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How did it all go at Brorsons?

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on maj 29, 2009

Hi friends,

so yesterday was the big day at Brorsons, and I had a blast as did hopefully everyone else present. Thank you all for coming!!! This event would have been nothing without you :o)
Lots of friends and family showed up, as well as some people that were new to my paintings.

The end result of the vote is still to be tallied within the next few days as we are nearing sunday 7th of June. This day is also the day of the vote for the European parliament, so there is still a chance to cast your vote here on the blog in the right hand side of the screen!

One painting was sold: ” Can I have one More” (Angelina Jolie), for this I am truly thankful and humbled. So amazing to see the fruits of ones work bringing joy to other people.

“Can I have one More” (Angelina Jolie)

Due to the situation with the Iraqi refugees there was some coverage in DR1: “Jersild Live” did an interview with rector Per Ramsdal of Brorsons church and Birthe Rønn Hornbech – Minister for Refugees, Immigrants and Integration and for Ecclesiastical Affairs. Check it out here

Below is a short status video that Thorbjørn Hein did on his cellphone. Sorry english speakers, it’s in Danish. Thanks for the coverage Thorbjørn!

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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