Several journalists and writers, especially from the newspaper Politiken, believe that Lars Hedegaard is to blame for the assassination attempt on himself and that his statements on Islam are not less violent than the physical violence that he experiences from his opponents. Journalist Peter Mogensen from Politiken writes bluntly that Hedegaard's criticism of Islam is the "driving force" behind the shooting: "Hedegaard's fanatical views are the driving force behind the attack on him". As if Hedegaard's opinions on Islam can remote control the actions of others. They can not, of course. The only driving force is the shooter's own ideology, which as we know does not tolerate criticism and orders its adherents to kill its critics. Or should Hedegaard be put in jail for being shot at?
Mikael Rothstein, employee at the Danish State Radio, DR, categorises harsh words about Islam such as Hedegaard's with illegal physical violence: "If we want to understand what is happening in society, we must understand that [Hedegaard's] brutal words can have as strong an effect as brutal physical violence." Author Birgitte Heltberg writes in Politiken that "How much do their (Islam critics) wretched notion of freedom cost the Danes when it comes to police work? Lars Hedegaard is not a tragic victim, he is a pathetic fool!" Would Heltberg also have stopped the fight against nazism if it turned out too expensive? People who are shot for criticising Islam are not victims?