The city of Copenhagen has cut its association with the Islamic Society of Denmark over concerns about their links with extremist Muslims.
The city had previously given the society 30 days notice over their support of controversial hate preachers, giving them an opportunity to retract their support of divisive figures such as ‘British’ hate preacher Haitham al-Haddad, reports TheLocal.dk. As reported by Breitbart London, the Imam has been a keen supporter of the Taliban, has said Jews are the descendants of apes and pigs, and that homosexuals are criminals.
The society chose not to heed the warnings and have now been cast adrift by the capital city council, voting 30-21 to end the association.
A number of anti-radicalisation programmes will now be terminated, and one member of the Socialist People’s Party has warned the snub could cause terrorist attacks in the city. Employment committee spokesman and Socialist council member Sisse Marie Welling told a local politics blog that “It is essential that the consequences of this decision are made clear to everyone. It will mean a greater risk for terror actions in Copenhagen”.
Despite the threat, Danish People’s Party integration spokesman Martin Henriksen celebrated the move. He made reference to the behaviour of the Islamic Society during the Mohammed cartoons conspiracy, when the group released a dossier about the publishing of the cartoons by Danish newspaper the Jyllands Posten.
The extra attention this move brought to Denmark helped stoke tensions around the Islamic world which triggered riots that killed dozens and saw Western embassies in Arabic nations torched. He said: “It is a brave and important decision, and it may prove to have a decisive influence on how other local authorities and public bodies working together with religious associations.
“Islamic Society are hardcore Islamists and stir up hatred against Denmark and worked against Danish interests during the Mohammed crisis, so the arguments for dropping the cooperation have been piling up”.
The Islamic society has refused to comment on the council’s decision.
This is not the first time a Western government has unceremoniously cast aside Islamic groups which had previously been operating in advisory or execution roles. The last Labour government in Britain distanced itself from the UK equivalent of the society, the Muslim Council of Britain in 2009.
In 2013, the government ended support for anti-Muslim attack mintoring group Tell Mama after it emerged their had grossly inflated their reporting to make the situation in Britain seem worse than it really was, reported the Daily Telegraph at the time. The cut was made after it was uncovered over half the so-called ‘hate attacks’ the group had reported had only actually taken place online – and only 17 of the 212 incidents they reported were actually physical.
Despite the organisation having been discredited and defunded by the government, Tell Mama are still regular featured on British media including the BBC to prop up editorials and stories about anti-Muslim violence in the UK, as reported on by Breitbart London.