We have been told that all we need is equality. If all people were equal, then we would all get along. But, we are finding it harder and harder to reach this place of equality. The reason is not that the “oppressive” class of people do not want to share their rights with the “oppressed.” Rather, we see that to get to equal; some expect to be privileged.
One place that this can be seen in in the area of religion. In the West, Christianity would be regarded as the religion in power. The Christian religion has had no success like that found in Western culture, but now, we see that this has changed.
A man who burned the Islamic holy book in his backyard has been charged with blasphemy, in a move his lawyer speculates was driven by fear of Muslim extremists. The attempted prosecution is the first of its kind in nearly 50 years.
The 42-year-old man from Jutland uploaded video footage of a Quran being lit on fire, which he posted to a Facebook group called ‘Yes to freedom – no to Islam’ in December last year.
“It is the prosecution’s view that circumstances involving the burning of holy books such as the Bible and the Quran can, in certain cases, be a violation of the blasphemy clause, which covers public scorn or mockery of religion,” said chief prosecutor Jan Reckendorff in a statement.
Now, this is clearly a breach of Danish law. In Denmark, no one is allowed to criticize another’s religion or beliefs. So, for me, the charge is not the point. It is that they do not say anything until the Muslim religion is involved.
The defendant’s lawyer, Rasmus Paludan, said that his client had burned the Quran in self-defense, asserting that the Islamic holy book “contains passages on how Mohammed’s followers must kill the infidel, i.e. the Danes”.
“Therefore, it’s an act of self-defense to burn a book that in such a way incites war and violence,” he told the New York Times.
Noting that it’s “legal to burn a Bible in Denmark,” highlighting how in 1997 a Danish artist set fire to and burned a copy of the Bible on state television in Denmark but was not charged, Mr. Paludan said he is “surprised that it would be guilty to burn the Quran.”
Once again, to be equal, you must be special.