Rotsne

More worries if you send your children abroad

In culture on July 20, 2010 at 17:35

I got some reactions to my post from last Saturday, so I will just make this short post to address the criticism.

Jan K from somewhere in Denmark wrote to me that while Italy is generally known to be a tourist trap in the worst interpretation of the word, recent development in the United States should be a warning for any young Dane thinking of a stay over there.

I learned of a case where a young Dane studying at Yale (some Knightsbridge look-alike as we know it in Denmark university) over in the United States was sentenced for having a photo of his former girlfriend on his computer. She was undressed but the photo has not even been distributed. He was punished extreme harsh for something which is quite ordinary and no criminal offense in Denmark before you send it to someone. The case is rightful registered as an act of xenophobia.

But I found it really shocking that they still punish people for adultery. Last month a woman named Suzanne Corona was arrested and charged in New York. Remember this is not the Middle East but perhaps the war on terrorism might have forced the justice system to cave in to avoid claims of racism as many have been quick to claim us Danes to be guilty at.

This is also the year 2010 and still they have moved nowhere since the days where Hester Prynne had to wear the letter “A” on her clothes in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s masterpiece of a novel from 1850.

Further research shows that you risk serious prison time if you become part of a case of adultery in Michigan. We are talking life sentence. What can I say? Go home Iran! You cave in once the rest of the world complains about playing with stones in such cases. Look what they are capable at in Michigan. You can learn something.

But young Danes can learn something also. They can remain at home instead of putting them at risk abroad. It must be the most important lesson and I want to say sorry to Jan K for making my last entry too centered about Europe and especially Italy.

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