integration problems’.
Turkey has bankrolled 27 mosques.
People from across various parties agree in principle with the following idea, each giving their own variations of the key concepts, which we have highlighted in bold:
“I take a deep distance from the extreme forces in Danish mosques. It is a real problem if donations are made from organizations that want to undermine fundamental democratic values. That is why I am glad that there is broad political agreement on the main ideas in the forthcoming bill. The bill may not necessarily solve all problems, but it is an important step in the right direction.” –Gatestone
To sum up…
Denmark, like much of Europe has been grappling with the consequences of the immigration surge of 2015. There has been a significant influx of the presence of Islam throughout Europe, but alongside it has come the growth of more virulent and extremist strains of Islam as well.
Those communities have not only made life less safe for those of every relgion (and none) who would prefer to live in peace, but it also puts a dangerous strain on the democratic institutions of Denmark that hurts both native-born and naturalized citizens alike.
They are pumping the brakes on any foreign-based funding mechanisms for these mosques so that such financial gifts won’t cause domestic mosques to become financially dependent to and therefor fall under the sway of foreign actors with malignant ideologies.
It’s not a silver bullet for dealing with violent extremism, but it pumps the brakes.
Is this something Americans should consider? Would anyone here have the stones to do it if it was? Or has everyone with power bought into the ‘evil white devils’ and ‘domestic terrorists’ narrative already?
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