Simon Andersen, chief editor of Nyhedsavisen, which claims to be Denmark's largest newspaper, wrote an last week praising Abu Laban:
Abu Laban, imam in the Islamic Society, is dead, but he was a good man: mild, kind-hearted, loved the Danes - and did nothing else, contrary to what the critics got the nation to believe, then to attempt to build bridges between us and them, between non-believers and believers, and he did that well.
Absurdly enough, Pia Kjærsgaard, Villy Søvndal and now Naser Khader are learning nothing of Laban - his rotundity and mildness, his ability to reconciliate. But in the Danish value debate there is only place for one point of view, namely to hell with the (Muslim) believers, even Villy Søvndal has hopped on. Yesterday Naser Khader went on so with an attack against the Islamic Society's new imam, it might be said that a rabid preacher is his hero and inspiration.
It looks that from here it's going bad.
To hold fast to Danish values, as Pia Kjærsgaard does it, is fair, as well as to wish Arab small boys be prevented from entering, but the debate in radicalizing, the language is becoming violent, the hate increases - the imams now don't wish reconciliation and cohabitation, but go together with the democracy haters in Hitz but-Tahrir. The politicians don't want conciliation either, but speak of "hell" and banning. Their voice quivers of loathing, when they speak of "Islamists" and they are so angry and shout so loud that even completely ordinary Muslims can rightly feel persecuted and hated. Be cautious, everybody.
Source: Nyhedsavisen (Danish), h/t Gülay Kocbay