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Denmark will punish advocating criminal acts, ban 'hate preachers'
by Nikolaj Skydsgaard
Denmark will punish preachers who encourage criminal acts and blacklist "hate preachers" from Denmark, the government said Tuesday, after a documentary about imams advocating illegal acts sparked nationwide controversy in February.
The documentary showed hidden camera footage of imams in Danish mosques advocating the corporal punishment of children, stoning and whipping unfaithful spouses and requiring women to have sex with violent spouses.
"We will criminalize the sanctioning of punishable acts in religious education," said the church and culture minister, Bertel Haarder. Doing so would not compromise the Danish constitution or international conventions, he said.
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