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Doublethink in Norway
by Bruce Bawer
These people! Over and over, they mock the idea that there exist such things as stealth Islamization and the appeasement thereof, and viciously demonize as bigots, racists, and Islamophobes those who speak frankly of such matters. And over and over, they engage in that very appeasement themselves.
Case in point: Norway. Let's start by going back to 2009, when Siv Jensen, head of the Progress Party, used the term snikislamisering – "stealth Islamization" – in a speech at her party's annual convention. Noting that even ambulance crews, firefighters, and police officers didn't dare to enter certain parts of the heavily Muslim neighborhood of Rosengård in Malmö, Sweden, where sharia law has largely supplanted Swedish law, Jensen warned that there were already unsettling signs of similar developments in Oslo. As examples of stealth Islamization, she cited, among other things, the aggressive clamoring for the accommodation of hijab in the public square and demands for halal food in prisons.
The media and political establishment, of course, reacted with outrage. Pronouncing it "quite simply untrue that any kind of Islamization of Norwegian society is underway," Per Kristian Foss, a leading Conservative politician, compared Jensen's attitude toward Islam to pre-World War II anti-Semitism. The editors of Aftenposten agreed: in an editorial headlined "Stealth Accusations," they accused her of "openly appeal[ing] to xenophobia and to the notion that minorities are taking power." In the view of Aftenposten's editors, the very idea of stealth Islamization was manifestly absurd.
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