The need of spirituality in Danish society

Vibeke Døssing, priest, in talk with Bashy Quraishy about the need of spirituality in Danish society, visibility of faith instead of hiding it, how religions can provide people a balance in life and answers big questions, we all ask, the need to have an interfaith co-operation for a peaceful living.

Bashys Corner – Vibeke Døssing – Priest


Dansk Folkepartis byrådsmedlem Mogens Camre er dømt for racisme ved retten i Glostrup

Mogens Camre fra DF dømt for racisme på Twitter

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Det var racisme, da Dansk Folkepartis byrådsmedlem Mogens Camre forrige sommer røg til tasterne på Twitter for at skrive om muslimer og nazisme.

Det har retten i Glostrup her til formiddag slået fast og dømt politikeren 8.000 kroner i bøde.
Mogens Camre var tiltalt efter straffelovens racismeparagraf, efter at han den 24. juli 2014 om aftenen skrev en opdatering på Twitter med ordlyden:
– Om Jødernes situation i Europa: Muslimerne fortsætter, hvor Hitler sluttede. Kun den behandling, Hitler fik, vil ændre situationen.…/p…/mogens-camre-doemt-racisme-paa-twitter

Happy New Year

10153783_10152623523127075_9096714572079950064_nThe coming of the New Year would be celebrated by many with firecrackers, parties with friends, family members and loved ones.

But I am sure many of you would also reflect on the path, you have walked and by doing so would recollect the bittersweet memories of the year-gone bye, pleasant relations and friendships formed or suffered heartaches and pain.

Since this is an unavoidable part of life, growing up as decent human beings and experiencing the vibrations of higher forces, this natural process no doubt has enriched you all.

From my side, I whole-heartedly thank you all for the love, affection, criticism, appreciation and scolding, you bestowed upon me. This has certainly given me many great moments of connecting, discussing and exchanging views and learning form all of you.

May the New Year fulfill all your desires, wishes and bring you fulfillment, peace and love.

So please keep in touch, do comment and stay blessed.

Love and fond wishes

From a Snowy Copenhagen

Dronningens omsorgsfuldt ord om flygtninge er storslåede


Dronningens nytårstale var sjældent politisk i år. er Det er lang tid siden, Dronningen har været så direkte politisk. Hun antyder at mange flygtninge bliver boende i Danmark og bliver indvandrere og derfor vi skal sørge for, at de skal hjælpes til at blive integreret. Det er rigtigt fint, og det falder godt i tråd med temaer i tidligere taler.

Vi har set statsministeren og flere politikere sige, at flygtningene kun skulle være her i kort tid og så tilbage igen, når forholdene er normaliserede.
Jeg tror der kommer en diskussion om, at dronningen er gået for langt. Hun har udtrykt nogle alment menneskelige holdninger til sagen. Der vil være partier i Folketinget,især DF, der vil rejse børster overfor kongehuset. 

Nogen vil mene, at hun overskred grænserne. Hun må jo ikke være specifikt politisk. DF vil måske mene, at hun er gået for langt i forhold til at byde alverdens flygtninge velkommen.

Men vi kan kun sige til vores Dronning; Tak Deres Majestæt. Vi er meget stolte af Dem.

Statsministers nytårstale – Gammel vin på en ny flaske

PM of Denmark

Flygtninge og indvandrere, der er på kontanthjælp, skal arbejde mere for ydelsen.

“Jeg vil ændre vilkårene for flygtninge og indvandrere, der er på kontanthjælp. De skal arbejde mere for ydelsen, og det skal helst være på en arbejdsplads. Vi skal undgå fortidens fejl. Flygtninge skal ikke gøres til klienter. Hvis du kommer til Danmark skal du arbejde, lære sproget og ud blandt danske kolleger og opleve, hvordan vi gør tingene her i Danmark.”

Sådan lyder det fra statsminister Helle Thorning-Schmidt i nytårstalen.



Denmark to decide on human rights

ProjectHOPE_hero Two years ago, after criticism from the United Nations Periodic Review, Danish Parliament put together a committee of experts to advise the government on implementation of the seven human rights conventions, which Denmark have ratified, but not written into Danish law. Last month a split committee issued a 500 page report, where six experts advised Danish Parliament to implement six conventions, while other members were critical of the conventions and largely left the issue for politicians to decide. And so Denmark now stands at a historical human rights point, with the government yet to announce its evaluation of the report.

Critics claim that implementing the conventions may shift the balance of power between courts and legislators, while the six experts argue that this risk is purely theoretical as court judges know not to rule exceeding their boundaries. Further the implementation would strengthen citizens rights, give them opportunity to take for example a case of violation of a child’s rights to the UN and make the conventions more broadly known and used in the Danish courts. Experience with the European Human Rights Convention has shown that since it was implemented in Denmark in 1992, use of the convention in court cases increased.

Danish members of ENAR are in support of the six experts and are actively supporting the implementation. If Denmark was to implement six conventions in one swoop it would show that human rights are being taken seriously and send an international message of working to live up to human rights standards.

The six recommended conventions are the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

sources:, (Danish Ministry of Justice)

Press Release on Gaza situation

Like many other peace loving and progressive forces, European Muslim Inititiative for Social Cohesion is very concernedat the escalating violence and the loss of innocent lives in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
Since this Middle East situation has direct consequences for inter-religious and inter-cultural co-existance in Europe, EMISCO is appealing to the international community to act now before it is too late.
We would be grateful if you can share this statement with your network and contacts.
EMISCO Press Release – Situation in GazaKind regards

Bashy Quraishy
Secretary General – EMISCO -European Muslim Initiative for Social Cohesion – Strasbourg
Member – Advisory Board – Migration Research Centre – Hacettepe University – Ankara.Turkey
Chair-Advisory Council-ENAR – Brussels
Chair-Jewish Muslim Platform – Brussels
Mobile; 0045 40 15 47 71
Phone; 0045 38 88 19 77

ECRI calls for timely action against political parties that promote racism

Strasbourg, 10.07.2014 – The Council of Europe’s European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) today published its annual report, calling for timely action against extremist organisations that promote racism to avoid an escalation of violence and related criminal activities.

ECRI noted a surge in support for aggressive nationalist and populist xenophobic parties and the persistence of fascist World War II nostalgia in several member states.
The report, which examines the main trends in 2013, says that more needs to be done to communicate a positive image and the advantages of a diverse society and urged countries to adopt national action plans to fight racism and discrimination.

In certain cases, the report notes, the failure of the police to discharge their obligations in full respect of human rights and the rule of law resulted in increased levels of xenophobia. ECRI calls for prompt and effective action to contain racist aggression but at the same time warns the authorities to be careful not to feed the spiral of violence.
Although 2013 was another year of tragedy in the Mediterranean, asylum policies have become more restrictive in some countries and drastic measures – including border fences – have been taken to keep migrants out. Refugees have been subject to hate campaigns.

“ECRI urges European governments to ensure that all persons in their territory can access basic human rights regardless of their immigration status,” said ECRI’s Chair Christian Ahlund. “We are asking them to establish mechanisms whereby irregular migrants are able to report abuses freely,” he stated.
ECRI notes that hate speech continues to be a major problem across Europe and will look carefully at measures taken by member states to deal with the phenomenon, includingforms of expression that should be criminalised, and other kinds of intolerant and inflammatory discourse targeting vulnerable groups, such as Roma, migrants, Muslims and Jews.

Both EU and non-EU member states have adopted National Roma Integration Strategies. Now they need to focus efforts on implementation based on concrete action plans with sufficient budgetary resources and the involvement of regional and local authorities.

The Annual Report recalls that ECRI is now monitoring hate speech and violence against LGBT people and reporting on policies to combat discrimination and intolerance against these groups.

ECRI’s Chair, finally, stressed the need for action against racist abuse in sport, such as campaigns featuring some of the great stars of the World Cup in Brazil.

The full report is available here.

ECRI is a human rights body of the Council of Europe, composed of independent experts, which monitors problems of racism, xenophobia, antisemitism, intolerance and discrimination on grounds such as “race”, national/ethnic origin, colour, citizenship, religion and language (racial discrimination); it prepares reports and issues recommendations to member States.

For more information on ECRI:

Press contact: Stefano Valenti, Tel: +33 (0)3 90 21 43 28,

Understanding Muslim minorities today!

My good friend Professor Tahir Abbas delivered a great lecture at Fatih University in Istanbul – Turkey on 13 May 2013.

In his presentation, he talked about Muslim minority issues in Britain and in Western Europe, and how notions of identity are shaped by immigration history, memory, politics, patterns of racism, integration and assimilation, and the role of policy.

He stated the importance of Muslims finding the middle path as a way forward, one that balances the best of all intellectual, cultural and spiritual worlds, and to look beyond the horizons to achieve that poise and harmony.

His thoughts are very much in line with the vast majority of Muslim communities in the Western world.

Thanks Tahir for this excellent presentation.

Minoriteternes Grundlovsdag 2014 på Christiania

Large gathering Herr. Bonnichsen 2Minoriteterne er majoriteten!!!

Gennem årene har jeg hvert år oplevet, at der fejres Grundlovsdag med politiske taler rundt om i landet. Ledende politikere har – via deres respektive organisationer – foretrukne steder, hvor de traditionelt afleverer deres budskaber, der både handler om demokratiets principper og om aktuelle politiske problemstillinger. 5. juni får alle danske politikere – store som små – en chance for at sige, hvad deres vision for Danmark er.

Som politisk aktiv person elsker jeg gode taler, specielt når de kommer fra karismatiske og inspirerende ledere.

I år var jeg i Christiania for at lytte til en vidunderlig dansker, Hans Jørgen Bonnichsen, fhv. operativ chef for PET og debattør. Hans tale hed: 
‘Når Råbene bliver Høje’. Han var hovedtaler ved 5. juni-festlighederne. På Christiania afvikles Grundlovsdag i samarbejde mellem Christianias Kulturforening og forskellige repræsentanter for minoritetsgrupper, i de sidste par år især sammen med Landsforeningen Lediges Vilkår.

De mener, at Grundlovsdag handler om Grundloven:
- om demokrati og menneskerettigheder
- om de grupper det går ud over, når Grundloven tilsidesættes. Minoriteternes Grundlovsdag har alle årene haft fokus på menneskerettighederne, som de er tænkt ind i den danske grundlov, og som de misligeholdes i den virkelige verden.

Jeg har stor respekt for Hans Jørgen Bonnichsens humanisme og kamp for menneskerettigheder for alle, og hans budskab var klart. ”Grundloven hviler på værdier, som vi holder meget af. Den sikrer vores demokrati, vores frihedsrettigheder og vores retssikkerhed. Den giver os kort sagt et Danmark, der er et trygt hjem for os alle – arbejdsløse, arabere, bøsser, christianitter, ensomme, flexjobbere, flygtninge m.fl.”

Om aftenen hørte jeg taler af de 3 vigtigste danske politiske personligheder: Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Lars Løkke Rasmussen og Kristian Thulesen Dahl.

Fr. Thorning-Schmidt talte om EU og Danmark, Slaget om Normandiet og D-dag, 70 år tilbage, og det danske demokrati som et godt eksempel for andre.

Hr. Rasmussen talte om sine politiske vanskeligheder, mediernes manipulation af hans bilagssag, dansk demokrati og rullepølse.

Hr. Thulesen Dahl talte i bidende og aggressiv tone og angreb non-stop statsministeren og hendes parti.

I sammenligning med hr. Bonnichsen lød det til, at disse 3 danske politikere ganske glemte at tale om det gavnlige, det inklusive og det opløftende.