Although Denmark is not yet technically in an election, political campaigns are becoming increasingly hard to avoid.
The newest campaign to become the talk of the town comes from the Conservatives and their posters bearing the slogan “Stop Nazi Islamism”.
The posters were rolled out in conjunction with an op-ed from party leader Søren Pape Poulsen and former MP Naser Khader, who recently returned to Danish politics after a stint in Washington.
In their opinion piece, published in Århus Stiftstidende, the two Conservatives argued that Nazism and Islamism "are in the same family".
“Islamists are using the same argumentation for their hatred of Jews that the Nazis did in their day. They exterminate those people who they have labelled as subhuman. They burn books and destroy priceless cultural artefacts in the Middle East because everything foreign is considered evil. They strive after a new millennium just as the Nazis did,” the politicians wrote.
Poulsen and Khader added that “Nazi Islamism” must be “fought and eliminated”.
“By comparing the two ideologies, people can better understand what we are facing. That’s why we call it Nazi Islamism,” they write.
The Conservatives said that their campaign is only targeting radical Islamists and not everyday Muslims.
“One and a half billion people follow the religion of Islam and of those the vast majority practice their religion peacefully. But out of Islam there has developed a dangerous political ideology – we would almost call it a cancerous tumour – that unfortunately is dominating more and more,” they wrote.
The Conservative ad campaign, which followed shortly after party MP Mai Mercado wrote an op-ed on why she believes Christianity is a superior religion to Islam, elicited strong reactions.
“The Conservatives must be completely desperate to fight their way into the values debate. The strategy seems clear enough: ‘We dare to be the bad kids in the classroom. We dare to say that Christianity is better than Islam. We dare to call Islamists Nazis.’ Dear Conservatives: this isn’t brave. It is just childish,” Social Liberal MP Zenia Stampe wrote on Facebook.
The “Stop Nazi Islamism” posters are the latest in a long line of signs that indicate that when the election finally does come – PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt must call for it by September – non-Western immigration will be a dominant subject.
Thorning-Schmidt herself recently rolled out a ‘tough on immigration’ ad campaign and even Queen Margrethe weighed in on the debate with comments on immigration that were widely interpreted as being aimed at Muslims.