It was a gala event: a conference in Denmark trying to add some heft to the trumped-up, politically manipulative concept of “Islamophobia,” and featuring some leading dhimmi speakers: Prince Alfred of Liechtenstein; Bob Hawke, former Prime Minister of Australia; Phil Rees of the BBC; and London Mayor Ken Livingstone. Then there was the celebrated convert to Islam Yvonne Ridley.
“Islam conference fizzles,” from the Copenhagen Post, with thanks to Fjordman, who comments: “Maybe the infidel Danes are a little bit fed up with Islam following the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons case, no?”
It seems that Fjordman is right.
British television station The Islam Channel hoped to capitalise on the infamy brought upon the city after the publication of the Mohammed cartoons by holding the international conference ‘Islamophobia: a dilemma in the West’ as a way to create a dialogue and debunk myths.
Despite being billed as an international conference, and the largest of its kind since the row over the Mohammed cartoons exploded this winter, the majority of those participating were Muslim.
Organisers had invited a broad spectrum of Danish politicians, members of the press and other public figures, but only a handful of ethnic Danes were to be found amongst the 900 people in attendance.
‘We had hoped to see more Danes take part in the debate. We invited the prime minister to open the conference and all Danish ministers to participate. We invited political parties, even the Danish People’s Party, the mayor of Copenhagen – and the Queen,’ Ali said.