I often ask why Christians gets so beat up politically and in the media and the Islamists do not. The conclusion I come to more and more is the Islamic radicals offer one more element to the argument than Christians- assassination.
Lars Hedegaard, 70, a Danish historian and journalist was attacked by a murderous assassin whom Hedegaard described as a “typical Muslim immigrant” in his mid-twenties. Hedegaard heads the Free Press Society, which fights for journalists’ and cartoonists’ rights to free speech and was formed after the uproar from cartoons of Mohammed.
When Hedegaard opened his front door, the assassin, dressed as a postman, fired a bullet directly at his head. Only a couple of feet away, the bullet barely missed its target, and when Hedegaard punched the assassin, the gun dropped, whereupon the assassin grabbed it back and tried to shoot Hedegaard again, failing because the gun jammed. The assassin then escaped. Hedegaard is now living under police protection at a hidden location.
Interviewed a week after the attempt on his life, Hedegaard said:
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.
Hedegaard has just started to publish Dispatch International, which is tackling the issues EU, climate change, immigration and Islam, much to the chagrin of the Scandinavian media, which has remained silent. What has he gotten for his efforts? Being hauled into court for “hate-speech” two years ago, although he was unanimously acquitted.
Follow me here. I don’t support the concept, but that does not mean I don’t realize its effectiveness. If a Christian faith is abused by the media or a business or the government we all respond with letters or boycotts or vote the idiots out if possible. The jihadists take a more direct route, they kill the offender. They stab him, shoot him or blow him up. Now, I’m pretty sure if the Jihadists got upset with MSNBC and decided Chris Matthews was the reason why and took him out, the rest of MSNBC would work real hard not to be the next target.
I don’t like it, but I can see where it would work quite well, especially within the elite bubble of New York and Washington talking heads. They would absolutely loose their minds if one of them were to be taken out by some radical. It is all games for them, unlike the guys in Denmark who are trying to hold back the tide of Islam. And I sincerely think that one of the reason the American press skirts the Islamic issues is because of fear. One look at talking heads like Matthews and Gregory and anyone can tell there is a huge lack of testosterone among them. In fact, I’m sure one or more can compete in the highest girly scream competition when confronted with evil.
But back in Denmark, they are trying to hold the line- for now.
As to the reasons Muslims would target him, he said:
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.
Hedegaard also indicted the media:
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.
As to the future:
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.
Europe today, here tomorrow?
That is a good question, and one you’ll never hear coming from the mouths of people like David Gregory or Matthews or anyone of their ilk.