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Danish Opponent of Islam is Attacked, and Muslims Defend His Right to Speak

posted on March 4, 2013

Andrew Higgins of The New York Times investigates how Muslims in Denmark have come to support the right to free speech for Lars Hedegaard, an anti-Islamist public figure who was nearly assassinated earlier this month. In a country that is divided between extremist views towards Islam, Higgins notes that the Muslim population’s shift in approach is significant, marking a new era of relations: “That Danish Muslims would rally to defend Mr. Hedegaard, a man they detest, suggests a significant shift in attitudes, or at least in strategies, by a people at the center of a European debate over whether immigrants from mostly poor Muslim lands can adjust to the values of their new and, thanks to a long economic crisis, increasingly wary and often inhospitable homes.”

Read at The New York Times