“I Do Not See Him As a Terrorist”: Five Hundred Mourners Attend Funeral of Copenhagen Gunman February 21, 2015

“I Do Not See Him As a Terrorist”: Five Hundred Mourners Attend Funeral of Copenhagen Gunman

You and I should be so lucky to have 500 people show up at our funeral service.

By killing two people last weekend in Copenhagen — a movie director at a free-speech event, and a guard at a synagogue — Islamist terrorist Omar El-Hussein, who was subsequently shot and killed by Danish cops, apparently assured an impressive turnout yesterday.

Omar El-Hussein, 22, was placed in an unmarked grave in the Muslim cemetery in Broendby, on the outskirts of Copenhagen, watched by around 500 people, mostly young men wearing thick black jackets against the cold and rain, an AFP reporter said. … Some of those who attended the funeral had covered their faces with scarves and hoods.

A man of east African origin, who refused to give his name, told AFP about the ceremony: “There were a lot of young people that you don’t normally see there… because they knew Omar. Some of them were gang members. They are my brothers too because they believe in Allah and the Prophet Mohammed, but their lifestyle doesn’t have a lot to do with Islam,” he said.

Of course not.

A handful of those who were there he recognized as members of the Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, but there were also many “normal Muslims,” the man said. “A Muslim cannot be denied a funeral. God will judge him,” he said.

True: No dead human being should not be buried or cremated. In a reasonable world, what they should be denied, however, is lots of public support for (or even despite) the act of deliberately gunning down innocents.

It’s human decency that a few of El-Hussein’s relatives and close friends should attend. Five hundred people? To me, that‘s not even close to decent.

A young man who said he knew El-Hussein described him as normal. “He just made the wrong choices, I do not see him as a terrorist,” said the man, who gave his name as Mohammed.

In short, Omar El-Hussein was a great Muslim brother. And that whole business about him stabbing and shooting people — c’mon, why you gotta be such a stickler, man?

(image via Shutterstock)

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