Friday, October 06, 2006

Report from Sweden: “Dhimmifying is Proceeding”

That’s what our Swedish correspondent LN tells us. Yesterday he sent us a note and a screenshot from an online Swedish newspaper.

Sydsvenska Dagbladet Snällposten is a local newspaper — about #5 in Sweden — the title meaning “South Swedish Daily Fast-post” (SDS), the “Southswedish” for short. Have a look!

Happy Ramadan!
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Note that the article featured in this screenshot concerns the karikatyrteckningarna av profeten Muhammed—the cartoons of the prophet Mohammed. Hmm…

Readers who know some Swedish can perhaps look at the article and tell us more.


EliasAlucard said...

Oh no! it won't take long until I'll have to move out of here. I don't want to be a dhimmi :(

By the way, there was nothing interesting written in that article.

dick said...

Do they print banners saying "Merry Christmas", "Happy Hannukah", etc.?

If they do - I think you've gone over the top this time.

Baron Bodissey said...

Dick --

Dunno. We'll have to wait and see if LN shows up here; maybe he can tell us...

Mission Impossible said...

My reading of the Arabic script printed by this Swedish newspaper differs from that shown by the arrowed comment in the graphic.

In fact, the Arabic script literally reads:

Ramadan Kareem.

Most people already know what Ramadan is about (It also represents the 9th month in the Hijjra Calendar).

The word Kareem actually translates (roughly) into "noble," and not "happy."

So, the banner the Swedes are running is not wishing everyone a "Happy Ramadan" as suggested.

To do that, you would say ... Ramadan Mabruk.

Therefore, what the banner is in fact doing is simply announcing that we are now in the Noble month of Ramadan. Which is a kind of territorial and presumptuous claim; at least it would to anyone who values western traditions and the Gregorian Calendar.

Yes, that seems a very Dhimmi message for a Christian Newspaper to print. First law of Gutenberg ... never print words in a foreign language, especially one used by a hostile people, unless you first understand (exactly) the message you are printing.

Vasarahammer said...

The article in Sydsvenskan provides a multiculturalist explanation to the cartoon crisis and the side that Prime minister took is basically categorized as the one representing national closed-mindedness.

According to the article, the cultural war in Denmark is not about islam against Danishness but a conflict between dogmatist liberalism (not in the American sense of the word) and cosmopolitan willingness to compromise (basically leftism even though this is not directly said).

I don't have time to translate the article in full and I don't think it the articles deserves a translation. It is actually a review of Rune Engelbrekt Larsen's and Toger Seidenfaden's book "Karikaturkrisen: En undersogelse af baggrund och ansvar" (The Cartoon Crisis: A study of background and responsibility).

Simon de Montfort said...

If a people as self-conscious about their culture and ethnicity as the Swedes can become 'dhimmi-fied', there may not be much hope for the rest of Europe. I thought the Swedes stayed out of the EU at least partly due to a fear of 'loss of national identity'; what do the Svenskas think will happen if Sha'ria takes over?

Myrtus said...

MI while you're right on the literal translation, "kareem" has many meanings, in this case it means "blessed", ramadan kareem is the most common phrase used by Muslims to wish each other a blessed month of fasting.
As far as I'm concerned the only ones who experience Ramadan as a "happy" occasions are kids. Kids don't have to fast, but they get to enjoy plenty of good food and lots of sweets for a whole entire month and in the end there is a holiday where kids get dressed up in their brand new fancy clothes to go visit with family...where they get spoiled by loved ones, either with money or candy. For instance the holiday is dubbed in Holland as "suiker feest" or "sugar holiday" (I think this term originated in Turkey), because it's marked with lots of sweets.
As for adults being happy during Ramadan...umm there is no such thing. Imagine being deprived of all your regular earthly pleasures for a month long and you can't eat or drink during your most productive time of the day...I can't see how that would make anyone happy.