Procession of the Sultan in Istanbul. Painting by Jean-Baptiste Vanmour (Van Mour), 1671-1737. Source.
The bar for praising Muslims has hit a new low.
Aarhus’s Grimhøj Mosque was once again thrust back in the spotlight earlier this month after the airing of a documentary in which mosque leaders said that they want to see an Islamic caliphate established, that they don’t believe in democracy and that a Danish convert who carried out a suicide bomb attack in Iraq is a hero.
The DR documentary led to a fresh round of political calls to shut down the mosque.
The week after that, mosque leaders said they were receiving so many threats that they felt the need to contact police for assistance.
Now the mosque is making news again, but this time it is because local authorities are praising its leadership for their role in slowing the stream of Danish Muslims who travel to Syria as foreign fighters.