Denmark Charges Iranian Woman with Racism for Criticising Islam

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Some words lose so much of their meaning that they should probably be retired. Case in point, Firoozeh Bazrafkan, an Iranian artist living in Denmark, has been charged with “racism” for criticizing Islam.

It might have been more honest to charge Firoozeh Bazrafkan with blasphemy, but Western countries are still looking for ways to prosecute refugees from Muslim countries for blasphemy without calling it blasphemy.

Firoozeh Bazrafkan is an artist noted for making provocative statements. Here she celebrates the Islamic Revolution in Iran in her own way.

“I am also deeply convinced that Muslim men to a great extent and everywhere in the world rape, mistreat and kill their daughters,” Firoozeh Bazrafkan had written. “It is my opinion, being an Iranian-born Dane, that we are here facing a defective and inhuman culture – if this can be considered ‘culture’ at all.”

In response to the charges, Firoozeh Bazrafkan pointed out that she was criticizing her own people, but the prosecutor however stated that, “There is ample opportunity to criticize the law in Iran, if you feel like it, but it must be done in a good and factual tone, and you should not deride and demean them.”

Firoozeh Bazrafkan refused to pay the fine for racism and was taken to court.

The prosecutor, in his procedure, noted that the article by Firoozeh does not constitute threats against Muslims, but rather mockery and denigration of Muslims due to their faith, as clarified by the reference to the fundamental scripture of Islam, the Quran.

Firoozeh herself had the last word. She pointed out that “crimes of expression” can indeed be taken back, as has been the case with a quite elaborated death threat aimed at her some time ago. That case was abandoned when the person uttering the threats later claimed towards the police that he didn’t really mean the quite graphic threats he had made against Firozeeh.

The court found her not guilty of racism and the government will have to pay court costs.

Police believed that the blog post was a violation of the law, but the artist herself has always insisted that it was a work of art and meant as a protest against Iranian law. The case will then not compel Firoozeh Bazrafkan to keep his opinions to herself in future.

“I will never ever wrap my views in gift paper. I would never embellish or hide anything,” she said to P4 Jutland.

  • Sound&Fury

    Denmark is being overrun by Muslims, as is much of western Europe. Sharia is inevitable because clueless progressives do not recognize the real threat to their way of life.

    • Lan Astaslem

      Exactly – like frogs getting boiled to death

      • kikkoman

        By other frogs, that's the most depressing part of it.
        I bet that prosecutor is a fellow Dane, and I'm pretty sure he gets no -material or whatever- gain from it.
        Their only reason is fear. First of all, the fear of allowing or tolerating "racism", acting in anticipatory obedience, but ultimately, every single one of them hopes that his head won't be cut off first.
        I have nothing but contempt for these maggots.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    Over the last 1400 years, 270 million non-believers were murdered by Muslim jihadists..

    The world "ISLAM" is Arabic for "surrender" or "submission" to the will of Allah….
    ~ In the name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate(???) – [pees be upon him.....]

    In fact, Islam destroyed the Christian Middle East and Christian North Africa. It is estimated that upwards of 60 million Christians were slaughtered during this conquest.

    Today while much of the world fixates on its usual obsession… setting up Jews for a second Holocaust, Islam is also hard at work laying waste to major portions of the world and preparing to impose Islamic rule over everybody.

  • Mary Sue

    I hate it when "racism" is used as a catch-all word like that.

    • luckylarrysilverstein

      MARY SUE,

      WHICH PART OF:

      Muslims Befriending Non-Believers
      Question:
      Are Muslims allowed to make friends with Christians, Jews or other non-Muslims?
      Summary Answer:
      Unbelievers are described by Muhammad (in the Qur'an) as "the vilest of animals" and "losers." Christians and Jews are hated by Allah to the extent that they are destined for eternal doom as a result of their beliefs. It would make no sense for Muhammad to then recommend them to be taken in as friends by Muslims. In fact, the Qur'an plainly commands believers not to take unbelievers as friends.
      The Qur'an:
      Qur'an (5:51) – "O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people."
      Qur'an (5:80) – "You will see many of them befriending those who disbelieve; certainly evil is that which their souls have sent before for them, that Allah became displeased with them and in chastisement shall they abide." Those Muslims who befriend unbelievers will abide in hell.
      Qur'an (3:28) – "Let not the believers Take for friends or helpers Unbelievers rather than believers: if any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah: except by way of precaution, that ye may Guard yourselves from them…" This last part means that the Muslim is allowed to feign friendship if it is of benefit. Renowned scholar Ibn Kathir states that "believers are allowed to show friendship outwardly, but never inwardly."

      DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND?

  • Anamah

    Maybe is the time to recognize the patient has ended and the hate of their bloody culture must be recalled and reformulated by themselves. It needs to be well explained how perversion will be punished and even rejected. It is time to talk about that to address the morbous sadism and put the final period over the i.

  • Bahram

    Our most inalienable rights are freedom of expressions and thoughts.
    Any form of expression or thought including questioning/criticizing/doubting/….. any religion…… including Islam and the Islamic sanctities/clergy/….
    We should not limit or derail our liberties just for the sake of some old cultures and faiths…these kinds of oppression/suppression/censorships/… have caused backwardenss to the Islamic societies for centuries. There’s not even one free and or democratic Islamic nation.

  • Mohammed Wazza Pedo

    How the hell is Islam a "Race"?
    What particular race is Islam?
    There are Caucasian, Asiatic, Aryan, Indo-Aryan, Slavic, Negroid, Proto-Austronesian etc etc
    So Maggy, when you left Islam, did you change your race?
    If someone converts to Islam, do they change their race?
    If pisslam is a race, then so is Christianity, Buddhism etc
    So if a Buddhist converts to Hindu or Judaism, do they change their race?
    Any decent lawyer could put holes in that crap!

  • luckylarrysilverstein

    ALLAH, MUHAMMAD & ALL TRUE MUSLIMS HATE NON MUSLIMS

    Muslims Befriending Non-Believers

    Question:

    Are Muslims allowed to make friends with Christians, Jews or other non-Muslims?

    Summary Answer:

    Unbelievers are described by Muhammad (in the Qur'an) as "the vilest of animals" and "losers." Christians and Jews are hated by Allah to the extent that they are destined for eternal doom as a result of their beliefs. It would make no sense for Muhammad to then recommend them to be taken in as friends by Muslims. In fact, the Qur'an plainly commands believers not to take unbelievers as friends.
    The Qur'an:
    Qur'an (5:51) – "O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people."
    Qur'an (5:80) – "You will see many of them befriending those who disbelieve; certainly evil is that which their souls have sent before for them, that Allah became displeased with them and in chastisement shall they abide." Those Muslims who befriend unbelievers will abide in hell.
    Qur'an (3:28) – "Let not the believers Take for friends or helpers Unbelievers rather than believers: if any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah: except by way of precaution, that ye may Guard yourselves from them…" This last part means that the Muslim is allowed to feign friendship if it is of benefit. Renowned scholar Ibn Kathir states that "believers are allowed to show friendship outwardly, but never inwardly."
    Qur'an (3:118) – "O you who believe! do not take for intimate friends from among others than your own people, they do not fall short of inflicting loss upon you; they love what distresses you; vehement hatred has already appeared from out of their mouths, and what their breasts conceal is greater still; indeed, We have made the communications clear to you, if you will understand." This verse not only warns Muslims not to take non-Muslims as friends, but it establishes the deep-seated paranoia that the rest of the world is out to get them.
    Qur'an (9:23) – "O ye who believe! Choose not your fathers nor your brethren for friends if they take pleasure in disbelief rather than faith. Whoso of you taketh them for friends, such are wrong-doers" Even family members are not to be taken as friends if they do not accept Islam. (This is the mildest interpretation of this verse from the 9th Sura, which also advocates "slaying the unbeliever wherever ye find them").
    Qur'an (53:29) – "Therefore shun those who turn away from Our Message and desire nothing but the life of this world."
    Qur'an (3:85) – "And whoever desires a religion other than Islam, it shall not be accepted from him, and in the hereafter he shall be one of the losers."
    Qur'an (3:10) – "(As for) those who disbelieve, surely neither their wealth nor their children shall avail them in the least against Allah, and these it is who are the fuel of the fire." Those who do not believe in Muhammad are but fuel for the fire of Hell (also 66:6, 2:24. 21:98).
    Qur'an (7:44) – "The Companions of the Garden will call out to the Companions of the Fire: "We have indeed found the promises of our Lord to us true: Have you also found Your Lord's promises true?" They shall say, "Yes"; but a crier shall proclaim between them: "The curse of Allah is on the wrong-doers" Muslims in heaven will amuse themselves by looking down on non-Muslims in Hell and mocking them while they are being tortured (see 22:19-22.

  • luckylarrysilverstein

    ALLAH, MUHAMMAD & ALL TRUE MUSLIMS HATE NON MUSLIMS

    PART 2

    Qur'an (1:5-7) – "Show us the straight path, The path of those whom Thou hast favoured; Not the (path) of those who earn Thine anger nor of those who go astray" This is a prayer that Muslims are supposed to repeat each day. "Those who earn Thine anger" specifically refers to Jews and "those who go astray" refers to Christians (see Bukhari (12:749)).
    From the Hadith:
    Muslim (1:417) – Taken to mean that one's own relatives should not be taken as friends if they are not Muslim.
    Abu Dawud (41:4815) – "The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: A man follows the religion of his friend; so each one should consider whom he makes his friend."
    Abu Dawud (41:4832) – The Messenger of Allah [said] "Do not keep company with anyone but a believer and do not let anyone eat your food but one who is pious."
    Bukhari (59:572) – "O you who believe! Take not my enemies And your enemies as friends offering them (Your) love even though they have disbelieved in that Truth (i.e. Allah, Prophet Muhammad and this Quran) which has come to you."
    Ishaq 262 – "Some Muslims remained friends with the Jews, so Allah sent down a Qur'an forbidding them to take Jews as friends. From their mouths hatred has already shown itself and what they conceal is worse"
    Ishaq 252 – The story of a young man who converts to Islam after hearing Muhammad. He then tells his own father that he can no longer have anything to do with him because, "I have become a Muslim and follow the religion of Muhammad." (To maintain a relationship with his son, the father "converts" as well). This is an important passage because it establishes that the principle of shunning is based merely on the status of non-Muslims as unbelievers, not on their relations toward Muslims. In this case, the father desperately loved his son and meant him no harm.
    Additional Notes:
    Even though they are explicitly kufr (unbelievers, Qur'an 5:17, 4:44-59) Jews and Christians are given special status in Islam. So, if Muhammad warned believers against taking them as friends, then it surely is not permissible for Muslims to befriend atheists or those of other religions.
    Some Muslims interpret this to mean that they should not even act friendly toward nonbelievers. (Most, fortunately, do not). Islamic TV preacher Sheikh Muhammad Hassan says that a Muslim is not even permitted to smile at a non-Muslim. However, a fatwa from Islam Q&A, although warning Muslims against taking unbelievers as "sincere friends" does permit infidels to be dealt with "in a kind manner in the hope that they might become Muslim." (Of course, the same site also encourages Muslims to "stop keeping company with Christians and replace them with Muslim friends").
    Some Muslims are embarrassed by verse 5:51 and have gone to elaborate lengths to modify its intent by interpreting the word 'friend' as "guardian" or "protector" – which are just two of several legitimate translations of the Arabic word. According to these apologists, the verse is referring to a Muslim's allegiance to a non-Muslim government (which is not all that comforting either).
    However, the word awliyaa is used in verse 5:51 instead of other words that would be more direct if the meaning were "protector" – such as hamin. In fact, the politically correct translations that do use the word "protector" turn right around and use the word "friend" in other places for the same Arabic word (such as 10:62).
    Apologists sometimes point to verse 60:8-9 which says that Allah doesn't necessarily forbid showing kindness to unbelievers, but to shun the ones "who warred against you on account of religion and have driven you out from your homes and helped to drive you out." This is an obvious reference to the Meccans, whose leaders expelled Muhammad and his handful of followers from Mecca (following his declaration of war against them). The verse was narrated shortly after their arrival in Medina, when it was necessary for the numerically disadvantaged Muslims to build alliances with non-Muslims in order to survive. The verses quoted above from Suras 9 and 5 are narrated at a much later, when Muslims had power. The verses expand the scope of unfriendliness to include anyone who is not Muslim.

  • kafir4life

    Am I right in concluding that in Denmark, you can be prosecuted for pointing out that islam is a gutter cult, invented by a pedophilic madman, named mohamat the dog faced pig, who shat the contents of the terror guide the koran in a fit of intestinal distress following sex with, then later a meal of his favorite pig, or "dad" as he liked to call it?
    Really??

    • Spider

      Yes and soon they will be cutting off hands and heads, burning down churches, pubs and stuffing their women into Burkas so as not to offend the Master Race.

  • Spider

    This sounds like a postmodern western European Country for sure – Prosecuting someone for telling the truth.. Is-lam is a "defective and inhuman culture" as sure as i am sitting here.

  • Aizeta

    Islam provokes gases

  • Thomas Wells

    Islam is not a culture-it is a death CULT.

  • Shafaqh

    Down with KHOMEINI and ISLAMITIC regime in IRAN !!!!!

  • Shafaqh

    KHOMEINI is the symbol of the all people's enemy !!!!!

  • John Brise

    good work! Islam is from Satan!

  • Tan

    So, the Danes are cowards after all.