Denmark: Christians, atheists harassed by Muslims

Denmark: Christians, atheists harassed by Muslims

According to a report by Danish program Deadline (DR2), Christians and atheists from Muslim countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran are harassed in Denmark.

The program spoke with 'Farood', who fled from Afghanistan after he converted to Christianity. He asked to remain anonymous in order to tell his story. He fled via Greece and Italy to Denmark, where he thought that he could find peace. His wife and children are still in their homeland.

In the Danish asylum center, other Afghans found out he was a convert. One night Farood was attacked by one of his countrymen, who punched him in the face, and later threatened he would kill him if he said anything.

Deadline also interviewed a Danish-Iranians priest from Vollsmosse who said that he was harassed and subjected to vandalism.

The Danish People's Party (DPP) says it's appealing that Christians and atheists are 'apparently increasingly' subjected to harassment from Islamic groups and individuals in Denmark. The party responded to both the Deadline report and a previous article in Kristeligt Dagblad.

The party intends to bring the issue up in parliament and wants Integration Minister Birthe Rønn Hornbech (V) to clearly speak about it.

Martin Henriksen, of the integration committee: "She should emphasize to the Muslim community in Denmark respect and religious freedom and make it clear that this freedom should be violated because an individual or family wishes to leave Islam."

Source: Kristeligt Dagblad (Danish)

See also: Netherlands: Christian asylum seekers threatened, abused by Muslims