Leader of far-right Danish political party Stram Kurs, Swedish-Danish politician Rasmus Paludan, is pictured while holding an edition of Quran, while staging a protest outside the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, on January 21, 2023. Turkey has been angered by permission obtained by Paludan, a politician whose anti-Islamist actions sparked riots across Sweden last year, to stage a protest in front of its embassy in the Swedish capital.(AFP/TT News Agency Fredrik Sandberg)
A late-night text from my colleague in Stockholm, Ambassador Kama Pradipta, sent chills down my spine. The message said a group of people planned to again burn the Quran, a sacred scripture for billions of Muslims all over the world.
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The spats of desecration of the Quran in Sweden and Denmark shocked the Muslim world and yet, such flagrant behavior is allowed under so-called freedom of speech and expression. Ironically, this absolutism of free speech creates a space in which individuals can abuse and offend people of faith.
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