This article was published by Al Jazeera on August 27, 2023 and features Bridge Initiative Senior Researcher Farid Hafez
It is a controversial bill that could deepen political divisions in Denmark. The proposal to ban the desecration of holy books is being considered after a series of burnings of the Quran.
The government has condemned the incidents and the small groups behind them. But despite the criticism, they are protected under Denmark’s freedom of speech laws. Critics say the government is giving up on its liberal values too quickly.
So will the bill have enough support in parliament to move forward? And will it strike the right balance at home and in Muslim countries?