SWEDEN - Police Approve Quran Burning

Arno Froese

Authorities in Malmo, Sweden, have granted permission for a Quran-burning event scheduled to take place, igniting concerns over potential unrest and division within the community.

Per Engström, commanding officer for the police’s national special event during Eurovision week, confirmed the approval, acknowledging the challenging circumstances surrounding the decision.

“It is clear that it is a complicated circumstance,” stated Engström, as cited in Swedish media. “Whoever has applied for this naturally aims to create both disorder and public opinion.”

This development has prompted swift condemnation from various quarters, with the former rabbi of Malmo, Moshe David HaCohen, expressing solidarity with the Muslim community and vowing to issue a statement denouncing the event.

“We stand together with Muslims against this hateful event," he declared to The Jerusalem Post, adding that the Jewish Communities Council in Sweden will be responding as well.

-www.jpost.com, 3 May 2024

Arno's Commentary

Sweden is one of Europe’s super-rich countries, with a per capita GDP of $55,300 and an amazing life expectancy of 82.9 years. While 54% are registered as Lutheran by religion, 37.2% are unaffiliated. That means religion is not of significance; as in all developed countries, the unaffiliated are on the rise. It seems strange that while religion plays a lesser role in their culture, they have exhibited strong anti-Muslim attitudes and, in this case, the public burning of the Quran. 

Their official policy of neutrality was highly respected when it came to armed conflict in Europe in the early 1900s until 2009, when Sweden entered various defense treaties with the European Union.

Quite often we read—unfortunately, even in Christian media—that Sweden’s crime rate has reached unprecedented heights; the reality is somewhat different though. For example, their crime rate is significantly lower than that of the US. 

When it comes to foreign-born residents, OECD data lists Sweden at 19.5% foreign born, Israel 21.4%, Switzerland 29.7%, and the USA only 13.6%. This confirms that foreigners are not the issue.

We note that the organizer behind this Quran-burning demonstration is responsible for similar events across Sweden.

Multiple people from around the world make it their aim to reside in Europe, which is considered the safest and most prosperous continent on earth. 

WorldVision.org states: “We use many different terms today for what the Bible calls strangers, foreigners, and sojourners. Here are a few:  Refugees—individuals who have fled their home country due to a well-founded fear of persecution, war, violence, or serious harm to their life, physical well-being, or freedom.”

Ruth courageously declared to her mother-in-law: “Thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God” (Ruth 1:16b). This foreigner is incorporated in the genealogy that brought forth Jesus, the Son of God.

What a mighty message to the Church today. Ephesians 2:12 documents: “That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world.” Yes, you and I are “aliens … strangers … having no hope, and without God in the world.” Yet we read in the next verse: “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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