It’s about time, hopefully not too little, too late.
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ENGLAND: Campaign against Sharia law in Britain to be launched at the House of Lords.
The One Law for All campaign is to be launched in the House of Lords on International Human Rights Day, 10 December.
According to campaign organiser, Maryam Namazie, “Even in civil matters, Sharia law is discriminatory, unfair and unjust, particularly against women and children. Moreover, its voluntary nature is a sham; many women will be pressured into going to these courts and abiding by their decisions. These courts are a quick and cheap route to injustice and do nothing to promote minority rights and social cohesion. Public interest, particularly with regard to women and children, requires an end to Sharia and all other faith-based courts and tribunals.”
The campaign calls on the UK government to recognise that Sharia law is arbitrary and discriminatory and for an end to Sharia courts and all religious tribunals on the basis that they work against and not for equality and human rights. The campaign also calls for the Arbitration Act 1996 to be amended so that all religious tribunals are banned from operating within and outside of the legal system.
FRANCE: Law banning Muslim headscarves in schools was supposed to encourage integration but instead has caused Muslims to send their girls to private or Muslim schools.
Too bad, if they don’t want to integrate into the societies to which they have chosen to immigrate of their own free will, send them back to the countries from which they came.
DENMARK: Proposal to forbid special consideration for Muslim students.
The Danish People’s Party (DPP) is proposing a law which will forbid schools to give special consideration to Muslim students. The DPP thinks it will encourage integration. Several principals disagree.
There should be no more special consideration for Muslim students in public schools, as far as the DPP is concerned. Before Christmas they will propose a law which will forbid Muslim students from taking time off for Ramadan and showering behind a curtain after sports class.
“We have shown too much consideration. In many cases it can maybe work reasonably that we be considerate, but suddenly there’s much consideration, and at one point or another we must also say stop,” says DPP’s education spokesperson Martin Henriksen, who thinks that the proposal will strengthen integration.
Even if the school principals aren’t enthusiastic about the DPP’s proposal, they agree that there are limits to religious consideration.
“Our limits are that the consideration should not limit the personal freedom of others. Therefore we can not and will not install special showers because some parents to Muslim students don’t want their children to see naked people. We don’t build mini-churches for Christian children either,” says Lise Egholm.
DENMARK: “Expel Islam from Europe.”
“Islam cannot be integrated. Islam will dominate Europe. And Islam is incompatible with our values. Therefore Islam will be thrown out of Europe. This little land is ours, we forged it ourselves. And we will govern it ourselves and decide ourselves who will live in it and how they will behave. And we will fight until Denmark is again free,” said Camre, to loud applause.
Last year a similar statement by DPP member Merethe Egeberg Holm caused a commotion, when she said “Out with all Muslims in Europe and in with Jews instead!”
HOLLAND: Anti-Muslim sentiment is on the rise.
Violence against Muslims in the Netherlands rose considerably last year, according to the latest monitor on racism and extremism published by Leiden University and the Anne Frank Foundation on Wednesday. The number of violent incidents against Muslims rose to 82 in 2007, from 62 in the preceding year. However the total number of racist attacks last year was down to 187, according to the 306-page report.
According to the Anne Frank Foundation, anti-Muslim sentiment has grown ‘significantly’ in the last year and public opinion about Muslims has become more negative.
The researchers also conclude that the stream of anti-Muslim comments by the PVV party, led by the controversial MP Geert Wilders, and the massive attention they are given in the media, have contributed to Islamophobia in the Netherlands. (It isn’t Islamophobia when they really ARE trying to kill you)
The fact that the justice department decided not to prosecute those who made these anti-Muslim statements also played a role, say researchers Jaap van Donselaar and Peter Rodrigues. (Kudos to the Dutch judges)
Wilders is furious with the report. ‘They have gone completely mad. It is an insult to the PVV and our voters,’ he told ANP news agency.
SWEDEN: Disturbances continue after mosque eviction.
“We’ll continue for as long as it’s necessary. We won’t stop before we get the premises back,” says Ibrahim El-Moughrabi.
The premises had been rented by the Islamic Culture Association for many years, but earlier in the fall the building’s owner canceled the contact since they wanted to use the premises for something else.
On Monday night about 20-30 people convened outside the former mosque. They threw stones and eggs at the police and set fire to various objects, among other thing to trash containers. Fires were also set on Tuesday night. On Wednesday night the disturbances got worse. About 50-100 youth were estimated in the area.
Tonight, police closed off roads in the area after a hundred youth started throwing objects at passing cars. Several fires have been set as well.
SORRY, video is in Swedish, but you’ll get the idea.
GERMANY: Kudos to European leaders for holding an ‘Anti-Islamization Conference in Cologne.’ Too bad the far left German liberals had to ruin it.
German police said tens of thousands of Cologne residents took to the streets Saturday in protest at an “anti-Islamisation” conference of European far-right leaders.
Carrying banners saying: “We are Cologne — Get rid of the Nazis!,” protesters gathered outside the city’s cathedral to demonstrate against the congress organised by the local far-right group Pro-Koeln. Pro-Koeln began two days of seminars Friday during which speakers denounced an influx of Muslims to Germany and the construction of one of Europe’s largest mosques in the city.
How sad that these leftwing scum and their uber-liberal, gay-loving, free-sex loving lifestyle, do not realize that they will be the first ones the Muslims get rid of when they take over.
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NETHERLANDS: “Islam is not a religion.”
Parliament member Martin Bosma of the PVV (Party for Freedom) thinks Islam shouldn’t be considered a religion. He said that in parliament on Thursday. “Islam is not a religion,” according to Bosma.
The member of Geert Wilders’ party made his statement in a debate about religious education. In it he agreed that religion is an important subject which should be discussed in elementary school. According to Bosma that doesn’t hold for Islam, which he doesn’t see as a religion. The PVV members didn’t say in the debate what Islam is then.
Earlier party head Wilders did give an indication to that. In the HP/De Tijd magazine he said a year ago that “Islam is more an ideology than a religion.”
CZECH REPUBLIC: Muslims complain of a steep increase in Islamophobia.
Muslims living in the Czech Republic complain about a “steep increase in islamophobia, anti-Arabism and anti-Muslim moods” in the Czech Republic like in other western countries after terrorist attacks on the USA in 2001, the Libertas Independent Agency says in a report given to CTK Monday.“The situation of the growing hatred and xenophobia has escalated to such an extent that it is necessary to launch a national debate on the phenomenon,” Lukas Lhotjan from Libertas Independent Agency says. He says that anti-Arab moods in western societies have fully replaced the former hatred towards Jews.
Source: Prague Monitor
BELGIUM: How Islam has corrupted the schools.
Belgian French language magazine Le Vif/L’Express had come out with a five page spread in its August 29th issue about Islam in the Belgian school system. The headline on the cover – “How Islam Threatens the School” – and the article’s title – “How Islam Corrupts the School” – have already drawn criticisms.
Sadly, the article itself is not available freely online, though I understand it doesn’t really bring any new data. Most schools in Brussels ban the veil, but there are other Muslim requirements from the school system – offering halal food or banning pork, enabling girls to drop gym and swimming classes and not to attend school outings, enabling students to fast at Ramadan, and giving students a place to pray at school.
The article claims that teachers and principles feel they can’t handle the situation. Not only in the case of science and creationism, teachers feel they’re being forced to adapt the curriculum in other subjects such as geography and history so as not to offend students.
I received a response from Karim Chemlal, head of the League of Muslims in Belgium, who accuses the exposé of being shallow and not going into the real debate. He points to a study that says Islam is sometimes used as an excuse by students whose true motive is to provoke the system.
ITALY: Muslims NOT WELCOME in multi-faith prayer center.
A proposal to turn a medieval palace in Genoa founded by Crusader knights into a multi faith prayer centre for Muslims, Jews and Christians has run into opposition from local politicians who say Muslims are “not welcome.”
Members of the anti immigrant Northern League – which is part of the centre Right government led by Silvio Berlusconi – said the Genoa council’s plan to use the Commenda di Pre for multi faith prayer was unacceptable.
Francesco Bruzzone, a regional councillor for the Northern League, said Muslims had “no business coming” to the hospital and hostel where crusaders and pilgrims had gathered and said mass before leaving for the Holy Land.”This shows a lack of respect for history” Mr Bruzzone said. He said he had been due to go on holiday but instead had decided to stay in Genoa to protest.
Source: Times Online
ITALY: Northern League seeks to block mosque.
Italy’s Northern League, the populist, xenophobic, sometimes separatist movement that is a key component of Silvio Berlusconi’s governing coalition, has proposed new legislation which would in effect halt construction of new Islamic mosques.
The bill, which the League’s chief of deputies Roberto Cota is expected to send to parliament next week, would require regional approval for the building of mosques. It would also require that a local referendum be held, that there be no minaret or loudspeakers calling the faithful to prayer, and sermons must be in Italian, not Arabic.
Chances of this being approved as it stands are slim, since it clashes with a number of constitutional rights and there was no immediate support from either Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party or from the exfascist National Alliance. But there has been cautious support from the small, ultra-Catholic UDC party, and the proposed anti-mosque legislation undoubtedly reflects widespread feeling among Italians that some defence against a rapidly rising Islamic presence is needed. At present, the Muslim population in Italy is estimated at 1m, with 258 registered mosques.
Source: Financial Times
SWEDEN: Judge wrote ‘anti-Muslim’ letters.
A Swedish magistrate wrote anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim letters to Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt during a period in which she was judging in criminal cases involving immigrants, it has been revealed.
Bodil Schibli, who was a lay judge in Ystad District Court until February, wrote several letters to Reinfeldt imploring the government to “protect its own people” against “these fanatical immigrants, who really have no reason to be here, other than to be supported by taxpayers.”
According to Skånska Dagbladet, she also wrote that Islam should be “forbidden from further spreading itself in our country.”
Contacted by the paper on Thursday, Schibli was unrepentant. She insisted that she had always judged according to the law, not her own opinions. She also claimed that 90 percent of lay judges in Sweden shared her views.
“There has never been a multicultural society that worked – only in the minds of politicians,” she said.
Source: The Local
SWITZERLAND: The minaret ban vote.
A month ago supporters of the minaret ban announced they have the necessary votes to go to a referendum and so I’m not sure why it’s in the news again. In any case,SwissInfo has a video segment about the recent developments as well as an interview with Zurich imam Sakib Halilovic.
Islamic countries as well as the United Nations expert on racism raised concern over the initiative.
Jasmin Hutter, a People’s Party parliamentarian said in Bern on Tuesday that minarets are not religious symbols but rather a claim to political dominance. She also said they represented oppression toward women.
Underlying the initiative is the persuasion to counter “creeping Islamisation”, according to parliamentarian Dominique Baettig. He argues the one-billion-strong religion is intolerant toward women and homosexuals and incongruent with Swiss values.
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