Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Norway’s secular democratic system and ‘Soldiers of Odin’

Nasir Khan, February 23, 2016
The Rule of Law in Norway’s Secular Democratic System
This is the story of Norway, a secular democratic country in which there is the rule of law; and the rule of law is applicable to all citizens irrespective of their colour, their religion or their social status.

Here in this country you will see people from all corners of the world living together in peace, despite having different religions including a growing number of humanists and atheists, people with different ethnic backgrounds, different political affiliations and identities. But no one harasses them for that. In the Norwegian socio-political system, they are treated equally and humanely, without any institutionalised discriminatory laws against religious minorities, which we see in many Islamic countries. 

Can anyone point to any Islamic country where there is the rule of law for all without any regard to their social status, religion or religious beliefs? I have not been able to find any such country.

Finland’s anti-migrant ‘Soldiers of Odin’ street patrols extend to Norway
Members of the so-called "Soldiers of Odin" volunteer street patrol are pictured as they patrol through the streets of Drammen, Norway, on Sunday night, February 21, 2016.  © Heiko Junge / NTB Scanpix
The Soldiers of Odin group debuted in Norway this week as dozens of men patrolled the streets of several towns in the country, securing streets from “delinquency” that the police are “unable to address.”
Volunteer patrolmen wearing black bomber jackets emblazoned with the group’s Viking helmet logo were seen in Stavanger, Drammen, and Kristiansand over the weekend.

“We want the streets to be safe, we want to get rid of the delinquency we see in Norway today which the police are unable to address,” Ronny Alte, the Soldiers of Odin’s Norwegian spokesman, told AFP.

According to Alte, “drugs are being sold, girls are being touched, there are assaults and violence” as a result of the 31,000 asylum seekers that arrived in Finland last year.

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