Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Swedish Exception

The following article about the case of Khalid Saeed is based on a story told by Hans Erling Jensen. It was written by the editor of Sappho (the website of the Danish Free Press Society), and was translated into English by Hans Erling Jensen.

Khalid Saeed

Is it an expression of Swedish hypocrisy when their authorities choose to send an apostate that left Islam back to Pakistan? The current case indicates that it is best to be a Muslim if you want to apply for asylum in Sweden.

In Sweden there is room for everyone. Or almost everyone! One of the few who did not merit entry is the Pakistani refugee Khalid Saeed, who has just been refused asylum.

But it is easy to be lured into thinking otherwise, that Khalid is qualified for a place in Sweden’s safe and sound embrace. According to his own statements, he and his family received very serious threats in their homeland.

It is an assertion which seems credible when Khalid also says that he is an apostate Muslim (he calls himself “humanist”). And he has not only distanced himself from his faith, he has done so publicly on his blog.

That should turn on all the warning lights!

In Pakistan he received a visit from several of Allah’s faithful. They maltreated him and threatened his life. Then he (and his family) went underground and escaped through a roundabout route to Sweden. Here he, his wife, and their three children stayed for the two years that the proceedings have been ongoing.

Now the asylum court has spoken and Khalid has to leave Sweden. (Khalid and his family have been underground since September 22nd).

But why do the Swedish authorities not find him worthy of staying?

It’s an absolutely relevant question.

And perhaps the Swedish artist Lars Vilks hits the nail on the head when he ironically writes on his blog:

“Khalid should have known that a Muslim who leaves Islam does not fit into the ‘Swedish folks-home’ (folkhemmet).”

Vilks also notes that none of the media who normally raise their voices to prevent the deportation of Muslim asylum-seekers have been interested in this matter.

A credibility problem

Maybe Vilks is right. Maybe apostate Muslims, Jews, Christians and others who are threatened by fanatical Muslims just do not fit in today’s Sweden?

One might entertain the thought that the aforementioned groups simply hang a credibility problem around the necks of “the PC-elite”.

For is it not true that the recognition of Khalid’s asylum needs would also will be a recognition that Islam — and therefore many Muslims — holds some extremely intolerant concepts?

Is it not easy to imagine that politically correct Sweden, where the belief that Islam is a religion of peace is alive and well, would have difficulty with such a realization?

And could one also imagine that rather than face reality, the same people would choose the easy solution — and turn their backs on a hunted man such as Khalid?

If you know a bit of Sweden’s political tradition, you will know that superficial and opportunistic solutions are unmistakable ingredients.

Here there are seldom protests against those who threaten with violence. Here one chooses the most opportune — some would say cowardly — solution, and then afterwards makes up arguments that explain why this or that was the right and only thing to do.

I wonder how the explanation would sound if something were to happen to Khalid, just like what has happened thousands of other “bad Muslims” — if he is lynched or sentenced to death by a Sharia court?

Would they say that he was a provocateur who in word and deed incited hatred, and therefore not could expect anything else, as he himself had prepared for?


Eticha has a Support Site for Khalid, with a detailed review of the case.

7 comments:

Hans Erling Jensen said...

I mean that freedom should be something that everybody could take part of. Freedom was what I learned in school that the allied soldiers fought for during the first and the second world war – and many gave their lives for freedom, not only king and country! Freedom was also what Anna and Hans Scholl gave their lives for in Germany long before the Nazis and their “moderate German voters” had admitted themselves, that the war was lost. I love freedom all though I am born and raised in a “sheltered workshop”! I am happy for that, and I mean it is worth to preserve our society, and that we do not do, if we let in ideologies that believe they have found the only truth or imperialistic cultures that lives in the past and worships a evil god, that has no respect for the humans he claims to have created himself!

Gregory said...

Why bother writing this stuff if the appropriate authorities won't be reading it, or affected by it? Just help the dude and his family get underground and stay there.

Dan Canto said...

How ironic. Sweden seems already in the grips of the Stockholm Syndrome.

Well Swedes, have you given up your minds along with your spines?

hadley said...

He could have gone next-door to India. He still can. The west is not a dumping ground for every two-bit refugee, whether bleeding heart lefties love 'em or bleeding heart righties live 'em.

I don't care if you mommy wants to chop your privates off in Outer Ulang Batoola or you are some hip Paki freethinker like this guy. You don't get to travel to the other side of the world, set up your mini-colonies in our lands, and live off our social services. Sorry.

Anybody want to send this guy a check, feel free to do so. The Swedes are not keen on picking up his tab. Let's hope their attitude spreads to the other undesirable "refugees" that live off them.

Col. B. Bunny said...

@hadley, what do you think about the Swedish hypocrisy and cowardice that the Baron is highlighting here?

Dymphna said...

Gregory said...

Why bother writing this stuff if the appropriate authorities won't be reading it, or affected by it? Just help the dude and his family get underground and stay there.

And why does writing about "the dude and his family" not promote what you suggest? What other way would you have us help him other than by writing about him? That is what we DO, Gregory. We write.

We don't write for the Swedish authorities. We write to let people know the truth, to the extent we can find that virtue.

The MSM in Sweden (or anywhere else in the Western world) won't tell us about this kind of thing, so it's up to us, and to others like us to let Swedish citizens know when such things happen. And to ask about the double standard that appears to be on display in this case.

Gregory, why bother reading here if you don't see the point in our posting? Surely your reading exercise on these pages is even more futile than our writing exercises?

Want to give us an address so our readers can send help to this family in Sweden? That would be doing something valuable.

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@hadley--

Surely you jest?

Given the grave and ever-increasing tensions between India and Pakistan, do you think this man would ever be able to find work in India? He'd be suspect as an infiltrator.

Nima Dervish said...

Plz sign the petition for Khalid:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/dont-deport-atheist-khalid-saeed-to-pakistan/