Something rotten in the state of Denmark

“… long before these drawings came into the public domain, there was widespread apprehension among Danish Muslims over the way they and their religious affiliation were presented in the media. The image projected in the Danish media of Islam has been one of a faith that did not undergo a reformation and renaissance similar to Christianity, and is thus stuck in the middle ages. The drawings are simply a culmination of several years of media persecution of the Muslim minority in Denmark. Even worse is the role elected politicians have played in stoking this fire. It is not unusual for certain politicians to make ill-willed and mistaken, but also common, reference that Muslims are immigrants, and immigrants are badly integrated and therefore the root of all evil in Danish society.”

Zubair Butt Hussain in the Daily Star, 10 January 2006