January 17, 2014
“The mosque brings nothing good… just rapists and terrorists” read a banner that appeared last night near the entrance of one of the mosques in Civitanova Marche. The banner expressed religious intolerance towards Islam. The message appeared overnight and was removed in the early morning. A member of the Facebook group Speaker’s Corner had posted the picture and many of the group’s members have expressed outrage, no one has claimed to have created the banner. This event harks back to an earlier event in 2009 when the Mosque of Virgilio Street was also vandalized.
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An Indian Muslim televangelist who was banned from Britain for “unacceptable behavior” will not be allowed into Canada to speak at an upcoming conference in Toronto. Dr. Zakir Naik, who has said “every Muslim should be a terrorist” and that Jews are “our staunchest enemy,” was to headline next month’s Journey of Faith Conference — which is billed as one of North America’s largest Islamic conferences and is expected to attract upward of 10,000 people.
The 44-year-old medical doctor recommends capital punishment for homosexuals and the death penalty for those who abandon Islam as their faith. He has said that a man is within his right to beat his wife “lightly,” although in a July 2009 YouTube video he cautioned against hitting her on the face or leaving a mark. The “Keep Zakir Naik Out of Canada” Facebook group, which was launched over the weekend, also points out his view that Western women make themselves “more susceptible to rape” by wearing revealing clothing.
According to the Journey of Faith event website, the “hope” of the July 2-4 2010 conference at the downtown Metro Toronto Convention Centre is for Muslims to “renew their forgotten relationship” with the Koran.
Two Dutch people have set up a Facebook group apologizing to the rest of the world for the success of the anti-Islam Freedom Party (PVV) in the Netherland’s federal elections on June 10 2010, Radio Netherlands Worldwide reports. Leonie and Michiel Heinicke set up the site after the PVV, led by Geert Wilders, received 1.5 million votes in the elections. The Facebook group has attracted considerable attention with over 30,000 friends joining the site in just 48 hours.
After a young Muslim girl published on YouTube a video by a Facebook group called “no all’ Islam in Italia” (No Islam in Italy), and her warnings of the video’s clear incitements to racial hatred against Muslims, the group has been banned from Facebook. The article’s author accuses Facebook authorities of their treatment of Muslims with kid’s gloves and favoring them over other categories. He denounces the fact that it has become virtually impossible to criticize Islam or to participate in a public debate on it. He thinks this “two weights two measures” approach is unfair since there are a lot of fundamentalist groups who preach against the West and Christianity on the Internet without being subject to equivalent control. The group however will continue its mission that, according to the members, seeks to create local platforms for discussion without falling into political propaganda.
In Denmark a Muslim party has been founded. The party is called ‘Denmark’s Muslims’ and the party’s mission is to fight for socially marginalized people.
The founder, Ras Anbessa, converted to Islam in 2008. He is currently a member of the Danish Social Democrats. He has also been part of the left-wing antiracism network called ‘The Black Sheeps’. However, he is not impressed by the left-wing opposition in Denmark and he thinks there is a need for a political party who fights for the rights of minorities.
How big support the party will get from Danish Muslims is unknown. At the moment the party’s Facebook group has 1,300 members. Professor in Political
Science at University of Copenhagen, Kasper Møller Hansen, considers it to
be very difficult for ‘Denmark’s Muslims’ to gain seats in the national
parliament. Many of the established parties already have Muslim candidates
of whom several is elected to parliament. Furthermore there are many
fractions among Danish Muslims. “Muslims are not just Muslims and because
you are Muslim it doesn’t mean you would support a certain party,” Kasper
Møller Hansen says.