Anjem Choudary took part in a talk in Helsinki Thursday about freeing Muslim hostages. The Muslim cleric has said a lot of controversial things in the past like Islam will overrun Europe and that Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama should be killed. He’s even predicted that a “tsunami” of Muslim immigrants will sweep Europe.
While the national media gave ample space to the cleric’s visit, Finland’s notorious Islamphobists like Perussuomalaiset (PS) MP James Hirvisaari, Olli Immonen and Juho Eerola were eerily quiet and didn’t invest a word on their Facebook pages to Anjem Choudary.
Even PS MP Jussi Halla-aho, who was sentenced for ethnic agitation, was silent about the visit.
The only Islamophobic association that tried without luck to stir up some controversy was the Finnish Defense League. Two posts with a few “likes” and the usual nutcase comments was all that they could muster.
It’s easy to figure out why Finland’s counterjihadists are so quiet: Asking the authorities to ban Anjem Choundary from attending the talk would be synonymous to shooting themselves in the foot. If they [PS] can spread hate speech and intolerance why can’t others?
Fortunately we have strong democratic institutions in Europe that are under siege not by people like Anjem Choundary necessarily but by counterjihadist groups like Suomen Sisu, Suomalaisuuden liitto and the PS, which has given a platform to people to spread intolerance.
Who is the biggest terrorist to have struck recent times at the heart of our European democratic societies? His name is Anders Breivik, a white Norwegian who admired the Islamophobia of the English Defense League, the PS and mentioned Halla-aho in his manifesto before murdering 77 innocent victims.
If we ask Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg what our reaction to intolerance should be after 22/7, he said that the country had become “more tolerant, [and] more careful not to judge people” by ethnic origin.
What unites our counterjihadists from jihadists?