Thursday, April 21, 2005

"God save the (Danish) Queen!"

I am an unapologetic republican (with a small R), in the macro sense WRT the West. However, sometimes a royal comes out and uses their unique bully-pulpit in a way that makes me take pause.

This time the royal is Danish; and she speaks with big medicine.
Denmark's Queen Margrethe II warned against the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Denmark and the world in a new book out, saying people must on occasion "show their opposition to Islam".
"It is a challenge we have to take seriously. We have let this issue float about for too long because we are tolerant and very lazy,"

"We have to show our opposition to Islam and we have to, at times, run the risk of having unflattering labels placed on us because there are some things for which we should display no tolerance," she said.

"And when we are tolerant, we must know whether it is because of convenience or conviction,"
Where do I buy this woman a beer, and does she have any grandchildren I can introduce my daughters to.

What she gets, and people need to understand, is the multi-culturalism does not work with a culture that is antithetical to freedom and discourse as a minority-or as is often the case, even worse when they become the majority..
Queen Margrethe, who professes a knowledge of Islam due to her interest in archeology, said it was "natural that young Muslims would be attracted" to the faith's absolute values and seek refuge in religion "as they are cut off from our community because of their lack of (Danish) language skills."

"It's not just a matter of speaking and understanding" Danish, she said, but also "understanding the language's codes, and we have to help them."

The queen, who is hugely popular among Danes, is the head of the Lutheran-Evangelical Church, of which 85 percent of Denmark's 5.4 million inhabitants are members. Muslims make up about three percent of the population.
If people want to immigrate, they have to assimilate. Kind of like The Borg, but it is voluntary and you can always go home.

A strong Queen with a backbone. Being a direct descendent of Gorm the Old ahd Harald Bluetooth (both solid littoral, "From the Sea" type folks) gives her the right blood stock, at least.

Hat tip LGF.

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