Copenhagen shooting

by Joel Sherwood


Remarkably...the seminar continued after the shooting.
— NY Times

Tragic news this weekend on shootings at a free-speech seminar in Copenhagen. But one of the most remarkable aspects: after the rounds of gunfire ceased, the seminar continued. I found that a powerful response.

A lead story in Sweden's top newspaper predicted Sweden will face similar attacks. Sweden shares many of the same values as Denmark, and Lars Vilks, the gunman's likely target Saturday, is Swedish. Throw in a very open immigration policy together with growing Islamophobia, and it's easy to see friction ahead.

But as with the Paris attacks, there's no call for a backlash against all immigrants because of extremists. I hope all who stand up for the rights and needs of immigrants and refugees do what the seminar participants did Saturday: continue in the face of danger.