Breaking news: SIAD is announcing that Mohammed is to be burned up this evening. My Danish is not good enough to translate the entire article, but I think I have been able to get the gist of it — Vikings, correct me if I’m wrong.
Today is Midsummer’s Day — Saint Hans’ Day in Denmark — and the traditional Danish midsummer custom is to burn an effigy of a witch in order to banish evil from the country and ensure the good fortune of the people in the coming year. This year there’s going to be a slight variation on the usual ritual.
According to SIAD, a previously secret group is planning to burn an effigy of Mohammed instead of a witch, to symbolize the need to rid Western Europe of a new kind of evil. Tomorrow the group will release a video of tonight’s Midsummer bonfire.
I’m sure the “Muslim street” is not going to take this one lying down, so now is a good time to buy stock in Danish flag manufacturers and the butane lighter companies.
As a matter of interest, the Danish word for being burned up is almost the same as the idiom for being slapped in the face (det var en afbrænder: “it was a slap in the face”). I don’t know if the wordplay is intentional.
As soon as I have any more news to report on this event I will post it, especially if it’s in English.