This is as absurd as it is unjust. Yahya Hassan grew up in a Muslim family and a Muslim environment. And now he is living with death threats. Do Danish authorities really think he is an “ignorant Islamophobe”? As Pamela Geller says, truth is the new hate speech.
“Danish Muslim Apostate Faces Hate Speech Charges,” by Andrew Harrod for FrontPage Mag, January 2:
“Muslims love to take advantage of” free speech, Danish-Palestinian poet Yahya Hassan says,Â “and as soon as there is someone else saying something critical against them, they want to restrict it.”Â In an action previously indicated by this writer, Hassan is now personally facing this double standard in Danish “hate speech” charges for his anti-Islam comments.
Following Danish-Iranian artist FiroozehÂ Bazrafkan“s convictionÂ under Danish Penal CodeÂ Section 266b (in Danish here)Â for condemning Islam asÂ misogynist, a local Muslim Aarhus politician demanded a similar prosecution of Hassan.Â Â His poetry “says that everybody in the ghettos like Vollsmose and Gellerup steal, don’t pay taxes and cheat themselves to pensions,”Â the Somali-Dane Mohamed SulebanÂ stated after reporting Hassan to the police on November 27. “Those are highly generalizing statements and they offend me and many other people.”Â Authorities are currently considering Section 266bÂ charges for, according to one English translation, any public “communication by which a group of persons are threatened, insulted or denigrated due to their race, skin color, national or ethnic origin, religion or sexual orientation.”
The 18-year-old Hassan’s eponymous debut book contains about 150 poems,Â “many of which are severely critical of the religious environment he grew up in” according to Wall Street JournalÂ reportersÂ Clemens Bomsdorf and Ellen EmmerentzeÂ Jervell.Â Written in all capital letters, Hassan’s poems treat “issues like the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, child abuse, and the interplay between violence and religion” with “[p]rofanity and vivid analogies.”Â YahyaÂ HassanÂ has sold 80,000 copies following an October 17 release in the comparatively small Danish market and is expected to exceed 100,000 copies by Christmas.Â Hassan’s publisher Gyldendal reports that Danish poetry books are fortunate to sell 500 copies.Â A recent book forum honored Hassan as the debut author of the year and an English translation of his poetry is underway.
Hassan first became prominent with an October 5 Danish newspaper interview entitled “I F**king Hate My Parents” Generation.”Â In it he blamed poor Muslim parenting for the juvenile delinquency and social maladjustment experienced by many Danish Muslim youth such as Hassan himself.Â With more than 85,000 social media shares, the interview became the most shared Politiken article of the year.
Days thereafter Hassan recited from hisÂ “LANGDIGT” or “LONG POEM” before his book’s release on the Danish news program Deadline.Â Extract:Â “between the Friday prayers and the Ramadans/you want to carry a knife in your pocket/you want to go and ask people if they have a problem/although the only problem is you.”Â Such verses brought Hassan more death threats than any other previous Deadline guest.Â Hassan has subsequently reported 27 Facebook threats against him, of which the police investigated six as serious and pressed charges in one case of a 15-year old boy.Â A subsequent assault against Hassan occurred on November 18 in Copenhagen Central Station by a 24-year old Palestinian-Danish Muslim who had previously received a seven-year terrorism sentence.
Hassan now wears a bulletproof vest and receives protection from Denmark’s domestic intelligence agency PET at speaking engagements.Â A November 26 reading by Hassan from his book in a school in the Danish town of Odense, moreover, required an estimated one million kroner in security costs, more than the amount spent on a high-risk soccer game.Â Several hundred policemen had observed the school for two days before the eventÂ occurred with road checkpoints, a bomb sweep, and a five kilometer no-fly zone around the school….