A leader of the right wing Swedish Democrats published an article in the opinion section of the Aftonbladet newspaper in which he accused Muslims of being the greatest threat to his nation of any event since World War II. Jimmie Akesson said “today’s multicultural Swedish power-elite are totally blind to the dangers of Islam” and went on to claim that more than ten Muslim terrorist organizations are now operating in Sweden. “As a Swedish Democrat, I see this as our greatest external threat since World War II and promise to use all m y power to change the trend during next year’s election.” Many of his opponents charge Akesson with copying Nazi attacks on Jews who they claimed were a subversive force in Germany.
There are cries by such distinguished critics as Per Hultengard, a lawyer with the Swedish Publishers Association who charge Akesson as being guilty of a hate crime because he is stirring up anger and potential violence against Muslim citizens. We beg to differ. A free society allows hate to be expressed. Consider the hate that George Bush generated in American society! Allow those who hate to spread hate and believe in the basic decency of individuals that the vast majority will reject such views.
If we allow hate to make us hate then hate has won.