Skip to comments.Denmark: How one local decision created a national ‘War on Christmas’
Posted on 11/15/2012 3:09:07 PM PST by SeekAndFind
The Kokkedal housing association decided to forego a Christmas tree, leading to charges of racism and fears of a Muslim takeover.
Christmas is typically such a festive time, but for one housing association in the Zealand town of Kokkedal, it has, thus far, been anything but.
It all started when the associations nine-person board, five of whom are Muslim, voted against having a Christmas tree this year. They apparently balked at the estimated 7,000 kroner of the tree, but had earlier had no qualms about spending some 60,000 kroner on a party celebrating the Muslim holiday of Eid.
Nearly immediately after news of the decision broke, the story of the axed Christmas tree was taken up by the Danish media with gusto after several politicians and commentators suggested it demonstrated an intolerance towards Danish customs held by the minority Muslim population. Before we knew it, Denmark was in the midst of a War on Christmas.
It is deeply troubling that our integration efforts have failed so badly that Danish traditions are removed and replaced by Muslim traditions the moment there is a Muslim majority, Konservative MP Tom Behnke told DR News. This is an example of a lack of respect for Danish traditions and culture. We should not want a Denmark where Danish traditions disappear when there is a Muslim majority present.
Local newspaper Frederiksborg Amts Avis, which broke the story on its front page last week on Wednesday, reported that there is deep frustration that the new majority on the board is not representative of the views of the Egedalsvænge housing complexs residents, and not least of its many Muslims.
The newspaper added that the decision had led to tensions by creating an us against them attitude in the housing complex. And create tension it did.
Karin Leegaard Hansen, a 29-year-resident of Egedalsvænge, was elected as the chair of the residents association in September.
The vast majority of the residents support the Christmas party, maybe 99 percent, but a majority of the board still voted against it, Hansen told Jyllands-Posten.
But not everyone on the board could agree on why the proposal to have a Christmas tree was rejected.
No-one wanted to take on the responsibility of getting it, one board member, Ismail Mestasi, told the press. A vote was taken and it ended as it ended. I dont celebrate Christmas, but I was asked to get the tree. And I didnt want to.
But Hansen denied this and has said she offered to take on the responsibility, but that her offer was not noted down in the minutes of the meeting.
The situation inside Egedalsvænget was inflamed even further over the weekend when two journalists from TV2 News escaped unharmed after their van was attacked by 25 masked individuals.
The journalists had gone to the housing complex to report on a petition that was gathering signatures of those who had lost confidence in the housing associations board.
After the men arrived and exited the van, the attackers promptly began throwing bricks and cobblestones at it. The attackers shouted slurs at the journalists, such as Neo-Nazi, and told them to leave.
Following the attack, the head of TV2 News condemned the treatment of his journalists.
Its completely outrageous that things like this happen, but Im glad it was only our hardware that was attacked and that our personnel were unharmed, Jacob Nybroe told Jyllands-Posten newspaper. But its disappointing that we cant cover the news everywhere in Denmark.
The North Zealand Police has said it is now investigating the incident.
Hard feelings over the axed Christmas tree spread far beyond Egedalsvænget as well, threatening to turn into a nationwide conflict between Muslims and ethnically Danish Christians. The Islamic association, Islamisk Trossamfund, told Ekstra Bladet that it has received some threatening phone calls since the issue was first covered.
We have received direct threats, verbal abuse and other forms of taunting as though it was us who were responsible for this case, spokesperson Imran Shah said, before adding that Muslims are not allowed to deny other groups their right to celebrate their holidays.
Many were so affected by the boards decision that they offered to step forward and save Christmas with their own funds. Political leaders and private citizens alike offered to pay for all or part of the Christmas celebrations.
Jonas Birger-Christensen, a small business owner from Hellerup, has offered to pay 7,000 kroner for the Christmas party and 7,000 kroner for next years Eid celebration.
Despite the offer, the drama looks unlikely to subside anytime soon.
Police have announced they are now investigating an accusation of racism made against the board.
It needs to be determined to what extent the decision by the Muslim members of the board to first vote yes to a 60,000 kroner Eid party, then no to a 8,000 kroner Christmas tree to celebrate Christian traditions, violates laws by discriminating against Christians and their traditions, police spokesperson Karsten Egtved wrote in his report.
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COPENHAGEN: A Danish housing estate that scrapped its traditional Christmas celebrations shortly after holding a costly Muslim Eid celebration has snowballed into an angry nationwide debate amid charges of racism.
Five out of nine members of the tenants’ board voted in late October to cancel their annual Christmas tree and party in Kokkedal, 30 kilometers (20 miles) north of Copenhagen.
The vote came shortly after a large communal celebration of the Muslim holiday Eid had been organised by the association.
The issue has since escalated in the Danish media, with a focus on divisions between Muslim and Christian members of the tenants’ board.
On Tuesday, some readers of Denmark’s national newspapers and users of social media sites were outraged by the decision and the cost of the Eid party, which was said to have been around 60,000 Danish kroner (8,050 euros, $10,200), compared to 7,000 kroner for the Christmas event.
The issue “is another example of how Muslim immigrants cut slice after slice off of our traditions and customs until there is nothing left to cut”, reader Mogens Justesen wrote in a comment to conservative daily Jyllands-Posten on Tuesday.
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Japan is a rich and modern country. I cannot imagine in 1,000 years some minority coming in and telling them they felt OFFENDED by seasonal oshyoGatsu/Christmas decorations around the city and train stations.
It would provoke befuddlement and then assaults.
They’d get thrown out of the country.
Sweden and Denmark are already so far off the track in the destruction of their noble heritage that I doubt if they’ll ever recover. Europe is caving in to the pagan muslims and will never the the same. They don’t know how to say “GO TO HELL.”
Does anyone know the general history of muslims moving to Denmark? When did it start? Where did most of them come from? Just curious how they got the moslem parasitic infection.
Elections have Consequences.
Who elected these Islamics to their offices in the first place?
5 of them yet.
They got what they wanted.
Just as the US got what the majority wanted and we have a Muslim president again.
RE: Who elected these Islamics to their offices in the first place?
Muslims did. The district where this happened has a relatively large Muslim population.
Lest you think this is Euro style grimy, soot ridden pesthole full of industrial waste and garbage strewn about - you know, where minorities are caged, take a good look at the photos. Lots of trees and green space, right in town.
Very nice 4 story apartments, well maintained. Just the kind of condo project you would love to live in once you were retired, eh?
Now then - hard to believe folks living here would hate Christmas, right?
Locals stepped in and provided funding for the celebration, the hard feelings were free.
Now, they will go from failed integration to tense segregation to violent confrontation. Congratulations! You have a balkanized country! And, it wont take long in tiny Denmark.
RE: Sweden and Denmark are already so far off the track in the destruction of their noble heritage that I doubt if theyll ever recover
The population of Malmö, Sweden today is 300,000.
Malmo, where Muslim immigrants comprise 30 to 40 percent of the population, sees between 50 and 100 anti-Semitic incidents per year. In 2010 the number of incidents doubled previous year’s, with 79 complaints recorded.
RE: Does anyone know the general history of muslims moving to Denmark? When did it start? Where did most of them come from? J
During the 1980s and 1990s a number of Muslim asylum seekers came to Denmark. In the 1980s mostly from Iran, Iraq, Gaza and the West Bank and in the 1990s mostly from Somalia and Bosnia. Some of those who sought asylum had been charged with terrorism in their home countries.’
The asylum seekers comprise about 40% of the Danish Muslim population.
Previously, the majority of Muslims who immigrated to Denmark did so as part of family reunification. The Danish parliament has passed a law in 2002 making family reunification harder. It was also implemented to counter forced marriages by ensuring that both parties are at least 24 years old and so considered old enough to enter a marriage without being forced to do so. The new law requires the couple to both be above the age of 24 and requires the resident spouse to show capacity to support both persons of the couple.
Denmark, I believe, stopped all Muslim immigraiton and have expelled some of them and taken other steps to pressure them to assimilate — that later course is a waste of time. Just throw them out of the country. End of problem.
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Muslim Demographics and watch the 7:31 video...
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CBN: Malmö, Sweden: Growing Muslim Influence
The Problem of Islam in Europe
Things most don’t pay attention to - want to download these - go to my website and they are there...
I suggest also downloading: http://babylonscovertwar.com/Analysis/CoughlinExtremistJihad.pdf
Outstanding read...afterwards, drink a cup of tea and relax while out elected leaders try to bargain with these monsters...
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Damned shame. The world is getting a wake up call I hope we answer the phone.
It is deeply troubling that our integration efforts have failed so badly that Danish traditions are removed and replaced by Muslim traditions the moment there is a Muslim majority,
Uh-huh. I know I am shocked....
Amazing. Considering what Denmark was barely 20 years ago. Sad.
Thanks for the link...