Lars Hedegaard interview: ‘I may be killed if I write this’

Lars Hedegaard, founder of Denmark’s Free Press Society, speaks from a secret location after an attempt on his life

16 February 2013

9:00 AM

16 February 2013

9:00 AM

The assassin came to his home dressed as a postman. When the historian and journalist Lars Hedegaard opened his front door, the man — whom Lars describes as ‘looking like a typical Muslim immigrant’ in his mid-twenties — fired straight at his head. Though Hedegaard was a yard away, the bullet narrowly missed. The mild-mannered scholar (70 years old) then punched his assailant in the head. The man dropped the gun, picked it up and fired again. The gun jammed and the man ran off. More than a week later, he has yet to be found.

Hedegaard has had to leave his home and is under police protection at an undisclosed location. A week after the attempt to murder him we manage to speak by phone.

‘We have had quite a few attempts to silence people here. [The Danish cartoonist] Kurt Westergaard was almost killed a couple of years ago by a man from Somalia who came to his house and broke into it with an axe and tried to kill him. We still have prominent politicians under police guard, the former leader of the Danish People’s Party Pia Kjærsgaard, and also the former Conservative politician Naser Khader, who is of Syrian descent, a liberal Muslim. And now me.’

A well-known figure in Denmark, Hedegaard’s profile rose after the mainstream media’s capitulation in the wake of the Mohammed cartoons affair. He set up the Free Press Society, an organisation which campaigns for the rights of journalists and cartoonists to express themselves without fear of murder. When I addressed them in Copenhagen a couple of years ago, I was given a thank-you present of a mug with the cartoon of Mohammed’s face on the side: a Mo mug. Hedegaard recently launched a newspaper called Dispatch International, which aims to break the silence of the Scandinavian media over issues to do with the EU, climate change, immigration and Islam. Two years ago Hedegaard was put on trial for ‘hate-speech’. He was unanimously acquitted.

But given the areas he has dealt in and what has happened to his colleagues, did he not guess that something like this might -happen?


‘I never speculated about that, because you can’t live your life that way. If every time you sit down to your computer to write something you have this idea in the back of your head, “I may be killed if I write this”, then of course you won’t be as good as you could be. You’ve got to distance yourself from fear if you want to be a true writer and a true intellectual, which is what I’m trying to be.’

And why do people keep trying to silence such defenders of free speech in Denmark, Holland and across Europe? He paraphrases the historian Bernard Lewis: ‘The leaders of the Ummah [Islamic nation] now evidently believe, or want to demonstrate, that Sharia law has already gained force in places like Denmark. In other words it has supplanted our constitution in their minds. Of course it didn’t use to be that way, it used to be the way that you could draw Mohammed or paint him or say whatever you wanted in the Dar al-Harb [‘The Land of War’ — as opposed to the ‘Land of Islam’] because this was outside what Islam considered to be its territory. Now they are implicitly claiming that we are already under Sharia law.’

But what of those who say, ‘Well, he ought to have known. This is what happens if you upset or provoke people’?

‘I don’t want to brag and put myself on a level where I don’t belong, but you could have said the same thing about the White Rose in Germany, the resistance group. They ought to have known that if they said something about Nazism, they would be killed. Or you could say the same thing about the Danish resistance movement during the German occupation. It was said to them: do not go out and sabotage. Collaborate and shut up, otherwise you’ll get to a concentration camp and you’ll be executed. You could have said the same thing to Winston Churchill or the British Army — why the hell make trouble? You know what’s going to happen if you resist — you’ll be killed. Yes, and many of them were.’

‘It’s not because I’m a hero or I want to be a martyr. Far from it. I take it seriously that people, Danish taxpayers many years ago, paid for me to get a university education at a very good university in Denmark, where I learnt about history, humanities, logic and philosophy, and English by the way. I feel an obligation to use my education for what it was meant to be. If not, then you don’t deserve to be educated. If your education is to be used to shut up, placate, downplay, sweet talk, then you are better off being a carpenter.’

And what of the media, which — particularly after the smears around the failed prosecution — have regularly portrayed him as a bigot? Do they have any culpability in this? Hedegaard is reluctant to apportion secondary blame, but finally says this:

‘You can certainly say that if you are constantly presented as an enemy of the people, as I have been, then you are fair game for any lunatic. You cannot blame some lunatics for thinking that you can easily come and kill me, because if you read all this day in and day out, year in and year out, the man is an absolute lunatic and full of lies and bile and what not, you can get him with impunity. Yes, of course I think it plays a role.’

And what happens now? ‘Well, the paper survives, we are more determined than ever that they should not take us down, come what may. What happens to me, I don’t know. I am fully prepared to stay alive to the best of my ability and I am more eager than ever to write my opinion and try to bring it across. Somebody must not like what I’m saying, so that’s all the more reason to continue saying it.’

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  • http://twitter.com/mrqblank Martin Blank

    brilliant article Douglas, thank you for covering such an inspiring man

    • ThorsTheTroll

      Time to proactively take care of Islamic radicals in our midst. Fair’s fair.

  • http://twitter.com/Slickepelle Jonas

    In a perfect world all European newspapers would print at least one picture of Muhammed on their front pages tomorrow(tv-channels and public institutions should show them as well). That way we could protect public intellectuals like Hedegaard, Vilks, Murray etc. The islamists would be confused about whom to target and we would all gain safety by numbers and solidarity.

    • Daniel Maris

      A perfect world? No, I think that could have been done in an IMperfect world. It just required someone with drive, egotism, obstinancy to get there….a Geldof of journalism. However, I think the moment has probably passed – at least for now.

      The newspapers should all have depicted Mohammed in various ways – mostly respectful one would imagine – including using many images from the Muslim world. Not only that, they should have incorporated such imagery into the mastheads in microscopic form.

      • http://twitter.com/Slickepelle Jonas

        Good point. Another option is to print the cartoons on the Euro bills. That would be cool!

        • http://twitter.com/RSPW_DEP David Powell

          Well that’s about all the Euro bills will be good for soon…. But yeah, kudos to this guy’s guts. In the West people mock Christianity openly, knowing there is no repercussion, but satire or discussion of Islam is feared by the same “rebels.” They’re just punks, this guy has guts.

  • mightymark

    “Hedegaard recently launched a newspaper called Dispatch International, which aims to break the silence of the Scandinavian media over issues to do with the EU, climate change, immigration and Islam. ”

    Am I , I wonder alone in noting an oddity in this combination of issues. Insofar as countering climate change would reduce our dependence on oil, it would free us all up of our dependence on nations that promote radical (i.e. conservative) Islam. Melanie Phillips seems to be a victim of this mindset too.

    I take the point that some feel climate change is being pushed dishonestly but sometimes it might pay to just shut up about something you dislike if opposing it gives free pass to something you dislike even more.

    • Veroniqua

      add the United Nations and the Muslim Brotherhood to that combination and it comes together very well.

  • Veroniqua

    Thank you Douglas for supporting one of the real heroes of this world. People who stand up for what they believe is right.

  • Raman_Indian123

    The West deserves this, for idolising a Middle Eastern despotic cult. This is what Christianity is like, taken seriously.

    • Daniel Maris

      It’s OK – most Christians don’t take monotheism seriously just as most Hindus don’t take polytheism seriously. 🙂

      • http://www.facebook.com/christopher.lake.967 Christopher Lake

        The fact that so many professing Christians don’t take their faith seriously is one reason for the rise of Islamic extremism. Another reason is outright secularism. Both reasons are suicidal to the future of the West.

        • marahnatha

          Exactly. Our real problems are spiritual. God has always used the descendants of Esau and Ishmael to vex His people until they return to Him. We have had our heritage stripped from us by our tolerance of liberalism and secularism. What waits for us in the future is being determined by our responce to God’ call on our lives today.

    • marahnatha

      Yes, damn those Christians for building hospitals, ending slavery, fighting nazis, creating charities of all kinds, even in the midst of their enemies. What has hinduism done for the world but keep it’s believers in a caste systemthey can’t get out of?

      • Verandaguy

        In all fairness, while the Christians might’ve been good people, the church — especially the Catholic church — was completely fucked up. They halted the progress of science for centuries, making those hospitals damn near obsolete for the longest time. Ending slavery was cool, but starting it wasn’t.

    • Colonel Mustard

      Deserves what? The outcome requires a catalyst. The executed an executioner. Don’t dress your simple hate and spite up as something only created by your victims. Don’t write the West off either. There may be traitors and appeasers aplenty but there also good men and true. Wait and see.

    • Gail Holl

      Jesus told us to “love our enemies”, but he didn’t say be stupid, either. We can defend ourselves.
      Mohamed on the other hand, was into killing the infidel (meaning at the time Jews, I think, because of the split between Moses’ sons, but has now extended to everyone), so the Muslems concept is to slash and burn.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Petra-Thompson/100000036809170 Petra Thompson

        Mecca was a multi-cultural city at the time (largely pagan). They allowed Mohammed to preach his new-fangled “religion” for 15 years, but in the end they had enough of him abusing their gods. (If you tried to abuse islam in Mecca now, you wouldn’t last 15 minutes, never mind 15 years). Mohammed declared war on the pagans and left Mecca. The islamic calendar dates from the day he turned islam into a religion of war.

        Then the tolerant multi-culturalist jews in Medina took him in. Some of them objected to the Profit of 20%, so he declared war on jews too.

        Under islam, jews and christians are to be made into serfs. Those who follow other religions were to be killed or turned into slaves. One way or another, all must be made to submit to islam. No authority is permitted to be above islam.

    • http://allraunderdanigast.blogspot.se/ Allra underdånigast

      Tough talk from someone whose ancestors obviously were out taking a whizz when religions were handed out.

  • Raman_Indian123

    The Muslims are real believers in monotheism. Only one God, only one truth. Anyone not accepting an infidel.
    So what? That is Christianity too, taken seriously. Those who SAY they are monotheists must be ready to pay the price of monotheism.
    Zero sympathy.

    • marahnatha

      It must be great to be a polytheist. You can change right & wrong just by changing which god you worship that week or minute.

  • Raman_Indian123

    I respect Muslims for taking monotheism seriously. The Christians deserve what happens to them. It couldn’t have happened to nicer guys.

    • chris_xxxx


    • marahnatha

      It couldn’t happen to stupider people because they tolerate people like you that should be deported.

    • DGStuart

      Fuck off you Islamofascist cunt.

  • moderate Guy

    “If your education is to be used to shut up, placate, downplay, sweet talk, then you are better off being a carpenter.” Yes, of course most of those who “shut up, placate, downplay [and] sweet talk” could be competent carpenters, or competent anything for that matter. Which is why they are “mainstream journalists”.

    • ntt1

      Any carpenter displaying those wimpy characteristics would end up pitched off a roof.Carpentry is a serious demanding trade that no journalist could hope to perform. not even to heft the tool pouch.

  • Daniel Maris

    I can’t read the article until I buy my dead tree copy tomorrow! 🙂

  • Colin Reeves

    Sobering, but good to hear what it’s like in the real Denmark. Rather puts in perspective the liberal tosh that is “Borgen”.

    • logdon


      A bit like The Thick of It on temazipam.

  • Icebow

    It’s good to see that at least one important British journal is prepared to address the real danger, and false harmlesness, of Islam. ‘Political correctness’ (which should always have quotation marks, unless one is a cultural Marxist) has gone far beyond a joke and is now a pervasive totalitarianism throughout Europe, upheld by a heavy majority of journalists, academics, teachers, social workers etc.. It is without question a ploy originally aimed at subverting the West, and now with its own momentum. Comparisons drawn between the EU and the Soviet Union are not fanciful. Moreover, the UN now appears to be about as useful as its predecessor, what with the 53-nation Organization of Islamic Co-operation doing its best to have criticism of Islam made a crime throughout the world, as would amount to the first step in a global application of Sharia law. The longer the present malaise is allowed to continue, the nastier the eventual correction is likely to be. The more strides made by moderate and not-so-moderate Muslims in the West, the more the real Muslims will make their presence felt. How will the liberal-Left feel when they find they have facilitated the destruction of, for example, all musical instruments and all figurative art? Consider, just for starters (a) the plight of the Jews of Malmo and (b) the nature of Lisa Wangsness of the Boston Globe.

  • nibbles


    “Heh heh heh!!!! Heh heh heh!!!!! I am going to vote Cameron. This boy has his head screwed on right. More Indians is the best future for the UK. We are already the biggest investors here.”

    Serious India, a country that where a women cannot walk down the street without being raped, a country so corrupt, so inane. Please , it took 20,000 Brit’s to control 400 million Indian’s, don’t even think your on the same level.
    China is a country with a true potential, India is a 3rd world backwater, always has, always will be, to think the country that gave the world civilization, the industrial revolution, need’s Indian’s is fanciful.India in the 21st century is a country of Call centre’s and tea grower’s, nothing more.

  • nibbles


    “Hinduism outdated? What makes you so sure? It was good enough for a man of the calibre of Gandhi.”

    you mean Ghandi, the Racist who hated black people,Mahatma i think was his name


    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Warren-Raymond/571222564 Warren Raymond

      Much overrated, in just about every way. And a Jew-hater to boot…

      • Bob339

        Can’t have been all bad then, eh?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Petra-Thompson/100000036809170 Petra Thompson

      100 years ago Mahatma Gandhi was attempting to keep the Caliphate alive. Now islamo-nazis are doing the same thing. No wonder Indians assassinated the traitor.

  • andy_gill

    As long as men like Lars Hedegaard exist, the fight against Islamization is not yet lost.

  • george washington

    it is perfectly justified to blame it on all muslims rather than painstakingly separating terrorism from religion. As an Indian origin US immigrant I am aware first hand how muslims are downplaying role of isam in terrorism, conveniently brushing aside ‘a few misguided men doing this’. It is the social scientists who must come out with their analysis as to why only one faith generates this hatred; whereas, the other ideologies that generate violence and crime dont have the crutch of religion to support their agenda. Some Maoists in India are terrorists and they are anti religion in their cognition. similarlytake the example of massive killings going on in Mexico which is the handiwork of drug mafia and, who again have no religious link whatsoever. It is therefore much easier to eliminate religion based terrorism. All that is needed is for their coreligionists to come out in open and call out names of those jihadis who vocally oppose the democratic governments, writers, media and people and call for jihad. If all muslims universally oppose and condemn Taliban, Lashkar Toiba, Al Qaida, jaishe mohammed etc etc. soon those men feel the heat. Most good muslims sadly adopt apologist attitude helping the jihadi world , so lets ask god muslims to rise and act. ASHOK, India

  • http://www.facebook.com/eriklk Erik Køie

    There should be no doubt at all that the attack on Hedegaard is an attack on the entire Danish democracy. There’s no room for equivocation about that fact.

    That being said, Hedegaard is in no way an intellectual. He’s a paranoid, hateful bigot who has no intellectual integrity at all. Compare the way he’s trying to use this situation to further his radical positions with his comments in the wake of the Breivik attack in Norway (Breivik was of course a fan of Hedegaard’s).

    In this interview he insinuates that the people in the media who call him out on his hate-speech (and I should note that I am 100% against any laws on hate-speech or racism – I believe in completely free speech and I applaud the work Hedegaard has been doing to get rid of antiquated Danish laws on this subject [I also support the newspapers who posted the cartoons]) are partially to blame for some deranged guy trying to attack him. But he vehemently refused any association with Breivik’s actions, even though we know that his paranoid ramblings directly influenced Breivik. In the same way he did not accept that the Breivik attack should influence the policy or the debate about immigration and Islam in Scandinavia, but on the same day he was attacked he called for this attack being the impetus for crushing anti-Muslim laws in Denmark. He’s a hypocrite of the worst kind.

    The only reason anyone would paint him as a brave public intellectual (apart maybe from ignorance about his actual record) is that they share in his paranoid bigotry.

    Of course, again, the values of democracy and free speech means that especially the right of bigots to say hateful and crazy things must be protected. That’s why this attack is such a huge deal, and why all of Danish society feels under attack now. If Hedegaard had any class he would realize this and see that this is about something much more important than him or his views, and he would stop exploiting this situation politically.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Petra-Thompson/100000036809170 Petra Thompson

      “even though we know that his paranoid ramblings directly influenced Breivik.”

      And we know that the paranoid ramblings of Mohammed are directly responsible for over 20,000 terrorist attacks by muslims in the last decade.

      You are a hypocrite of the worst kind.

      • http://www.facebook.com/eriklk Erik Køie

        Where did I defend Muhammad or terrorists? I’m not sure you understand what hypocrisy actually means.

        There’s no doubt there are thousands of Muslim imams and Islamist ideologues who make even more hateful statements than Mr Hedegaard. That does not justify his statements which are meant to delegitimize ordinary muslim citizens.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Petra-Thompson/100000036809170 Petra Thompson

          “which are meant to delegitimize ordinary muslim citizens”.

          No muslim is allowed to criticse islam. No muslim is allowed to excise the commands to kill unbelievers. Muslims are to emulate Mohammed (who beheaded 700 jews in one day, and sold their women & children off as slaves).

          On what basis are we to distinguish between ordinary muslims and extrarodinary muslims? An imam is no-one special. He is not a member of a church hierarchy. He does not require a degree in theology. Any muslim man can stand up and be an imam.

          • http://www.facebook.com/eriklk Erik Køie

            You speak as if every muslim is a theologian. No catholic is allowed to use birth control, yet the great majority in Western societies do. People are not mindless robots blindly following orders from ideologues. I know plenty of muslims who criticize Islam. I think you should recognize that a model of how humans ought to behave is never going to be a substitute for their actual behavior, which is a lot more complex.

            Not that any of this is relevant to my criticism of Hedegaard or to the claims made in the piece in question. (And I’m still waiting for Mr Murray to clarify his misleading statement that Mr Hedegaard was unanimously acquitted for hate-speech.)

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Petra-Thompson/100000036809170 Petra Thompson

            “I know plenty of muslims who criticize Islam.”

            They might do it in private they won’t do it in public. Otherwise when the islamic nazi party Hibz ut Tahrir has 10000 tanned fascists at their conferences, we’d see 10000 tanned anti-fascists outside. But we don’t. I was at a meeting about islamo-fascism last week where a secular muslim (with 30 years of political activism) stood up in front of 200 non-muslims and said “don’t expect us to criticise islam – we can’t”.

            “No catholic is allowed to use birth control, yet the great majority in Western societies do.”

            Yet the vast majority of muslim women in western society are wearing a veil. And studies show that the younger muslims in Britain are 3x more orthodox in their views than their grandparents’ generation.

          • Daniel Maris

            Don’t overdo it Petra. You say veil but I think you mean head covering (or more, as the case may be). And what’s the point of saying “tanned” – so we can all conclude that EDL are secretly racist? What does “tanned” mean to you?

          • SNCO

            Erik, it is probably futile to argue with the likes of so many posting here, like Petra (whose grey matter no doubt resembles her Greek Christian name). Many of the negatively polarized in this matter have never really known or befriended a Muslim, traveled to a Muslim country, and certainly never lived among Muslims here or abroad. What they know of Islam and Muslims is brief enough to print on a cereal box.

            Meanwhile, the international news reveals that some 4,500 Danish teenagers are busy exporting the age-old Danish cultural values of drunken mayhem during a school break holiday in Prague last week. Those damn liturgically confirmed snowy-white Lutherans are at it again!

    • DGStuart


      • http://www.facebook.com/eriklk Erik Køie

        That’s a bigoted term and I really expect The Spectator to remove your comment if they want to be taken seriously.

        • Daniel Maris

          Pro-censorship as well, despite claiming to believe in free speech.

          • Verandaguy

            There’s free speech, and there’s hate speech. If what you say offends someone, you should yourself have the good sense to either apologize, or delete the comment.

          • Daniel Maris


            What you are saying to me in that comment offends me. Please apologise or delete the comment.

          • Verandaguy

            In what way does it offend you? Is it discriminating against your racial or religious background? Does it make light of any physical or mental disabilities you, or anyone else may have? What about someone else’s? Does it discriminate against, or try to single out in a derogatory manner, a group of people, or a person?

            A comment that conflicts with another person’s opinion isn’t offensive. They’re just different opinions, and reason for a debate. I suggest you review the definition of “offensive” (actually, I’ll save you some time: the most relevant Webster’s definition is “causing displeasure or resentment”).

        • Albert

          Deranged dhimmi

        • DGStuart

          How about this then:

          Fuck you, you dhimmi cunt.

          That should do it.

    • Daniel Maris

      You’ll have to give some examples of the “paranoid ramblings”. So far all we’ve had is your assertions.

      If you mean he has warned of violent civil conflict if Muslim immigration continues into the future at current rates, well I am not sure how that is “paranoid” when nearly all states with Muslim populations above about 25% currently suffer or have recently suffered violent civil conflict: Tunisia, Libya, Morocco, Egypt, Israel-Palestine, Lebanon, Bahrain, Kashmir, Maldives, Algeria, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Azerbaijan, Bosnia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nigeria, Mali, Somalia, Sudan…need I go on? How is that paranoid? It’s simply a reasonable projection based on factual analysis.


    • http://allraunderdanigast.blogspot.se/ Allra underdånigast

      Exploiting the situation? You mean being upset in public because someone tried to murder him? How inconsiderate of him. He should have know that some pinkos might be ill at ease by that, and that is of course far worse than actual terrorism.

    • http://twitter.com/kevint1972 Kevin T

      Is it really “bigoted” or “paranoid” to hate a religion, a significant number of whose believers feel they are justified in killing those who insult it? If these were Catholics murdering those who criticise Jesus or the Pope, I wonder how many “progressive” liberals would be cautioning us not to be bigoted against them?

  • http://www.facebook.com/eriklk Erik Køie

    By the way, this is not true: “Two years ago Hedegaard was put on trial for ‘hate-speech’. He was unanimously acquitted.”

    The case in point was this video: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=fed_1304449992

    And he was fined DKK 5000 by a lower Danish court for racist statements. He was later acquitted on the technicality that his statements were not meant for publication. The Danish Supreme Court did note that the statements were a violation of Danish hate-speech laws.

    Now, as I mentioned in my other post, I object to Denmark even having these laws on the book, but the absence of those laws would only make it more important that the rest of society in no unclear terms label statements like these as hateful bile.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Petra-Thompson/100000036809170 Petra Thompson

      “the absence of those laws would only make it more important that the rest of society in no unclear terms label statements like these as hateful bile.”

      Maybe when commands like “kill the unbelievers wherever you find them” have been excised from the koran has hate speech, then those who want to damn islam and muslims should moderate their views. Instead, we’ve had the looney left telling us for 30 years that “islam is the religion of peace”.

      25% of the books found in 100 mosques in Britain contained commands to kill homosexuals. (That the % was not higher does not mean that the other 100 mosques did not contain such books; the researchers could not check every book in every mosque).

      • http://www.facebook.com/eriklk Erik Køie

        There is no doubt that there’s a ton of bigoted and hateful (and dangerous) Muslims in the world, and that a lot of those are in positions of religious power. That is just not the question here.

        Hopefully the bar to be labelled a public intellectual is higher than just saying that the ends basically justify the means.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Petra-Thompson/100000036809170 Petra Thompson

          When the media are prepared to demonise someone like Pim Fortuyn, comparing him to Mussolini, Goebbels, etc. leading to his assassination by a vegan outside the Dutch BBC’s offices, we are beyond worrying about the manners of those who criticise islam and the neo-fascists of the Left. Perhaps you have in mind the kind of public intellectual who stabbed Theo van Gogh, or the public intellectual who stabbed Peter Timms MP?

          Muslim fascists in Britain who have justified the mass slaughter of their fellow citizens are given police protection, and housed at the expense of the state, when no-one has made an attempt on their lives. Meanwhile the state says it can’t afford to protect Lars Hedegaard or Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

          If you think there are many hateful muslims following the god-given commands to kill and hate unbelievers, then perhaps you could take over from the likes of Lars Hedegaard. Perhaps after years of criticising them politely and getting nowhere, you might decide to use stronger language. When I provide proof and refutations on left-wing politics sites of organised genocidal actions of muslims towards homosexuals, the left-wing sites let my posts through their censorship/moderation, and then a few days later quietly delete them.

          People like you have one standard for civilised people like Lars Hedegaard, and then a much lower starndard for fascist thugs of the left and islam.

          • http://www.facebook.com/eriklk Erik Køie

            First, I want to commend you on a civil response.

            I think I have exactly the same standard for people like Hedegaard and radical Islamists like the members of Hizb-ut-Tahrir. I defend their right to say as hateful things as they’d like, and I feel responsible to repudiate those views. It’s very seldom though that I see impassioned defenses for radical hate spewing Islamists in magazines such as this.

            The specific problem I have with Hedegaard is that he does not have the same standards for himself that he has for his critics. When people on the left said he should accept responsibility for creating a standard of discourse on this field that helped inspire extremists like Anders Breivik, he accused them of trying to limit his freedom of speech. However, now he uses the exact same argument against critics of the anti-jihadist movement. He thinks they are partially responsible for the attack on him. I don’t see how those positions can be viewed as coherent. To me it seems like he has no deeper principles than his hatred of Islam. I guess there’s a certain amount of sense to that position if, like Breivik, you’re assured that there will be war on Western soil between Muslims and “Dhimmies” and you have no deeper moral principles. However, I don’t agree with that analysis and I do have deeper moral principles, i.e. I actually believe in freedom of speech and in democracy.

            You are wrong that the Danish state has refused to protect Mr Hedegaard. The analysis from the Danish intelligence service was that there was no threat against him. That was obviously not a correct analysis, and they have been excoriated for that in the Danish media. Hedegaard is now under very severe protection, as are Kurt Westergaard and Pia Kjærsgaard.

            I don’t know of any Islamists in Denmark who are protected by the intelligence service or is given any kind of targeted government housing or subsistence.

            Surely if you believe in freedom of speech and freedom of the press in particular, you agree that the media have every right to demonize whomever they like? And if Mr Hedegaard wants his Free Press Society to be viewed as anything other than an anti-muslim organization, he should support the freedom of the press to publish whatever they see fit.

            It seems to me that the anti-jihadist crowd isn’t going to be satisfied by repudiations of jihadists or Islamists, but only with a complete dehumanization of every Muslim in our societies. However, I have enough Muslim friends to see the bigotry and paranoia in that view. However much I disagree with most Muslims (and Christians – I’d prefer if everybody were an atheist like me), it’s frankly ridiculous to think they are all bound by some theological sophistry to live as sleeper cells.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Petra-Thompson/100000036809170 Petra Thompson

            “When people on the left said he should accept responsibility for
            creating a standard of discourse on this field that helped inspire
            extremists like Anders Breivik, he accused them of trying to limit his
            freedom of speech…”

            Can you show me where Hedegaard said “you must go and kill socialists” or “you must go and kill muslims”? Because if he did not say that, then you are a liar. Plenty of muslim organisations have said “homosexuals must be executed”. And yet no-one has gone round and attempted to assassinate those muslims. Although those who believe in gay rights have threatened to kill Melanie Phillips, and Tory MPs who voted against gay marriage. (I’m gay by the way).

            By lying about Hedegaard, you are encouraging people to go and kill him. We have plenty of evidence (from Ibn Ishaq’s “Life of Mohammed” to the assassination of Theo van Gogh) that muslims believe that those who insult islam, or those who attempt to stop islamisation, are to be killed, and we have 1300 years of evidence that muslims act on it. You are saying that Hedegaard is enjoining people to go out and murder.

            When people are being murdered for the things they say (and those things are not enjoining murder), then only a hypocrite would say that the media have the right to demonise people. It’s hard to sue for libel from beyond the grave.

            Since you are clearly capable of using the internet, can you provide the URL showing where you have have criticise the murderous remarks and injunctions of muslims? Let’s see the proof that you hold them up to the same standard. They are at far less risk of assassination that Hedegaard (and others are), yet here you are lying and saying that Hedegaard has enjoined Breivik to murder.

            Show us where these murderous muslims have faced assassination attempts. Show us where you have criticised them.

          • Daniel Maris


          • Daniel Maris

            What a crock of self-serving ordure Erik.

            Unless Hedegaard is promoting a form of totalitarianism then there is no equivalence. End of story.

    • http://allraunderdanigast.blogspot.se/ Allra underdånigast

      Don’t try to blow smoke. Hedegaard was aquitted. Full stop.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.stanton.94 Charles Stanton

    The problem with restricting free speech is the problem with enforcement. Hate Speech Laws can be enforced by either the Left or the Right as the other sides speech is ‘hate speech’. Danes have “jumped the shark” to protect a culture that feels no remorse to kill those that disagree. Why do you think American big cities are so crime riddled?

    • http://jjpadin.com/ Jerome Padin

      Large American cities are riddled with crime largely because of the imposition of left wing radical extremist liberal policies.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Chuck.Reichenbach Chuck Reichenbach

        Yeap, our densly populated areas are the lefts voting base. They like to keep the minorities in those areas down and as victims so they can rush in and be the saviours. They have to perpetuate racism in order to survive.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Chuck.Reichenbach Chuck Reichenbach

      Why do you think American big cities are so crime riddled? Gangs and drugs, a majority of our murder rate is druggies killing each off. Our left and right are not killing each other off…….yet.

  • http://twitter.com/F22Ross Ross A Lloyd

    It is interesting that my novel “Soul Saviour” is available for sale (in English) in Sweden – a country being overun by muslims. I have always stood up to bullies, by making myself invincible. My high school had a terrible reputation for bullying and brutality amongst primary school children before I arrived in year 7. Sadly the reputation was well deserved. By the time I was in year 11 my school was a happy place for all….
    One should never give in to bullies…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tom-Hahn/100001017254757 Tom Hahn

    I wonder if we have a similar role model some wharer in the U.S.? It would be nice to have more people with this attitude, speak up for Our Constitution and the Bill of Rights….. the one’s that do are called racists.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Webber/1398941980 James Webber

      Pamela Geller Robert Spencer

    • http://www.facebook.com/Chuck.Reichenbach Chuck Reichenbach

      Nobody wants to be called a racist. It’s used by our left to bully and silence people here in the US, We are slowly catching on to the tactic.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Petra-Thompson/100000036809170 Petra Thompson

        Retort by saying the name-caller is a paedophile.

    • PhilipLuks

      What about Dr. Bill Warner? He is great!

  • Barry Newman

    Send them all back to the dessert while there is still time.

    • Bob339

      Better to send them back to the desert. Sweet pudding may be bad for them.

      • kwestion.all

        It’ll be their just desserts.

  • Simon Morgan

    Our politicians (and press) deny what they see and hear about Islam on a daily basis. It’s polical correctness and ‘positive’ discrimination gone mad. Geert Wilders has finally been given permission to address the Australian people, after a decades long struggle!! Muslim funde mentals murder politicians that speak out against them (Pym Fortuyn). And yet, our politicians (Chris Bowen) calls Geert Wilders a racist and extremist!! The slogans of hate that Muslims wave around proudly (‘the true holocaust is coming’) are totally ignored, but if a white woman was to carry a similar placard she’d be thrown into the nearest prison (it’s racisit you see…). Come back Pauline Hanson, all is forgiven.

  • Gail Holl

    Arm the citizenry. Then maybe there will be less of this garbage.

    • Bob339

      You mean like in the USA? No ta!

    • http://twitter.com/kevint1972 Kevin T

      A lot of the citizenry are way ahead of you. We can see what’s coming and we aren’t going to be martyrs.

  • SNCO

    It seems improbable that for a man so reviled and targeted by Muslims in DK, that his so-called ‘looking like a typical Muslim immigrant’ assassin should have missed so many opportunities to properly and effectively kill Hedegaard. Many in DK, and outside, see this little doorstep misadventure as little more than a conspired and contrived publicity stunt designed to propel Hedegaard into yet another 15 momentary minutes of fame. For a so-called Danish historian Hr. Hedegaard has learned nothing from the tenets of Janteloven, not least to keep a low profile and remember that he is not special.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Petra-Thompson/100000036809170 Petra Thompson

      Sure. When EDL first started protesting about the muslim grooming/pimping gangs in Britain who had been allowed to get away with it by “childcare professionals”, police, journalists and politicians for 15 years, the looney left said EDL were making it up. The maps showing the scale of this epidemic prove otherwise. http://kafircrusaders.wordpress.com/2012/10/05/map-of-the-muslim-grooming-and-paedo-epidemic-in-britain/

      When muslims covered east London with Gay Free Zone (the modern-day Jews Get Out), the looney left said “it’s an EDL false-flag operation”. Same thing with the recent muslim vigilante gangs: loons like you were saying “the EDL has made these videos”.

      Like Theo van Gogh staged his own murder, as did Pim Fortuyn. Ayaan Hirsi Ali used a few mirrors to fake the terrorists holed up near the Dutch parliament to kill her. 7/7 was run by MI5, and Madrid was done by the Spanish Socialists so they could get into power.

      No doubt you think 9/11 was a controlled explosion, with George Bush pressing the detonator. Take your anti-psychotic meds, please.

    • http://twitter.com/CA_Bailey Christopher Bailey

      Actually the panicky collapse of the would-be assassin sounds quite realistic to me. I hear what you are saying, but the balance of probability is still somewhat against him having fired the gun himself.

      Attempted murder is, of course, a much more serious crime than mere hate speech, particularly when hate speech is really only an attack on a particular ideology and not an incitement to violence. Whether a single probable instance of attempted murder is symptomatic of a problem – either with Islam or an organised terrorist threat – is, of course, another matter.

      I appreciate that you find this man, and Murray, and the ‘counter-jihad’ movement, repulsive, but, remember, do try not to lose perspective!

      • SNCO

        Oh I haven’t lost perspective, having lived in DK I foresee Hedegaard as precisely the type to die a very ordinary Danish death, most probably from loneliness, lung disease, and/or alcoholic cirrhosis, rather than from the steady hand of a truly motivated assassin.

    • Albert

      Of course, a life with police protection against 15 minutes of fame – and partly more defamation – is a calculation most clever people would sign up to.

      • SNCO

        You actually think the Politi in DK are capable of offering protection? I think you have, as the Danes would say, been drinking from the night pot.

    • http://twitter.com/Slickepelle Jonas

      Is this meant to be ironic? If not, that´s some kind of elaborate publicity stunt! Bullet in the wall, neighbours witnessing and people seeing the confused jihad-moron running away after the attack. Or maybe he were acquainted to Mr Hedegaard, doing him a favour? Well, I think your mistake is to underestimate the jihadists stupidity and incompetence. (That doesn´t mean they´re not dangerous though)

      • SNCO

        Get real Jonas, if the radical Islamic community in DK really wanted this reprobate dead he would be pushing up daisies, and they wouldn’t rely on some amateur putz to do the dirty deed on the man’s doorstop. As it is were, there is only one so-called witness, a neighbor, and he was in the shower at the time. No, if really fingered for death they would whack Hedegaard with a drive-by as he walked back from the Brugsen, as the Danish underground often did to Danish collaborators during the German occupation. As for the stupidity of “jihadists,” you seem to forget that 9/11 was a mere $1 million operation orchestrated by less than a hundred disciplined conspirators with a professional mission mentality — and look at what they accomplished and did to the world . . .

  • darwins beard

    Once again a fine example of “say our religion of is one of peace or we will kill you” to say freedom of speech does not mean freedom to insult is a fine argument but but just because someone is insulted does not mean they are right. When true critical examination of the many many flaws in islam leads to a Jill Dando style assassination atempt we need to start asking what does it really mean to insult ?
    however the real betrayal is by the so called defenders of free speach in both government and media who have remained silent about this or worse have said that Mr Hedegaard brought it on this on himself. to me this stinks of cowardice and the same old view towards rape i.e. she was drunk/dressed sluty so she deserved it, this is not acceptable so why is the latter ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/a.kaffka Alexander Kaffka

    Danish (and other Europe’s) taxpayers many years also paid for education of intellectuals who approved multiculturalism as a strategy…

  • http://twitter.com/Doolene Nonya

    It seems that comedians (jamie foxx) can say ANYTHING (racist, etc) they want and are idolized and people laugh with them. Since they are “comedians” and what they say is suppose to be funny and injest, they are allowed to say what they want.
    when an cartoonist draws they are held accountable and liable and on Kill Lists.

  • kwestion.all

    Ever since the Salman Rushdie affair, large sections of the western media have seemed unable to uphold or defend their own (lawfully entitled) rights of free expression. More than 20 years on, most of them are still running around in circles like headless chickens, as this article indicates. Their complete and utter lack of solidarity is what’s enabled the islamofascist bullies to so easily intimidate them.

  • PapaLouie

    A true prophet of peace would be very upset at people who kill others in his name.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Smalley/100000996422784 Michael Smalley

    Europe is reaping the “benefits” of decades of liberal thinking, inviting in every Third World immigrant or refugee it could and ramming multiculturalism down the throats of its people. Now, as its almost too late, they’re realizing they made a really grave error. Several months ago I saw a video of a street in Paris that looked like a street scene in Algiers. I was stunned that I was looking at the capital city of a European nation.

  • nilro

    Time to drop the political correctness and begin to deal with these criminals. Why are they allowed to live in western nations and threaten their citizens? Tolerance has it’s limits.

  • James

    These people hate us and want to kill us. In the UK this year alone Scotland Yard have stopped hundreds of attempted terrorists attacks but, isn’t one more than enough? Our governments are not doing what they are elected to do.

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