Thursday, April 14, 2005

Queen of Denmark: Tolerance Has Limits

Queen Margrethe of Denmark speaks truth to Islamist power:

"We are being challenged by Islam these years. Globally as well as locally. ... We must take this challenge seriously. We have simply left it flapping around for far too long, because we are tolerant and rather lazy."

The Queen continued, "there is also something frightening about such a totality which is also a part of Islam. A certain response must be shown and sometimes one must run the risk of being labeled in a less flattering way. Because there are certain things with which one should not be tolerant."

"We could have handled this challenge a bit better, if we had realized what we were up against."

"Therefore it is wise to make demands on the language. We should not be content with living next to each other. We should rather live together."

What a wise and thoughtful woman. Wait for the anti-Margrethe backlash. You know it's coming.

Update: Here's the full quote that the Washington Post did not provide.

"We have to show our opposition to Islam and we have to, at times, run the risk of having unflattering labels placed on us because there are some things for which we should display no tolerance."

What a brave woman. No wonder she's so popular with the Danish. I expect some serious bitching soon.