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“Denied” – the story of the Iraqi Asylum seekers in Brorsons church

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on november 19, 2009

Dear friends,

A few months ago I wrote a post called morality vs. democracy about the Iraqis asylum seekers that took refuge in Brorsons church on Nørrebro.

By order of the Minister for Refugees, Immigrants and Integration and for Ecclesiastical Affairs, Birthe Rønn Hornbech, the church was emptied by the Danish police at 2 am august 13th. The refugees were sent back to Iraq and the story made headlines for a while in Danish and international newspapers.

It’s been quiet for a while now. Then the director Aage Rais-Nordentoft made this documentary short film. The film is 16:22 long – take the time to watch it.

Best regards, Carl

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Iraqis sheltering in Brorsons church: Morality vs. democracy

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on maj 18, 2009

Last night as I had finished writing up my invitation for the reception in Brorsons church on may 28th, I flicked on the news and discovered that approximately 50 Iraqis have sought shelter in the church.
The Iraqis have been denied asylum in Denmark, and are now fearing repatriation to Iraq.

A similar case occurred in 1992 when a number of palestinian refugees sheltered in Blågaards church which resides in the same church district as Brorson. This dragged on for several months, and resulted in politicians creating a special law granting them the right to stay in Denmark.

Traditionally Danish churches have chosen not to evict sheltering people.
The decision will be made tonight by the church board of which I became a member and vice chair only 6 months ago.

I see several conflicting issues in this case:

  • First of all I feel deeply with the sheltering families which are now fearing a return to a failed state that shows no promise of safety and comfort in the foreseeable future.
  • The decisions made by the Danish Parliament must be respected, or democracy disintegrates into lawlessness and anarchy.
  • Being responsible for Brorsons church I feel hijacked into a conflict that I do not wish to be a part of, even though I sympathize with the sheltering Iraqis and believe that the Danish state has failed in its handling of foreigh refugees.
  • In keeping with what I believe to be the duty of the church I will vote against evicting the Iraqis tonight.

I hope this situation can be resolved quickly to the benefit of everyone involved, and wish that the Iraqi refugees can have their case reevaluated on a more thorough investigation.

more on the news here:

Best regards, Carl

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Which of these 7 people is your saviour?

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on marts 10, 2009

“Elect your saviour 2009″
From Sunday April 5th. at 10:30 am through Sunday June 7th. Brorsons Kirken (Brorsons Church) will open its doors for my exhibition titled “Elect your saviour 2009″ showing new portrait paintings of modern day saviour Icons – those self proclaimed as well as those idolicized by the public.

My intention with this exhibition is to provoke reflection on the notion of salvation. Who is your saviour? Is it Jesus? Is it Barack Obama or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? Is it you or your neighbour?

Stay tuned on this blog for more exhibition-teasers and information.

You can cast your vote in this election by clicking the poll on the right side of this blog, or show up in Brorsons Church. Follow the vote by typing your email here or subscribe to my feed.

And remember to participate in the debate on who should win, by posting a comment below!

Below is a short description of each candidate:

Barack Obama – US president

Ayaan Hirsi Ali – Somali womenrights fighter

Christopher Hitchens – Antitheist

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – Iranian president

Angelina Jolie – Actress

Jean-Claude Trichet – President of the European Centralbank

Warren Buffet – The worlds wealthiest man

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Hvilken af disse 7 personer er din frelser?

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on marts 5, 2009

“Frelservalg 2009″
Fra højmesse-søndag d. 5 april kl 10:30 til og med søndag d. 7 juni åbner Brorsons Kirken dørene for min udstilling af nye portrætmalerier under titlen “Frelservalg 2009″. Udstillingen viser syv portrætter af moderne frelser-ikoner – såvel de selvudråbte som dem der er ikoniseret af offentligheden.

Min motivation med denne udstilling er at fremprovokere refleksion over begrebet frelser. Hvem er din frelser?  Er det Jesus? Er det Barack Obama eller Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? Er det dig selv eller din næste?

Følg med på bloggen op til udstillingens start hvor jeg vil lægge smagsprøver ud.

Du kan stemme på din kandidat i afstemningen i højre side af denne blog eller møde op i Brorsons Kirken og afgive din stemme. Følg med i afstemningen ved at udfylde din mailadresse her eller abonnere på mit feed.

Husk også at deltage i debatten nedenfor med en kommentar til hvorfor du mener din kandidat bør vinde!


Nedenfor kan du se et kort resume om hver kandidat:

Barack Obama – USAs præsident

Ayaan Hirsi Ali – Somalisk kvinderettighedsforkæmper

Christopher Hitchens – Religionskritiker

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – Irans præsident

Angelina Jolie – Skuespiller

Jean-Claude Trichet – Præsident i den Europæsiske Centralbank

Warren Buffet – Verdens rigeste mand

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