Critic of Islam, Ehsan Jami, and Freedom Party leader, Geert Wilders, compared the Prophet Mohammed to Adolf Hitler in a co-written article published in the Dutch daily Volkskrant Thursday. In their article, Wilders and Jami say strong criticism of Islam is absolutely necessary. “If we do not act now against the far-reaching Islamisation of the Netherlands, then the 1930s will be revived. The only difference is that back then the danger came from Adolf Hitler, while today it comes from Mohammed.”…
ROME – Swimming against the anti-hijab tide in the West, Italian interior minister Giuliano Amato on Thursday, September 27, rejected calls for banning the Muslim veil in public places. “If we are going to ban the veil in public places, it immediately begs the question: why should a nun be allowed to wear her habit and not a female Muslim,” he told newspaper La Stampa, reported Agence France-Presse (AFP). Hijab has been thrust into the limelight since the 2004 French ban on the Muslim headscarf at public schools and institutions. Several European countries have followed the French lead. The minister said that the Italian constitution guaranteed freedom of religion. Islam sees hijab as an obligatory code of dress, not a religious symbol displaying one’s affiliations.
In many European countries plans to build new mosques have become a political issue. Intellectuals are taking sides and politicians are using the issue to boost their own image while citizens look skeptically at the plans of Muslim organizations to construct imposing religious buildings to demonstrate their newly found self-confidence. Michael Kaczmarek reports.
The Austrian extreme-Right Freedom Party (FP_) tried to initiate the threat of a creeping Islamization into a Parliament debate. In June, the Freedom Party, joined by the second extreme-Right Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZ_) had already initiated a parliamentary debate about the threat mosques and minarets posed to the ambience of Austrian towns which needed to be protected against the danger of creeping Islamisation.
Islamic headscarves ought to be banned at workplaces and in schools – that’s the view of half the people surveyed in a new Swedish poll. The poll, the third of its kind taken by Uppsala University to measure Swedes’ views of diversity, shows a rising number of people supporting a headscarf ban.
Members of the Qaeda propagandists of the Globalen Islamischen Medienfront, who had recently released a video threat against Germany and Austria, were associated with a Vienna Mosque before the community dismissed them. Marion Kraske and Yassin Musharbash report.
Fundamentalist Christians are using populist slogans to incite against Muslims, whom they see as the new source of danger for Europe. The number of internet users who visit their websites is alarmingly high. Claudia Mende reports.
The President of the church office of the Protestant Church in Germany (EKD), Hermann Barth, opposes a common prayer of Christians and Muslims. In doing so, Barth argued, important traditions would get lost.
Bassam Tibi knows the obstacles a Muslim faces in Germany, where he has lived for 45 years and has been a citizen for two decades. As an internationally acknowledged expert on Islam, Tibi often appeared in the German media to discuss the Gulf War and was introduced as a Syrian holding a German passport. But when Tibi raised issues about Western Europe’s reception of its 20 million Muslim immigrants, he was suddenly declared persona non grata by the German media, who avoid discussing the status of the nation’s Muslims for fear of being perceived as targeting them. George Lowery reports.
Ibrahim R., an alleged Iraqi Islamist is being accused for spreading Islamist and Al Qaida online propaganda between 2005 and 2006.