There are enough Muslims in Denmark and no more should be allowed in. That's the latest message from senior members of Dansk Folkeparti (DF), the right-wing Danish People's Party.
Their spokesperson Marie Krarup said that the time has come to completely halt Muslim immigration. "We should limit the size of the Muslim minority in Denmark," Krarup wrote in a blog for Berlingske newspaper. Anders Vistisen, who is a candidiate for the European Parliament, agreed that the number of Muslims in Denmark should be limited.
DF's citizenship spokesperson, Christian Langballe, was more sympathetic. "It is impractical to call a complete halt, but I think that Muslim immigration must be limited," he told Berlingske. The DF party believes that many Danes, especially those who live in the countryside, are troubled with Muslim immigration into Denmark. Deputy party-head, Søren Espersen, said that he does not have a problem with Islam as a religion, but is vehemently opposed to it as a political system. "They look at Sweden, France, England and Germany and do not like what they see," he said.
Others believe that Muslims already get too many concessions as a minority in Denmark.
Karina Lorentzen, the integration spokesperson for government coalition party Socialistisk Folkeparti, told Danish media that such statements are similar to opinions expressed by the Nazi's about Jews. "It is a sick mindset to identify all Muslims as a problem simply because they are Muslims," Lorentzen said in a statement. "It is reminiscent of Hitler, who identified Jews as a problem simply because of their religion."