Party calls for an end to ‘Nazi Islamism’
Konservative party leader Søren Pape Poulsen and former MP Naser Khader, a prospective candidate at this summer’s general election, believe that radical Islamists and Nazis share a similar philosophy and have accordingly launched a new ad campaign featuring posters that read ‘Stop Nazi Islamism’.
“We want to draw a difference between the majority of peaceful and ordinary Muslims in Denmark and the rest of the world who practise their religion in peace and those Islamists like Boko Haram and Islamic State who are extreme and over the top,” Poulsen told Jyllands-Posten.
Poulson said the provocative slogan was designed to start a dialogue that would outline what he sees as the similarities between radical Islamists and Nazis.
“Nazis hated the West and they hated Jews,” he said. “The Islamists are using the same argument for their hatred of Jews as the Nazis – they brand them as subhuman stamps and destroy cultural objects they regard as evil.”
“The greatest danger we face today”
Poulsen and Khader shared their views in a letter to Århus Stiftstidende.
“The choice of words was not pulled out of thin air,” they wrote. “Part of Islamism’s DNA is a hatred of Western democracy and hatred of Jews. In the terrorist acts committed in Copenhagen and Paris, they first attacked democracy and then the Jews.”
The pair stressed that the majority of Muslims practise their religion peacefully.
The term ‘Nazi Islamism’ was coined by Khader. He has called Nazi Islamism “the greatest danger we face today”.