Posted by Exile on September 20, 2007
A couple of articles in todays Jyllands Posten had me grinning into my tea and biscuits. Domestic Danish politics can be fun.
The first is a story concerning the communist old guard which has the political party name of “Enhedslisten” and the internal differences of opinion concerning their nomination of a muslim, Asmaa Abdol-Hamid, as a candidate for the Danish Parliament.
The party is splitting itself up due to some, dare I say, fundamental, differences between the old atheist communist attitudes and the “everybody is welcome in our party – even muslims and other religious nutters.” syndrome. The idea was, I believe, to curry favour with the ever increasing muslim bloc of voters that unwaveringly vote to the left of everything due to the primary source of free income which follows that particular political leaning. The dyed-in-the-wool marxists however, see it as simply outrageous that a marxist based party is now fronting a religious candidate. This is a huge deviation from the party norm and they will not tolerate it. In fact they have now started an anti-religious network within their own ranks and this is continuing to split the party. It would appear that the extremist left has no love for the islamist right after all.
Good. I have no love for communism and even less for religious fanaticism, especially the islamic type. I hope Asmaa Abdol-Hamid continues on her way through the party lines and hopefully we will be able to bury the “Enhedslisten” after the next general election.
The second article describes the battle lines being drawn between the Danish Peoples Party (DF) and the Christian Democrats. The DF is supportive of the present government and parades itself, from its powerful position in that cooperative, as the guardian of traditional Danish values. So now the Christians are up in arms over that claim. They see the DF as being intolerant of our immigrant (muslim) population and are coming out as defenders of Danish tolerance, which they obviously see as a Danish value worth hanging on to. Politically, at least, if not religiously. How a Christian political party can tolerate a muslim presence is beyond me, as those two religious fractions are poles apart when it comes to tolerance, love, peace and understanding, yada-yada and kum-ba-ya, and the latter has only one goal in life, which is the complete destruction of the former. The Christian mob is also having a hard time convincing the present government and the newly formed “Ny Alliance”, led by Naser Khader, to distance themselves from the DF.
Strange, when one thinks about these two scenarios. The communist left appears to have a common contradictory interest with the Christian right. The communist Enhedslisten is debating whether or not to front a religiously motivated person as a candidate for parliamentary election, and the Christians are coming out as tolerant defenders of muslims simply to thwart the attempts of the DF to keep them (muslims) not only out of politics, but out of the (traditionally Judeo-Christian) country. One wonders, why? Apparently, their traditional values and beliefs and dogmas are not so deeply engrained that the thought of coming elections can move them to the opposite end of the scale. Do we really want those people to govern us?
The communist, the christian and the muslim…. sounds like the start of a poor joke. Unfortunately for us, it’s serious.
Politics makes for some strange bed-fellows.