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Denmark Passes Law Banning Koranic Burning

2023-12-07T14:58:26.062Z

Highlights: Denmark Passes Law Banning Koranic Burning. It will now be forbidden to burn, defile or kick religious texts publicly or for the purpose of disseminating religious texts. Violators are liable to up to two years' imprisonment. The Nordic kingdom tightened its border controls for a while, before returning to normal on 22 August. In Iraq, for example, hundreds of demonstrators in support of influential cleric Moqtada Sadr tried to march towards the Danish embassy in Baghdad in late July.


It will now be forbidden to burn, defile or kick religious texts publicly or for the purpose of disseminating religious texts.


Denmark's parliament on Thursday passed a law criminalizing "inappropriate treatment" of texts with significant religious significance, effectively banning the burning of the Koran, after desecrations of Islam's holy book sparked tensions in several Muslim countries over the summer. After a debate lasting nearly four hours, the text was adopted at third reading by 94 of the 179 members of parliament.

In concrete terms, it will now be forbidden to burn, defile or kick religious texts publicly or for the purpose of widely disseminating images of desecration. It will also be forbidden to tear, cut or stab them. Violators are liable to up to two years' imprisonment.

Protecting the country's interests and national security

For the Danish government, which did not speak during the parliamentary debate, it is above all a question of protecting the interests and national security of the Scandinavian country.

Denmark and its Swedish neighbour have recently crystallised anger within Muslim countries. In Iraq, for example, hundreds of demonstrators in support of influential cleric Moqtada Sadr tried to march towards the Danish embassy in Baghdad in late July.

After the unrest, the Nordic kingdom tightened its border controls for a while, before returning to normal on 22 August.

Source: leparis

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