The Muslim world has expressed its outrage after Danish-Swedish politician Rasmus Paludan burned his personal copy of the Qur’an outside the Turkish embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, on Saturday.
After his demonstration, various Islamic governments and thousands of Muslims erupted with diplomatic threats, Allahu Akbar marches, and demands for deadly punishments. Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has even announced it would say no to Sweden’s NATO application. However, Erdoğan and Muslim leaders’ reaction is part of a much larger plan to have the West submit to Islamic laws.
Muslim Leaders Reactions
The Turkish news agency highlighted many of the Islamic government’s reactions and their calls for Sweden to adhere to Islamic law and punish Paludan for blasphemy,
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the vile attack on our holy book, the Quran, in Sweden today (21 January), despite our repeated warnings earlier,” a Turkish Foreign Ministry statement said.
Calling the act “an outright hate crime,” the ministry said: “Permitting this anti-Islam act, which targets Muslims and insults our sacred values, under the guise of freedom of expression is completely unacceptable.”
“This despicable act is yet another example of the alarming level that Islamophobia and, racist and discriminatory movements have reached in Europe.”
“This senseless and provocative Islamophobic act hurts the religious sensitivities of over 1.5 billion Muslims around the world,” said a statement from the Pakistani Foreign Ministry.
Such actions are “not covered under any legitimate expression of the right to freedom of expression or opinion, which carries responsibilities under international human rights law, such as the obligation not to carry out hate speech and incite people to violence.”
“Pakistan’s concerns are being conveyed to the authorities in Sweden. We urge them to be mindful of the sentiments of the people of Pakistan and the Muslims worldwide and take steps to prevent Islamophobic acts,” the statement added.
The incident “hurts Muslims’ sentiments across the world and marks serious provocation,” Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah said in statements cited by the state news agency KUNA.
He called on the international community “to shoulder responsibility by stopping such unacceptable acts and denouncing all forms of hatred and extremism and bringing the perpetrators to accountability.”
“Saudi Arabia calls for spreading the values of dialogue, tolerance, and coexistence, and rejects hatred and extremism,” the Saudi Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The United Arab Emirates said it was against “all practices aimed at destabilizing security and stability in contravention of human and moral values and principles”.
Qatar condemned the Swedish authorities’ permission to burn the Holy Quran and call on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities to reject hatred and violence.
Calling it an attempt to stoke hatred and violence against Muslims, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani said some European countries under the false pretext of advocating freedom of speech “allow extremist and radical elements to spread hatred against Islamic sanctities and values”.
Kanaani said despite the strong emphasis on human rights in Islam, Europeans continue to “institutionalise anti-Islamism and Islamophobia” in their societies.
He added that the desecration of the Quran is a “clear example of spreading hatred and fueling violence against Muslims”, which has “nothing to do with freedom of speech and thought“.
Jordan “condemned the burning of a copy of the Holy Quran in the Swedish capital Stockholm, stressing the Kingdom’s rejection of this act that fuels hatred.”
It emphasised the necessity to spread the culture of peace and acceptance of the other and “condemning extremism is a collective responsibility.”
Egypt expressed its strong condemnation of the disgraceful act that provokes the feelings of hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world.
Egypt warned of the dangers of the spread of such acts that offend religions and fuel hate speech and violence, calling for upholding the values of tolerance and peaceful coexistence and preventing offense to all religions and their sanctities through such extremist practices that contradict the values of respect for religion.
Organization of Islamic Cooperation
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation bloc said the “provocative action… targets Muslims, insults their sacred values, and serves as further example of the alarming level reached by Islamophobia” and asked Sweden to punish those behind a “hate crime.”
Muslim Nations Fight To Criminalize Speech
As predicted by RAIR Foundation USA, the Qur’an burning will most likely trigger a “day of rage” in the Islamic world. A specific planned set of actions by the Turkish government that advance the cause of submission to Islam in the West through violent and usually deadly protests.
The calls for speech suppression in the wake of Paludan’s Qur’an burning is part of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) ongoing initiative to implement blasphemy laws across the world.
The OIC is an influential bloc of 57 Muslim countries whose primary objective is to pressure Europe and the United States into passing laws that would ban “negative stereotyping of Islam.” The OIC is headquartered in Saudi Arabia and funded by Islamic countries worldwide. It is the second-largest intergovernmental organization in the world after the United Nations, with a collective population reaching over 1.8 billion. Pakistan holds a very privileged status in the OIC; it is the OIC’s second-largest member in terms of population.
The European Union and the United States Democratic Party have worked closely with the OIC and UN to outlaw all forms of “Islamophobia.” The term Islamophobia was invented in the 1990s by a Muslim Brotherhood front group to help export blasphemy laws to the West. Similarly, the term “Hate speech” is the Marxist version of Islamic blasphemy laws.
The “Islamophobia” and “hate speech” scams are insidious because they shut down the most important of American values, freedom of speech.
Blasphemy Laws Introduced To America and EU
In recent years, one of the core activities of the OIC has been repeated attempts to introduce via the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) a law referred to as Resolution 16/18, forbidding any form of blasphemy, criticism, or negative comment about the Islamic religion.
Resolution 16/18 was co-sponsored by the United States, along with Pakistan. During a series of closed-door meetings over at least three years, it was spearheaded by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Following the Obama Administration’s lead, the European Union offered to help the OIC make it an international crime to criticize Islam.
In America in 2016, Eighty-two Democrats cosponsored a House Resolution (H.Res. 569) “Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States.” This resolution is very eerily similar to the UN Human Rights Commission’s Resolution 16/18.
Canada’s Motion-103 is the localized Canadian application of Resolution 16/18. Many other Western countries have found ways of circumnavigating their constitutional rights to freedom of speech in a similar manner.
The OIC has used its influence in Brussels to enact “hate speech” legislation to limit what European citizens can say. Restrictions on free speech regarding Islam-related issues are already commonplace throughout Europe. (see here, here, here, and here). The OIC aims to impose blasphemy legislation on the European Union’s 27 member states.
The attempt to enact special legislation to protect Islam in Western and secular nations is a joint Islamic and Marxist effort to stop any dissenting expression. Dissenting expression is typically any attempt to defend Western and especially American culture, values, and identity.
Should “Democratic” countries allow special rights for one group and not others? Islam, perhaps above all, embodies little tolerance for other religions – or even a lack of religion. So affording Islam – or anyone – special rights is the death knell for a society based on equal rights.
Both Islamic law (Sharia) and Marxist thought are not just incompatible with Western culture but explicitly designed to be a destructive force to the Judeo-Christian values historically associated with the West.
Muslim countries’ protests in response to Paludan’s simple act of burning a Qur’an are nothing more than an orchestrated plan specifically tailored to dismantle free expression and usher in Islamic law.
Read more of RAIR’s coverage on Rasmus Paludan:
- President of Turkic World Youth Council: ‘If I Catch this Rascal who Burned the Quran, I will Burn Him Alive’ (Video)
- Muslims Erupts After Qur’an Burning: Turkey Rejects Sweden’s NATO Membership Unless It Submits to Islamic Blasphemy Laws
- Exclusive Interview: Politician Rasmus Paludan On Why He Burns Qur’ans and Sweden Went Up in Flames (Watch)
- Danish Politician Rasmus Paludan Fights Back: Sues Sweden Over His Unconstitutional Ban (Watch)
- WATCH: Danish Politician Rasmus Paludan put on Al-Qaeda Hit List (Exclusive Interview)
- Head Of Danish Political Party Rasmus Paludan Savagely Attacked By Muslims Yet Arrested For ‘Racism’ (Exclusive Interview)
- Sharia Denmark: Head of Political Party Rasmus Paludan Heads to Prison for Crime of ‘Racism’ (Watch)
- Quran Riots in Sweden: Islamic Migrants Violently Seize Control As Police Retreat (UPDATE: 3 Rioters Shot)
- Prime Minister of Pakistan: ‘The Day Will Come when Westerners Think Twice before Disrespecting the Prophet’