DO you know the secret? It’s called give and take
Well, I’ve just returned from a short break in Denmark and you know something? It is simply awash with Muslims. Oh no, I hear you groan, here he goes again. Same ol’ same ol’. Well, this time you couldn’t be more wrong.
You see I truly believe that at long last Denmark is a Western community that is actually on the road to getting it right. And do you know the secret? It’s called give and take.
The first thing you notice, is that apart from the occasional elderly female, there is hardly a Burka in sight. Even more importantly, nowhere at all did I observe one person clad in the antagonising full veil.
Instead, the faith of most young women was merely defined by an often quite trendy headscarf and the occasional pair of leggings (not a bad choice when you consider the climate!). Quite a number of these ladies were also employed at supermarket checkouts and nowhere did I observe a restriction on their handling of any alcohol or pork products. The men too were clad in more acceptable attire.
After all the Thobe was designed to protect its wearer from sunlight, flies and mosquitos, none of which are actually too prevalent in those chilly northern climes. Because of this obvious desire to integrate into Western society, the whole atmosphere is different.
As you walk through the shopping centres and street markets, gone are the feelings of distrust and discomfort that hang so heavily over the public places of other European countries. People are laughing together and polite to each other.
On one afternoon my girlfriend’s sister took part in a public gospel singing event. Among the crowd of observers, I noticed quite a number of headscarf-covered young people clapping along with the rest of the audience. Because of this more open existence there is no need for Muslims to form the protective ghettos that blight our cities of the West. Consequently people in Denmark are more integrated in their home environments as well. Give and take.
The true answer to peaceful integration. And the first major step in the right direction. Banning the Burka. The attire of hatred and separation has no place in the future of our societies.
Keep the faith.