In a book written by journalist Annelise Bistruphave, published in April 2005, the Danish Queen Margrethe II said:
We are challenged in these years by Islam, both globally and locally, and it is a challenge we have to take seriously. … There is something impressive about people for whom religion permeates life from morning to night, from cradle to grave. There are also Christians who feel that way. …
But it [Islam] is a challenge we have to take seriously. We simply let it flutter in too long because we are tolerant, and it’s not so nice. … We should oppose it, and one must sometimes take the risk of being called less flattering things, since there are certain things one should not tolerate. … It is vital that we give Islam opposition. The lax response that has prevailed for many years in Denmark is not enough.
In a recent interview given in connection with the Queen’s 75th birthday, our beloved Margrethe says (translated by Nicolai Sennels, via 10news.dk):
Seen with the Queen’s eyes, an important part of the reaction to the terror must be that we stand firmly by the key freedoms that Denmark is founded upon – including freedom of expression – which makes it possible to speak, write and express one’s opinion freely.
“I know there are some who say that we must be careful, and of course we need to think before speaking, but we must certainly also say things the way we think they are. We should not hold back. If you do not speak out about problems they become worse,” said the Queen.
Fear should never be allowed to dominate, although the terrorists are prepared to use violence.
“They must first of all know that we are not afraid. They want to scare us, but we must not be intimidated. It is essential. An old expression says that you should not let yourself be scared; that is important, and I think Danes are not easily scared,” says the Queen. …
The Queen has also observed how individual groups of foreign background turn their back upon Danish society. … “We will make room for them, but they have come to our community, and therefore they can not expect their old model of society to be implemented in our country. They can go to the mosques when they want – why not? – but when they start to do things that are inconsistent with the general pattern of Danish society, they must realize that it does not work,” said the Queen.
The terrorist attack (February 14-15 2015 against a free speech even an a Jewish school) has helped to expose the existence of a fierce anger against Israel and Jews among groups of refugees and immigrants in Denmark. For the Queen, it has been painful to follow the harassment and persecution of the Danish Jews, and she is shocked that Jews again – in a completely unacceptable way – are threatened.
“That the Jews are so disliked, feel pressured and feel threatened, is shocking – because they are threatened. They take it with great dignity, as they have always done, but it is shocking to witness.”