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Denmark Deserves an ‘A’ for Effort in Confronting Jihad in 2018. But Is It Enough?

It’s been quite a year in Denmark. In June, the Danish Parliament passed a law banning the burka and niqab. The media went nuts. “Slowly but surely,” warned the Independent, “Europe is undergoing a move towards restricting religious freedom for non-Christians … minorities are being treated as second-class citizens.” The Guardian headline read: “Muslims feel besieged.”

Then, this summer, Denmark introduced new laws requiring children living in Muslim enclaves to spend at least 25 hours a week taking Danish language classes and learning about Danish values. The headline in the New York Times report on this development called it “[h]arsh,” said that some Danish politicians’ description of Muslim ghettos had “become increasingly sinister,” and cited a Social Democratic member of Parliament who drew a comparison to Nazi Germany. Time’s Amro Ali, who used words like “illiberal,” “xenophobic,” and “discriminatory” to describe the policy change, also brought up the Nazis. Richard Orange of the Guardian sang the same tune.

The common theme, in short, was that these new regulations were rooted in racism. In fact, as I wrote at the time, they’re “a noble endeavor to keep a small free country from becoming part of a totalitarian caliphate.” None of these alleged journalists, I noted, had taken into account the profound challenges that have forced Denmark to take this action -- such as the common European Muslim practice of sending kids “back home” for years “so that they can attend Koran schools, soak up Islamic codes of conduct, and (most important) be shielded from such abhorrent Western phenomena as individual liberty and sexual equality.”

Fortunately, the Danish government didn’t let the media propagandists stay its hand. On August 1, as I reported here at the time, the niqab and burka ban took effect, bringing Danish policy into line with that of France, Austria, and Belgium -- and causing yet another round of hand-wringing by the fake-news crowd. Three days later, media around the world reported on -- and of course, deplored -- the first arrest under the ban. In October, Immigration Minister Inger Støjberg announced that, because of the incredibly poor results of integration efforts, Denmark would for the present not accept a single additional quota refugee. Result: still more media hysteria.

Now the Danes have done it again. On December 3, the Times ran a piece entitled “Denmark Plans to Isolate Unwanted Migrants on a Small Island.” First sentence: “Denmark plans to house the country’s most unwelcome foreigners in a most unwelcoming place: a tiny, hard-to-reach island that now holds the laboratories, stables and crematory of a center for researching contagious animal diseases.” I love it! It’s as if Denmark, in addition to trying to save itself, is determined to make heads explode throughout the international news media.