Gov't Promotes 'Christian Heritage' Revival...In Denmark

Alex Hall | September 20, 2018
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According to an official government contract for 2018-2023, Danish Public Radio has a new initiative to bolster their native cultural heritage as well as the role of Christianity in Danish society. This is a remarkable turnaround considering the fact that many Nordic countries have previously been known for embracing radical secularism, globalism, and feminism as their new "religion." This sharp turnaround reflects a wave similar to the rise of similar sentiment in Sweden and across Europe. The contract includes proposals such as:

(Google translated from Danish) "[Danish Radio] must strengthen its offer regarding cultural, democratic and historical values ​​in Danish society, including a clear dissemination of Danish culture and the Danish cultural heritage. It must be clear in DR's programs and platforms that our society is based on people's rule and rooted in Christianity.
DR must give all citizens free access to a diverse and versatile content that impartially supports the citizens' ability to act in the Danish people's government and strengthens Danish culture and language."

Interestingly enough, this contract has also notably dropped the previous version's emphasis on multicultural "integration," a decision which has angered left-wing Danes such as the "Socialist People's Party."

The political party responsible for this change of emphasis from "integration" to "Christian heritage" was the conservative populist "Danish People's Party," whose spokesperson Martin Marinus told Politiken, "“This is a tightening-up we have had put in relative to the previous wording, which only obliged DR to particularly recognise Christian cultural legacy. We felt that was too weak. That’s why we demanded this specification, which makes it clear that DR must present Christian cultural heritage to a greater degree..."

This government contract is remarkably explicit about its more conservative priorities, stating that, "DR must put particular emphasis on its role as initiator of and mediator of Danish art and culture and the Danish cultural heritage, including the Christian heritage." The particular phrase "kristne kulturarv" translating to "Christian heritage" is repeated no less than 5 times throughout the contract alongside civic initiatives like preserving culture and public education. This seems to suggest that Europeans, once known as being radically secular, are increasingly embracing the civilizational utility of Christianity to maintain national unity and stability.

An initiative is also mentioned to promote: (Google translated from Danish) "...values of democracy, equality and freedom of expression."

As if on cue, this occurred on the same week as the unearthing of ancient Christian artifacts in Ribe, a former Viking capital and Denmark's oldest extant city. It seems as if Danes are both literally and figuratively rediscovering their Christian heritage.