Last weekend’s terror attack in Copenhagen shocked me like anybody else. How could a person (or a group of persons) attack innocent people at a meeting and other people celebrating a young person in their synagogue?
There is no excuse for this deed. Period. But there are things we can do to reduce the likelihood that such things happen again. We have a responsibility to act.
I am a co-founder of Løkke Fonden which focuses on boys who don’t function well in our society, including young men like Omar el-Hussein. Such young people need special attention and Løkke Fonden is committed to find ways to help them find a place in our society. One project, Drenge Akademiet (The Boys Academy) helps boys advance two years in the core subjects in just two weeks. Imagine if Omar had been part of such an experience.
I am also involved in Danish Scouting. For decades, Scouting has reached out to less privileged young people, but we have not been sufficiently successful in all ethnic communities, and at least we were unable to reach Omar. Imagine if he had learned to take responsibility for others and if he had acquired Scouting’s basic values. You may think that Scouting’s values are incompatible with Islam. Think again: two thirds of all Scouts in the world are Muslims.
My point is that we all have a responsibility to embrace young people (in particular boys and young men) who have difficulty adapting to our way of life.
Tell me what you can do. Write a comment.