Lies at the Christian Science Monitor, part II
I earlier blogged the weird story about Jason Brandon aka Andrew Nassim, and how he lied his way through an article on moslems in Denmark, trying to paint the Danish People´s Party as nazis. In case you didnt catch that, I took exception to the following snippet:
The party's provocative slogan "Dit Land, Dit Valg" (One land, one people) for many people conjures up unwelcome reminders of Denmark's ambiguous role in the Nazi occupation.
"A growing number of people see being a Dane and being a Muslim as incompatible," says Moller, adding that the Danish Peoples' Party, the country's third largest, is behind controversial government attempts to stabilize Denmark's growing Muslim community at no more than 10 percent of the total 5.5 million population. Right now, Muslims make up nearly 4 percent of the population.
In an email, I pointed out to them that both sections in bold above were ouright lies.
1) In the first case, "Dit Land, Dit Valg" means "Your Country, Your Choice", not "One Land, one people".
2) In the second, not only is there no such plan, when reached by me by phone, Moller denied having said any such thing.
While the Christian Science Monitor apparently didnt find me worthy of a reply, two visitors to Viking Observer made the cut and got replies to their complaints. It acknowledges the manipulative "translation" of the slogan (still retaining the nazi association-trick, though) and acknowledges Moller never said anything about a 10% cap. It hasnt changed the attribution, though, and it still sticks with its story about a cap, saying it..
.. should have been credited to a government report: "Population Development 2001-2021' issued in 2002 by the "Think Tank on Integration in Denmark" which is part of the Danish Ministry of Refugee, Immigration and Integration Affairs.
The problem is, that the report says absolute nothing about any cap on moslems. In fact, it mentions neither caps nor moslems at all, since its a simple population prognosis for Denmark, based on Danish statistics. If moslems were to figure there, it would be illegal, too, since the state is barred from registering people by their faith.
I wonder what explanation the Christian Science Monitor comes up with this time.
You can read the report in Danish here, and the English abstract here.