The Danish Government has proposed a ban on setting the Quran alight in public citing national security concerns, prompting fears of a return of blasphemy laws to Europe to appease violent Muslims. BBC News has more.
Justice Minister Peter Hummelgaard said such burnings harmed Denmark and risked the safety of Danes.
The planned law will make improper treatment of the Quran or Bible a criminal offence punishable by a fine and jail sentence of up to two years.
The centre-Right Government said it wanted to send a signal to the world.
Foreign Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said Denmark had witnessed 170 demonstrations in recent weeks, including the burning of copies of the Quran in front of foreign embassies.
Denmark’s PET intelligence service has warned that the latest incidents have intensified the terrorist threat.
Neighbouring Sweden has also seen a series of Quran burnings and its security service has warned of a worsening security situation. In July, the Swedish embassy in Iraq was set alight by protesters.
But both Denmark and Sweden have hesitated to respond to the burnings because of their liberal laws on freedom of expression. Sweden scrapped its blasphemy laws in the 1970s.