Friday, September 30, 2005

Denmark: Culture minister apologises for Muslim comments

Culture minister apologises for Muslim comments

Culture Minister Brian Mikkelsen has apologised for his statements that a canon of the country's cultural heritage would serve as a tool to fight the influence of Muslim culture. The statement upset the work of the canon committee and several members threatened to resign, national broadcaster DR reported. Mikkelsen wrote on his ministry's website, that the cultural canon had no ties to any political party. 'I would also like to reject any attempt to link the cultural canon together with the right-of-centre cultural struggle, which deals with fundamentalism versus democracy. I see the non-political element as one of the cultural canon's finest qualities and have no intention of placing it inside a fixed political frame,' Mikkelsen said. Despite a crisis meeting on Thursday to resolve differences, tensions remained high between Mikkelsen and the canon committee, appointed to create a canon of 84 Danish cultural works in areas such as architecture, film, and literature. Several members of the committee threatened to abandon the project after Mikkelsen's statements at the Conservative Party's national congress. 'In the middle of our country a parallel society is developing in which minorities practice their Middle Age norms and undemocratic mindset. We cannot and will not accept this,' Mikkelsen said in his speech over the weekend, adding that the canon should be used to promote Danish values, 'because not all values are equally good'.

Minister's Muslim culture comments upset canon work

Daily newspaper Politiken questioned Mikkelsen on Tuesday as to whether he felt the canon represented a culture that is better than immigrants' own culture. 'Yes, it is better. Yes. I am an unashamed opponent of cultural relativism, because I feel some things are better than others,' he said. Members of the committee felt that Mikkelsen's comments gave the cultural canon project a political slant. 'I am simply so outraged,' said author and professor of literature Mette Winge. 'Danish culture should not be used to stigmatise an entire population group.' The chairman of the committee, Professor Jørn Lund, backed her up. 'I see the canon project as an attempt to point to a number of valuable works of art, but not as an instruction manual in Danish values. The project should be considered as a tour of good artistic experiences, not as a pointed finger,' he said.


At September 30, 2005 8:43 PM, Blogger John Sobieski said...

Ah yes, to say what is on the majority's mind is bad, and to pretend the opposite is good. That is political correctness. If we lie to ourselves and everyone else, that is good.

At September 30, 2005 10:06 PM, Blogger el greco said...

Watch out folks. These a-holes are using the "fundamentalism vs. democracy" tool. There isn't one piece of shit ahab out there that loves democracy. Not one. Except when it applies to their a-hole terrorists. BUT THEY ALL LOVE TO USE IT AGAINST DEMOCRACY (FREEDOM LOVERS). . They love the fundamentalism card. But, you can't be a jihadist without being a fundamentalist muslim. Then they love the democracy card. Sinking jihadist muslims are the same thing as fundamentalist muslims!!!

At September 30, 2005 10:08 PM, Blogger el greco said...

Culture ministers are panty-wastes. Useless as tits on a man.

At September 30, 2005 11:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Political correctness and relativism has run amuck(amok) in Denmark too. It reminds me of the story of the frog in the water:

Once upon a time a frog was put in boiling water, he jumped out immediately. This happened a few times and the frog always jumped out. The next time the frog was put in nice cool water, with the temperature gradually raised to the boiling point, until the frog was dead--never realizing what was happening to him.

In other words the relativism we put up with today is insidious--until the things we hold most dear are gone.

At October 01, 2005 6:32 AM, Blogger bordergal said...

There was a videotape made of the "Islamic Thinkers Society" (oxymoron) in NYC trampling on an American flag. One made a interesting remark when he referred to freedom of speech as a "loophole". Nice to know that he appreciates one of the key values of a constitutional republic. **spit** They were also calling for the overthrow of the US govt.

They will use our tolerance to infiltrate and destroy us.
And as far as I am concerned, the "thinkers" should be immediately arrested for sedition and either executed or imprisoned (in solitary confinement) for life.

At October 01, 2005 6:19 PM, Blogger Goll said...

I was in Copenhagen in June when the graduates were going round the centre on the open top buses and the local muslims were giving them the two fingers.

At October 03, 2005 2:57 PM, Blogger Henrik said...

TWO fingers?


At October 06, 2005 2:38 PM, Blogger Goll said...

Yeah.As in F off.


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