Topless protests? Helena Bergström did that on the big screen in 1992…


Activist group FEMEN organized a protest in the Stockholm Mosque a few days back where they flashed their bodies in protest of oppression and bigotry.

This sounds familiar…

bergstrom_helena34 In the 1992 movie Änglagård (House of Angels), charming big-city girl Fanny (Helena Bergström) visits a small village in rural Sweden to attend a relative’s funeral. She ends up staying for the summer and soon finds out that her outward style and personality is not appreciated by the villagers. In one particular scene, when Fanny’s buying her groceries in the village store, she faces some of the envy and prejudice right up front. Frustrated, she rips her shirt off in front of everyone and states darkly that “I believe it’s gotten way too hot in here”, before storming out of the store. Seemingly her way, as a last resort, to liberate herself from the suffocating narrow-mindedness she found herself caught up in.

A “call for freedom” indeed, as one of the FEMEN spokespersons described their action in the mosque.


Today in cognitive dissonance: Swedish law and the Quran

Swedish Mosques claims adherence to Swedish law while simultaneously asserting that the laws of the Quran – permitting e.g. polygamy and mild physical violence against “disobedient” wifes – are immutable and ever valid.

Glad we sorted that out.

This is, to be fair, a solid improvement from an earlier investigation, conducted with hidden cameras, which revealed that nine out of ten Imams actively defended illegal activities, including polygamy and physical violence, and dissuaded women from reporting such crimes to the authorities. The latest investigation indicates that those revelations did initiate debate in the Muslim community, which is positive. The prospect of a centralized or at least regulated Swedish Imam education, to counter those in extremist countries like Saudi Arabia, is yet another positive sign.