The bimler and bamler several times a week in the Danish folkekirker, but once in the course of coronakrisen it was suddenly a different religious sound that got the attention.
A bønnekald udblæst from the speaker stole suddenly the titles, and since have Aliens, Integration, Mattias Tesfeye asked his ministry to find out whether you can ban the muslim call to prayer.
the Question is, however, whether the sounds actually irritate the danes. It has Extra Leaf been on the street in front of the Church of Our Saviour in Copenhagen to find out.
- What do you think of bønnekald from the Danish mosques?
- It is, I think, is a bad idea. I think it goes against my principles. We are a Danish country. They should just be happy that they are allowed to build mosques here. It will be for the foreign, so no - it seems I'm certainly not, saith the Trine Magda.
- Now the church bells, of course, also a religious expression?
- Yes, it is true. It is christian, and I live in a christian country. I'm used to the church bells - it is I grew up with. Now I have been in Turkey and how some sites - it is not cozy, as it is with the church bells.
Then the sound also makes a difference?
- Yes, it I think. If it was a different sound ...
- So if the mosques also had bells?
- Yes, so it made me not something.
- You perceive it not as a discrimination in relation to the expression of religion?
- Yes, but then they must pray at home or inside their mosques. It is about to go over the thread. The church bells are cosy rather than one that shouts out of a speaker. It is the noise of the city. I would certainly not stay by the side of such a at six o'clock in the morning.Show more Close
Christian believes not, you must blend in, if muslims want to practice their religion with bønnekald.
- There must of course be a limit to how many decibels, one must infer, and of course one must also not bother people when they are sleeping, but people should do what they want to do. People should be allowed to practice the religion, they will, says the Christian from Wheaton, however, also mentions that he even lives in the country.
In a survey it sounds, that three out of four danes think that it should be prohibited.
- It is, I think, is something strange, something - that you can not accept that other people have a different religion than yourself. I think not, sticking together.
- You can't invite guests inside, and then say that they are not allowed to breathe.
- we might have a situation for 50 years, if a majority in the Danish Parliament consists of muslims, so it becomes here public?, says Christian and pointing to Our Savior Church.
- I think This is a boring way to go.Show more Close
- I understand why many ethnic danes have a problem with it in their country. It is what they are accustomed to, telling the 27-year-old Omar, who himself is a muslim.
- the Time change. There are many new things in society. All the multicultural, who is now here, can help to give a positive change, says Omar, however, is concerned for the hatred, as he thinks, especially the media, to blow up.
- If there comes bønnekald, I think that it's going to hurt more than it benefits. It is a christian country, it has been a christian country always. It will always be. It's not going to change.
Now came christianity, after all, also here as a middle eastern religion.
- There is still a difference between christianity and islam. Islam is a hatred religion. It is christianity not, so therefore it creates discord.
- You perceive it not as a discrimination against islam to ban bønnekald?
- There is so much discrimination now-a-days, that it can be difficult to find your way around in. For me as a muslim, so I have just given up. I don't listen to the media, I don't want to listen to hatred or racism, for it creates hatred within me. So I keep myself away from the image in general. Otherwise, I'm starting to hate the danes, as well as some danes hate me. It is life to short for - honestly.
- Aliens - and Integration is now in the process of examining whether a ban on bønnekald potentially could be in conflict with the freedom of religion in the Constitution.
- We have no real freedom of religion in Denmark. The constitution is the estimate, if it applies to all, but it does not. You have freedom of religion within certain limits. I am allowed to explore my religion, but if I start to talk about it, it becomes a problem, and where is the freedom of religion in it? Personally, I pray five times a day, and it gets between me and my god, " says Omar, which ends with a call to the danes.
- no Matter whether one is muslim, christian, buddhist, or what you are: Start by looking inward. Everyone has a tendency to point the finger at people, before pointing at himself. Find out for yourself how much hatred you have within you and bring it down to the ground - then you can maybe start to love the other cultures and religions, for we can learn so much from each other.
Omar has wanted to be anonymous. Ekstra Bladet is familiar with his identity.Show more Close
- It is completely okay that they do it inside mosques. They just don't make it on the streets. The church bells does not bother me.
- as long As they keep it to themselves, they must be allowed to do it. Otherwise, they should live like we - it is our culture. It is those who have moved to Denmark.
- So you do not see a ban as in conflict with freedom of religion?
- of Course people should be allowed to have their own faith. I am totally in favour of. It should be allowed to.
- One can perhaps interpret the church bells as a christian bønnekald?
- But they need to just accept that it is something that is in Denmark. Such is it here, and if one is foreign, one must accept it, just as we must accept that they have their mosques. They come from a foreign country and should be happy that they have it so good here in Denmark. They have it as the yolk in an egg.
Christianity is not exactly Danish of origin?
- It is something we grew up with. I have always been a christian. Christianity has been here all our livesShow more Close
- What are you thinking about a ban on bønnekald from the mosques?
- If we have the right to it in the churches, so I can't see why there should be anything wrong in it, says Jonathan.
He is referring to, that there should be equal space for all.
- as long As the mosques have the same rules as the church, so I can't see the problem.Show more Close
- Must prohibit bønnekald from the mosques?
- No, I think not. I think there should be room for all of us. If there is anyone that has a need for it, so let them do it. I can't see why it should be a problem.
- If we should be allowed to ring our church bells, why do they not also be allowed? ask Nina, who wonder about the critical people.
- There are incredibly many, who have much against immigrants. It is a very heated debate, running. I don't understand it. Why can't there just be a place for all of us?Show more Close
A slightly different picture than the Extra Magazine in paid surveys do you get in a survey by Voxmeter, where 74,5 percent of danes do not think mosques should be allowed to emit bønnekald over the speakers.
The bourgeois parties with the exception of the Liberal Alliance has been tried with a proposal, there was a 'ban on højtalerforstærket bønnekald and similar religious speech in the public space'. It was not, however, a majority in Parliament.
See also: Stop bimlen and bamlen for God