Danish Critic of Islam Says Gunman Shot at Him

Jan M. Olsen, The News Tribune (Copenhagen), February 5, 2013

A gunman tried to shoot a Danish writer and prominent critic of Islam on Tuesday, but missed and fled after a scuffle with his intended victim, police and the writer said.

Lars Hedegaard, who heads a group that claims press freedom is under threat from Islam, told The Associated Press he was shaken but not physically injured in the attack at his Copenhagen home.

Police said they were searching for the suspect, whom they described as a “foreign” man aged 20-25.

Hedegaard, 70, said the gunman rang the doorbell of his apartment building on the pretext of delivering a package, and when Hedegaard opened the front door, the man pulled out a gun and fired a shot that narrowly missed the writer’s head.

“The bullet flew past my right ear, after which I attacked him and punched him in the face, which made him lose the gun,” Hedegaard told AP. He said the gunman then fled.

Hedegaard heads the Free Press Society in Denmark and its international offshoot, the International Free Press Society. He is also among the publishers of a weekly anti-Islam newsletter.

In 2011, he was convicted of hate speech and fined 5,000 kroner ($1,000) for making a series of insulting and degrading statements about Muslims.

Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt condemned what she called a “despicable” act.

“It is even worse if the attack is rooted in an attempt to prevent Lars Hedegaard to use his freedom of expression,” she said.

Hedegaard has expressed support for a range of outspoken Islam critics in Europe, including Swedish artist Lars Vilks and Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders.

“Failed attack on my friend and Islam critic Lars Hedegaard in Denmark this morning. My thoughts are with him. Terrible,” Wilders tweeted.

The Free Press Society said it was “shaken and angry,” but “relieved that the perpetrator did not succeed.”

Several Scandinavian writers, artists and journalists have been exposed to threats and violence from extremists since the 2005 publication of Danish newspaper cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad triggered an uproar in Muslim countries.

Many Muslims believe the prophet should not be depicted at all—even in a flattering way—because it might encourage idolatry

In 2010, a Somali man living in Denmark used an ax to break into the home of one of the cartoonists, who escaped unharmed by locking himself into a panic room.

Last year, four Swedish residents were convicted of terrorism in Denmark for plotting a shooting spree at the newspaper that first published the Muhammad caricatures.

In Sweden, Vilks has lived under police protection after a drawing he made depicting Muhammad as a dog led to death threats from militant Islamists.

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  • In a Denmark populated solely by Danes for the benefit of Danes, this would not be and could never be a problem.

    Incidentally, before Pat Buchanan’s recent column gushing over Richard Nixon, this was my last major point of disagreement with him, over the Mohammed Funnies question.

  • [Guest]

    >>>…a group that claims press freedom is under threat from Islam…

    Oh, freedom of speech is not really threatened. That’s just a claim.

    But “insult” Islam in print, and you might get a bullet to the skull.

  • a multiracial individual

    Is there a greater terrestrial threat to civilization than this particular ideology?

    • Bill

      Yes. BLACKS. No ideology needed. Just mindless, senseless behavior typical of blacks. And need I point out that many embracing Islam ARE blacks or coloreds?

      • Anonymous #3

        So what are you saying, Bill? That we need more blacks in Denmark?

    • Michael_C_Scott

      Ahem.

      Mohammad lost his virginity to his drunk mother in a pigsty.

      Send them all here.

  • The__Bobster

    Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt condemned what she called a “despicable” act.

    “It is even worse if the attack is rooted in an attempt to prevent Lars Hedegaard to use his freedom of expression,” she said.
    __________

    So what is she going to do about it…..besides a whole lot of nothing?

    • Sloppo

      If this sort of thing doesn’t stop, she’ll condemn it again and she just might stamp her foot on the ground for emphasis next time.

      • Bill

        Yes, in which case they will behead her after raping her repeatedly for not wearing a burka and daring to tell these manly types to behave.

    • Garrett Brown

      Same as you, a whole lot of nothing.

  • The__Bobster

    Police said they were searching for the suspect, whom they described as a “foreign” man aged 20-25.
    ___________

    IOW, the perp looks like a large percentage of Copenhagen.

    • Sloppo

      I wonder if that man just happens to be in that particular category of foreigner in Copenhagen that commit 90% of the rapes and other violent crimes against Danes?

      • Greg Thomas

        Of course he does, but acknowledging that fact would be “racist.”

    • StillModerated

      Or 70% of Denmark’s prisons.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    Incompatible with Western civilization.

  • IstvanIN

    In 2011, he was convicted of hate speech and fined 5,000 kroner ($1,000) for making a series of insulting and degrading statements about Muslims. versus Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt condemned what she called a “despicable” act. “It is even worse if the attack is rooted in an attempt to prevent Lars Hedegaard to use his freedom of expression,” she said.
    The same government that fined him for hate speech is concerned because he was attacked for the same speech they convicted him of? Why am I confused?

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Sometimes a white liblefty ideologue in position of power has a terrifying epiphany, that their entire raison d’etre is the genocide of their own people.

      But what do do, eh? I suspect the thinking goes like this.

  • Tony
  • guest

    Only in today’s world is telling the truth about these issues considered “hate speech”. People need to stop burying their heads in the sand and accept the fact the Islam is a threat to our society and it will never be compatible with western civilization.

  • bigone4u

    A 70 year old white man fought back and inflicted injuries on a 20 to 25 year old foreigner. The old guy beat the crap out of the cowardly kid with a guy. Inspires me. Don’t know about you.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      I’m only 46, and I have done terrifying things in my day.

  • SintiriNikos

    Mohammed cartoons? Cool, I guess. But what would really be ballsy is if these agitators decided to draw cartoons of a guy in all-black, with a black tophat, and side curls down to his shoulder.

    • Bill

      Say what you will, I haven’t heard of any of THAT tribe routinely beheading somebody who mocked them or their God. ONLY Islam does that.

      • HamletsGhost

        Jews are smarter than Muslims. They insist on elevating the Holycost to such exalted status that anyone questioning it is subject to modern-day blasphemy laws. They usually use litigation to enforce their dogma, but they’re not above using physical assaults from time to time.

        • AB7

          Smarter? Look up how many Nobel Prizes Jews and Christians have vs. Muslims. And as for blasphemy laws, it is only the Muslims who kill those who criticize their Satanic so-called prophet or religion.

          • Yes, and the Jews flood Europe with those executioners.

      • SintiriNikos

        No beheadings. Only their careers are ruined. Btw, my idea of free speech isn’t printing controversial Mohammed cartoons any more than it is to defend pornography. Agitating 3rd world medievals for the sake of agitating them is beyond stupid. It says more about the publisher than it does about the raging hordes. We already knew the latter are a powder keg ready to go off.

        • Skincognito

          Genau. The Mohammedans shouldn’t be there/here to begin with, but certain “globalists” insist on enriching evil, imperialist White nations like Denmark and Sweden. Holland unfortunately made their pact with the devil, but the Nordic countries have been disengaged from the slave-trade for over a millennium and developed along sensible etatist trajectories, avoiding boom and bust speculative capital.
          Regardless, we really need to move beyond the polarization of anti-muzzie/anti-zio. Let’s have our autonomy and defend it too.

          • SintiriNikos

            I agree, they don’t need to be here. But the others who favor this kind of mass immigration should go away too.

          • Skincognito

            For sure, I already unwillingly contribute to their Heimat’s defense, I may as well throw down the airfare to help certain oppressed global minorities discover a sense of identity, purpose, and homogeneity that they overwhelmingly deny me, my children and racial kinsmen. Heraus!

      • IstvanIN

        Don’t forget all the Holocaust denial laws that get folks thrown in jail.

    • AB7

      That’s been done to the point that it is meaningless. And anyway, the Muslims do that still. Anti-semitism is on the rise big-time in Europe due to the increasing Muslim population. Anti-semitism and anti-Christianity is for all the real liberal pussies who are afraid to criticize Islam. Note how ANY person today who you see railing against Christians or Jews almost never even mentions Islam, and if they do it is just a sort of quick mention to get past that and back to bashing the Jews and Christians.

      • SintiriNikos

        Anti-Christianity is all I see. I don’t see any anti-Semitism, unless of course you equate criticism of Likud with anti-Semitism. Anyway, my concern is with defending Christianity. I don’t buy into that Judeo-Christian civilization bullshit. I bet if you do a search of texts 40 or even 30 years ago for that fabricated term, you’ll find nothing. this is a new invention.

        • Michael_C_Scott

          I am against organized religion of any sort.

          • SintiriNikos

            The world we live in, with all its advances, all its high culture, arts, learning, morality, all are the fruits of Christianity.

          • Michael_C_Scott

            These are the fruits of Western Civilization, The Romans did this before Christ was born. Romans wouldn’t have liked me for my Celtic features. The alphabet we use is still Roman.

          • SintiriNikos

            Agreed Michael, pre-Christian Greco-Roman advances are very much responsible for what the world is like today.

  • kjh64

    ““The bullet flew past my right ear, after which I attacked him and punched him in the face, which made him lose the gun,” Hedegaard told AP. He said the gunman then fled.”

    But I thought they didn’t allow guns in Denmark? That’s what we are told over here, if we make guns illegal, nobody will have one and there will be no shootings. What happened? LOL

    “In 2011, he was convicted of hate speech and fined 5,000 kroner ($1,000) for making a series of insulting and degrading statements about Muslims”

    So what? You have the right to “hate” whatever you want and to express your opinion. Well, only if it’s not a “protected group” that is. I’ll bet if he made the same remarks about White christians, nobody would have bat an eyelash.

    “Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt condemned what she called a “despicable” act.”
    Yes, but what will be done about it. Talk is cheap. Will he be given a long prison sentence? Deported?

    ““It is even worse if the attack is rooted in an attempt to prevent Lars Hedegaard to use his freedom of expression,” she said”
    Well, DUH!!!!! Of course it was partly to stifle his “freedom of expression”. Anyways, if he was charged and fined for “hate speech” doesn’t seem to me like he has “freedom of expression” does it?

  • purestocles

    I can’t believe my fellow descendants of Vikings have taken to locking themselves in “panic rooms” in order to avoid harm from invaders in our ancestral homelands. Harold Bluetooth and Eric Bloodaxe must be spinning in their graves.

    • AB7

      Western man has been castrated and feminized. No doubt most of the men reading this will think, well maybe, but not me. But look at the big picture, the West is lost. No one in their right mind can possible believe we will turn back Islam at this point, and even if that is somehow done, by a miracle of some sort, third world immigration still will destroy the West anyway, just without the bizarre Islamic religion aspect of the problem.

  • Kaffirsmasher

    Fining or arresting someone for criticizing Islam and then having to protect them from *gasp* Islamic attacks is kind of like arresting someone for claiming the sky is blue.

  • StillModerated

    Meanwhile in other Islamic news from New Jersey — massive credit card fraud. Radio news gave no names.

    http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2013/02/18_charged_in_200m_credit_card.html

  • What to say, what to say. I would love to read about some anti-islamic human being planting a slug in between the eyes of a little muzzie with all the gore with a cartoon stuck into it’s chest.

  • AlexanderGalt

    The Muslim invasion would be bad enough, but the despicable activities of their leftie enablers make it intolerable.

    Here in Britain the latest innovation is the taking of political prisoners. There’s a great take on a prominent case in; “Two Racist Crimes” at:

    http://john-moloney.blogspot.com/

  • PesachPatriot

    I don’t understand how something like this could happen in peaceful, quiet multicultural Europe with its super strict gun control laws….I though only violent, dangerous survivalist american cowboy types shot people…you mean the religion of peace doesn’t like to peacefully go hunting out in the woods or down to the range with their firearms like millions of law abiding “rednecks” here in the US?

    I remember the first danish cartoon incident from a few years ago….bakeries in Iran changed the name of the traditional “Danish”(mmm danish) to “roses of the prophet mohammed” in response….The difference between us and our brother ishmael is that we don’t get this upset over cartoons….there are plenty of unflattering anti-jewish cartoons all over arab media and we have been called every name in the book since the beginning of recorded history….as long as no one physically threatens us or our families the vast majority of us simply don’t care….Hamlet was always one of my favorite Shakespeare plays and to quote the immortal Bard of Avon “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”. My condolences to european posters

  • potato78

    Approximately 175 Scandinavians joined the Scandinavian Society Siam’s
    colorful Crayfish Party on Saturday September 29, 2012 which again this
    year took place at the Rembrandt Hotel in Bangkok.

    http://scandasia.com/11248-scandinavian-crayfish-party-celebrated-in-bangkok/

  • Greg Thomas

    Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt condemned what she called a “despicable” act.
    “It is even worse if the attack is rooted in an attempt to prevent Lars Hedegaard to use his freedom of expression,” she said.

    Uhh…the Danish government already has that base covered Ms. Helle Thorning-Schmidt…..

  • Greg Thomas

    “In 2010, a Somali man living in Denmark used an ax to break into the home of one of the cartoonists, who escaped unharmed by locking himself into a panic room.”

    Panic room? Denmark, you have a serious problem and it’s not cartoonists….

    • AB7

      Not exactly in the Viking tradition then, is it? Hopefully they don’t sashay on the way to the panic room.