The equal opportunities commission in Volendam has ruled that banning a Muslim pupil from wearing a headscarf constituted discrimination on religious grounds. A student at a Catholic school in the city was banned from attending lessons a year ago after she started wearing a headscarf.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch Catholic bishop who once said the hungry were entitled to steal bread and advocated condom use to prevent AIDS has made headlines again, this time by saying God should be called Allah. ”Allah is a very beautiful word for God. Shouldn’t we all say that from now on we will call God Allah?” Bishop Tiny Muskens said in an interview broadcast this week. ”God doesn’t care what we call him.” In this nation where religious tolerance has been eroded in recent years by a rise in radical Islam, the comments drew little support.